The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓
The heroine: Vanessa Frost (a.k.a. Van) – Society girl and friends with Simon Duchesne from Beneath This Ink. Her and Simon would go to events together to keep her father off her back since she had feelings for someone her father wouldn’t approve of.
The Hero(s): Constantine Leahy (a.k.a. Con) – he was introduced in Beneath This Mask as Charlotte’s boss and friend with benefits. He was protective of Charlie and a great friend. He owns the Tattoo shop Charlie works at and a few other businesses.
The Story: Vanessa works at the L.R. Bennett foundation and needs the help of Con, whom she had a one night stand with a few years ago. Van is best friends with Elle, whom she works with and tries to help her by suggesting she go to Constantine to try to get a property of his to use for a project she is working on in order to keep her job.
I liked Vanessa a lot. She can’t get her night with Con out of her mind but knows that he is the one and done type of guy. Vanessa has some hang ups after growing up in society as a chubby child and all the comments she used to overhear about her weight. At one point she stopped eating anything but vegetables and while in high school she grew over 5 inches in one year, changing from a short chubby girl to a tall willowy woman. She was upset that her mother passed away before seeing her changes.
Constantine is a great character as well. He is much more than the tattooed bad boy Vanessa initially thinks he is. We as readers know that from Beneath This Mask. But Vanessa learns this as she gets to know him more. He runs a boxing gym and program for troubled youths in New Orleans and feeds them every day, all on his own dime. He has never been able to get Vanessa off his mind but thinks she is too good for him. When he heard from Simon that Van has feelings for someone her father wouldn’t approve of, he can’t help but wonder if that is him.
The narration on this was stellar. I love Andi Arndt’s voice for the heroine, she sounds intelligent, yet young and her voice works very well for a classy Nola debutante. Sebastian York is also one of my favorite narrators with his deep gravely voice he is perfect for the Tattooed bad boy with a good heart.
I am really liking this series, it is interconnected books with each having a romance for a different couple but crossovers between books, I read book three prior to this one, since I am getting the audiobooks on my Libby app from the library, they are not always available in order, and these types of series work well even if you are reading them out of order.
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