by Metsy Hingle

December 2002
ISBN: 1-55166-926-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Adam Webster wants his wife, Lily, and son back—and he’s willing to pay one million dollars to the best bounty hunter in the business, ex-cop, Michael Sullivan, to ensure that he gets his family back fast. Michael, being very good at his job, tracks the runaway wife to New Orleans, and now all he has to do is make a call to his employer, but something is holding him back. Is it Lily’s haunted eyes, fragile beauty or secrets that are just hidden under the surface? Not knowing all the facts, Michael makes the call and then he learns the truth—that he’s just placed Lily and her son in great danger. Unable to ease his guilt, Michael must protect Lily and her son at all costs, because he’s found that they mean more to him then a means to an end or an easy paycheck — and he always protects those that he loves.

Behind The Mask was a fast paced romantic suspense that brought me to the city of New Orleans, filled with steamy heat and intrigues. I liked that the characters were flawed, but I felt that the flaws were a bit contrived and that made some parts of the story a bit tedious to read. I often found myself rolling my eyes when reading certain passages in the book that were just so predictable. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story — and it shouldn’t stop you either, but it did need to be said. Michael Sullivan is a rock-solid hero that is fighting his own demons with his past and with his handling of Lily, and in those respects, he seemed very real and multi-dimensional. Lily seemed just a bit too pure for my taste, though I liked her courageousness when she honed in on the threat to her son and took off running. Adam is the evil villain that will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and being super rich and powerful makes him a strong enemy.

All in all, Behind The Mask isn’t the best book I’ve read this year, but it’s not bad for those cold winter afternoons where you just want to spend time relaxing by a warm fire under a woolen blanket.

Reviewed in November 2002 by Thea.

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