Review: Beneath This Mask by Meghan March

Beneath This Mask
(Beneath #1)
by Meghan March
Publisher: Red Dress Press
Publication date: Sept. 11, 2017
Genre: Romance
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Former Navy fighter pilot. Son of a congressman. Successful businessman in my own right. With a résumé like mine, women have never been a challenge.

Until I met her.

This sexy, tatted-up bad girl wasn’t part of my plans, but that punch to my gut every time I see her tells me I have to know more.
She’s a mystery. An enigma. A challenge.

I’m going to figure her out — and then I’m going to make her mine.
We’ll find out what she’s hiding… beneath this mask.

 

 

Charlotte (aka Charlie) grew up living the life. She had maids, nanny’s, cooks, the whole nine yards. However, everything crumbles apart when her father is arrested and charged with embezzlement. For such a high standing family, this means that there’s a lot of publicity, a lot of speculation on who else was in on it, and the FBI wants to bring her in for questioning. Wanting to get away from it all, Charlie takes off and makes a new life for herself in New Orleans. She dyes her hair, starts covering herself in tattoos, and keeps her old pristine life in the closet where no one can find out. However, when Simon stumbles into the tattoo shop she works at, all her careful planning and low-key nature goes up in smoke when she starts dating a Congressman’s son.

One thing I really liked about this story were the characters. Both Simon and Charlie are strong people. Charlie ran away from everything she knew, is scrapping by paycheck to paycheck, and is just trying to live an honest life while trying to figure out what her dad was up to and where he hid the money so she can turn it over to the FBI. Meanwhile, you have Simon who’s been groomed to play a role. However, his dream is to start a foundation for wounded veterans who might not want it recorded at the VA that they have PTSD. When he comes across Charlie, he’s determined to get to know her, and even though he knows she’s hiding something, he lets her have her space. These two just really worked well together.

Because of Charlie’s past, you are always aware that she could be spotted and recognized at any time, especially since she’s dating Simon. You’re always waiting for the shoe to drop and for her to be discovered. That element left me flipping the pages to see what was going to happen. I really enjoyed this story and loved the suspense, the romance, and all the side characters. I’m surprised that I never heard of this book before. I only stumbled on it because I’m taking part in a reading summer program and had to find a book set in New Orleans. If it weren’t for that, I probably would have never known this book existed and that would have sucked. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

 

 

One Thought on “Review: Beneath This Mask by Meghan March

  1. I like the premise for this one. It sounds like a good book.

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