Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Shrouded in Illusion Review Tour



Shrouded In Illusion Cover
Shrouded In Illusion
(Shrouded Series #3)
Someone wants Skye Hunter’s son and they’re willing to kill her or anyone else to get to him. One the run for her life, she is forced to turn to the only person who can help her—a complete stranger with a shared past—David Bishop, a renowned illusionist.
David’s life is also an illusion, built of smoke and little else. He meets Skye, a woman filled with passion and conviction, and the pain he sees in her eyes is a mirror to his own soul. But when he realizes she has the same strange, telekinetic phenomenon inside her body that he does, he is forced to question his life, his childhood and the father who raised him. Can these two lost souls uncover the mystery behind their powers and save Skye’s son and themselves in the process?
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Ultimately, while this book isn’t dreadful, I don’t consider it brilliant either. It’s a shame when a manuscript has been poorly edited as it reflects badly on the author. There were plenty of errors. Also, the text is somewhat repetitive, and I had to work on not allowing it to spoil my experience. The storyline is easy to visualize, fast-paced and well-structured, but it’s in no way original. It’s a tale I’ve read many times, and I found this particular number a tad predictable.  It masquerades as a paranormal thriller about a woman fearing for her son’s safety, but it’s much more of a romance. The tension that’s built up is sexual chemistry between the two main characters, Skye and David. The imminent danger is secondary. I did enjoy the story being told from three different perspectives, however, especially the steamy scenes told from David’s point of view. 
David is too perfect; a handsome hunk of masculinity, rich and a fantastic lover with a sensitive side. Saying that, he is by far the most likeable of the characters. Tyler, Skye’s son, barely features, and this, I feel, is a trick missed on the part of the author. When this little boy’s safety is intended to be the primary focus, it’s strange that the reader isn’t afforded the opportunity to connect with him. I tried to like Skye, but instead I experienced indifference towards her. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, but there was a moment towards the end that, as a mother, I couldn’t get on board with.  
It’s not all bad, though. If you enjoy romance, then there are plenty of sexy scenes and racing pulses. It’s ideal for quick readers and poolside escape.

H.D. Thomson

H.D. ThomsonH.D. Thomson moved from Ontario, Canada as a teenager to the heat of Arizona where she graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in accounting. After working in the corporate world as an accountant, H.D. changed her focus to one of her passions-books. She owned and operated an online bookstore for several years and then started Bella Media Management. The company specializes in web sites, video trailers, ebook conversion and promotional resources for authors and small businesses. When she is not heading her company, she is following her first love-writing.

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