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Review: Lovers Unmasked (anthology)

Lovers Unmasked (anthology)
Contemporary Romance, Category Romance, Holiday, Anthology
Ebook $3.79 (350 pages, BRAZEN)
ystery 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…
Seducing Mr. Right by Katee Robert
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.
Tempted by His Best Friend by Cari Quinn
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.
Wicked Games by Samanthe Beck
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.
Protecting What’s Theirs by Tessa Bailey
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?
Enjoy your tricks and treats in this sexy anthology featuring bestselling authors Katee Robert, Cari Quinn, Samanthe Beck, and Tessa Bailey.

The Hit & Miss Quartet (3 stars)

I held back on reviewing LOVERS UNMASKED for over a week because I hated the idea of being the one reader who was really disappointed with it. I've been dying to read it since the theme for the anthology was announced and getting a sneak peek at Katee Robert's story only solidified my interest. Sadly, her entry, SEDUCING MR. RIGHT was the only one of the bunch that I particularly enjoyed.

PROTECTING WHAT'S THEIRS brings back Ginger Peet and Derek Tyler of Protecting What's His for some shenanigans of the rompy variety. I haven't read the latter and this installment made me really glad I didn't try because Derek is just too much of a chest-beater hero for me. I really disliked him and found myself constantly muttering a word that starts with P and rhymes with Rick. If you enjoyed Protecting What's His I think you'll love getting to see the characters return, otherwise you may want to be sure you like your heroes mega Alpha. (2 stars)

WICKED GAMES was very sexy and had some amusing moments but it's strongly one for category fans who like a little suspense. Very predictable and just a bit too over-the-top it still manages to be an okay read. I found Stacey and Ian to be just too cookie-cutter for me but if you've wanted to sample Beck's writing style I think it's a good place to start and has the stand alone potential to be enjoyed by all. (3 stars)

TEMPTED BY HIS BEST FRIEND is a fun story conceptually and I really liked Steph. In fact, I kind of wished Steph was a character for a different story because I found Landon to be a bit nerve-grating. If you want your masked romance to be extremely hot and heavy look no further. While I definitely felt the love and lust as a combo on Steph's end, I never did feel it as more than lust on Landon's part. One for the reader who wants plenty of steam and doesn't need the actual romance to feel complete. (3 stars)

It sounds hypocritical after reviewing TBHBF to say that I loved SEDUCING MR. RIGHT because it was the kinkiest, naughtiest entry of the four. But darnit, it was fun! I liked the mistaken identity-like trope and the slow build that was already established allowing for the sexual tension to implode on Grayson and Danielle. If you enjoyed any of Robert's previous Brazen titles this one is a must-read. (5 stars)

While I wasn't well wooed by the quartet of talented authors who contributed to this anthology I really think I'm the exception. I'm known for my distaste for knuckle-dragging Alpha heroes and for being a somewhat hard sell on category romances of the non-paranormal variety. Keeping that in mind this is a great choice if you're in the mood for something that hints at a Halloween theme but is mostly sexy shorts with a costumed twist.

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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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