About the Book
Title: Behind The Mask (Associates, #4)
Author: Carolyn Crane
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Category: Romantic Suspense
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TO SAVE HER PROSTITUTE TWIN SISTER SHE HAS TO SWITCH PLACES WITH HER...
When her estranged sister is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel, Zelda knows what she has to do: take her place. Save her. Focus on infiltrating the shadowy group--and try not to think about why she left the spying game years ago. She’s slept with dangerous criminals before; she can do it again.
Hugo Martinez is one of South America’s most lethal and wanted men, a legendary mercenary living on a windswept mountain. Even at the height of the war he wasn’t in the habit of taking women captive, but the American whore has seen his face. And he and the orphan boy need a cook. He shouldn’t want this woman, but there’s something so unusual about her…
Meanwhile, Zelda finds herself falling for her captor…but is he the killer she’s been hunting all these years?Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane is a 2015 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I confess this is my first book by this author... but it will certainly not be my last!
This dark, and I do mean dark, romantic suspense novel centers around, Zelda, a woman once involved in the spy game with the CIA but is now a member of a smaller, more focused group - “The Associates”, but is botanist at heart. She is haunted by horrible mistake she made once that is slowly eating away at her soul.
When her twin sister, a prostitute, finds herself in a bind, Zelda uses her skills to take her sister's place and infiltrate a dangerous group of criminals.... but, she never thought she would find herself rescued and more or less held hostage by the shadowy Kabakas- someone she thought was dead.
Hugo is a lethal mercenary, but has rescued a young boy, and his now trying to do the right thing by him. Zelda comes along at just the right time, since a string of housekeepers and governesses have quit on him. Zelda/Liza can cook and teach the boy lessons, and he will let her live since she has seen his face now.
What neither of them are prepared for is the bond they forge with one another. Can these two hardened and ruthless souls actually be falling in love?
This is a very tense story, character driven, dark and brooding, action packed and filled with all manner of dangerous people and dangerous feelings. Trust issues, regrets, scars, duty, all weigh heavily on the main characters, but love slowly chisels away at the armor Zelda and Hugo have built around themselves. If you like deeply flawed characters or an unconventional love story, you will really like this one. I was riveted from start to finish and this one of the most interesting romantic suspense stories I have read in awhile. Very imaginative, descriptive, with well drawn characters worked together to creat an atmospheric tension that is simply captivating.
I'm on board for the next book and in the meantime I hope to locate the first three books in the series and get up to speed. However, it should be noted, this book can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend this one!
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I am a RITA-winning author of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and other tales of love and adventure (and erotic & dark romance as NYT bestselling author Annika Martin). My books have been published by Random House and Samhain, and I also go the indie route. I work a straight job as a marketing writer, I love to read in bed and run, I’m passionate about helping animals, and I make my home in Minnesota with my husband and two cats.