on September 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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My name is Charlotte Agoston, and I’m a runner. Not the ‘let’s go for a jog and slap a 26.2 sticker on your bumper’ kind of runner; I’m the kind of runner who takes off when her father is staring down the barrel of a guilty verdict that carries a 175-year sentence for perpetrating the largest fraud in the history of the world. That’s right. Bernie Madoff was an amateur compared to Alistair Agoston.
Faced with living under a cloud of suspicion and constant questioning by the FBI, I ran. I’m making a new life in New Orleans as Charlie Stone. I traded my future in New York high finance for tattoos, booze, a few friends who don’t ask questions, and one giant mutt named Huckleberry Finn. Everything is simple and uncomplicated until Simon Duchesne—former hotshot Navy fighter pilot, NOLA’s favorite son, city councilman, and rumored congressional hopeful—walks into my life.
The flashing cameras he attracts threaten to expose everything I’m hiding, but I can’t seem to stay away. Why are the most dangerous ideas always the most seductive?
In trying to get lost, I found myself. And then I found Simon. He loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name. I’m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it. This is our story.
Will we be strong enough to face the consequences of revealing what’s beneath this mask?
I love it when I can finish a book and know without a doubt I’m giving it 5 stars. Beneath This Mask had everything I look for in a story. It was inventive, sexy, smart, and refreshingly well written. I love books that don’t over dramatize. The characters aren’t weepy, sappy, messes of contradiction. We don’t get that at all from Meghan March’s sophomore debut. Instead we’re left with great writing, fantastic characters, and a steamy hot story.
I love it when a title to a story falls perfectly in line with plot and the characters. Even with such well written protagonists as Simon and Charlotte (aka Charlie) we also have sub characters with stories screaming to be heard like Con and Yve. Everyone appears to have a something hidden beneath their layers. Speaking of layers, I appreciate when an author takes the time to develop their characters. It’s easy to describe a person, it’s easy to give them words. It’s not easy to give them a voice that resonates off the pages. A voice that makes the reader want more. We get that with this story. I loved every interaction. I felt like I knew all the players. I could see them in my head, picture what they were thinking. Imagining how they might react next.
Beneath This Mask at first glance looks like a story about a woman running from her past. But there’s more here than just a girl with some serious daddy issues. This is a story of self awareness and discovery. Yes Charlie and Simon want to be together and yes some of their shared scenes are HOT! But their story is more than that. Both of them strive to be better for the other. They take the measured steps to change, adapt, and compromise for each other. Change isn’t easy on a good day. Imagine hiding who you really are, falling for someone, and knowing that no matter what you’ll always have this bad stuff all around you. You can’t shake it off and the other person deserves something better. What do you do?
Human nature is to run away isn’t it? Charlie runs every chance she gets. But then she meets Simon. Now she doesn’t want to run. I adore Simon. He was sweet, kind, thoughtful, sexy, and every now and then this hint of alpha showed itself. It was a beautiful thing. I really appreciated his maturity in this story. So many times, so many times I worried the author was going to go an easy route but she would surprise me by giving Simon a backbone, some common sense, and a whole lot of confidence.
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read a Meghan March book. I’m looking forward to reading many more of her books.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*