Ink Slinger PR Presents: Behind The Mask

Title:  Behind The Mask
Author:  Linda Joyce
Format:  Kindle
Length: N/A
Rating:  4 Stars

Former model Chalise Boudreau returns to Louisiana after ten years and faces an uncertain future. Watching her budget, she’s living with her mother and plans to open a luxury salon, but she fears the community sees her homecoming as a failing, and she knows any malicious gossip will jeopardize her success.

Once bad-boy, now entrepreneur Chaz Riboucheaux is home and trying to rebuild his old reputation. He believes one of his companies, the Magnolia May, a pirate ship, can make Ascension a tourist destination, but the mayor refuses to grant him a lease at the city’s dock.

Chalise and Chaz come face to face at a Twelfth Night party. Years ago, he stood her up and left her brokenhearted. Now her brain is at war with her heart, but her body has a mind of its own. As Chaz leads her across the dance floor, he knows when the music stops it won’t be the end of their waltz. He has questions only she can answer, and he won’t stop until he gets what he wants.

My Thoughts
Behind The Mask is a story that manages to combine business, pleasure, and the mystique of Mardi Gras with a "happily" fit to charm the most persnickety of princesses.
Chalise Boudreau never forgot the real reason that she left her home in Ascension, Louisiana ten years ago.  Now, with a stellar modeling career behind her, and a need to get home and help her mother to expand on the fortunes of the family home turned B & B, with her own exclusive salon and spa.  Chalise has once again set her sights on her roots, and her mind on the realities of business.
But all thoughts of business have a way of disappearing in the presence of a certain man from Chalise's past.  A man it seems, who just might hold the keys to both the future of her business and her heart.
Chaz Riboucheaux has been a man on a mission.  Torn apart by the fateful night ten years prior when he was forced to leave the love of his life heartbroken and alone at a Twelfth Night Party.  Chaz has since worked tirelessly to prove himself worthy of the love and forgiveness of the woman that he calls "Princess".
Authoreas, Linda Joyce does a wonderful job of building drama and and tension by bringing the politics of small town business together with a story of heartbreak, love rekindled, passion unleashed, and the magic of the Twelfth Night.
This novella goes to great lengths to insure that readers are fully aware of both the leading man's and lady's tangled back stories.  Even as we are being ushered into their even more complicated present.
And even though there are several attempts throughout the course of the story to divert these two from their collision course with each other. Whether it be by way of a love triangle, or misplaced jealousy.  There is no denying what is clearly written both in the stars and on this story's pages for these two.
Because their love is one that began at a time of innocence for both characters; the passion found here is tempered with a honest sweetness that attracts readers to these two, holding them spellbound while the fun, mystery, and whimsy of a Twelfth Night revisited, is allowed to complete the unforgettable enchantment.

*Reviewer's Note:  I was provided with a copy of the literary work reviewed by Ink Slinger PR as an agent of its author, Linda Joyce.  All opinions expressed therein are mine, and have not been influenced by my association with either party.

 Linda Joyce Bio:
Linda Joyce is an award-winning and Amazon best selling author who writes about assertive females and the men who can’t resist them in her Fleur de Lis series and Fleur de Lis Brides series. Linda’s a big fan of jazz and blues. She attributes her love of those musical genres to her southern roots, which run deep in Louisiana. If you walk-through several New Orleans cemeteries you’ll find many of her people buried there. She penned her first manuscript while living in Japan, the country where her mother was born and raised. Now she lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and four-legged boys—Beau, Jack, and Renior—who think she’s their pet.

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