Author: Red Garnier
Blurb: What happens when the masks come off?
When one of the supersexy Gage brothers blows Molly Devaney away with a scorching kiss at a masquerade ball, she thinks she’s met her soul mate. But why does her masked seducer act as if she doesn’t exist the next day? To win him over, she’ll make him jealous, so she turns to his brother Julian Gage, who offers to play the role of her lover.
But Julian is playing for keeps. There’s nothing fake about the way this woman makes him feel, and now he’s going to show her just which Gage brother is right for her….
Thoughts: Molly was a recipient of a kiss that changed her life. One kiss led her to her soul mate, but her soul mate isn’t who she thinks! She believes that her best friend’s brother, Garrett, is her mystery man – so who better to give her advice on how to win him over than her best buddy Julian? Only Julian has a secret – he was the one who kissed her that night! And he decides to set up a plan that allows him to get closer to his best friend – on much more intimate terms than ever before – and also win her as his own!
The book actually starts off a few weeks after the masquerade ball, which was an interesting change. Most of these books that I had read previously regarding masquerade ball themes have started either right before, or during. But that made this one a bit more interesting and intriguing. At first you really don’t know what Julian’s motivations were in kissing Molly – especially since when she comes over to ask him for his help in winning his brother’s heart, she’s confronted with a female that has just crawled out of his bed! We do eventually get Julian’s viewpoint on things, but in the beginning -as a reader – you’re not quite sure which direction the author plans to go with it. And for this book it really paid off – your interest is captured, yet your also intrigued on where this journey is going – which makes you really eager to turn each page!
I had never read a book by this author before, but she did an amazing job weaving the story and also coming up with little tidbts of information that the characters knew about each other. She really made you feel the connection between Julian and Molly, as well as the amazing history that existed between the characters. I fell in love with all the characters, especially Julian and Molly, but I admit I was a bit frustrated at Julian’s stubbornness in the end. And I just really wanted to cry with Molly – it was that emotion engaging.
I enjoyed this book immensely! So much so, that I looked for more books by this author. And while this one is not “officially” a series book, some of the other characters do have their own stories. For example, Landon, one of the other Gage brothers was in a prior book, Paper Marriage Proposition. And Kate, Molly’s sister, is expected to get her own book soon – which I will be definitely be keeping an eye out for!