Optical Illusions

Gale Stanley
Optical Illusions
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Evernight Publishing
Release Date
June 2015
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Maggie's troubled past makes her seal off her heart. She shuts everyone out, and puts all her energy into work, but suddenly, she's having erotic fantasies about her two bosses. They're perfect. Good-looking, intelligent, caring… Everything a woman could want. But they only have eyes for each other.

Michael and Aaron have been a couple since college, but one thing is missing from their relationship. They're bisexual and they miss having a woman in their lives. Maggie would be the perfect addition to their family. She's beautiful, smart, compassionate… But they're sure she'll never accept their unconventional lifestyle.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 09, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
204 people found the following review helpful
There's so much good in this one little book!

After being the target of an older man as a rebellious and clueless teenager, Maggie Jones' life changed forever. Now 26 and working at Optical Illusions optometrist's office, Maggie is a hell of a lot more reserved, even though she can't stop fantasizing about her gorgeous gay bosses, Aaron Moore and Michael Briggs. Aaron and Michael have been a couple since college, but they've always known that they'd eventually want a woman in their life to share...Maggie is that woman. But Maggie is afraid to reach out and grab the life that they're dangling in front of her. Will her fear of the past destroy her chance to have exactly what she wants?

So, yea...OPTICAL ILLUSIONS starts off with a shocking and disturbing situation that Maggie finds herself in, along with the fallout from her actions. Maggie's choices are ones that any one of us could have found ourselves making as young and impressionable teens, and the way she handles herself afterward was quite realistic yet terribly sad. It really reflects the fact that so many people tend to blame the victim of any kind of abuse, but Maggie doesn't let it stop her life. She's so relatable, both in her actions and her desires, her quest to be a good girl with a bad girl's soul inside. Even though this was a short novella, it packed a wildly erotic punch in the few sex scenes that were there! The guys clearly had chemistry with one another and with Maggie, and when they're sharing their plans, this little gem shines through:

"I do trust you. It's just that, I always thought you were--"

"Independents." Aaron chuckles. "Like in politics."

"Sex is complicated," Michael adds, "Feelings transcend gender. Labels are for cans."

Yup! So simply accurately portrays the societal shift in thinking and I couldn't be more excited that others are finally embracing that shift!

Bottom Line: This short story is big on drama, sex and story...all done VERY well. Highly recommended.
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