Illusions Begin by N.L. Greene
(The MysticSeekers Series: Volume 1)
Katherine Rebecca has always done exactly what was expected of her. Her prim and proper upbringing taught her the importance of family, sacrifice, and social stature. She has followed in her parents’ footsteps, being trained and groomed daily almost from birth, to take over the family law firm. It was never a question of IF she wanted to but WHEN she would take the reins of the company. She worked rigorously toward that predetermined goal her entire life. She gave up friends, boyfriends, and an exciting social life in order to propel herself through school and college. Katherine Rebecca strives to please her parents. More than anything, she basked in their praise and approval. But now, at 21 years old, she finds herself leading a life that is nothing like the life she imagined for herself. Becky has always possessed a deep love of magic. Ever since she was a small child she has been fascinated with magicians, illusions, mystery, and the vague hope that there was some sort of real magic in the world. But this is a secret no one knows, or at least that’s what she thought. Until one day Becky finds a mysterious business card in her pocket that leads her to an equally mysterious man. He opens up a whole new world of possibilities to her, one with a tantalizing proposition that she never thought imaginable.
Could magic actually be real?
Becky is a very authentic character. Out of obligation to her family, she sacrifices her own happiness to work in a field she does not enjoy (and in close quarters with her cheating ex). Due to long hours at the office and a very shy demeanor, she is a bit of a loner with no real friends apart from the family business.
One of the few things that bring her joy is magic. She secretly studies the craft at home and wears costumes when she attends a magic show out of town. Believing her family would find her hobby ridiculous and shameful, Becky hides her love of magic from everyone. Through a course of mysterious events, Becky meets a man that not only encourages her to develop her craft, he offers to show her that magic is not just tricks with smoke and mirrors. She must decide if she wants to leave her “real world” behind in pursuit of a calling that gives her dull life new meaning and joy.
I liked the relationships between Becky and the 4 men introduced in this book. Her father (whom she tries to please), her ex (whom she tries to avoid), the hot cop (whom courts her) and the mysterious man (whom excites her). Ironically, it is the mysterious man that interacts with the real Becky; her guard is always up with the others for one reason or another.
This was an original take on a paranormal romance/adventure. If other books can focus on fairies, witches, demons and such, it is easy to enjoy a book about magic being more than just parlor tricks. I thought the book was well written and thought out. I very much look forward to the next book. I as eager as Becky to discover more about real magic and see what she does with this information!