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Masks by Evangeline Anderson

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Masks (novella)
A free installment

Evangeline Anderson
Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Published in 2005

H/h - Mark Jacobs/Chloe
Setting: Present time.

Read in Feb, 2012.

My rating:
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Masks was my 1st try of Evangeline Anderson and I think it was a sweet novella. The problem, if that’s what I can call it, was the character of Zoe who was pretty annoying. Also, it being a novella, I felt things were a bit rushed. Other than that, I liked it and EA’s writing style.

Chloe and Zoe are identical twins. Whereas Chloe is the studious, shy and a bit ‘socially inept’, Zoe is… let’s just say she’s total opposite of her twin. I found her really annoying because when they recall one of their past adventures (or misadventures) where Chloe did a ‘favor’ to Zoe, it gave me the distinct impression that Zoe would use the trusting Chloe to get her way and not really thinking of what would happen to her. Maybe Chloe should’ve stand her ground a bit, which she didn’t then, not even now when Zoe was wheedling her into doing something Chloe would’ve never done in her life. The adventurous Zoe is a female dom who goes by the name of Mistress Sensua (I couldn’t help laughing at the name lol) and works in some local BDSM club. Her parents of course know nothing about it; neither did Chloe up until now, thinking she’s an investment banker. When she asks Chloe to do her a favor, again, she is baffled by Zoe’s admission. This certainly explains her lavish lifestyle in comparison to school teacher Chloe’s one bedroom apartment. Anyway, what Zoe wants Chloe to do is take her place for one evening for a ‘client’ she can’t lose in any way, sporting a twisted ankle. She can’t possibly walk in leather high heeled boots with this, can she? Zoe gives Chloe 3 rules: always take the lead no matter what, no sex and no taking off the mask. While Chloe is still baffled and a bit dazed from all these, Zoe packs her up in her own tight leather dresses and a mask and sends her off to her destination.

When she’s in there, Chloe begins to get a hold of the trouble she’s in. She knows NOTHING about being a dom and the man who came to her a few minutes ago is tall and big; a muscular guy. How on earth she’s going to ‘dominate’ this guy? Thanks to her twin, again, she’s into another mess! The man, Mark, is dressed well but he’s also wearing a mask, which covers most of his face except his piercing blue eyes, his nose and mouth. Anyway, Chloe decides since she’s into it now, there’s no turning back, so she tries to er… take charge, hoping that’s what Zoe would do and asks Mark to ‘assume’ his position!

The 1st scenes of the BDSM play or whatever they were trying to do were kinda funny since neither Mark, nor Chloe knew anything of BDSM lifestyle in that sense. I really liked their talks. Rules are made to be broken and soon Chloe found herself breaking those, at least the first 2 rules and loving it to bits, thanks to Mark. I loved the love scenes. Then came the time when she was willing to give this a try since none of her first dates has ever gone this good. Chloe breaks rule no. 3 and takes off her mask but Mark warns her that she might not like what’s inside his mask… Gotta tell you I wasn’t expecting what Chloe found but I liked how she handled the situation.

But then, trouble begins with a misunderstanding soon enough… Of course everything was solved in the end, and I was smiling, because as I mentioned before, it was sweet. Mark was definitely a sweet guy. 3.75 stars. I would’ve rated it better if I had a few more chapters/pages of their relationship.

“Masks” is a free installment of about 4 chapters. It can still be downloaded free from allromanceebooks.

Favorite Quote:
Since his back was to her front Chloe had to practically plaster herself against his wide back in order to unbutton his crisp dress shirt, but somehow she didn’t mind. From his low, masculine groan that her action had elicited, she assumed Mark didn’t mind either. His spicy, dangerous scent filled her head as she spread the shirt to find a smooth, muscular chest leading down to powerfully sculpted abs. She wondered what line of work Mark was in. Whatever it was, he certainly kept himself in shape.
“Are you enjoying yourself, Mistress?” His smart-ass tone threw her, breaking her concentration on his muscled chest.
“I’ll ask the questions,” Chloe snapped, deciding abruptly that it was time to move on. She still felt a definite lack of control in this situation and it made her nervous, shattering the fragile self-confidence she’d managed to build. But she couldn’t stop searching him now or he’d be the winner of this little confrontation.
She let her hands slide lower, past the waistband of his pants to the bulging crotch. Oh my God, is he for real? She hadn’t been with very many men—okay, two. She’d only been with two other men. But Mark more than measured up to any other guy in her experience. In fact, she could barely believe what she was feeling was real. It was a damn good thing rule number two was “never have sex with the client”. She was pretty sure she wouldn’t have been able to handle what Mark was packing.
“Uh, Mistress, that’s all me, not a toy.” Mark’s deep voice still held a hint of amusement though it was sounding rather strained now. “And you might want to think of it less as a ‘toy’ than a loaded gun. One that’s going to go off if you’re not careful.”


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