Author: Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/10/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Before Christian can end his relationship with a closeted cheater, he needs to see the evidence firsthand. He disguises himself and attends a masquerade ball escorted by a friend, in search of the Stranger in Black. When he finds him, he gets something entirely different—and much more erotic—than he expected.
Wearing a black-and-gold mask, Jarrod is on the hunt for Chris, the “other woman” his best friend’s fiancé is having an affair with. But a sexy vision in a white gown captures his attention and takes his breath away, which is strange, since he’s gay.
One by one, the pieces fall away, exposing their dual deception. After the masks—and the pants—are off, Christian and Jarrod must work together to support a friend… and maybe become something more than strangers.
First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, LLC, 2011.
I enjoyed this short novella. I loved the imagery of the costumes and I loved the drag. I also really liked that I knew more than all the characters so I could chuckle or smirk when they fell into entertaining situational traps.
I often felt like the insta-love was not supported but perhaps that was because there was a lot of off page happenings that the reader didn’t get to see. But I really liked the concept and the author gave me characters who were fun and easy to connect with. I would love a follow up visit to see if Jarrod and Chris’s relationship was sustainable and if Mira and David get together. I would even like to see how Carl grows and if he ever has the courage to go after what he really wants. I count it as a solid win when the author can make me want more even when this particular story felt rushed.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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