Just an Illusion: The B Side


by D. Kelly

It’s 9 a.m. I’m sitting in my office and I am utterly exhausted, both mentally and physically. Why? Because I stayed up until 4 in the morning reading Just an Illusion, The B Side and therefore only got 3 hours of sleep! So, please be understanding of any typos or grammar mistakes, but I’m a girl who needs a lot of sleep — 7 hours at least. I’m hurtin’. But the book demanded of me that it be read in one sitting and I just couldn’t let it down!

The B Side is a continuation of the A Side (duh), a book in which I fell head over heels for twin brothers who front the rock band, BAD. But I especially love Noah. In much of The B Side, Noah is hurting and my heart hurt for him, hence the mental exhaustion I feel today.

I had a lot of questions after finishing the A Side. This book answered many of them and of course left me with more. It’s going to be a long wait for book 3’s release in June.

One of the things I like best about Kelly’s trilogy is the relationships between the characters. I’m not just talking about the romantic ones (though those are GREAT. Everyone in the book is constantly telling Noah and Mel how adorable they are and it’s true), but the familial and platonic ones as well! The boys in the band are as close as family and in the second book we get even more of a glimpse into what their dynamic is like. They are loyal to each other like family, even when it’s hard. And the love the brothers have for each other – even when things are complicated – will hit you right in the feels.

One of the things I most enjoy about Kelly’s book is how real the boys of the band are. I’ve been reading quite a few rock star romances lately. Most of them have the same general plot: Spunky girl has meet cute with bad boy rock star who is so wowed by her beauty and attitude that he’s moved to change his rakish ways. After all, she’s the only girl who can tame him!

While Mel is hella spunky, the boys of BAD hardly need tamed (OK, maybe Sawyer does LOL). In fact, Noah is SWEET and romantic and utterly perfect. I. Love. Him. The group is heading to retirement so they can start families. The road has lost its appeal and the guys want to put down roots, a feeling that I think a lot of real life touring musicians could relate to. I find this slight plot shift a refreshing change.

Like I said, it’s gonna be a long few months for me until I can get my greedy hands on Book 3. But in the meantime, I’ll be reading more of D. Kelly’s other books because I truly enjoy her writing style – there’s humor and heart and more than enough angst to keep this girl’s eyelids from drooping in the wee hours of the morning.

Note: I received a copy of this book for an honest review, and honestly? I freaking loved it. That is all.


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