Shattered Illusions by Brenda Cothern ~ Book Review by Caroline

23586362 Title: Shattered Illusions

Author: Brenda Cothern

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Guns & Hoses fans… John’s story is now here!!!

The Tampa nightclub Shadows, in Ybor City, is the refuge for those who are not quite normal. Simon finally found a home away from home where he ‘fit in’ but he was still the only single person in his new family. Being different made dating a nightmare.

John was still hung up on his best friend but when a bartender rescued him from a gay bashing, he never expected his life would go in such in a bizarre direction. Learning about himself and accepting who he was, was a challenge and one he wasn’t sure he could handle.

Caroline’s View:

Brenda Cothern has merged two of her series and where they meet we have Shattered Illusions. Remember John from Guns and Hoses? Well, he’s still not too popular after outing his best friend, he also still fancies him, so he has been spending less time at their local and more time wallowing at the bars in town.

What he thinks is a pick up is actually him being set up to be bashed and as the story starts he is getting pretty brutally attacked in a parking garage. His knight in shining armour comes in the form of a barman called Simon, who has the ability to scare off his attackers.
Now this is where the story is a bit different from Guns and Hoses. Simon is a character from the Shadows Series which is about a group of paranormals. Don’t worry, I panicked for everyone, you don’t need to read the previous books to read this one. The premise is that a group of paranormals have banded together and are a bit like an unconventional family and they all work in a nightclub known as the Shadows. (I read all the blurbs to get a little bit of the back story).

Simon rescues a beaten up John and takes him home. When his friends arrive to take over his care Simon believes that his good deed is done and doubts he will ever see the man again but between John wanting to thank him, Simon being enamoured with him and some hot as hell dreams the pair don’t seem able to stay away from each other.

This is a very odd romance and not one that comes easy. Simon is a dream walker and he finds himself invading John’s dreams on a regular basis. Some of these dreams involve them being friends, some involve them in some scary situations and some of them are damn hot! Simon has been walking in people’s dreams since he was a young teen and something about his dreams with John strike him as being different but he can’t work out why or what it could mean.

Brenda leaves you unsure as to whether this romance will ever work out. Most of their ‘dates’ take place whilst they are asleep and this aspect of their relationship seems to work but they find it much more difficult to communicate when they are awake and physically together. John will not only have to learn Simon’s secrets for them to have any chance but also try and work out exactly who he is and why Simon is wearing a physical mark from a dream. That’s just not possible, right?

Buy Links

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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