Friday, October 31, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Masquerade by Georgia Le Carre

 Review Tour: Masquerade by Georgia Le Carre

(18+ due to mature themes and sexual content)

Love is deceptive...

Fiery Billie Black thought she knew all she needed to know about her own sexuality, but that was before one night of animalistic passion with the ultra gorgeous and mysterious Jaron Rose. Tall, blond, charming and wealthy, he was the epitome of an Alpha male. 

In the morning he promised he would call.  

He didn't.

Six months later, just as Billie had finally managed to free herself from the memories of that night, he arrives on the scene again. Suddenly, all the feelings that burned so intensely
are reignited and she finds herself becoming quickly entangled with her
enigmatic lover. The passion is incredible, unforgettable, unbelievable, but
Jaron Rose is not all that he seems—he wears more than one disguise…and he is
hiding a big secret.

Billie is about to find out what that is…


BOOK REVIEW: Masquerade by Georgia Le Carre
 5 Stars

  • an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show 
  • to go about under false pretenses or a false character; assume the character of; give oneself out to be
While you ponder the definition of the title and how it fits with the story, let me first give a little background on the book. Masquerade is a stand-alone or a spin-off of the Billionaire Banker series. If you haven’t read (and I hadn't), it’s not necessary to enjoy this one, but here’s a few details that might be helpful.

Billie Black’s character originates in the BillionaireBanker series about Billie’s friend, Lana.  Initially (the first chapter or two) I felt like I walked into the middle of Billie and Jaron’s story so I didn’t quite connect with them in their opening scenes. But then Billie gives the backstory on how they met and I started to become enthralled with their attraction to each other.

Billie has teal hair and blue spider tattoos adorn her neck and shoulder. Billie has also only been interested in women up until her meeting with Jaron in a club one night. Loaded on booze and drugs, Billie perceived her attraction to him to be substance induced. Jaron Rose, aside from being a man, is not her type. He’s completely alpha, demanding, and in control. And Billie is not the one to submit…till now.
 “The power struggle between us makes my skin tingle, but he is also my sexual soulmate. Between us there are no inhibitions. Nothing is out of bounds.” —Billie
As the story opens though, Jaron has shown up at Billie’s door after never calling her again and then running into her at an art exhibit where he was with his girlfriend, Ebony. Oh and the reason he gives for why he’s reappeared now? For sex.

Yes, jerk moves. I was not initially keen on Jaron. 
“He is the unfaithful lover and I am his bit on the side.” —Billie
That right there didn’t make me warm and fuzzy for him. But Jaron is a hulk of a man, captivating, and blonde. He takes what he came for, with instructions for his return the next day. Meanwhile, Billie is left to deal with his girlfriend.

Jaron and Billie banter, and it’s dirty, gritty, and steamy. Oh there is no holds bared on what they will say to each other. Or do! 
“That’s the first time…I’ve been slapped by a woman while I’m still inside her.” — Jaron
Why didn’t Jaron call? But why did he keep her phone number? 
“What’s found and lost will be found again.” — Jaron
While Billie tries to resist him, she still feels the pull. Jaron is shrouded in mystique. And his initial jerk persona gives way to a deeper soul, more intricate person beyond the facade. The dichotomy from Jaron in the opening scenes to the fuller picture that Billie and the reader come to know is part of the enjoyment. His many layers, his masks—all part of him, and ultimately…somehow none are really flaws.  So along with Billie, the reader begins to fall for Jaron too. (Oh total book boyfriend!)

Who really is Jaron Rose? Will Billie get to see behind his fronts? 
“‘I’m not like anybody you know, Billie. I don’t get scared of danger. I get excited.’” — Jaron
Without revealing too much, Jaron is a thrill seeker with the ultimate question being how far is he willing to go? 
“’What’s more important? How many breaths you take? Or how many moments take your breath away?’” — Jaron 
Jaron turns Billie’s world upside down, and yet Billie remains head-strong. Even as she sorts through the nature of her sexuality she is not wish-washy or weak. Billie is a strong female character, and I loved how she resisted letting Ebony get to her. You don’t see that nearly often enough.

Meanwhile, Jaron and Billie act out fantasies (these are some original love scenes) and indulge thrills (your life will seem dull in comparison). It is dreamy, steamy, and enigmatic.  The story is loaded with hot, dirty, and well detailed sex scenes; an air of mystery; and elements of fantasy and adventure.  I ultimately enjoyed every page which never drags and flows well.  And by the end I adored Jaron and craved more than just the one chapter told via his point of view. The boy is seriously hot and alluring!
“‘I was carving my name into your heart.’” — Jaron
If you want a hot, hot, hot erotic read with a daring, dirty-talking bad boy, put this at the very top of your TBR list.  It’s a gem of a sultry tale with characters that are far from stereotypical.

~Character Interview~
Want to learn a little bit more about Jaron Rose and Billie Black? Well here’s “Five Questions with Jaron Rose” and “Five Questions with Billie Black.”  And a big thanks to Georgia for her time and for such a sexy and intriguing book.

Five Questions with Jaron Rose of Masquerade

Q1. Jaron—You live for thrills and turned Billie’s world upside down, but what’s the biggest thrill Billie has given you?

A. I taught Billie to fall from the sky, Billie taught me to let go and fall into a secret sky where inside each moment hundreds of veils are removed one by one.

Q2. Jaron—Is there any thrill (extreme sport/sexual/illegal activity, etc) that you wouldn’t do?

A. Yeah, I wouldn’t sell arms, get into the heavy drug trade or traffic humans. And murder’s another thing I’m not too keen on either. :)

Q3. Jaron—Name something that offends you.

A. I wanted to say lying politician. But that would be unnecessary since they all lie all the time! So I’ll just leave it at politicians.

Q4. Jaron—You wouldn’t be caught dead, where?

A. I would be caught dead anywhere alarms can go off! LOL!

Q5. Jaron—If Billie was a jewel, which one would she be? Describe her like you would a gem.

A. Billie is a jewel. A blue diamond. She sparkles even in the dark.

Five Questions with Billie Black of Masquerade

Q1. Billie—You and Jaron indulged in a lot of fantasy fulfillment, what would your ultimate honeymoon fantasy entail?

A. All I’ll say is it doesn’t involve crabs! LOL

Q2. Billie— How would Jaron complete this sentence about you? "Billie is a natural born..."

A. Headcase! 

Q3. Billie—Does Jaron have any habits that annoy you? If so, what are they?

A. Yeah… he’s too damn blonde and self-assured.

Q4. Billie—You wouldn’t be caught dead wearing, what?

A.  A plain while blouse and a black A-line skirt.

Q5. Billie—If Jaron was an alcoholic drink, which one would he be and why? 

A. Vodka. Can’t get enough!

 ~Author Bio~

Georgia Le Carre lives in England, in an old 19th century romantic cottage surrounded by a magical garden filled with fruit and walnut trees. When she is not feeding words into her laptop, she is either curled up in bed with a box of chocolates and a good read, or lost in a long walk in the woods. Especially on moonlit nights.  And often with the man of her dreams.
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