Published by Meghan March LLC on September 29th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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He loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name.
The limelight that follows him could expose everything I’m hiding. But even knowing the risks, I can’t force myself to stay away.
I’m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it.
Will we lose it all when I reveal what’s beneath this mask?
This was hands down my favorite of Meghan’s Beneath series. The way that she describes New Orleans, I literally felt like I was there. Charlie is THE baddest chic and I want to be her when I grow up. She’s strong, independent yet vulnerable at the same time. Trying to hide behind proverbial walls and ink obviously doesn’t work for her when she meets Simon. *SIGHS* Simon is my #1 book boyfriend. No matter what I’ve read, who captures my attention elsewhere, I always go back to him. Always. He melted my heart and panties from the beginning of the book. He’s hard (no pun intended) and soft all at once. His willingness to protect Charlie, help her, break her down walls is beyond romantic.
I’m a repeat offender. If there is a song I like, I’ll throw it on repeat and with this book…..I’ve read this book more times than I can count! It’s beautifully written and I’m so ready for more from Meghan.
I’m on a mission. A blogging mission. This review was before I became an official blogger. When I started reading, I wanted my tiny voice to be heard and just used Goodreads to write reviews. I’m a reader first, blogger second, but before I found my blogging partners, I relied solely on reviews by others. In all honesty, I still do. I read reviews of my peers and other readers to make my reviews better. While the above review hits on the things that touched me, there’s no “meat.” And after reading some of my old ones, I decided that I’m going to make them better, not just for our audience, but for me too. I want people to read my review and say, “Wow, I’m going to go buy this book.” I’m revising this one because I actually just finished a re-read of this book. I was waiting on another new release to go live and figured why not. Let’s go back to where it all started.
If you do read my reviews, you’ll notice that I have a soft spot for Meghan March. I’ll drop just about everything to read anything by her. Mask is hands down my favorite of all the things she’s written. While I love all of her books and words, this one I hold on a very high pedestal.
I’m going to start with the cover. Purple. I love purple. It’s my favorite color. It’s Charlie. It’s tattoos and it’s perfect. I’m a cover whore and this is one of my favorite covers as well and I’m lucky enough to have a signed copy of this gorgeous book on my shelf. Everyone connects with characters differently and I’m no different. I connected with Charlie on a very deep level. At a few points, I was like, “I’m Charlie. I’m her right now.” She tries so hard to re-build her life from the broken one she left behind until Simon. And, you guys, Simon. *SWOONS* He is not your typical Meghan March alpha and maybe that’s why he’s my favorite or because the things that he says to Charlie and his mannerisms reminded me so much of my own husband. I mention this part above but it’s worth repeating. He’s hard but soft all at once. Simon’s willingness to protect Charlie, help her all while trying to break down her walls is beyond romantic. I, too, was running in a way, running from my demons and my past at one point and was hellbent on living my life the way that *I* wanted to and then BOOM, I met my husband and let me tell you, I fought it just like Charlie tries to. He, my husband, should have gone running for the hills, but he stayed. Simon stayed. He stayed through the ugliness of her past and that my friends is true love. Fictional characters or not.
If you haven’t visited NOLA via these series of books, I highly suggest that you start today and start here. They’re all standalones but Mask is definitely not one to miss. You may thank me later.