Rosevine Publishing (2016)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (01/17)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Family Illusions’ by Bess George on Blogcritics.
“Family Illusions” is the first book in the new Hidden Dangers romantic suspense series by award winning author, Bess George.
Charlie Gomez grew up believing that she was an illegal immigrant. Her mother had taken off when she was pregnant with her because she was afraid of “El Diablo.” Charlie believed that this man was probably her father. Charlie’s mother also seemed to have mental health issues, so she was never sure what was real or what was a delusion. One thing Charlie knew for sure was that her mother loved her and they had to work hard to keep from being caught. Charlie just wasn’t sure if the fear should be of being caught by immigration or of El Diablo. After her mother passes away, Charlie begins to get answers, and what she learns is surprising, disturbing, and she doesn’t know who she can trust.
When Charlie learns that her natural father left her mother his house, she decides to try to get more information about her mysterious family. Everything she learns is completely different from what she was told. She also quickly discovers that her life is in danger. When Charlie meets her father’s adopted son Jaxson, neither one is able to trust the other. However, their attraction to each other is undeniable. In time, they have to work through their differences in order to protect Charlie from her real enemy, who will stop at nothing to gain possession of her.
Family Illusions is a fast-paced romantic suspense. The main protagonist Charlie is extremely likeable, and her character developed so well, I felt like I really knew her and wanted to see her come on top. Some of her antics were hysterical, which helped lighten the drama. The romantic hero can be dark and brooding, but his past explains a lot about why he developed the way he did. His loyalty to friends and family shows that he is a man of integrity. His chemistry with Charlie was felt burning through the pages of the book.
I really enjoyed being caught totally off guard with this story. “Family Illusions” by Bess George is highly recommended reading for fans of romantic suspense. I also think it would be a great choice for women’s reader groups because lively discussions are sure to follow.