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Just an Illusion - Encore

(The Illusion #5)

4.76  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Sawyer Weston has done the unthinkable—he’s fallen for his brother's girl. He’d never purposefully hurt Noah, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen if he can’t get Amelia out of his system.
A stolen kiss between them finally brings Sawyer to his senses. No matter how much he wants her, Amelia has made her choice.
When tragedy strikes, Sawyer finds himself taking on mor
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published November 19th 2018 by Dee Kelly

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Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
*****5 STARS*****

I’m broken in the best way possible. I also feel a huge amount of peace. I don’t have the words now to express how I’m feeling but I will soon.

Review to come...
book bruin
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful way to close this epic series! It's an emotional roller coaster for sure, but as quickly as the story breaks you, it also heals you. Though the original story concluded with book 3, the story was retold from Sawyer's POV in books 4 & 5, so Just an Illusion - Encore should only be read after enjoying the previous books.

This final part of the story from Sawyer's POV was pure heartbreak at times. The conflict he faced and the vulnerability he experienced had me reaching for the tis
Dawn Cunningham Roether
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, rockstar

This book is written from Sawyer's POV, for Nate. So Nate will know Sawyer's love for Him, Noah and Mel. Sawyer loves Nate so fiercely and this book outlines how his love for Noah morphed into a great love for Nate. Encore showcases how strong, yet vulnerable Sawyer can be. When Sawyer reached out to Eli for help, Eli made me proud talking about his faith with Sawyer. MercyMe --You got me with that song, D. Kelly-- Now I can't wait for Eli's story.

This story could only be shared b
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG what did I just read? I can't believe it. Just an Illusion - Encore by D. Kelly was nothing like expected and at the same time more I had dreamed of.
Just an Illusion - Enore is book five in her Just an Illusion series and not a standalone. I strongly recommend to read first the previous book, Just an Illusion - Unplugged.
While Just an Illusion A Side - B Side and EP are told in Mel's POV, are Just an Illusion - Unplugged and Encore are told from Sawyer's POV. I knew reading this book would
Melissa  ❤️ bookaddict_fanatic
"We always had a spark, but our story is one best lived slowly." - Sawyer Weston

How do I even begin to put into words how much this book means to me? I have read this series from beginning to end and this is definitely one of those reads that will stay with you long after you've inhaled the final words, one of those that you'll have to re-read, one you'll highly recommend. Encore was an emotional journey filled with loss, heartbreak, friend/family bonds, second chances and LOVE. This book is and
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just an Illusion Encore was such a fantastic read. It really is a must read story after you've read the previous books in this series. Trust me, you will want to read this series from the very beginning. We get to experience everything from Sawyer's point of view. The wanting, loving, heartache, resentment, heartbreaking, devastating, heartfelt, happy moments and so much more. Sawyer's journey to redemption, love and his happy ever after is one that can only be told by him. There were no tears o ...more
Misti Sonntag
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What is fate to you? Do you believe in it? Sawyer & Mel may have not believed in it at first. After everything life has thrown at them there is no other may to explain it.

This book is written from Sawyer’s perspective. If you have read the other books from the series you may know how the story goes. But you don’t know it all. There are things that only Sawyer can tell and hasn’t been said yet. Also lots of the end of the story that’s not been told yet.

Dee did a beautiful job finding all the mu
Karie Gibson
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me say I savored this book! This series has been in my heart would from the very first book. This author made me feel like I actually knew the people in them. This last book was Sawyer's view. It pulled at my heart and made me fall for him even more. I can tell she poured her heart and soul into this book. It was a perfect ending and I'm sad to see it's over. I know we'll get more in the spin off series and I absolutely can't wait!!! ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Incredible ending…

This story/series has had me in its grip from the start. If you haven’t read the previous books do that before starting this satisfying ending. There is an overarching plot that binds the characters together in an emotional whirlwind of love, loss and life…

Sawyer and Mel have had a bumpy relationship and if you’ve come this far you know what has happened to them and their friends and family. I stay away from stories that make me cry – I run from them – but I couldn’t help but b
Marina Skinner
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars plus

I need to start by saying you had to have read the previous books in this series before reading this one, as it's a series that must be read in order.

This book though....I had so many much heart and soul in Sawyer's story I had trouble reading through my tears.
What he goes through along with his family and friends is nothing short of devastating and to end up the way he has, will not only surprise you but make you see his huge heart.
It goes without saying that Sawyer, Me
Eileen Robinson
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
I knew having read other books in this series that this would be an emotional read and boy was wrong. It was more emotional than i prepared for!!
Sawyer Weston is a complicated man, the arrogant rock star, doing everything in excess, but as we all know, life can change in an instant, and change so dramatically that we have to give up almost everything we thought or planned. From the darkness of grief and loss to the healing and learning to live without a part of your soul, this book takes us on
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The chemistry of this series continues in this last installment as the sexy heartbreaker Sawyer Weston shares his side of this poignant story as he try’s to win the heart of his Princess Amelia Triton Greyson. This book is as heart melting as the first . The characters are flawed and real. Mel and Sawyer will have you crying, laughing and feeling everything. Dee Kelly’s words are magical as she details the heartbreak of the royalty of rock and you realize that tragedy and happily ever-after some ...more
Susan Trewick
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not a standalone, you must read the previous books in this series and what a series it is! What a journey the reader has been taken on, now we finally get Sawyers point of view, he wrote this for Nate about his love for Amelia, Noah that fateful night and the aftermath. Once again the reader is taken on an emotional roller coaster, I felt like my heart had been ripped out again, shredded and then handed back to me! Sawyer puts his heart and soul on the line in this book, we get to see hi ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This whole series was absolutely amazing, but this book was EVERYTHING! These characters, the love, the loss, the heartache, the pain...this book makes you feel it all. Mel and Sawyer's love story is imperfect and challenging, but their happily ever after is so very deserved.

I never want to let these characters go!!! Reading this book and learning about how this group of friends/family moves forward following unimaginable heartbreak both tore at my heartstrings and healed a piece of my heart. D
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Outstanding Heartfelt Rock Romance

For those of us who have been following the Just An Illusion series you think the next book cannot out do the last book. How sorely mistaken we have been!! Ms. Kelly has thought of another way to have our hearts soaring and then has your heart breaking in no time.

This whole series has been exceptional and Encore only adds to this. This is Sawyer’s story and even though I love Noah I’ve always had that special place in my heart for the bad boy rock star. Even
Avidez Literaria
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I hear you Noah. It’s all a bit much to handle right now, but I’m trying, I promise. Damn, I miss you.”

Continuing the story from Sawyer's point of view, the fifth book in the series again brings all the feeling of loss, pain, despair and anguish. Showing the events after the accident, we see how Sawyer got lost, and we follow all his questions, his grief and even his guilt.
As already said in the previous book review, the story has already been told, we are only revisiting it, but even so, the s
Jackie Wright
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where to start ... what to say that hasn’t already been said....
Well I guess I need to say you need to read the previous books to really get the best out of Just an Illusion-Encore. This is book 5 and just when you think it can’t get any better this author ups her game once again and gives us a book that I certainly didn’t want to end, I was captivated as this book took over , I couldn’t put it down. This series is one that I will read over and over again and finally getting Sawyer’s point of vi
I fell in love with the Just An Illusion series shortly before the second book came out and it continues to be one of my most recommended and most cherished series. Encore simply reinforced everything that has come before it. I guess I should point out that this book is not a standalone, you really need to start with Just An Illusion Side A and work your way up from there. Invest in a case of tissues. I am not a crier, but Encore saw more shed. Maybe not as much as some books in the series, and ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sawyer Completely Steals Your Heart
I think my title sums up the story of Encore. This is part two of Sawyer’s POV. The best thing about this POV is that it wasn’t a typical POV where it’s simply a repeat of the story you read in someone’s else words. Dee Kelly took you in the heart, mind and soul of Sawyer and it was absolutely beautiful. If he didn’t manage to make you fall for him in Unplugged, your heart will seriously be completely and utterly stolen in Encore. Keep your tissues handy, it’s
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book is all about Sawyer POV, his heart out about Nate, Noah and Mel.

I’ve been waiting for this book forever and OMG Dee you’re AMAZING!

This series kept my heart on the sleeve, so much love and heartfelt and tears so much tears.

Sawyer is a family man.

The love he has for his family is so overwhelming, the memory of Noah, all his kids, Nate and Princess, the series was a gift to us.

I genuinely believe that life gives us no more than we can carry, sometimes we lost sometimes we gain, but life
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I took my time reading this one. I kept going back to another Thanksgiving a few years back when Side A stole my heart & I couldn’t get the characters out of my head after I finished it. What an absolutely breathtaking way to end this series. I have cried happy & sad tears throughout this entire series, but I think Sawyer’s POV gutted me the most. Bravo Dee Kelly! Thank you for sharing your masterpieces with us!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle
Dee is very good at telling the story from the male POV and making it seem like a whole new story. This one didn’t quite feel like a new story, but it didn’t feel like a rehash either. While there were tears (both happy and sad), this book wasn’t quite as emotional as all the others. This was an excellent ending to the journey. I loved the bonus epilogue.
Stefanie Kral
✯✯5 Beautiful Stars!!!✯✯

What an amazing conclusion to an amazing story!! While this might not be the end for the men of Bastards and Dangerous. But, it’s the end of Mel, Noah and Sawyer’s story.

This is the last part of Sawyer’s book. He’s been writing his POV down so one day Nate and Cadence will get his side of the story of their parents Noah and Belle and the story of him and Mel falling in love.

Even though this and the previous book are kinda retelling Mel’s story but it’s in Sawyer’s P
Reading with 2 book lovers
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story broke me, I can't get enough of these characters and story!
I love this series so much, highly recommend this book.
Bel McQuillan
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Epically Sensational Dee Kelly Truly Delivers 1,000,000,000%

Raw, Visceral, heart wrenching and ever so amazing

Be capitulated into the final book in The Illusion Series
Experience first hand account from Sawyer's perspective

From the moment the page loaded, I became captivated by Sawyers intro
and into where Unplugged left readers eager for more..

Definitely a recommended read ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'s all the way

Words cannot convey the true organic experience of Encore --
From soul wrenching tears, to joyous laug
☆ tweety ~ purplebass ☆
Before my review, a friendly reminder that you need to read the first four books (or at least the first three, Just an Illusion Side A, Side B and EP), or you'll be spoiled big time or either confused about some parts of the story that the author didn't mention in detail like in the books from Amelia's POV.

Encore is the second and last book from Sawyer's perspective. Obviously, if you've read the story so far, you'd know what happened in the past. Sawyer was always good at journaling and writing
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
Oh my word, at 13% I'd had to break the tissues out twice!

This book can't be read as a stand alone. It is part of a five, yes FIVE book series. Had I known, at the start, that this was going to be a 5 book journey, I might not bothered to read it. After all, how can one story sustain 5 books you may ask yourself. Well D Kelly has proved that it is possible to write 5 amazing books about a truly wondrous, sometimes heartbreaking but always amazing, love story.

I would highly recommend a re-read o
Amelia Autin
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

Seems as if I've been waiting forever for this last installment of a five-book series I loved. Was it perfect? No. Was it a perfect end to the series? Absolutely.

I didn't think I could get teary-eyed when I knew (and have known since early on in the series) the heartbreaking truths covered in this book, and the very end, during the second epilogue, that's exactly what happened; the author pulled off a near-miracle, and I found myself blinking rapidly to hold back tears. D. Kel
Jenny  (Jenz Book Jewels)
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sawyer is a heart thief

OMG Dee you have had me crying so many times reading this book even with knowing what the future outcome was going to be after reading Unplugged. This book totally slayed me, I don't think I've cried so much reading a book ever.

This book gives love grief, sadness, jealousy, happiness and love of epic proportions


Sawyer pours all his heart breaking POV out, from the Side-A all the way to his HEA.
He loves fiercely and will do anything to help people. A &
Ashley Jasper
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure my heart was ready for the conclusion to the Illusion Series. Part of me wanted to know how it all ended. Another part of me wants the series to go on forever. And the other part of me didn't want D. Kelly to keep ripping my hearts to bits. Rest assured that while Encore got emotional at times, it wasn't the sob fest I was expecting. In fact, I laughed a lot.

Seeing everything from Sawyer's side didn't change how I felt about Noah or Mel. But it changed how I felt about him. I get h
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