Tuesday, January 7, 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.

5 Fantastic Stars

Review by Allison East

The best thing about Nyrae Dawn’s writing is she can suck you in to her stories, quickly. This third installment of the Games series, is no exception. This book was my favorite- because as much as Charade and Façade pulled at my heart, Masquerade was just one of those stories I won’t soon forget.
Masquerade is Maddox’s story- he is Laney’s brother from Façade. And he is a tough cookie to crack. He shoulders all the pain and burden their father caused them.  He is very conflicted, and gorgeous- that’s a given. I think maybe part of the hotness factor was that he isn’t in high school, he is older. It made him significantly hotter for some reason, bonus- he is a tattooed, muscular bad boy. I want one of my own.

Bee is the heroine of the story- and she has her own conflicts. They are deep seeded and they have made her very cold, and not one to believe in love.  She is the new girl in town and the owner of Masquerade, a tattoo parlor.

They met at a bar one night and had a one night stand. It was only later that Maddox found out that Bee was the owner of the tattoo parlor he wanted to apprenticeship in! AWKWARD!

With some convincing from Laney- Bee reluctantly gives Maddox a chance- and their “friendship” starts, I put it in quotation marks because- they are both so shut off from the world and don’t want to give one another a chance, but it is almost like they belong together.

“I don’t need to be taken care of, remember? I’m not that girl.”
“For years I’ve avoided that. I’ve never wanted to take care of a woman. I’ve had my hands full with mom and Laney, but for once I find myself wishing someone needed me, maybe even just a little bit.”

And this story has so much angst! I am sure it is because of the main characters, it’s like neither one of them want to give in- ever.

“You don’t trust me?” I try to tease him, hoping it will get my thoughts away from things that are real. But when he replies, “More than I trust others,” my heart stumbles.

They belong together, but hell if it doesn’t take almost the whole story for it to happen. You have to read about how it happens and why. What secrets  they are both hiding...
What is also awesome is we get to see Colt, Cheyenne, Adrian and Laney in this story as well! It's awesome to still see past characters from two different books that I loved so much, back again.

“I want you baby. #### the rules. Let me have you.”
“If you want me, take me.

You need to read this story if you have read Charade and Façade, but you can also read it if you haven’t. I absolutely would recommend it to all my bookie friends!
Enjoy it!

Nook Masquerade

Nook Charade

Nook Façade

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