Mirage by Ashley Suzanne
Mira and Kylee meet Danny and Skylar during freshmen orientation, their first week of college. Two sets of best friends embark on a new adventure together, forming life long bonds. Mira and Danny are looking forward to their future as husband and wife.
Everything is going according to plan, until tragedy strikes them on graduation night leaving three broken people to pick up the pieces. Skylar has always stood in the background, watching his best friend begin a life with the woman he’s always been in love with until he can no longer keep a distance.
Right when Mira thinks her life is back on track it spirals out of control. What if everything you thought you knew was nothing more than a mirage?
Mirage is a New Adult book with themes for the 18+ crowd. My review, however, is clean.
I picked Mirage up to break up the string of paranormal romances I had been reading. The premise sounded interesting enough. Right away, you know one of the four friends has died, and the rest of the story follows the remaining friends through the eyes of Mira and Skyler, primarily Mira. I found this dual POV approach to be rather effective for the story as a whole. You can’t help but feel for them. Mira for losing her fiance, and Skyler for having been in the background pining away for Mira as she is with his best friend and views him . They are both such real situations, and although I have not suffered the way Mira has, who hasn’t been in Skyler’s situation in one form or another?
Six months after what was supposed to be a very happy day, Mira is starting to put her life back on track and life shoves her and Skyler together. With Kylee moving to start a new job, Skyler takes her room in the apartment she shared with Mira. Things then move very quickly between the two of them, as in the first night he’s there quickly. If anything, this is an element that threw me out a bit, I could definitely see this happening (it wouldn’t have been much of a story without it), but even a paragraph to explain that a couple of weeks went by instead of it being the first night would have made it more believable in my eyes.
The resulting reaction on Mira’s part is completely believable, however, and a year passes before she sees Skyler again. What results is a good story on their trying to find each other and themselves to see where they stand. It was at times emotional, lots of feels with this one, and there was definitely quite a bit of steam too. The book was more than just the steaminess for sure.
I noticed numerous typos throughout the book, ranging from misspellings to the misuse of a homophone to the occasional tense change. I even noticed a couple of Myra/Mira switches. However, they were not enough to throw me out of the story. Despite being a writing tutor and term-paper editor in college, and thus highly enjoying taking red pens to written text, typos in almost any fiction book don’t bother me all that much. When they do, usually words have to be missing or the language so stilted that I have trouble keeping with the flow, and Mirage did not have this issue. Overall, an additional set of editing eyes would have proved beneficial as I know that typos are a major issue for some readers. I just don’t happen to be one of them.
Mirage was a relatively quick read that I finished in one sitting. I enjoyed the characters, and the twist at the ending totally threw me on my head. I did not see it coming at all and kudos to Ashley Suzanne for that! This sets up for quite the emotional conflict in Book 2. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out!