Illusions of Evil by Lily White

Illusions of Evil

CONFESS.It's what he said to me across his altar, what he demanded so that I would be pure.In the moment he blessed me with his virtue, I was no longer the woman I'd once been.I was Eve.His light. His salvation. His bridge to Heaven's gate.I failed him because my faith was not strong enough.He punished me for not giving in.Resisting temptation is never easy.Not when his ha...

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Illusions of Evil Reviews

  • Lily White
  • Elle

    WOWZA! I, honestly, no words. TOTALLY not what I have in mind. This is a "special" review for my beloved queen of mindfuck,

    on Halloween. This book has been on hold by the author for such a long time and really worth it. Based on the cover, you realize that it has religious theme and for some people may offended. Also,

    Anyway, I hope this isn't too spoiler-ish for your eyes.

    Father Jacob Hayle found a mysterious woman in his church but

    WOWZA! I, honestly, no words. TOTALLY not what I have in mind. This is a "special" review for my beloved queen of mindfuck,

    on Halloween. This book has been on hold by the author for such a long time and really worth it. Based on the cover, you realize that it has religious theme and for some people may offended. Also,

    Anyway, I hope this isn't too spoiler-ish for your eyes.

    Father Jacob Hayle found a mysterious woman in his church but she keep call him "Elijah". Sedra or "Eve" believe she's being tested by him because of the incident she caused. Confused yet intrigued, Jacob is trying to solve her existence by himself while his church attacked by someone he knows.

    As a man who grown up in a religious family, Jacob is not a saint. His calling to be a priest was caused by his dark past. It keeps haunting him everyday and he needs redemption. I didn't really connect with Jacob at first but, I enjoyed his POV. Yes, he's very devoted and faithful man but no one's perfect. In the end, Jacob didn't have enough power to stop the evil presence.

    The story was told from multiple POVs, but mostly between Jacob and Eve. There's not much info about the real Eve is. She was introduced as Sedra at first and there's some kind of initiation that transform her into "Eve". It isn't my first book about cult but this one really terrified me the most. I still couldn't understand what's the purpose of it. But, Eve is just a pawn on this disturbing game.

    Everything in this book are crazy! My logical brain still hurts to think about it. Honestly, I couldn't put this book down because there is always something surprising on each chapter. Anyway, the erotic scene only happened on a few last chapters. Jacob was so freakin' HOT! I think I missed his old-self. *pervy sigh* Overall, this book didn't satisfy my curiosity about what, when, how, ets. And I can't wait for the next.

  • CC

    Jacob Hayle is a Catholic priest who runs a small-town church in a socio-economically depressed and fairly isolated locale. For 12 years, he abstained from his dark and sinful ways, but when a mysterious woman arrives on church grounds, Jacob begins to be truly tested with temptation in his sequestered sanctuary. Praying for strength to overcome, Jacob soon realizes someone else seems to be controlling his fate.

    Jacob Hayle is a Catholic priest who runs a small-town church in a socio-economically depressed and fairly isolated locale. For 12 years, he abstained from his dark and sinful ways, but when a mysterious woman arrives on church grounds, Jacob begins to be truly tested with temptation in his sequestered sanctuary. Praying for strength to overcome, Jacob soon realizes someone else seems to be controlling his fate.

    Eve represents all that is pure and offers her supplication with blind allegiance. Caught in the web of deceit and malevolence, she willingly chooses to obey as a means of absolving her masochistic guilt.

    As the level of manipulation escalates, Jacob’s resolve begins to descend into temptation and the beast within craves to be sated. Though he tries to fight, Jacob’s past is a constant reminder of how destructive and evil he can be. For Eve, she readily accepts the pain and ultimately surrenders to the pleasure.

    Told in multiple POVs but with a focus on Jacob, the character development is measured with an ominous tone permeating the landscape. Knowing Jacob laments his past adds to the internal battle of staying true to his vows as a priest. His fight is deeply interesting as this dynamic depicts a timeless conflict with the addition of good versus evil. With Eve’s perspective she actually causes more of an imbalance and adds tension due to her role.

    From the beginning, I was intrigued by Jacob’s struggle and how it was going evolve for him personally and professionally. At times, I wanted Jacob to remain resilient but the moments when he exposed his vulnerabilities truly showed his flaws. As for the creator of this madness, his character and purpose remains an enigma but I am curious to know how far it will go. With Eve, she was the toughest character for me to understand in her completely brainwashed state. Despite knowing her background and comprehending how such a situation can arise, part of me was waiting for her moment of revelation.

    This is a story that lures the reader from the first page and offers some twists while pushing the theme of virtuous against heretic. There are times when I wanted more action but I liked the tension and layers of mystery. I especially liked the sacrilegious actions that led to some hot moments.

    In

    flaws and sins are pushed to limits. I recommend and look forward to reading the conclusion in book two!

    Illusions Duet:

  • Selene

    Father Jacob Hayle quickly jumps into action when he sees that a woman has collapsed in the courtyard of his parish. The stranger bears a

    to a woman he once loved and her safety becomes his priority

    he finds out that his brother has brainwashed this woman into being the perfect submissive specimen. What Jacob doesn't realize is that his brother plans to resurrect the old

    they once played together, and this time, it's Jacob who has to figure out how to stay five s

    Father Jacob Hayle quickly jumps into action when he sees that a woman has collapsed in the courtyard of his parish. The stranger bears a

    to a woman he once loved and her safety becomes his priority

    he finds out that his brother has brainwashed this woman into being the perfect submissive specimen. What Jacob doesn't realize is that his brother plans to resurrect the old

    they once played together, and this time, it's Jacob who has to figure out how to stay five steps ahead.

    I loved the idea of the

    and embracing his sinful nature once again!

    This story was really erotica fiction (not romance) with a quick pace, but the damsel-in-distress theme was too heavily played up for me, as was the "you're a whore" banter that was

    vocalized by the leader of manwhores himself, Elijah. I'd hoped to add Elijah to my love-to-hate-villains list, but by the end of this book, I found that I didn't care much for him or any of the other characters. Jacob was okay, but I wasn't wowed by him

    It also seemed like most of

    ► Ultimately, this story didn't grab me as passionately as some of this author's other stories and I craved more characterization. There were some parts that didn't quite add up and nagged at me, but hopefully those questions will be addressed in the next book to be released.

  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

    I am giving this cover 4 stars but to be honest I am not sure if I like it or I don't. It is a perfect representation of the story. The composition is excellent. I am not a HUGE fan of the title work or the placement of the author's name. But my main issue is it is just SO bright white. It wouldn't be so bad if the title work were a dark color but the silver color with the white makes it all blend into something that is a bit too stark and needs something to add a little depth to it.

    Well, this w

    I am giving this cover 4 stars but to be honest I am not sure if I like it or I don't. It is a perfect representation of the story. The composition is excellent. I am not a HUGE fan of the title work or the placement of the author's name. But my main issue is it is just SO bright white. It wouldn't be so bad if the title work were a dark color but the silver color with the white makes it all blend into something that is a bit too stark and needs something to add a little depth to it.

    Well, this was certainly an interesting little book. It wasn't at all what I thought it was going to be. That said, I enjoyed it nevertheless. This is the third book I have read by this author, and all of them have been unique and impressive. Miz White is quickly becoming a must read author for me.

    I think I am going to leave this review a bit on the vague side. I don't want to spoil any of the plot or twists and turns. The writing was fantastic, and it was well paced. The plot was engaging and multi-faceted and kept me turning the pages. The sex scenes were hot and reasonably plentiful. I wouldn't exactly call this romance, so I am not going to bother with outlining OW/OM drama. The characters were intriguing and relatively well developed. They were also nicely flawed. Slightly demented (OK maybe more than slightly). Suitably damaged and still, I found myself inexplicably drawn to them. I would have liked to have gotten a bit more background on the main ones but since there is going to be a book two hopefully more of that is coming. Fingers crossed...

    Not much left for me to say about this one. I liked it a lot, and I'm intrigued to see where this author is headed with this story and with these characters. This gets a solid two thumbs up from yours truly.

  • warhawke

    Dark Erotic Suspense

    Book 1 of 2

    First Person - Multiple

    Eve was the epitome of sin. Growing up, she was made to believe she existed for a purpose and the time had finally come for her to prove her faith. But the path to absolution was paved with endless temptations that she must endure in order to earn her place.

    I'm attracted to faith based erotic books like the damned attracted to sins. So this book was like the Devil's calling haha!

    Dark Erotic Suspense

    Book 1 of 2

    First Person - Multiple

    Eve was the epitome of sin. Growing up, she was made to believe she existed for a purpose and the time had finally come for her to prove her faith. But the path to absolution was paved with endless temptations that she must endure in order to earn her place.

    I'm attracted to faith based erotic books like the damned attracted to sins. So this book was like the Devil's calling haha!

    Eve was not an easy character to like. Even though I understand her situation, personally is it hard for me to accept her mentality because her behavior is against my nature lol! Clearly I'm not a fan of hers.

    There's not much I can say without spoiling the story. But I can say, generally, the dynamic of the characters is one of my favorite. It's always interesting to analyze the characters' actions and reactions. However, I wish I had more opportunity to do that myself instead of being told of the reasonings.

    Before starting the book, I expected it to be sinfully filthy. Earlier part of the book was so tame I almost lose faith. But after a certain point it became blasphemously dirty.

    Illusions of Evil is a story of faith and temptations. It would appeal to readers who don't mind pushing boundaries.

  •   KAT ⚛ Kitty Kat's Crazy About Books ⚛

    is a standalone dark erotic thriller by Lili White.

    Holy crappers!! Wow!! What a scintillating unputdownable sinfully sexy twisted read this was, what a fucked up crazy sick journey this one took me on. You know it's so so so wrong on so many levels but I shit you not the scenes in this were over the top hot!!

    I hate doing this but I have to write up a no frills review for this one, because seriously you need to go into this book blind, that's the only way to give this boo

    is a standalone dark erotic thriller by Lili White.

    Holy crappers!! Wow!! What a scintillating unputdownable sinfully sexy twisted read this was, what a fucked up crazy sick journey this one took me on. You know it's so so so wrong on so many levels but I shit you not the scenes in this were over the top hot!!

    I hate doing this but I have to write up a no frills review for this one, because seriously you need to go into this book blind, that's the only way to give this book any sort of justice it deserves. Don't even sneaky peak!!

    Ok so why I didn't give this 5 stars is because being honest I struggled with the very first few chapters, they felt disjointed, like it was explaining one scene in the past and then it jumped into the future leaps and bounds so I had to go back and re-read what I'd read then the story came into itself from about chapter 5 and from that point on I was sucked into this and for the life of me I couldn't put it down, visitors arrived, one coffee small chat and I was pushing them out the door only to hurry back to finish this.

    Don't be fooled by this author, I may have only read a few of her books and she may look all pretty and innocent but OMG let me tell you she runs towards the darkness, no tiptoeing for her and she will gladly take you down with her. And this book was no different, it was dark, twisted, sick get ready for this crazy ride because it's one you'll be wanting to take.

    There is twisted evil everywhere in this world which we’re privy to encountering within this book, pure evil resides. Eve has been brainwashed at such a young tender age but with that comes denial. This is her tale, it's not an easy tale to read but it's one that has you questioning your own morals.

    * Teaser is off the Authors FB page *

  • Mirjam

    This was a total mindfuck! However, while I enjoyed the overall story and deviousness I did found the story a bit dragging. Yes, we got it that he was a devoted man and was not allowed to sin that we were told over and over again.

    Through his kitchen window Father Jacob Hayle sees a

    This was a total mindfuck! However, while I enjoyed the overall story and deviousness I did found the story a bit dragging. Yes, we got it that he was a devoted man and was not allowed to sin that we were told over and over again.

    Through his kitchen window Father Jacob Hayle sees a

    He carried the woman, who

    , inside his church. Bringing this woman into his life is the start of a horrible chain of events to Jacob’s worst nightmare.

    When Jacob learns that this woman was brainwashed to be the perfect submissive by his twin brother Jericho aka Elijah, who he hasn’t seen in almost eighteen years, he is shocked to learn that Sedra aka Eve is his brother’s gift to him.

    Recognising the perfect masochist that Eve is, it does not take long for Jacob to answer the call of his dark urges.

    The way the story of the twin brother evolves is a colossal insidious intrigue and I am very much looking forward to the conclusion of their story and am anxious waiting for book 2,

    Part of the

    that has to read in order

  • Loyda

     

     

     

    was raised in an environment she couldn't comprehend since the age of ten.  Eleven years later she couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't; what was evil and whatnot.  As a true follower and believer, Eve did everything she had been thought.  She wanted to prove she was of worth to her leader; she wanted to show him her faith and discipline.

     

     

     

    was raised in an environment she couldn't comprehend since the age of ten.  Eleven years later she couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't; what was evil and whatnot.  As a true follower and believer, Eve did everything she had been thought.  She wanted to prove she was of worth to her leader; she wanted to show him her faith and discipline.

    I found this book interesting and the sins and erotic feels sometimes made me question my sanity but that didn't stopped me from wanting to read till the very end.  There was something about the secrets of a character I wanted to know so badly.  I felt I couldn't read fast enough to get to the bottom of everything.

     

    I honestly felt frustrated with Eve.  I mean, I understand that sometimes if you grow up in a different environment your mind could be confuse and brained washed but also I feel she could have some common sense.  There were some scenes where I wanted to slap her; like honestly I think if she had a bit of common sense she could have noticed few things but clearly she needs help.  One character believed she was innocent which I agree to an extent.

    This book was really good; I was not expecting the story to have such a twisted plot but yet so many things I cannot say because of spoilers.  The story itself kept me hooked from the beginning.  There were some twists I honestly didn't see coming but at the end I was still freaking full of questions which had me frustrated and screaming at my kindle.  I wanted one specific character to act a bit different; I still have my hopes so we shall see how this story will end in the conclusion on the next book. 

    Overall,

    would be appealing to readers who don't mind cult stories and don't mind stepping outside of their comfort zone.  This book will definably test your limits because is a story about temptations, desires and overall your faith.

     

  • Natalie The Biblioholic

    I swear, this book needs to come with

    warning labels. And I mean

    At one time, Eve was known as Sedra, a relatively ‘normal’ child with loving parents and a protective older brother. When she was 10 years old, her parents moved them to a community that was supposed to better for them - a nurturing environment. And that’s where Sedra’s life spiraled and she soon became Eve, the obsession of the cult leader, Elijah. Elijah was handsome and charismatic, convincing his followers that

    I swear, this book needs to come with

    warning labels. And I mean

    At one time, Eve was known as Sedra, a relatively ‘normal’ child with loving parents and a protective older brother. When she was 10 years old, her parents moved them to a community that was supposed to better for them - a nurturing environment. And that’s where Sedra’s life spiraled and she soon became Eve, the obsession of the cult leader, Elijah. Elijah was handsome and charismatic, convincing his followers that he was full of purity, that Eve was key to their salvation, and that together, the commune needed to help him either turn people to their cause or eliminate them. Jacob was Elijah’s identical twin brother, who also happened to be a priest, and his parish was in the neighboring town. These two brothers couldn’t be more alike and yet they were so different. This story tells of the darkness that lives inside each of these characters and it’s not only dark and depraved, it’s also twisted, eerie and wicked.

    While I had sympathy for Sedra/Eve, I was a bit confused by her behavior. I guess I couldn’t understand how she was brainwashed so easily. She didn’t seem so susceptible in the beginning. Elijah definitely ruled this story. He was the beginning and the end and a part of me couldn’t help but see everything through his eyes and try to understand. Between him and Jacob, I wasn’t sure who to root for because both had a black hole growing exponentially within them. I honestly don’t even know how I feel about this story. It’s definitely not over and I’m curious to see if there will be any light in part two,

    .

    October 18, 2017

    Dark Thriller

    Multiple - 1st person

    4.5 out of 5 (gritty and intense and taboo)

    Book 1


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