[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]My name is Charlotte Agoston, and I’m a runner. Not the ‘let’s go for a jog and slap a 26.2 sticker on your bumper’ kind of runner; I’m the kind of runner who takes off when her father is staring down the barrel of a guilty verdict that carries a 175-year sentence for perpetrating the largest fraud in the history of the world. That’s right. Bernie Madoff was an amateur compared to Alistair Agoston.
Faced with living under a cloud of suspicion and constant questioning by the FBI, I ran. I’m making a new life in New Orleans as Charlie Stone. I traded my future in New York high finance for tattoos, booze, a few friends who don’t ask questions, and one giant mutt named Huckleberry Finn. Everything is simple and uncomplicated until Simon Duchesne—former hotshot Navy fighter pilot, NOLA’s favorite son, city councilman, and rumored congressional hopeful—walks into my life.
The flashing cameras he attracts threaten to expose everything I’m hiding, but I can’t seem to stay away. Why are the most dangerous ideas always the most seductive?
In trying to get lost, I found myself. And then I found Simon. He loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name. I’m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it. This is our story.
Will we be strong enough to face the consequences of revealing what’s beneath this mask?[/quote]
As soon as I read the blurb for Beneath This Mask, I knew that I had to read it! It sounded very original; different than the other books that I have been reading. And every once in a while, I need a change. Beneath This Mask was spot on for me. It provided the originality that I needed while keeping things comfortable and not too far out of my typical read.
We start out meeting Charlotte Agoston on the heels of her testimony in a case that ends with her father serving a 175-year sentence for fraud. With a lot of FBI suspicion on her, Charlotte decides to recreate herself and run from everything that she has always known. Meet Charlie, a hard-working, tattooed, tough girl. Charlie has found a way to fly under the radar, which is exactly the way she wants it. She does not plan on allowing anything to risk this new life, even if it is full of lies to the few that are closest to her.
Enter Simon Duchesne, a good great looking, former Navy fighter pilot, and possible future congressman. As soon as Simon sets his eyes on Charlie, he knows there is something very special about her. And unfortunately for Charlie, she feels the same thing for Simon. But his status serves as a very big threat to Charlie’s new identity. So, the question becomes: Is Charlie willing to risk everything for love or is her secret too big to let Simon in?
My heart went out to Charlie. She was paying so dearly for her family’s miserable choices. Somehow she has created a fairly good life with some great friends. Unfortunately, her friendships are a little one-sided since she can’t risk letting anyone in too much. But, there couldn’t have been a better friend than Con, Charlie’s boss/best friend. Even though I loved Simon, I found myself wishing Charlie and Con would end up together. But, it was very clear early on that they were just friends. And such a real and raw friendship that it was which made my heart happy for Charlie that she had found someone to trust and lean on.
I am always a sucker for a book with alternating points of view. And this one just served to solidify my affinity for alternating POV. Getting into the minds of both Charlie and Simon allowed me to connect to the characters on a deeper level. I thoroughly enjoyed Beneath This Mask and would definitely recommend it!
ABOUT MEGHAN MARCH:
Meghan March is a Michigan native who has spent a good portion of her life buried in a book. Case in point: she read the entire romance section of her small town public library by age fourteen. Even after growing up (sort of) and getting a law degree, she never lost her passion for a great story, twisty plot, epic romance, and amazing characters. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, target shooting, drooling over fast cars, playing with her crazy mutt, or hanging with her very own sexy bad boy.WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS | INSTAGRAM