Shattered Illusions

Lisa Alexander-Griffin
Shattered Illusions
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Pink Petals Books
Release Date
May 2010
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

After a ten year stint in prison for a crime he didn't commit, a changed Cage Sinclair returns to his hometown. Hell-bent on clearing his name, trust is nonexistent--especially with the woman who had loved, and betrayed, him in the same breath. The woman who now lived in his deceased father's house.

Morgan still yearns for the love of her life to return, even though her own fear helped railroad him into prison. She has kept her silence to protect her son. But now Cage is back.

Inconceivable danger lurks in the shadows, but behind closed doors embers ignite and old passions flame. Amidst betrayal, deceit and shattered illusions, will the truth tear them apart or bind them together forever?

Book Review by Lisa Jo
Apr 18, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
133 people found the following review helpful
SHATTERED ILLUSIONS by Lisa Alexander Griffin has its hits and misses in this drastically short novella. While the story is intriguing and the writing is solid, it's not really developed enough to thoroughly enjoy.

Cage Sinclair walks to the front door of his old home only to find the love of his life answer. Cage has just finished a ten-year prison sentence for a rape he didn't commit and the last person he expects to see is Morgan, but yet here she is, living in his house. While neither can deny the passion they feel after all these years, Cage can't suppress the anger he feels at Morgan for not standing by him during his trail. Yet Morgan has some secrets of her own to reveal about what happened so long ago. Both want to try and start a life together, but Cage feels it necessary to clear his name. Is it too late for this couple to start again and what will happen when the truth comes out?

While the premise for this story was solid, thirty-some pages was just not enough to see it fully pulled into fruition. There was just too much going on in this novella to be explained so briefly. You have a romance, shocking secrets, suspenseful investigations, an evil villain and a few other relationships between characters to explore. Among all of this, you really don't know much about the two main characters at the beginning so the instantaneous passion they feel towards one another isn't all that steamy. Towards the ending, you really start to develop a connection and feel for these characters, but by that time, the story has concluded.

There were little things that bothered me as well with the development of the story. Suffice it to say, Cage learns a big secret in the first few pages of this novella. The emotions this character experienced didn't feel like it was enough or the standard range of emotions to experience. It actually made me feel disappointed in the hero. It's very possible I was expecting too much. Yet with something that serious, when I cannot find a common ground with the character, the author lost any chance I, the reader, had of relating with the character. I find it difficult to understand their actions and reasoning from that point on. This 'secret' takes the forefront later in the novella and again, the conclusion seemed too perfect and rushed. It just didn't feel realistic to me. Maybe if the time period of the novella had been expanded or explained further, it might have been believable. This episode takes place over a few hours, so it's difficult to comprehend the ease with which it all concludes.

Despite my problems with this novella and even in such a brief story, it is easy to see Lisa Alexander Griffin has an undeniable talent as an author. This particular story just did not provide enough interest and explanation for me to enjoy. I also think it's important to point out that this is my opinion only, someone else may appreciate the brevity in which the story is told and may not want an overwhelming use of details or explanation for these situations.

So with that, I will say after having read this story, I am certainly more than willing to read another tale from this author. I have not read any of Lisa's current or previous releases, but SHATTERED ILLUSIONS is not the novel I would recommend you to begin with. I would encourage readers to pick up a possible full novel or longer novella from Ms Griffin to try.
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