Title: Lovers Unmasked [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Katee Robert, Cari Quinn, Tessa Bailey, & Samanthe Beck
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: September 23, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A sexy Halloween read from some very capable authors that I really enjoyed.
About the Book: Mystery and intrigue surround Halloween night as friends surrender to long-hidden desires, lovers relinquish control, and the heat of passion threatens to consume them all…
Danielle has a plan—use the company Halloween party to seduce the sexy mail guy who works a few floors up who she’s been meeting for coffee for the past few months. The only problem? He’s not who she thinks he is, and he has seduction plans of his own.
Kindergarten teachers aren’t known for breaking the rules, but Steph is ready to go undercover—and get under the covers—to work her magic on her best friend, Landon. Sexy costume necessary, multiple orgasms crucial, real identity optional.
When Stacy discovers her sex-on-a-stick ex at her Hollywood Halloween blow-out, she decides to show the cocky homicide detective exactly what he’s been missing. But she’s not the only one plotting revenge, and Ian’s the only one who can save her.
Lieutenant Derek Tyler and Ginger Peet have overcome every seemingly impossible hurdle on the path to happiness, but when they each receive life-changing news on the same day, will their hard-won trust stand up to the test? Or will their attempts to shield one another drive them apart?
I think this is my first time reading an anthology, but I’m no stranger to the short story/novellas. As a first-timer to them being grouped together, I have to say I really enjoyed this. Each author brought their own style to the table, all using the same theme, and it was interesting to see how each one wrote their plot and sexy times as I read one story after the other. For some of them, I really loved seeing familiar faces and catching up with a few of my favorite characters. For others, it was nice getting to know new characters and appreciating their story.
In Seducing Mr. Right, we follow a friend of Chelsea’s from Two Wrongs, One Right, Danielle, who looking to slum it up with the seemingly innocent and nice mailroom guy from her office, Grayson. As much as I want to love Katee’s books, I always find they’re missing a certain spark that I feel with other Brazens. While they may be in the lower spectrum of Brazen favorites for me, I still really enjoy them and this one was no different. I liked the characters, Danielle is just trying to have some fun while Grayson really cares for her, but is harboring a secret. Things unravel fairly quickly, obviously, but not without sexy times. Going into this, you have to realize that these two have spent a considerable amount of time together as friends already. Throughout the story, you’re told how these two feel about each other, the love and all, but I couldn’t really feel it. Still, their relationship was interesting, if not a little typical.
In Tempted by His Best Friend, Cari tells the story of two best friends, Stephanie and Landon, who are best friends that secretly have feelings for each other. This reminded me a lot of Dirty Trick, only the girl was the one working the moves this time. Granted, I didn’t like it as much, but it was still okay. I felt like this could’ve been a bit more developed, and I might have enjoyed it more if it was a full novel. I couldn’t really work up any feelings for Landon and I didn’t like the way he treated Stephanie at first. After things blow up in their faces, the pacing was a bit rushed with not as much substance as I like from stories like these. Regardless, it was a decent read and it had its good moments.
In Wicked Games, Samanthe tells the story of Ian and Stacy, the secondary characters to her another novel of hers, Lover Undercover, which I enjoyed. After what happened at the end of Lover Undercover, I was definitely curious to see what would happen with Ian and Stacy’s relationship. Before, I never would’ve considered Ian to be so sweet and sensitive and after reading this, I can tell he is perfect for Stacy. His personality complimented hers perfectly and I liked that he got her in a way no one else could. Stacy has a lot of issues from her, and Ian is the one to help her see past all that and believe in love and HEA. I thought their story was funny, sexy, and sweet. Not to mention a bit of drama and excitement, because, let’s face it, this is a novel about cops!
In Protecting What’s Theirs, Tessa gives you a glimpse at what Derek and Ginger, the main characters from her first Line of Duty novel, Protecting What’s His, is up to. I may be a bit biased, but I have to say, this one was my favorite. Tessa can do no wrong and I seriously missed that sexy, dirty-talker Derek and the spunky, Dolly-loving Ginger! Big things happen to this couple and I really loved where Tessa went with their story. You can definitely still see the love and care these two have for each other. You can also see the chemistry and passion they share. If you haven’t read Protecting What’s His, you might not get the love and tenderness of their relationship, so I advise you to read that one before reading this, but Tessa does throw little bits here and there so you can see the romance, and not just the crazy sexy times. I loved it! Tessa, you’re the best!
Overall, Lovers Unmasked is a great addition to the Brazen family. If you’ve read any books by any of these ladies, you won’t be disappointed with what you get here. I loved how the Halloween theme was incorporated into each story, the sexy times were in full force, and the characters were very entertaining. With any novella, you’re always left wanting more, of course, but I think each story gave me what I needed to appreciate the plot and have fun getting to know the characters.