Masquerade by Lace Daltyn was an entertaining erotic romance read. It is the first book in the Secrets series. I have not read this author before but I would like to continue the series. Masquerade is Beth’s story. I found the premise of the plot to be interesting. Masquerade’s plot moves along at a steady pace and keeps you guessing along the way. Beth is still reeling from her recent divorce. Her ex-husband had said some pretty nasty things to her in the end and they had a resounding effect on her. She didn’t think she fit his unflattering description of her at all but it did make her stop and think. She wants to prove him wrong but she doesn’t know how. Then a mysterious letter comes in the mail that offers her something new and she decides she is going to follow the instructions of the letter. She takes some time off her job and takes off to the destination in the letter. She ends up in Chicago working at Club Masquerade. The only instructions that she has is that there is no fraternizing with the other staff. This is a rule that she isn’t sure she can keep since the mysterious bartender has caught her eye and she has his attention too. The more she tries to avoid him the more they “run” into each other. They finally can’t ignore their attraction and end up in more than one heated exchange. Will they end up paying the price for their indiscretion? Or will they find there is something more to their employer’s offers? I enjoyed Masquerade and felt it was a great story. I am not sure that I actually believe that people would actually take a vacation to follow the instructions in a mysterious letter, but it was an entertaining story none the less. I liked the characters. I liked the mystery man because he seemed to be really in tuned to what Beth needed. I liked that he was a mystery for most of the story too. I think that really helped Beth from rejecting him all together. The idea of a mystery man wanting her as much as he did really helped her get over her ex-husband’s cruelty and left her open to the possibilities the mystery man offered. It was interesting to find out who he really was as well. I am not sure I would have had the same reaction Beth did when she found out but I am sure it might have been somewhat similar. I liked Beth too because she was brave enough to follow the instructions in the letter. I know I couldn’t just drop everything and do something like that. It would be exciting though. I would recommend Masquerade to lover of contemporary erotic romance reads.
The world is full of secrets...
Drea Fortier, a reclusive philanthropist whose painful past influences her belief that there can be no happily ever after for her, reaches out to help others in the hope she can transform their pain and give them hope for the future. Drea’s own story, as well as that of her assistant, Michael Smith, is slowly revealed throughout the Secrets series.
Book One: Masquerade
Frigid bitch. The words seep into Beth Ritmour's soul, no matter how hard she tries to deny them. A year after her divorce, they still haunt her. So when a mysterious benefactor offers a solution to her problem, Beth takes a vacation from her job as a dental hygienist and follows a cryptic note to Chicago, where she’s soon ensconced as a waitress at Club Masquerade. Although how she’s going to prove she’s not frigid is hard to figure out when the boss makes it very clear that sex, or any precursors to sex, with patrons or employees is strictly taboo. It’s not an easy rule to follow, especially when one deliciously hot bartender keeps very, very close tabs on her.
Beth grasped the pole with both hands and arched her back. When she did, hair she’d loosened from its clip fell almost to the floor. Her eyes remained closed, but with her head bent back, it showed off the column of her neck and...
Anthony went rock hard as he watched breasts he’d had wet dreams about almost spill out of her costume. He heard the collective gasp of the men as she swayed back and forth. Still keeping time with the slow, sensual beat of the music, Beth rose to meet the pole, slid to a squat, and stretched one leg behind her. With the stage elevated and that tiny uniform she wore, there wasn’t much left to the imagination. Half her ass was bare for the whole place to see. A glance around the room proved that she’d captured the attention of the entire place.
She stood and pushed her ass out toward the audience. Jesus! Was that a scrap of red he saw? Was she really giving them a view of her panties? Anthony wanted to kill the fucking spotlight that showcased Beth.
He could see the satisfaction all over her face, in the slight upturn of her lips, and in the lack of tension. It looked like she was getting off on this.
Beth arched back, slid her leg in a semi-circle, and then raised it up until it spanned the pole. Holy shit. Where had she learned a trick like that? She leaned back and pushed one leg up until she was damn near doing vertical splits.
Anthony’s cock twitched as his jaw hit the floor. It took a limber woman to pull something like that off. Limber and strong. He wanted those legs wrapped around him, clinging to him, loving him.
As Beth wrapped the pole with her leg and leaned back again, showcasing tits still on the edge of full disclosure, a man in front of Anthony stood and moved toward Beth.
Anthony sprinted to catch up to the guy, who was now trying to climb onto the stage. He grabbed the man’s shoulder but was brushed off. So Anthony grabbed hold again. The guy whirled on him, fist first, and managed to connect with Anthony’s jaw. The force spun him around.
With Beth at risk, Anthony rebounded lightning fast. He grabbed the guy’s shirt from the back, yanked him off the stage, and plowed his fist into the guy’s gut. The man went down just as the bouncer showed up, but Anthony no longer cared. He jumped onto the stage, grabbed Beth, threw her over his shoulder, and left to the catcalls of everyone in the place.
Drea Fortier and her assistant Michael Smith work to pair people together and help create a better life for them. Drea is broken inside by something or someone in her past and Michael wants to help her but Drea is not ready yet. Beth Ritmour is looking for a change. A year after her divorce her ex’s parting comments still stick with her. She is having a hard time getting past his comments and when she sees an article, she submits an entry. Anthony is working as a bartender in the same club Beth is working as a waitress. Anthony is attracted to Beth right from the start. But its funny how he knows her name before she tell him. I read this book in one sitting, and I had a hard time putting this book down. I loved the two different story lines and liked that they did not compete with each other. This book is like a book within a book. The main and secondary characters were appealing and realistic. I loved the ending of Beth and Anthony’s story, and all the pieces of the puzzle seem to fall in place. Overall, this was a great book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Beth is tired of letting the words of her ex-husband determine her ability to feel happiness. She answers an ad and is given the chance to find the pieces of her lost in a hopeless marriage. All Tony was looking for was another chance to see Beth; the woman he could never forget. He hurt her and himself deeply due to the lies of another woman and now he hopes Beth can forgive him and give him one more try. Beth wants Anthony, but there are rules and one is no fraternizing with the guests or the other employees. Is she willing to throw away the chance to find herself for one night with Anthony? Will discovering Anthony’s true identity change how Beth feels, or will she feel betrayed and walk away? The story of Beth and Tony will bring a tear to the reader. I was intrigued by the by the character Drea who orchestrates happily ever afters for others but unable to find it for herself. The writing is smoothly flowing and keeps the reader’s attention through every page. I highly recommend the writing of Ms. Daltyn and the Masquerade which is an opening salvo to a series which promises great things. - See more at: http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/masqueradebook1bylacedaltyn.html#.VBWUnvldW5J