Book Review: Family Portraits vol3: Bastard’s Brew by Gillian Felix

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Synopsis for Bastard’s Brew

When L’Wren’s ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L’Wren’s heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L’Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L’Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L’Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he’d be damned if he let her have his heart.

Suitable for adults 18+

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This is the third book in the Family Portrait series and it will definitely pulls you deeper into the web of intrigue, love and deceit. The story focuses on Kevin Banovic and the double life he leads. No-one in his family is aware of his second personality and he tries to keep it that way. He gets drawn into a web of lies and blackmail which he has to figure a way out of. We see glimpses of each of the Banovic siblings, their relationships and how they try to handle their lives.

This book will keep you hooked on just like the first two did and will keep the questions popping in your head. I guess there will be no end to the spell this book will cast upon its readers. Gillian Felix is truly wonderful in the way she writes and captivates her readers. She has a true gift and I guess anyone who reads her books will be waiting for the next book as eagerly as I am.

Book Review: Family Portrait series vol 1 and 2 by Gillian Felix

Family Portrait vol1: Changes


Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this new adult novel you’ll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana’s father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother’s disappearance.

You’ll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack.

You’ll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?


I read this book without knowing what to expect. It took me a little time to find my bearings and understand the way the book was written. Once I figured it out, I was hooked. In this story we are introduced to so many people each with their own story. This story will keep you hooked on till the end with all it’s twists and turns. The devious ways of each character and the situations they face are so well crafted that it makes the story more interesting as you read on. We are given a glimpse into the working of the entertainment industry and how being a part of it affects people’s way of life. I really enjoyed this book and could not wait to read the second one.

Family Portrait vol2: The Banovic Siblings


College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him.

After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax.

The Banovic Siblings learn that blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving. This is the second book in the Family Portrait novel series.


This is the second book in the series. It focuses on the Banovic siblings and the people they interact with. From the first story to the second, we realise that everyone ultimately ends up knowing the other person and everyone’s lives are intertwined in a web of love and deception. On one hand we see Savi and her attempts to come to terms with her daughter’s decisions in life and on the other we see a perfect couple in Robin Banovic and his wife who share a loving relationship with each other and their children. This story brings in more intrigue than the first and will definitely trap you in the world created by the author. The story is well written and gives us a glimpse into the entertainment industry. I really enjoyed the series so far and could not wait to read the third book.

Author Interview: Gillian Felix

In conversation with Gillian Felix the author of the Family Portrait series:


1)      What/who inspired you to start writing?

I have always written. As a kid creative writing was one of my favorite subjects. I got my highest marks in that subject. Growing up I was told you have to “get a real job” I’ve had ‘real’ jobs and it always brought me back to writing. I worked at a television studio writing Prime time news, it was fun at first but then it got depressing. I tried to put a positive spin on the stories but that’s not what ‘news’ is about.

2)      Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. I moved to the United States 15 years ago. I lived in New York and Los Angeles for a number of years. I moved to Albuquerque 5 years ago and love it out here. I love to hike, being in nature, enjoy good music, hiking and books with unforgettable characters. I never force myself to write, I do it because I love it and let the inspiration come to me naturally. I live a very peaceful drama free life.

3)      What is your favourite genre?

I don’t have a specific genre that I read, if the story and characters are interesting I’ll give it a go.

4)   Which is your favourite book?

Harmattan by Gavin Weston, Lady Boss by Jackie Collins, Come As You Are by Theresa Weir. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jefferies.

5)    Who is your favourite author?

That would have to be Jackie Collins. She is a character author like me. Her characters are very flawed and interesting.

6)    What are your hobbies?

Writing, hiking, video games, reading

7)    Perfect holiday destination?

England in the summer. The Bahamas or Caribbean in the winter.

8)    Describe a perfect day.

Anytime I get to spend with my mother and sister. It doesn’t matter what we are doing, just being around the people I love is perfect.

9)    Which is the best part of writing a story?

Coming up with the characters and putting them in near impossible situations.

10)  How much inspiration do you draw on from real life experiences? With respect to plot, characters etc.

When I am writing an emotional scene, I bring up emotions from my past and use that to channel the anxiety or joy the characters are feeling. My characters are fictional so as much as I try to make them seem real, I have never been in any of their situations or know anyone like them, we may feel the same emotions but the situations are different. That is the fun part I get to make things up as I go along.

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