Review: Art of Sin by L.M. Halloran (Illusions #1)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

The longest distance in the world is the eighteen inches between the head and the heart, and my heart is a stubborn fucker that tells me she wouldn't just cut and run. That she loves me. Needs me. That we belong to each other. 
So I keep looking for her. 
Hoping for the impossible.

Art of Sin was my introduction to L.M. Halloran and her writing, so it goes without saying that I have yet to read the books on her back list. It wasn't until after I had finished this first book in the author's Illusions duet that I learned it's a spin-off of sorts of her Vision series, or at the very least, takes place in the same book universe. However, I'm happy to say that I was able to fully enjoy this novel independently of the aforementioned earlier series, although now I've added those books to my never-ending to-be-read list, right below the conclusion of this addictive duet.

I've been sitting in front of my computer, staring at the blinking cursor for God knows how many minutes already, trying to put into words why this book was as awesome as it was and why I want you to go and get a copy and devour it immediately. The thing is, how do I do that without giving anything away? Is it enough to say that twenty-nine-year-old Deirdre Moss is a female main character in a class all her own? In all my years of reading, I confess that my standards for heroines are more stringent than for heroes, and Deirdre blew past every single one of them.

To be honest, I hesitated when it came to my rating for this book. It had nothing to do with the quality of writing or the story development or even the cast of characters. I hesitated because I wondered if I was setting myself up for disappointment for book two by giving book one a high rating, but then why shouldn't I give this book what it deserves, right? That's the thing: Art of Sin went above and beyond what I was hoping for. Maybe there are parts that aren't everyone's thing, but if you love well-written stories, Art of Sin is one worthwhile read. Five-plus stars. ♥

Release Date: 07 March 2019

Date Read: 07 March 2019

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