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Family Illusions (A Hidden Dangers Novel, #1)

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Charlie Gomez’s life has never been easy. To shield her from her family’s dark past, her mother raised her as an illegal immigrant. She’s spent her life scraping by, never believing anything better was possible. Her mother’s death brings an unexpected windfall - she finally has the opportunity to search for the truth. Now she has a job, a place, and a purpose. The only neg ...more
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Published September 20th 2016 by Rosevine Publishing
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Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best novels I've read in a while. It's one of those books which you start reading and then forget about everything else. As the plot thickens, you will find yourself more and more intrigued, and won't be able to wait until it ends. Beautifully written, this book is a whole package, with suspense and mystery at the center of it. I loved all the characters, in fact, I loved everything about this book.

Charlie thought her mother was paranoid but she is in for a surprise. Apparentl
Doward Wilson
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An awesome read! Kept my attention and couldn't put it down! A little romance with lots of thrills, suspense and a twisted mystery plot. Meet Charlie Gomez who learned just before her mother's death that they were not illegal immigrants but actual US citizens. Her mother had been hiding them from someone in her past and now Charlie has to find out who and why? When Jaxon Roberts, the adopted son of her unknown and recently deceased father tracks Charlie from Los Angeles to New York to present he ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Family Illusions ( A Hidden Dangers Novel-Book One), by Bess George, introduces the reader to Charlie Gomez who is cleaning rooms in a seedy Los Angeles hotel in order to eke out an existence. Raised by her mother and told that they are illegal immigrants, she has learned to survive by being inconspicuous. Charlie's discovery of documents proving they are not illegal immigrants and that her mother's real last name is not Gomez reaffirms her belief that her mother needs psychiatric help. Sadly, t ...more
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (01/17)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Family Illusions’ by Bess George on Blogcritics.

“Family Illusions” is the first book in the new Hidden Dangers romantic suspense series by award winning author, Bess George.

Charlie Gomez grew up believing that she was an illegal immigrant. Her mother had taken off when she was pregnant with her because she was afraid of “El Diablo.” Charlie believed that this man was probably her father. Charlie’s mother al
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice, entertaining read

Family illusions is a thrilling read with a nice plot and gripping moments towards the end to keep readers well entertained.

The story revolves around Charlie Gomez, a simple girl trying to make ends meet living in one of the slum areas in Los Angeles. Little did she know that she is actually the granddaughter of a prominent business figure in Miami, albeit one involved in shady and illegal trade. This mob-like atmosphere was the main reason her mother went into hiding y
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars
This is the first time I have read a Bess George book, and I was drawn in from beginning to end. She has a wonderful ease about her writing that is intriguing, informative, and very enjoyable. This modern tale of family revalations and romance was a pleasure to read. Her characters are complex and yet very real. They have believable strengths and weaknesses, and I enjoyed learning about their world through different point of views. I truly look forward to reading her future wor
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Family Illusions by Bess George was an intriguing read that took me right into the pages of an unexpected plot. Charlie has no idea what she's set in motion with what she does with some papers she finds that her mother has hidden. Then the death of her mother sends Charlie to places she never dreamed she'd end up, living a life she didn't think she'd ever have, finding people she never knew existed and a part of her that was always missing. When Jaxon appears in Charlie's orbit, there is a lot o ...more
Rebecca Austin
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-magic
Charlie Gomez has not had an easy life with her mom, Elsa. Charlie believes that Elsa suffers from delusional paranoia as she has always been looking out behind her and worried about El Diablo. When Elsa dies, Charlie and her best friend Jasmine move to New York City but they haven't left everything behind.

Jaxon Roberts has a Private Investigator and has been running his adopted father's business. His father, Charles, never got over being left by Elsa and always believed the best about her. When
Sandy Grissett
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book by Bess George about Charlie who recently found out that she is not an illegal immigrant yet her mom is hiding from the devil and she feels her mother's mind is not as it should be. She wants to get her mother help and knowing they are not illegal immigrants pushes her to reach out. When her mother passes away she realizes she is being followed and then we find out the person who is following her is Jaxson, who was raised by her father who also passed away. Charlie learned t ...more
Brittany Shivers
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Danger awaits but love follows.

Charlie was raised as an illegal immigrant by her mom. A chain of events revealed the truth and the whispered fear of El Diablo.

When a stranger brings surprising news Charlie embarks on an adventure much like the ones she reads in the novels she reads.

Jaxon was blindsided when he unearthed the daughter of his adopted father Charles McKenzie, founder of private detective firm McKenzie Investigations Jaxon now owns.

Charlie and Jaxon bicker over her decision to join
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charlie was raised by her mother as an illegal immigrant. After her death, she is informed of the truth; she's not illegal and her father, Charles, owned an investigation company. Never having a true job, most of her previous jobs were under-the-table cleaning jobs, Charlie negotiates with Jaxon to start at the bottom of the company and work her way up.

Jaxon loved Charles, the man who saved him from the streets when he was child. Convinced Charlie is hiding something, he agrees to her terms so h
LuAnn Rodriquez
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like romantic suspense, this is a wonderful book! So well-written that after I started it, I could not put it down and would have stayed up all night to finish it if that had been necessary. As characters, Charlie and Jaxson are a pleasure to get to know and their love for each other is powerful against many odds and appealing. Both having hungered all their lives for the traditional concept of family, but each having grown up in a much more painful situation, they learn the true heart-de ...more
Romina Ramos
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Family Illusions is a mind-wrecker: I couldn't keep mists out of my eyes, couldn't calm my pulse raising, couldn't control my teeth gritting, couldn't calm my hands trembling to turn over pages. The book is a sail through a stormy sea with a bright sunshine for an end!

The book started out humbly. Characters were introduced in a fast-paced manner but the author, Bess George, was able to tell so much about every character with just a glimpse.

This book must also belong to the
Christine Croke
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great first book in the series! Very impressive. The suspense and action keep you on your toes while the romance has you smiling. Charlie had lived with a mother full of fear and paranoia her whole life. When her mother passes on she finds out that maybe she should have stayed hidden. Jaxson was adopted by a father she never knew. She is now the heir to her father's business. Jaxson is not happy about this and sparks fly. In between this she meets family and the big action begins. Betraya ...more
Linda Rimer-Como
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A really interesting read that holds you from beginning to end. The characters are unique and have great interactions and connections. This story is full of determination, fear and desire. This was a new author for me but I look forward to reading more of their work in the future.

Gifted a copy for an honest review.
InD'tale Magazine
Look out Agatha Christie, there’s a new kid on the block!

Read full review in the 2016 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.
megan wykle
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read by this author, and it will not be my last. This was amazing read. It has a good solid plot and an amazing cast of characters. It kept me interested until the end.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rosemary Lekman
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really enjoyable and entertaining book. Its so skillfully written. The plot very interesting. The characters are so appealing. It has intrigue, suspense, humor, romance, mystery etc. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Reading Rowlet
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

This was an okay read! I really liked Charlie she was a really well written character, I loved her determination and stubbornness and her stutter from being nervous was a cute flaw. Actually I liked almost all of the characters in this book they were well written and very likable (Tony was another favorite!). The story line was very interesting and kept me turning pages so I could see what happened next, the a
Ottilee B.

If wishes were horses, I'd rather WALK.

Poor Charlie Gomez. Not because of being unloved but she's well, poor. Her mother has convinced her they're illegal aliens and she grows up an undocumented worker. She believes her mother to be slightly schizophrenic as she cautions Charlie about El Diablo. When she locates some papers to get her mother help, Charlie inadvertently is 'on the radar' for the first time.

This plot and the characterization felt very real. I could imagine this happening.

Terry Moskowitz
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
All Charlie ever wanted was a huge family. She doesn't understand why her life was always on the run. When her Mom passes away and she is left with her best friend she is at a loss.
Jaxon had a crappy childhood and was lucky enough to be found and saved. The only thing he promised his adopted Father was that he would find his long lost child.

He finds her and she is not interested t first, however she drives a bargain he can't resist and their working together life begins. The heat also begins, a
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story will keep you engaged and turning the pages with a riveting story line full of suspense and surprises! Although I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by Bess George before this one, I can tell you that she will be on my must read list now! This is one of the best romantic suspense's I have read in a long time!

Charlie is a young lady that has always had just what she needed. Her mom provided for her and gave her what she needed, but they were not well off at all. Charlie's mo
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charlie grew up with her mom keeping her in the shadows and always told they were immigrants. So after her mother dies and she found the out the truth she was hurt and upset that her life was a lie.
Jaxon was rescued from his life on the streets when he was adopted by a wealthy man. But when his father passed away he was surprised by the secrets of his fathers past, there was a biological heir.
Jaxon sought out the heir, but she was thinking someone was after her. Little did she know he was the
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book Review Blog:
It's safe to say everyone knows I have an obsession with books covers. They're important because they set the mood for the novel and this cover is a perfect example of that! Immediately, I was drawn to this book. I didn't have to read the description to know this was going to be a suspenseful mystery because the cover already told me so. Excellent choice, Ms. George! The style and image create an exciting gateway to the suspenseful like S
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! It's a very good romantic suspense book. The story focuses a lot on family. First, Charlie's family is her mother, who is paranoid, but raises her to be a hard worker and kind. Then, she learns about other family, her unknown father, who raises an adoptive son, Jaxon, who originally was living on the streets. As she gets to know the people from the detective agency she works at, they become family. Meanwhile, her mother's father and cousin find her and try to get her to come ...more
Family Illusions is the first book in the Hidden Dangers Novel series by Bess George. Ms. George skillfully delivers a story filled with intrigue, suspense, romance, action, family secrets, and mystery. As you read the tension and drama within the plot are palpable. The characters are well developed within a tightly woven plot and an undercurrent of unanticipated twists and turns. Imagine being raised as an illegal immigrant living in the shadows even though you are actually a natural born citiz ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, suspense
I was given the opportunity to read an electronic copy of Family Illusions. This is my honest opinion of the book.

Charlie Gomez has been living the lifestyle of an illegal immigrant, but discovers that her mother perpetrated the lie. In an effort to get her ill mother the help she needs, Charlie unknowingly sets off a chain of events that threatens her life. When Jaxon Roberts, private investigator and adoptive son to Charles McKenzie, delivers a surprising message, Charlie has an unexpected fut
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Reading this book was in interesting experience. While I was interested in the storyline of Charlie Gomez's life unfolding before me, and I was interested to find out where this fairytale romance would lead, there were a lot of things that spoiled the journey for me. I liked Charlie's grit and determination to make the most of her life after she inherits a home and a business from a father she never knew. I liked her sincere desire to learn a business so she could take care of herself. I really ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ahhh Charlie and Jaxon, how I love thee. Charlie had a difficult childhood, being led to believe they were illegal immigrants and living with her mother (Elsa) with a mental illness. Jaxon's childhood was different after he was taken in by Charles, Charlie's biological father. With Charles and Elsa both gone, circumstances have Charlie and Jaxon meet and Charlie gets herself a job in Jaxon's business. Jaxon is not happy but needs the money so has to go along with the deal. Charlie starts to lear ...more
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