Unmasked: Volume 2 ( Unmasked #2) – Cassia Leo

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Book Description

I left my former life – and my mask – behind.

Running from a past where I was born unloved. A past where I was betrayed by love.

Running from an organization with limitless power and stealth. Running for my life.

I never expected to find love on the run. Not in a tiny seaside town on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Not without my mask.

But it seems as if my sad story is being rewritten with someone else’s pen. But whose pen is it?

This question haunts me day and night. And I get my answer on a perfectly decadent evening. When I come home to find my bedroom perfumed with the scent of death.

He’s here.

Divas Thoughts

No. Cassia Leo did NOT do another masterpiece with this one. I´m not wanting to come across as rude or anything….I just can´t sum up the love I felt for the first Volume. There wasn´t anything cool about this one. This was just a story that was told. It was nothing I expected it to be. I was left wanting so much more after the first book.

Vol. 2 starts off where Vol. 1 ended. Alex ran away to an Island and started hiding. She gave herself a new identity and was ready to start a new life.

I don´t know. What started out great turned into non-interesting. Alex´s new life with all the new people…it felt like, after Alex and Daimon had their fatal stand-off, there was so much missing. What really threw me off was how Alex transformed from being dark, dangerous & mysterious to being open with her issues and having fun on the Island. And just like that….I started disliking Alex / Alyssa. What happened to the woman who hid her face?

Anyway: Alyssa starts dating her neighbor and gets involved with life. That´s until she gets this errie feeling that somethings not right. And she´s right!

( totally predictable story since Alex wasn´t so sure she really killed Daimon)

Things start to happen and Alyssa gets sloppy.

All of the sudden things pick up and get interesting again. It took a while…but the fun was back and my hope returned for this book to knock me off my socks. But who was I kidding ( I should really stop hoping so much) there was nothing that I didn´t see coming.

Not even the end tickled me. I´m not saying this book was God-awful…it was just a predictable. And somewhat far fetched. Being a hitman is a scary thing. And writing a story about it can be way cool. But to involve Monaco and the Grimaldi´s is way to far fetched. I live in Europe and I see alot of the actual Grimaldis on the news, etc. so I have a hard time picturing Alex being the princess of Monaco. Or being the daughter of the princess of Monaco. Either way….I couldn´t visualize that.

Let´s not forget about the 200 pages. I flew through that story in a night.+

Would I recommend this book?

Hmm….maybe.

Would I re-read this book?

Probably not.

The Divas are giving Unmasked: Volume 2 ( Unmasked #2) by Cassia Leo 3 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Unmasked: Volume 1 ( Unmasked #1) – Cassia Leo

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Book Description

I was born into this world unwanted.

I spent the first hours of my life unloved.

I spent the first eighteen years of my life with the parents who tried to shelter me from the harsh reality of my existence.

But you can’t un-write a sad story if the ending is literally written all over your face.

So I moved out and now I hide. I have a night job that pays the bills. Every night, I put on my mask and walk to work.

Then one night, I hear and see something that will change my purpose in life… forever: a murder that will bring him to me.

He says he wants to protect me. And, through a series of events I can’t fully make sense of, I find myself believing him. 

But our nightly visits are always cloaked in darkness. I don’t know his face and he will never know mine. 

I was born into this world unwanted. I will leave this world unmasked.

Divas Thoughts

I thought this story was a nice change of wallpaper. It was dark, it was mysterious, and most of all…it was unique.

How spooky and cool is it to find someone attractive in the dark? How creepy is it to know nothing but still feel something for a stranger you don´t even trust? That´s confusing as hell. Lol

The book description and the cover screamed at me so I had to buy the book. I´ve been making some poor decissions lately when it comes to books, but not with this one. Unmasked was one of my best choices sofar.

Very very cool story. Sexy as hell, and it had a major bad-assness to it.

The characters were super cool. I felt as if I was watching an episode of Mr. & Mrs. Smith ( kind of…). Alex was this unwanted, unloved woman who was trained to kill. Her only issue was that she avoided daylight and hid from the world because of the problem she had. She lived in LA where crime is nearly all over the place, yet she manages to survive with ease ( due to her life long training to become a killing machine). And if that weren´t enough….she also acted a bit strange in her own apartment. Never turning the lights on, and such. The problem she had was an issue….but she always kept to herself. Until one day…a murder happened (or a few murders happened she witnessed). Who did what and why? That´s when a special detective came into the picture and rattled Alex´s world a little. She didn´t trust the detective but she still put up with him. And all that without showing her face! Or him showing his for that matter * spooky* One thing led to another and that´s where the fun began.

This was really cool because both main characters, Alex and Daimon, are equals. They´re so alike. Totally perfect for one another. Events happen and they actually fall in love with each other.

And then it happens. The moment I was waiting for. And I wasn´t surprised. But that was fine because I still loved the idea of the story. The writing was good and I fell in love with the mystery behind everything. Another great thing about this book was that I thought it wasn´t predictable at all.

The only thing I disliked was that this book was short. 178 pages. Uuhm….why? There was more than enough info that could have been stretched out some more. I would have loved to read more about Alex´s background. I would have totally enjoyed more from the pitch black apartment moments.

But I didn´t get that. It was a definitely a fast paced story with some exciting scenes.

Would I recommend this book?

Yes. I would.

Would I re-read this book?

I might.

The Divas are giving Unmasked: Volume 1 (Unmasked #1) by Cassia Leo 4 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Dair ( The Wild Side #3) – R. K. Lilley

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Book Description

I’d started writing everything about her down. I didn’t want to forget.
The color of her hair. The depth of her eyes. The stubborn shape of her jaw. The way her lips shaped words with such expression. The way her voice made my chest ache. The way she gave advice beyond her years. 
The way she listened like she cared about every word. 
The way she made me feel—Alive. 
Every curve and hollow of her body was recorded, in my mind, and now my hard drive. 
There was a bit of truth in every lie, and even if it had only been fed to me in the smallest increments, I wanted, needed to remember the real Iris. 
Because in the end, there was one irrefutable thing that I couldn’t deny.
Hostage or hustler, sinner or saint, whatever she was or wasn’t, whether she lied to my face or taunted me with hints of the truth, all of this seemed always to defer to the more pertinent fact at hand. 
She was mine. 
Inconceivably. 
Undeniably. 
Mine.

After yet another shocking discovery, followed by a disturbing letter, Dair is almost certain Iris has left his life for good. He tries his best to move on. 
Easier said than done, and when an unexpected and dangerous opportunity arises for him to find out what happened to her, he doesn’t hesitate to take it. 
As usual, with Iris, the answer leaves him more lost than the question. 
Every revelation is shrouded in mystery, and every disclosure leaves Dair more in the dark than ever. 
And when finally, the messy truth is revealed in its entirety, will he be ready for it?

This is the final installment in Iris and Dair’s story
This book is intended for readers 18 and up.

Divas Thoughts

Here´s the thing. Reading book 1 and 2 was exciting. I loved how things were wild and that I was constantly kept in the dark. In this one….I was kind of fed up. The cat and mouse chase frustrated me endlessly. There was so much fabulous build-up in the first 2 books that I assumed something grand would happen in the third one. Something that would shock me speechless, knock me out of my socks, or even something that would make me wake my husband in the middle of the night just to have someone to talk too right away.

That didn´t happen. The whole story was about finding out what Iris was up to. All the missing pieces had to be found and when that finally happened in the last half of this book….the story wasn´t as interesting anymore. Dair ( that poor SOB ) was so hopelessly in love with the much younger Iris that he put up with everything that happened to him. One minute Iris was there, loving Dair the way he needed to be loved and appreciated, and the next minute she´s gone again with less or even no explaination at all. And when everything comes to light he still loves her. A-ha. Well, that might be interesting for other readers…..it wasn´t for me.

At the end I nearly gave up reading the book. I felt that Dair needed to set his standards a little higher. Chasing after a young blonde who constantly disappeared made him stand in the desperate corner.

There were indeed some good sides to the story. The sex, the dialogue, and the writing….they were good.

Not saying I hated this book. But I didn´t go nuts over it either.

Would I recommend this book?

Hmm….yeah. But only read about how their story ended. If this were a stand alone then I would NOT recommend this book.

Would I re-read this book?

Since this is a series, I´d say no. This wasn´t my cup of tea.

The Divas are giving Dair ( The Wild Side #3) by R. K. Lilley 3 out of 5 champagne glasses.

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