Optical Illusion (Paint #1) by Emma Jaye #mm #review


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Smile, wiggle, lie, apologise, and run for the hills.

That’s the formula Chris has used all his life, but this time, he has something he’s never had to lose before, a family that cares. The problem is, his new brother’s very edible friend isn’t fooled by his act. If his secrets are revealed, they won’t want him and he has nowhere else to go.

Thanks to a suicide bomber, ex-military police sergeant Jase Rosewood is back in the English countryside. His plans for quiet recuperation are ruined by the effervescent, go-go dancing twink who has everyone wrapped around his little finger. Luckily for the gullible Matt, Jase can smell a liar a mile away, and Chris Bacon, if that’s even his name, stinks to high heaven. Assigned ‘Chris-sitting’ duty while Matt’s on honeymoon, Jase has a week to discover what is hidden beneath the bright camouflage. It’s a job, just like any other, so why does it feel so different?
Unfortunately, Jase isn’t the only one drawn to the boy who can’t stay still, but instead of wanting to reveal his true colours; they want to dull them forever.

Contains issues of physical abuse, but not between the central couple.

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This is a story that has a lot of highs and lows.
When two people who meet up who are both dealing with emotional and physical damage.
Jace had a good military career going for him when a suicide bombers bomb wet off in his  vicinity.  He survived but not without injury.  He is now at home dealing with mild PTSD and the physical limitations caused by his injury.
Chris is a young man who’s life has been difficult. Growing  up taking care of his drug addicted mother, he learned how to live on the streets and take care of himself.  He also has a severe case of ADHD, which makes everything much harder for him and those around him.
As these two walking wounded learn what makes each of them happy, life intrudes and puts more stress and problems for them to overcome.
I found this story to be very difficult at times to read, there are parts that puled at my heart and just made me cry.  This book deals in death, addiction, and abandonment as seen through the eyes of a child.  The end of this story is a cliffhanger and will pick up in the next book in this series.
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