Love’s Illusion was kind of like a reality television show without the cameras and backstabbing. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Some Say Love Is An Illusion, But Nash Is Very, Very Real …
I’ve never thought of myself as the kind of woman men would find attractive – much less sexy. I’ve never had a boyfriend or anything resembling a “real” relationship. But then I moved to Los Angeles, and everything I thought was “true” about myself… shattered.
They say Los Angeles is a city of illusions, and it’s tough to see what’s real.
But Nash Is Very, Very, Real.
He’s drop dead gorgeous and built out of hard stone.
But he keeps to himself. A Loner. Moody and Mysterious. A Star Athlete whose career was tragically cut short. Now he’s trying to figure out his next move.
Our lives were never meant to intersect. But in a house up in the Hollywood Hills, our souls – and much more – will be stripped bare.
ARC given with no expectations
This was an interesting and kind of meandering quadruple love story; four young 20 somethings all sharing a house in the Hollywood Hills. What I enjoyed about this book was all four come from different walks of life and they are all at a crossroads in their life. They all have hopes and dreams, but have either had a setback or are trying to achieve them and as they move through their days, they become closer and a support system for one another. Love’s Illusion was kind of like a reality television show without the cameras and backstabbing.
Nash was on a path to a career in the NFL when a mistake one night leaves him broken and trying to fight his way back. In Los Angeles working as a personal trainer and hoping for a chance to prove he still has what it takes to play professionally, Nash begins to realize that part of his life is over.
Flo has just relocated to California from Minneapolis where she is interning for a video game developer. Flo has an active online life, but is a bit socially awkward. She is also smart, driven, and has begun to develop her own video game she hopes to get her new employer to look at.
Juliette is from France and came over to join her boyfriend who moved to L.A. to become an actor, Juliette remained behind due to some family issues but joined him later only once he got cast in a television show he dumped Juliette. She is living in the house and makes her money as a Webcam sex worker. Juliette is a good contrast for the three Americans, she’s very open and free and I think they all learn a lot from her.
Selena rounds out the group and it is her uncle’s house they are all living in, only he doesn’t know it. Her uncle is in Singapore for a year and Selena is house sitting. Making a living as a DJ, Selena hopes to do a traveling show next year and decided renting out rooms would help finance the trip.
During the course of this book we see all four in action at their jobs and we are treated to the growing friendship and then relationship between Nash and Flo. While their relationship is the main focus, we do see Juliette fall for a client and Selena fall for a guy that seems to be her opposite in every way, but who treats her very well. I really did enjoy reading this book, but I would have liked to see each of the couples spending more time together and really getting to know one another beyond the physical. At times the writing felt a bit stilted and I often was being “told” what was happening rather than being “showed” which I have found makes it hard for me to really get into the story.
Love’s Illusion was an interesting concept and a pretty entertaining; it just needed more polish to make it better.