For the first time in her life, art therapist Lucia Lewis is ready to live. And the masquerade ball in Las Vegas is just the place to find a ridiculously hot guy to complete her wicked to-do list. The only rule? Her elegant Venetian mask—which conceals the scars that have always held her back from the life she deserves—stays on.
Navy SEAL Cade Daniels heads to Vegas on a mission to keep his best friend’s little sister out of trouble. Except the woman he’s sent to find is all heat and flame…and perfectly capable of handling herself. And him. But the moment Lucia’s mask slips, the need to heal her, body and soul, is complete and absolute temptation.
But revealing himself could cost him the one thing he isn’t willing to risk…his heart.
Source: ARC from Entangled Brazen via NetGalley
Everything in this book happens really fast – the first meeting, the first orgasm, the first full sex, the emotional connection, the love. It all just happens with a snap of the fingers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is something worth mentioning. For a shy wallflower, Lucia basically meets a stranger she fancies, accidentally flashes him her list of fantasies and then gets on with fulfilling them. Less than a third of the way through this (fairly quick) read they’ve already ticked the four items off. But hey, this is Vegas!
Actually, there is a layer of sweetness to this story. Mostly because of Lucia’s scars and the way Cade simply doesn’t care about them. He thinks she’s sexy and he shows her how much, repeatedly, through their shared weekend. After their initially swift coming together it was nice that Cade slowed things down and showed her a bit of Vegas – in between the orgasms. Each of them have bad histories, but these never threaten to bring the story down, rather they add a bit of depth to each character.
However, considering that this is a book with a lot of sex in it, I actually didn’t find most of the scenes all that sexy. I don’t know if it was because of the speed with which everything happens, or the fact their connection definitely feels more physical than emotional (until right at the very end), but it just didn’t feel particularly sensual to me, meaning the scenes were simply something to read over rather than savour. Add in the fact that Cade breaks his promise and lies by omission and I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I might have hoped.
Overall, though, this is a quick, fun read with lots of sex, a hunky hero and a heroine who definitely finds her confidence. The painting scenes were lovely (adding some of that missing sensuality, particularly the last one) and there’s clearly potential here for more from this series. If you’re looking for something quick and dirty, that doesn’t delve too deep, has a conveniently happy ending and will leave you smiling, this will likely fit the bill.
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