Review: Unmasked Volume 2 + Unmasked Volume 3 by Cassia Leo

My Thoughts

An intriguing, suspenseful, sexy serial full of unexpected turns.

4stars

Unmasked 2 Synopsis

UnmaskedV2 iBooks-1I left my former life – and my mask – behind.

Running from a past where I was born unloved. A past where I was betrayed by love.

Running from an organization with limitless power and stealth. Running for my life.

I never expected to find love on the run. Not in a tiny seaside town on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Not without my mask.

But it seems as if my sad story is being rewritten with someone else’s pen. But whose pen is it?

This question haunts me day and night. And I get my answer on a perfectly decadent evening. When I come home to find my bedroom perfumed with the scent of death.

He’s here.

Unmasked 3 Synopsis

UnmaskedV3 iBooksMy entire life has been unmasked.

Everything I thought to be true has been called into question.

Whom do I trust? What do I believe?

With two men promising to keep me safe and one promising to give me my life back, which path do I choose?

Masked or unmasked?

 

 

My Review

Do not read review if you’ve not yet read Unmasked 1. Otherwise, this review is spoiler free.

Volume 2 picks up soon after the shocking end of Volume 1, with Alex on the run. She’s still reeling from what she’d done, from the truth she’d discovered, for what she was able to feel for Daimon. Now, she’s determined to live a life unmasked, as she figures out her next move. When she arrives in a small seaside town, she takes on a new persona, one who does not hide in the dark or under thick makeup, rather one who is confident during the light of day. And one who cannot seem to forget the man that taught her to love. The man she killed.

“… everything changed the night I met Detective Daimon Rousseau. He didn’t just change me into a woman. He changed me into a woman with a purpose. And my purpose was to make him pay for what he did to my father. Out of the darkness and into the light, a new Alex was reborn as Alyssa.”

Alex’s resoluteness in forgetting Daimon is entirely futile. The more she tries to forget him, the more thoughts of him permeate every second of her day, even as her heart battles between hating him and loving him and missing him. She even seems to smell his scent in the air, his presence with her still somehow. But then she meets Nick, who decidedly is not Daimon, but who is handsome and alluring in his own right.

She is attracted to him, but she is still suspicious. Her past has ingrained her to be that way. I found that really interesting. She questioned everything and everyone, her mind hard-wired to to do so. She couldn’t just be. But was Nick who he said he was? Did he want to kill her? Was he working for Daimon? Was there a possibility Daimon was alive? So many questions haunted her.

“My purpose is to save her. To love her. And I will stop at nothing to do just that.”

And just when she feels her guard begin to slip, surprises await and trouble finds her. Truths are revealed, including her own and the she must make a choice.  Because suddenly her past is invading her present once more, and as we move into the final installment, we see that Alex has to face that past head on. The time for retribution is upon her. But once again, she must figure out who she can trust.

“I love you, Alex. I’ll always love you… In the light and in the dark. With a mask or without. I love everything about you.”

What I have loved most about this series is that I never knew what to expect. Cassia is an expert storyteller and she weaves the story in directions I didn’t anticipate. I will say I found it difficult to get inside of Alex’s head… understand her motivations. It surprised me to see her fall for a man like Nick, particularly since thoughts of Daimon were ever present. But in the end, I loved how it wrapped up. It was that perfect, edgy, non-typical happy ever after that was right for the characters.

The Unmasked serial is comprised of three volumes (below) and is a great, quickly read series for readers who love mystery and intrigue, sexiness and love, action and suspense!

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Reading Order

UnMasked book 1 UnmaskedV2 iBooks-1 UnmaskedV3 iBooks

About Cassia

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New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading.

She believes in true love and happy endings, and that the most palpable regrets come from watching those two things slip away. Her favorite books and movies are the ones that challenge her mentally and leave her emotionally scarred. Her family has declared her a “method writer” because she gets “in character” while writing. She believes becoming the character is the only way to truly understand him or her. Her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills.

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Review: Unmasked Volume 1 by Cassia Leo

My Thoughts

A chilling mystery where desire, deception, secrets and betrayal mix in a deadly combination that leaves you wanting more. I couldn’t get enough!

5stars

Synopsis

UnMasked book 1From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a sexy and suspenseful new series.

I was born into this world unwanted.I spent the first hours of my life unloved.

I spent the first eighteen years of my life with the parents who tried to shelter me from the harsh reality of my existence.

But you can’t un-write a sad story if the ending is literally written all over your face.

So I moved out and now I hide. I have a night job that pays the bills. Every night, I put on my mask and walk to work.

Then one night, I hear and see something that will change my purpose in life… forever: a murder that will bring him to me.

He says he wants to protect me. And, through a series of events I can’t fully make sense of, I find myself believing him.

But our nightly visits are always cloaked in darkness. I don’t know his face and he will never know mine.

I was born into this world unwanted. I will leave this world unmasked.

My Review

“The monsters we can’t see are the scariest ones of all.”

I was drawn in immediately. The language. The tone. The dark of night. Elements unite to set a sinister foundation for this story to unfurl. We met our protagonist, Alex, who leaves her house only during the shroud of night, donning a mask that prevents others from seeing her… inside and out. Despite dangers looming for any 19-year-old girl who walks the streets in the dark, she’s not afraid. She’s ready to take on anything and anyone that comes her way. She’s prepared. She’s been trained.

“People see me walking down the street at they smile, thinking I’m an easy mark. They can rob me or rape me, maybe even murder me, and they’ll get away with it. I won’t put up a fight. But they don’t know me. I’m far from easy.”

But this one night, a stranger follows. Hidden face. Just far enough away. Something doesn’t feel right. Yet circumstances shocking and alarming bring her face-to-face with this hooded man.

“He looks like a dark angel sent to deliver me to a hell where all my darkest desires will come true.”

And under the guise of comfort and assistance, he’s suddenly in her life and there’s something unsettling about that. About him. She needed to find out who he was and what he wanted.

“… he wants something. Everybody wants something. And whatever this guy wants, he needs me alive to get it.”

As his unexpected visits become expected, and anger and annoyance turn into surges of anticipation, their lives begin to entwine. Two mysteries trying to unmask the other. The chemistry between them builds and sizzles as Alex begins to allow him in, granting him parts of herself she’s never given before.

“My skin has been my enemy for nineteen years. But when he puts his lips on me, it’s as if all my enemies have fallen and the two of us are the only ones left standing.”

But through it all, something isn’t right. As I read, I felt a chilling sense of foreboding. We learn more about Alex’s past, her burdens, her secrets. It’s heartbreak and danger and a whole lot of questions we’ve yet to know the answers to. Alex is incredibly interesting and I’ve yet to really understand her. There are times where I felt for her and what she’d endured. Times I wondered whether she was crazy and not in the good way. She’s never felt love. Instead, she’s been taught to hide. To doubt. To fight back. And it’s hard to discern whether she takes the right actions in the situations she finds herself in.

This story is far from over and its end was brilliantly shocking. This first installment explores Alex’s past, the notion of beauty, the necessity of hiding, the consequences of secrets and betrayals. You can easily devour this first volume in one sitting and if you’re a fan of suspense and mystery, you’ll want to one-click this immediately. Enlivened by Cassia Leo’s expert writing, you’ll be lured in by this sinister tale and fascinated by this 19-year-old girl whose actions are so unexpected that it keeps you guessing at what will surprise you next. Certainly the end was shocking in more ways than one!

There are three volumes in the series. Volume 1 is available now, Volume 2 releases on June 24th, and the final volume of Unmasked, Volume 3, will be out July 8th.

“The world is full of cruel injustice, ma chérie. Injustice that will make you want to give up everything and everyone you’ve ever loved. But it’s also full of devastating beauty.”

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Reading Order

UnMasked book 1 UnmaskedV2 iBooks-1 UnmaskedV3 iBooks

About Cassia

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New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading.

She believes in true love and happy endings, and that the most palpable regrets come from watching those two things slip away. Her favorite books and movies are the ones that challenge her mentally and leave her emotionally scarred. Her family has declared her a “method writer” because she gets “in character” while writing. She believes becoming the character is the only way to truly understand him or her. Her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills.

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