Under the Mask: A Review of A.M. Guilliams “Beautifully Masked”

Posted: October 13, 2015 in Adult, Book Review
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 Goodreads.com Description: “Sophia Turner has the life people dream about. An amazing career, great friends, and two adorable godsons. She’s turned her life in the direction that she’s felt it was always meant to go, away from the life she once led. Everything was perfect in her eyes.
Until one night changed it all.
Jeremiah Stewart has lived life on the edge since tragedy struck him at a young age. He pushes the odds every time he goes into a burning building for reasons he won’t divulge. He was perfectly content remaining a recluse.
Until she changed it all.
Jeremiah and Sophia made a vow to only ever be friends. A vow that was broken in the blink of an eye. An arrangement was the resolution, but for how long, neither wanted to know.
Will Jeremiah and Sophia be able to stick to only an arrangement? Or will one of them want more, causing their friendship to go up in a blazing inferno and allowing them to both continue living Beautifully Masked.”

About the Author
A.M. Guilliams was raised in a small town located in Southern Virginia and even though she moved to the city in her early twenties, she’s still a country girl at heart. She loves being in the outdoors, traveling to new places and spending time with her family. As a teenager A.M. Guilliams played around with writing, but it wasn’t until 2013 that she decided to put her criminal justice degree to work and publish her first Romantic Suspense Novel Beautifully Tainted. If you can’t find her in the writing cave, she’s probably enjoying her time with her the man of her dreams for the last thirteen years, two daughters, and son; or throwing the ball around in the river for the family German Shepherd, and Chocolate Lab. Oh, let’s not forget her ferret.

Find A.M. Guilliams Online:

Website: https://amguilliams.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: http://goo.gl/NMuoQF

Amazon Author Page: http://goo.gl/oj2AmR

Facebook Author Page: http://goo.gl/DGcLLU

My Review

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

For Mature Readers: 18+

Beautifully Masked was a beautiful romantic suspense story about secrets and the damage they can cause.

The story line was intriguing and the characters well-developed. Jeremiah, my new book boyfriend, was the total package—good looks, great manners, and a smooth way with a special woman. He was unrelenting in his pursuit which I loved.

I admired Sophia. She had great strength and was intelligent. I loved the fact she wanted to protect those around her from her less than admirable history. Unfortunately, our past has a way of catching up with us when we least expect it.

This was the second story I’ve read where family members masqueraded as villains. I loved Guilliams quote about family:

“Blood didn’t make someone family. A life worth living is a life worth fighting for. Everyone was brought into your life for a reason.”

I enjoyed Sophia and Jeremiah’s story. Ms. Guilliams, if you’re reading, please write more. I need to know where their story goes!

Rating

5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)


This is the third book in the Beautifully series. The other two books are about Matt and Emily, secondary characters in this installment.

Goodreads.com Description: “Does running from the past help? Does becoming someone else even for a little while make the pain go away? Join Emily and Matt in their journey to find themselves and possibly each other.

Needing to get away from everything and everyone Emily Jackson decides to let fate decide where she should go. Spinning the globe and landing her finger, fate decided that Maine was where she would end up.

Two years later, Emily has become the new her. She keeps everyone at a distance for her own personal reasons. No one knows the real her. No one knows the pain she holds inside. She’s created a mask and walls that were necessary for her survival. It’s all a front though. She just can’t confront those demons. It’s too hard. She has made a vow to herself to never let another living being in. The pain isn’t worth the connection and bonds that would be formed. Until the new detective arrives.

Matt Anderson needs a change. The tragic events of that day haunt him constantly and he can’t take it anymore. He decides running away is the only way to get away from the constant reminders that consume him. He decides the further away the better and spins the globe. Maine it is then. A new place, new faces, and a new job are exactly what he needs right now.
The moment their eyes meet, both Emily and Matt feel the instant connection, but they both decide that they need to ignore it to protect their sanity and hearts. They avoid each other at all costs. But Fate has other plans. Fate brings them together on a night that could’ve had a bad ending.

Can Emily and Matt let go just a little to see where things could lead as more than friends? Can they let go of their demons long enough to realize that what they need most could be each other? Or will they continue to live beautifully tainted?”

Goodreads.com Description: “What would you do when your past collides with your present?
Matt and Emily’s future depends on the connections with their pasts. Questions need to be answered. Conflicts need to be resolved.
They face tough decisions ahead and the relationship they long to have will depend on if they can handle each other’s pasts coming to light.
A blast from the past wants what was thought to be gone forever.
Secrets will be revealed.
Lives will be lost.
Can they overcome everything that’s thrown their way? Will they finally be able to live beautifully together?
Join Matt and Emily in their quest to find themselves and each other.”

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