ARC Review: Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane

Posted May 21, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 7 Comments

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ARC Review: Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane
Behind the Mask
by Carolyn Crane

4 Stars


Released: 19 May 2015
Series: The Associates #4
Published by Self Published
Pages: 331
Format: eARC

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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About Carolyn Crane

I write romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and some books that don’t have any genre at all. I’ve been published by Random House, Samhain, and self published, too. I guess I get around!

I live in Minnesota (complete with an accent that people sometimes laugh at) in an old 1920′s condo with my awesome writer husband and two cats. I love to run and also to read, even though I’m probably the slowest reader ever. And I love to eat chocolate and Mexican food, and if you invite me to your party, your cheese plate will be in even more danger than one of my suspense heroines.

Also, I use too many exclamation marks, I care deeply about animals and finding ways to help them, I work a day job as a freelance marketing writer, and I dream that someday I’ll having the time to do all the crafts in the many craft newsletters I subscribe to. But I guess I’m having too much fun throwing my favorite characters into dangerous and sometimes steamy adventures.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

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?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne…all I need are books two and four

Christine Maria Rose
Christine Maria Rose

I loved this book too! I reviewed it for the SSBR blog, and I was impressed with the action and suspense and all the twists and turns throughout the plot. It was my first Carolyn Crane story, definitely not my last!


Thanks for the author intro

Juana Esparza
Juana Esparza

This is a new author/book to me. I liked the review, and have added this book to my book wishlist.

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review, I picked up book 1 in this series this week.


Love the cover 😀
This series and book sounds fantastic!Thanks for the great review Suzanne 🙂

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