BLOG TOUR: BENEATH THIS MASK BY MEGHAN MARCH

Synopsis:


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?

Excerpt:


He reached a hand back and tugged his shirt over his head. I drank in his tanned skin and rippling muscles. He truly was a beautiful man. He kicked off his shoes and knelt at my feet to pull off my Chucks without untying the laces. It was a staggering realization to my champagne-soaked brain that he might have noticed I never untied them. What other details about me had he noticed that no one else would? I was crazy to think hed never find out the truth. I never shouldve let it get this far. But how could I stop myself? He was so perfectly imperfect, and I wanted all of him. For every second I could steal.
He reached for his belt and paused. Im staying tonight.It wasnt a question.
Okay.I reached for the hem of my shirt and started to drag it upward. He reached out, covering my hand with his to stop me.
But if you take that off, Im not going to be able to stop myself from having you.
Good.I yanked at his grip, trying to get the shirt off.
He squeezed my hand. No. Not tonight. The first time were together, youre going to be stone cold sober, because I want you to remember every single thing I do to you.
My insides turned hot and liquid. A pulse thrummed between my legs. You already told me youd put out. No take backs. Its not fair.
He leaned down and brushed his five oclock shadow against my cheek before saying into my ear, Tough shit.
He pulled back, and I stuck out my lip and pouted. Simon caught it between his teeth and tugged before releasing it. So fucking tempting. You have no idea.He spun and looked at my bureau. Pajama pants? And I know you own them. I distinctly recall a striptease that involved a pair.
I huffed. Second drawer from the bottom.He opened the drawer, pulled out a silky pink pair, and tossed them at me.
Ill be right back. You better not be naked.
Youre such a hardass prude, Mr. Duchesne.He took a step toward the doorway and gripped the top of the frame. His tongue swiped across his bottom lip, and his hazel eyes shifted from playful to serious.
Youre worth the wait.
He walked out of the room, and I heard the bathroom door shut.
I clutched the pajama pants in my fist as my heart tumbled further down the path of no return. A single thought crystallized in my head: Fuck. I could fall in love with this man.

My Review:

Meghan March tells a beautiful tale of a young woman running from her past and hiding from having a future… We first meet Charlotte in NYC trying to escape a life that was built on lies, a life that she no longer wants to be a part of.  This educated young girl had a life set before her.  Working for her father’s company, until the scheming and lies caught up with him, and their world as they knew it would never be the same.  So she runs…

Charlie Stone has reinvented herself so far removed from the girl that she was in NYC.  She has new purpose in life, staying away from the spotlight and anything related to her past, and trying to build a future much different from what she envisioned.  She’s changed everything about herself.  Reinvented her look, her attitude and her outlook on life.  Charlie is hurting you can see it in everything she does, she pushes away anything that has a potential to be good in her life feeling like she doesn’t deserve it. When Charlie meets Simon shes forced to deal with the past, present and the future.

I absolutely LOVED this book.. Hands down one of the best reads from a new author I’ve read this year. I was gripped from the beginning of the story right up until the end.  It will keep you guessing and on your toes, as each chapter seems to bring more drama and intrigue to the story line.  Charlie is one strong heroine, even though she doesn’t appear to be in the beginning, in the end she shows the bravery of a thousand soldiers marching into battle.  I give this one my full 5 stars!  I loved it beginning to end and I highly recommend it.



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.
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