Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Nawww! This book is so freaking sweet.
Well, the ending is. The rest of the book is sorta twisted. I am genuinely surprised by how fantastic this book was. The Perfect Illusion is a great read for a pick me up. It grabs your attention from the first chapter right to the last. I enjoyed every second of this book. Winter Renshaw, you have done a fantastic job.
The Perfect Illusion is about Maribel Collins and Hudson Rutherford. It starts off with Mari trying to find the best way to let her asshole of a boss down when quitting. I mean Hudson sounds like such a douche. He is a fantastic architect known to go through assistants like no one’s business. It’s probably got to do with his broody and arrogant persona. And to me…. Sigh. I think I feel in love with Mr Rutherford right from the beginning. His macho ways sorta had me fanning myself 😛
“”Can you not?” I lift my hand to my right hip.
“Can you not be so patronizing. It never ends with you.””
Hudson ends up offering a deal Mari would be stupid to refuse. I mean from the get go it feels like a trap but you feel for her situation. Mari has just had some big news hit her and is trying to find her footing. And agreeing to Hudson’s deal seems like the right thing to do. So, they fake it until they make it. It’s the dodgiest marriage proposal of the season. And it is everything.
“I’m sure you’re wondering what the f*ck I’m about to propose, and rightfully so. But believe me when I tell you it’s going to change your life. And mine – because I’m a self-serving bastard and we both know that. “
They are forced together and we watch Hudson drop his ice exterior and really see Mari. She is beautiful, smart and witty. She is so down to earth and I think that is what really speaks to him the most. Everything about her calls to him. And Mari feels the same. They both develop feelings they know they shouldn’t;
“We did this to ourselves. We were careless, frivolous with our emotions. Too generous with our hearts when we had no business doing so. It’s no wonder we wound up in a free-fall spiraling back down to the earth only to crash and burn.
You can’t come back from that.”
It all ends too soon. Everything falls apart almost too quickly. You go through gobbling up the pages to wanting to scream. Seriously. At that moment I was like “noooo”. It took a while for them to realize their faults and the forgive each other, but what we get in the ending…The love they find, it is so sweet. Both Hudson and Marie have changed. They have matured and learnt to forgive. They have true strength and true love. It is so sweet to read. Nawww seriously. So sweet. The sweet can’t be contained.
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, with fantastic characters. It really left me wanting more. I wish all the best for Mari and Hudson and their families. *Raises glass*