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by Carolyn Crane
Released: 19 May 2015
Series: The Associates #4
Published by Self Published
“Behind the Mask was fantastic full of dark twists and turns, action and a smoking hot romance ” ~ Under the Covers
Zelda hasn’t been an active agent for years – ever since she broke under torture, resulting in the agent she was working with being killed. But, with her twin sister in danger Zelda once again enters the field, posing as her twin to fool a drug lord. But the destruction of a small village and the re-emergence of a legendary mercenary, Kabakas, Zelda’s mission takes a turn…especially when she starts to fall for the savage and beautiful man behind the legend.
I always look forward to a Carolyn Crane book! I know I am bound to get something packed with unusual and fascinating characters and a romance that will keep me hooked to my kindle. I wasn’t disappointed, Behind the Mask was fantastic full of dark twists and turns, action and a smoking hot romance that will get you squirming in your seat.
Zelda is one of the leaders of the Associates and a shadowy presence in the previous books and I loved seeing her come to life in Behind the Mask. Crane has delivered us an interesting heroine; strong but a little bit broken and I enjoyed seeing the book from her POV. It gave you insight into not only her mind, but the mysterious and ruthless leader of the Associates, Dax. Kabakas aka Hugo; remote, dark, mysterious, rough and damaged; so basically catnip to anyone of the female persuasion, we can’t help but fall in love with him. But, rather than being your typical cookie cutter ‘broody damaged daddy-didn’t-love-me hero’ type, Hugo really came alive on the page his intensity and personality shining through.
The story mainly focuses on Zelda and Hugo, but there is enough action and excitement to keep Behind the Mask going at a fast pace and keep the pages turning. I am really enjoying this series, it’s got action, romance and that little something dark, twisted and original that Carolyn Crane adds to her books making them memorable. I can’t wait to read what she brings out next!
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?