Sunday, January 12, 2014

REVIEW: MASQUERADE BY NYRAE DAWN




A biker. A tattoo artist. A love to last a lifetime.Maddox Cross has always had to be tough. When his father went to jail for murder, the teenager took care of his sister and mother. Now on his own and working security at a night club, Maddox wants to become a tattoo artist-a dream that comes closer to reality when he falls for the hottest, most tatted woman he's ever seen. She's wild and beautiful, and Maddox will do anything to be with her.

Bee Malone came to town to open up her new tattoo parlor, Masquerade. Since being kidnapped as a young girl, Bee has had trouble getting close to anyone. But when she meets Maddox, she sees that under his hard biker's body is the sensitive soul of an artist. What starts out as a sizzling one-night stand soon becomes so much more.

Bee wants Maddox to join her tattoo business, but letting him into her life means revealing all her most intimate secrets. And as the past begins to intertwine with her present, Bee fears their love may not be as permanent as their ink . . . 

70,000-80,000 words
ebook320 pages
Published: January 7th 2014 by Forever
Source: Publisher via Netgalley for review

Our Review---

You know, I don't think I've read a story like Bee's before...I found her story so interesting and the thoughts she had about how she fit in with her family...and in general... were so raw and honest and really things I had never thought about. I mean how does one find normalcy after a kidnapping? It cannot come easy. I was pretty blown away by the back story for Bee. It was so original and brought even more to the story for me than I already was expecting from Maddox. 

Maddox also doesn't have it easy. He carries a ton of guilt for his connection to his family drama. He completely douches out and closes himself off from everyone and is basically a prick to anyone who comes into contact with him. I loved Maddox's character in Facade, but knew that his journey back to happiness was not likely to be easy in his own installment. That is definitely true. Wow. His ability to ice out others is legendary, but luckily he is still a likable character and I kept right on rooting for him to open up! 


We understand early on that both of these characters have a tough time voicing the painful and personal hurts but are shockingly honest about things that most people would normally lie about. Because of their inability to share the deeper parts of themselves they connect on other levels--mainly their love of tattooing and art. This common bond opens the doors for more honest conversations and time spent learning about each other, when they are bickering about everything. This part of the story was seriously awesome. The parts of Bee that she can't come to terms with the most about love. And how it puts this expectation on you to be something for or to another person, and heavily questions why that is. Why can't we just be without expectations and disappointments? Maddox and Bee explore this idea a lot throughout this novel, and I enjoyed that aspect very much. 


While it's low in angst, it's high in emotion. These two are deeply wounded and each of their interior monologues are painful and frustrating ( you want to hug and punch them both --at various times). I loved their story--the honesty, the prickly-ness, the chemistry, and that whole kidnapping thing. What a great addition to this series. I'm so glad we finally go to know why Maddox was such a closed off DB and I also loved that Bee was the one that was his 'person'. What she said. I also enjoyed the appearances of Colt and Cheyenne (minimally) and Adrian and Laney (quite a bit). We see how they're doing and coping with the past and the present, and everyone is still working hard to move forward every single day. I love that while there are happily ever afters, life is still real dang life...and times are still hard...but Nyrae Dawn's depiction of the journey is still one that will stick with me for a long time.


Shelley: 4 Stars

Courtney: 4 Stars


About the Author---
Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. There have been times in her life where she wasn’t able to chase that dream the way she desired, but she always found her way back to telling stories.

One of her loves has always been writing about teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she loves exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing and luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.

She writes for Entangled PublishingGrand Central Publishing and is self-published.

Nyrae is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.
Contact: Nyraedawn [at] yahoo [dot] com | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Nyrae Dawn also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.

Nyrae's TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT:

Ireland, 
Scotland, 
England,
New York,
Paris.

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