Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blog Tour: Masquerade, by Nyrae Dawn



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 . . . 


What gives me an ache in my chest is the fact that she has what I want. I haven’t cared enough about anything to feel jealous in a long-ass time, but that’s exactly what comes to mind when I look at her.
            “You coming to the party?” I ask her.
            “I’m here to see you.”
            She doesn’t give me a chance to reply as she pushes her way around me and inside. What I would give to kick her out of this room just because I can, but since I don’t really know if she’s giving me shit or if she came for the party, I hold back. It’s not like Trevor to let someone in here for no reason.
            Right on her heels, I follow her until she rounds the corner and pulls to a stop once she can see inside. Not having enough time to go around her, my body lines right up against hers, Bee’s nice little ass tucked right against me. On reflex I reach out, my hand grabbing her slender waist to make sure she doesn’t stumble forward. Damn it if that doesn’t bring up all sorts of thoughts about how it felt to strip her naked and touch her everywhere.
            “You have your hands on me.” There’s a sexy huskiness in her voice that tells me she’s turned on too. It should make me rip my hand away from her as fast as I can, but I’m so pissed at her about Masquerade that I can’t stop myself from being a dick.
            “If I remember correctly, you liked the feel of my hands on you. You were very enthusiastic about how much you liked it.”

4.25 out of 5 stars

I received an arc in exchange for an honest review...

Many of you have read Charade and Fascade by Nyrae Dawn, Masquerade is the third book in the series.  I really enjoyed the love story between Colt and Cheyanne and Delaney and Adrian in those books so I was pretty excited to open this one up on the Kindle!  I knew this story was going to focus on Maddox the older brother of Delaney and honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  When he appeared in Façade he really just pissed me off.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually really like his character now!

The story alternates POV between Maddox and the lead female character Bee.  I was so excited to find that I really loved Bee.  She is not your typical female lead.  She doesn’t rely on anyone for anything and takes life into her own hands.  She is a really strong, independent woman, not your damsel in distress. I also loved that she was not typical in the looks department either.  Sometimes heroines come across described as Barbie dolls.  Bee is tattooed and pierced; and owns her own tattoo parlor, Masquerade.  She is really quite bad ass.  I loved her.  She of course, has a troubling history and is just trying to figure out her place in life.

If you have read Façade you know a lot of Maddox’s back story.  His struggles with his parents and his need to protect Laney.  But you don’t see the full picture of it until this story unfolds.  He really tries so hard to repress all his feelings about everything that went down with his parents that he can’t ever be happy about anything.  When he finally gets an apprenticeship at Masquerade (thanks to his little sister), things really start to heat up!

I really enjoyed this book and think Nyrae Dawn is a gifted author.  I will keep her on my radar so I can read all of her new releases.  If you like a book with lots of back stories, broken individuals coming into their own and heartache and happiness all mixed together, one click this book today!  All of her books in this series are priced under $4.00.  That to me is the perfect price for a few hours away from your own reality.  Happy reading! 

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