Illicit by June Gray

May 9, 2016 Author Bio, Review 0 ★★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Illicit by June GrayIllicit by June Gray
Published by Self-Published on 27th April 2016
Genres: Erotic Fiction, Forbidden, Romance
Pages: 246
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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I never meant to be the other woman…

Jake and I felt a connection the moment he walked into my life, an attraction both of us tried so hard to deny. Still, I found myself longing for the very thing I couldn’t have.

I didn’t set out to fall in love with Jake. Not when he clearly wasn’t mine.

He was my mother’s.


Reviewed by Shannon

*I received an E-ARC in exchange for review*

I have been in a major book funk the last few months. The only books I’ve been able to read are the ones for my family’s book podcast even though I don’t always choose the books. Anyway, I haven’t read a book besides that since February and I’ve been okay with that. A lot of books seem to have the same storyline or characters and I was getting tired of that. However, when June Gray asks if you want an ARC of her newest book you always say yes! This storyline was new territory for me since I don’t like to read forbidden love stories but I trust June to give a great story so I took a chance. And I am so glad I did! This book was amazing and addictive on so many levels. I read it in two days and that is something that hasn’t happened in a very long time. I was constantly on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what would happen and every time I thought it would go one way it went another. It was amazing!

The idea of Joss, a 20 year old, falling for her mom’s boyfriend, Jake, was definitely not something I typically read. I try to steer away from forbidden romances or cheating of any kind. I have been known to break the cheating rule from time to time especially for authors I trust to give a compelling story and not make me hate the cheaters. June Gray is one of those authors that I just dive in no matter what. I had seen a few teasers of Illicit but I didn’t know much other than it was about a girl who fell for her mom’s boyfriend. I never knew if Jake ever fell for her and not knowing made me nervous and sad for Joss. I don’t feel like knowing or not knowing would lessen your enjoyment of the book but it did make me more eager to find out. Trust me there was a lot to keep you wanting to read anyway. Besides that plot point there was so much awesomeness and story that the book just flew by. The teasers definitely doesn’t do it justice but also does a great job of not spoiling anything for you. The book does have situations and moments that will make you cringe and maybe feel uncomfortable but I think that’s to be expected when reading a story like this. For me, it just made me want to read the book faster to find out what would happen next. Sure it did make me want to slap a little sense into the characters but that didn’t last long. The fact that situations were not dragged out helped a ton.

If I haven’t convinced you yet to read this book then let me try to persuade you some more. Besides a great story, June does a fabulous job of writing characters and their behaviors. They never feel overly dramatic or unrealistic. They all have great depth and their motivations for the most part are things I can understand and sympathize with. I say for the most part because the idea of falling for your mom’s boyfriend still gives me the creeps haha. But I guess not all mom’s date a hot guy like Jake so there is that to think about.

Seriously though, read this book! It is so good and will give you all the feels…mostly anxiety and anticipation but it is worth it. I loved this book and love this author. She never disappoints and will definitely get you out of any book funk you may have.

About June Gray

June Gray is a daydreamer who, at the age of ten, penned a short story inspired by a Judy Blume novel and has been unable to stop writing since. She loves to tell stories that titillate and enrage, that break the reader’s heart and put it back together again.

Her fairy-tale life has been lived on four different continents—most recently, in a two-hundred-forty-year-old castle in rural Germany owned by a Graf. She was born in the Philippines, raised in Australia, and now calls the United States home. She can currently be found enjoying the shores of Miami with her husband, two daughters, and a miniature schnauzer.

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