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- File Size: 3892 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (8 Aug. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N0N2LMH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,111,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So you can well imagine that when the Heirarch of the Masquerada reaches out to a PR agency for help whilst unraveling and been taken over by his numerous alter egos it's not something done lightly. Trusting a woman half human and half something else doesn't come easy but Eric connects with Caro in the most unusual way! Yet this couple have something in common that neither realise and it's a connection that's deadly.
As mentioned I didn't exactly become as involved as I'd wanted in this idea but after about twenty five percent in I started to enjoy the story and these characters more. Admittedly it's a crazy concept and perhaps the pace slower than I like so yes I wanted more action to be sprinkled throughout. Instead we get a lot of time getting to know the couple who are clearly madly attracted to each other but Caro doesn't exactly come clean with Eric. To be fair though Eric is constantly warned off Caro by trusted advisors but he is one very stubborn individual!
So as Eric struggles to keep his crown the author starts dropping hints about possible enemies and yes unfortunately it was embarrassing at times the way Caro just ignored her instincts. I'm not overly fond of pantomime, obvious villains but have to admit the ending was such a crazy idea that it wasn't something I could have ever predicted . A fabulous, imaginative world that is full of potential but this reader would have preferred a little more action along the way.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
Alana Delacroix is a new-to-me author who managed to create a new unique world that captured my imagination. I found her writing style very easy to read and enjoyed the way she grew her plot; I loved the idea of a PR company for supernaturals and I found the Masquerada and their place in the supernatural world an interesting idea and a refreshing change from the usual vampires/fae/shifters.
I loved that Ms Delacroix wrote her characters with the complexities that we’d see in the people around us; our main characters, Caro and Eric, had a good balance of strengths and insecurities to make them feel real. I also loved the fact that the secondary characters were developed and had strong, memorable personalities; they weren’t just filling the page.
I can happily confirm that there is no cliffhanger at the end of this book *phew* and it seems there are plenty of stories within this new paranormal world; the series continues with, Masked Desire, the first chapter of which is at the end of this book.
Masked Possession managed to surprise me a couple of times, had me reaching for the tissues *sniff*, recoiling in horror, giggling out loud and I can’t tell you how many times the temperature seemed to mount while reading certain scenes too! *blush* Throughout this book, I found myself desperate to find out what would happen next, staying up late to finish just one more chapter, in other words I was gripped!
...So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
It’s only a small niggle but I have to admit that some of the character traits exhibited in this book had me growling at the page at times. I’m not a big fan of the prolonged “I hate you Lassie. Leave me alone.” sorta thing; however I understand that sometimes these phases are what the story needs for character growth and development.
...So, basically what I’m saying is...
I loved this book! Great world building, multi dimensional strong characters and a gripping background story! It’s a tale of prejudices, secret histories & hidden enemies, fighting your inner demons as well as battling real life foe but running through all of that – it’s a passionate rollercoaster of a love story. I have already added book 2, Masked Desire, to my Amazon wish list.
Due to the sexual content, I’d recommend this book to adults only – it’s definitely steamy – who are fans of relationship and romance stories that feature some darker themes.
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On the whole though the characters did connect with the reader. We did want to see where it would take us so not a bad read and with some tightening could be a really good one.
Caro Yeats doesn’t run from much. As a former investigative reporter now working PR for Toronto’s supernaturals, what she hasn’t seen mostly isn’t worth seeing. But the assignment to “rebrand” Eric Kelton’s out-of-control alter egos has her on edge from the start. Kelton is the heirarch of the Masquerada, beings able to change their face—their entire persona—on a whim. Eric’s charisma muddles her instincts. How can she trust a man who can become anybody?
A Woman Without A Past
Eric has never met anyone like Caro, with her lightning wit and uncanny insight. But desirable as she is, he’d be a fool to let her near. Struggling to hide the sudden loss of his powers, Eric can’t risk becoming entangled with a woman who scorns her supernatural side and claims not to play politics. The enemies on her trail are strong, clever, and vicious. And when they force Eric and Caro together, the fallout could shatter far more than two hearts . . .
In a genre full of the same types of supernatural creatures, comes a new original story.
I loved the whole idea of the Masquerada's, I thought it was very unique and interesting. The Author did a good job creating and explaining this new race and how they interact with other supernatural races. Caro and Eric were super likable and had great chemistry from the beginning. There was also a great deal of action and suspense centering around Caro's and Eric's nemesis/villain. The best part of the book for me was watching Caro deal with Masquerada's and her becoming one and how that affected her.
Great start to this new series, I cannot wait to see where the new stories lead.
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Masked Possession's strongest part, in my opinion, is the world the author created. I was super interested in the idea of a PR agency for supernatural beings. The author did a good job immersing the reader into that world without dumping all the info at once. The story introduced elements as it went, slowly easing the reader into Caro Yates' life.
Caro was an interesting character. She was a halfblood--her mother was a Masquareda, a.k.a., a supernatural being that can change its appearance and personality. But Caro had no experience exploring her abilities. She'd chosen to keep that part of herself hidden, despite working closely with other supernatural beings.
As a PR for supernaturals, Caro was assigned a job to help Eric, the leader of the Masquareda who was suffering with a condition due to the fact that he had taken too many masks--almost like taking too many personalities.
The moment they meet, Caro and Eric are drawn to each other, and that's when I started to have a little bit of problem with the story. The insta-love vibe I was getting hurt the connection I was still trying to establish with the characters. There was little to no tension or angst or slow burn, and the more I read, the more I'm learning slow burn is really my thing. Sure I'll go for some insta-lust or love every now and then, but it needs to have enough tension or angst to grab my attention. The romance in Masked Possession didn't.
With my lack of connection with the romance, I had to focus on the worldbuilding. Fortunately for Masked Possession, that was unique and interesting enough. I liked seeing different supernatural beings interacting. The author brought a few old ones, like the famous vampires, and new ones (at least for me), like Eric and Caro's species.
For me, Masked Possession lacked in the romance department, but impressed when it came to its unique premise in a genre I hope will return to the shelves soon enough.