Man-dango! This book gave me whiplash… in a good way. Beautiful Delusions follows a single mother, Kaylee, through a very turbulent time in her life. Kaylee’s had it rough. Her first partner, and the father of her two kids, was (is still?) a drug addict. Her second relationship was to a man who beat her and abused her, both physically and emotionally, to within an inch of her life. Kaylee’s resultant PTSD plays a major role in this story as she tries to cope with multiple crises: custody disputes, a possible stalker, and the questionable ‘support’ of her immediate family.
When a figure from Kaylee’s past, Griffin, resurfaces in the guise of her new therapist (he’s a legit PTSD therapist, but he does have ulterior motives) it’s just one more obstacle Kaylee has to overcome. Griffin is a great guy! As a reader I liked him right away. Former Special Forces, he helps vets back on their feet, employing many in his security firm. Good thing too, because with the help of his younger brother and a handful of Army buddies, Griffin’s gonna have his hands full keeping Kaylee and her kids safe.
The romance aspect of this book was a tad predictable, but did that detract at all from my enjoyment? Hell no! There were so many other curve balls flying toward Kaylee that I appreciated the steadfastness of their burgeoning relationship. Kaylee’s PTSD flashbacks were incredibly well written and portrayed. As someone who works in the women’s healthcare field, I applaud Ms Winters for taking on such a challenging topic as domestic violence induced PTSD. It couldn’t have been easy, but it was portrayed with aplomb. Beautiful Delusions is part of a series, however the book tidies up well, and includes a sneak peek at the next installment, thereby avoiding the dreaded cliffhanger. Needless to say, I will be reading the next book in the series soon!
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