Illicit Desires (The Deepest Desires #3) by Ashley James

Illicit Desires is an intensely emotional read that is definitely not for the faint of heart.

From the blurb:

Crew Collins
The rush of the high. The mind tingling feeling of that first line. This secret of mine has spiraled out of control, but I can’t stop. The drugs fill a void, helping me feel something and nothing all at once.

But him… He makes me feel everything.

Anderson Walker
He’s been my best friend for as long as I can remember. Thick as thieves. Life happened, our friendship has changed. Now I’m left with feelings I don’t know what to do with. There’s more to him hidden beneath the surface.

A dangerous secret.

A deadly obsession.

Love is worth fighting for. And the battle has just begun…

*Illicit Desires is the third book in The Deepest Desires interconnected series. It is a friends to lovers MM romance, and it touches on heavy subjects, such as drug use and overdose.

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

I am always hesitant about reading stories where overcoming addictions are the focal point, mainly because of being an addiction counselor and witnessing these issues daily. But was I utterly shocked and amazed at the intensity of which Ashley captured even the minute details and suffering of drug addiction!  I thoroughly felt Crews’ pain and loneliness suffered at the hands of his parents, wanting to reach through the pages and let him know it’ll be okay and better days are coming! 

𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙨𝙤 𝙗𝙖𝙙𝙡𝙮, 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙞𝙣 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙬𝙖𝙮, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙’𝙫𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚.

Holy hotness!! Their chemistry set fire to the pages! Along with their insanely fierce connection! What true love is made of, for better or worse! 

𝙃𝙚’𝙨 𝙢𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙄 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙄’𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚.

As with previous books, Illicit Desires also focuses a lot on friendships and having a found family. Katie once again kicked a$$, being her usual stubborn hardheaded self, and never taking no for an answer.   And as always, it’s appreciated having updates on previous characters. It’s going to be so difficult to say goodbye to these wonderful people, they will forever hold a special place in my heart ♥️ 

Rating: 5 Stars

Illicit Desires is currently available as an e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription