Title: The New Year’s Masquerade
Author: Elise Marion
Series: Masquerade #2
Synopsis: Orlando Sanchez is a player. “No strings attached” is the motto of his life, and even when his best friend and wingman gets married, he doesn’t intend for that to change. Women are trouble and the only one he cares to spend time with is Sasha, who’s quickly become his friend and confidant. But a rash decision and a night of mindless passion makes their relationship complicated, causing Orlando to face his fears of commitment head on and to consider all he’s been missing out on in life.
Sasha is in love with Orlando and has been since they met. She knows she’s not his type. The bad boy would surely break her heart, yet she can’t help but want more than friendship. After Orlando calls their night together a mistake, Sasha is determined to show him that it wasn’t. At a New Year’s Masquerade party, Sasha throws her insecurities and inhibitions aside in one last attempt to show Orlando that they belong together. When the clock strikes midnight, Orlando will face a decision. Will his kiss ring in the New Year with the promise of a new future? Or will Orlando run, using his bachelor lifestyle and player ways as a shield against everything he thought he never wanted?
My thoughts: I enjoyed this steamy story. Ms. Marion does a wonderful job of giving us both sides of the story in this second Masquerade tale. I will admit that I was totally rooting for Sasha as she dealt with her feelings about the playboy, Orlando. There were some moments when you can understand Orlando’s fear, but it didn’t stop me from wanting to smack him. We all know that fear makes people do crazy things.
The story moves along at a smooth pace and is well written. While this is definitely an adult book, the explicit scenes were not disturbing. Ms. Marion conveyed the passion and desire very well. I was intrigued to learn more about the characters, and Ms. Marion delivered. I encourage you to check out The New Year’s Masquerade.