Friday, April 10, 2015

Unmasking Charlotte by M.D. Saperstein & Andria Large

Unmasking Charlotte
Unmasking Charlotte by M.D. Saperstein & Andria Large

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read Hey There, Delilah, I was already familiar with Charlie and Calvin and was really looking forward to reading their story. As funny as those two were in book one, I never imagined that I would be bawling like a baby while reading the Prologue of Unmasking Charlotte. The way in which Charlie and Calvin’s lives intertwined long before the ever met one another was heart wrenching. I was devastated for Charlie to learn what she went through at 16, yet relieved to learn that her family’s support and love for her never wavered.

Unmasking Charlotte is exactly that, the tale of how Charlotte became the Charlie we met in the first book and how the tap dance she does with Calvin helps her to recover Charlotte – and no, I’m not making mental health references to split personalities here. Rather the traumatic incident that is revealed in the Prologue forced Charlotte to leave her innocence of youth behind and reinvent herself as Charlie – the spunky, feisty spitfire that says what she means and means what she says. I adored Charlie before, but I fell in love with her character is this book. Despite all that has happened to her, she refuses to live her life as a victim, but rather lives her life to the fullest. Her sense of humor and antics kept me laughing throughout the book – although it was the scene in which Calvin meets her cat that had me laughing so hard I nearly peed my pants. As for Calvin, when his initial attempts to get close to her are shot down, he tries to keep his distance from Charlie in order to avoid temptation. This becomes more and more difficult as their best friends are involved and social events keep putting them in one another’s paths. When Charlie realizes that her feelings toward Calvin are more important than her fears, all bets are off and the sparks fly. Calvin and Charlie have some serious chemistry going on and that made for some scorching sex scenes.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Calvin and Charlie fall in love. And when Charlie’s past came back to confront her, I was freaking out because I really didn’t know what to expect. Yet Ms. Saperstein managed to give that scene an unbelievably satisfying resolution. As the blurb states, Unmasking Charlotte can be read as a standalone. However, if you read book one you will be pleased to know that you will get to catch up with Nick and Delilah and see how their relationship continues to develop. This was a great addition to the Taboo Love series and I am looking forward to reading Crossing the Line because I cannot wait to read Parker’s story – and get an update on all the other characters.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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