Review: Beneath This Mask & Beneath This Ink by Meghan March

Beneath This Mask
Series: Beneath, #1
Author: Meghan March
Narrators: Andi Arndt, Holter Graham
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Meghan March
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

He loves me, and he doesn t even know my real name.

The limelight that follows him could expose everything I m hiding. But even knowing the risks, I can’t force myself to stay away.

I m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it.

Will we lose it all when I reveal what s beneath this mask?”


Okay, friends. I’ve found another new favorite author! This is only the second of Meghan March’s books that I have read, but I already know I’m a major fan girl of her writing. It’s so, so good! The way she puts words together — I can’t even explain how much I love it. I want to binge read (or listen) to all of her books.

I was riveted by Beneath This Mask. I couldn’t stop listening to it. It’s about a young woman who is running from her past. She ends up in New Orléans and discovers who she really is. Charlie’s all tatted up and looks nothing like the proper young woman she used to be. Charlie’s working at a tattoo shop when Simon walks in. He’s everything she shouldn’t want. He’s about as straight-laced as it comes, but Charlie can’t stay away from him. The more time they spend together, the more Charlie realizes she needs to tell Simon her deepest darkest secrets. She can only hope they won’t ruin the future she hopes she has with him.

I don’t know if it’s the narrators or what (They’re amazing.), but this story was so vivid. I could easily imagine Charlie, Simon, and their New Orléans. I loved how different Simon and Charlie were from each other at first glance. Charlie’s tough girl image was really cool. I see a lot of bad boys in romance, but bad girls are even more fun! Simon was a good guy and actually very sweet. I was surprised that he had a little bad boy tucked inside himself, too. I adored how he showed that side of him to Charlie alone. They were just so perfect together. I loved them.

Beneath This Mask also had great side characters. Most of them were Charlie’s friends from the tattoo shop or the clothing store. I especially loved Con. After learning more about his friendship with Charlie, I really wanted to know more about him. I was so excited when I realized the second book in this series is his story! I can’t wait to listen to it!

So yeah, the characters in this book were outstanding. So was the plot. I don’t want to give too much away since the blurb is pretty secretive, but I loved it. The reason why Charlie’s hiding and what it could do to her, Simon, and their relationship was different and interesting. I loved the climax of the story and how it wrapped up. It was so good!

Obviously, this book made me really happy. I loved listening to it so much! If you like addictive writing with strong characters, slightly angsty emotions, and incredibly good plots you need to read Beneath This Mask or any other book by Meghan Mark.



Beneath This Ink
Series: Beneath, #2
Author: Meghan March
Narrators: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Meghan March
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I’ve always known she was too good for me, but that never stopped me from wanting her. And then I finally had her for one night. A night I don’t remember. I figured I’d blown my shot. But now she’s walked back into my life, and this time, I have the upper hand. I want my second chance. Will she be able to see the man beneath this ink?


Beneath This Ink was Charlie’s friend Con’s story. So many things about this book surprised me! It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I loved that!

First, Con’s love interest is Vanessa. Yes, Vanessa as in Simon’s fake love interest! I kind of guessed there might be something going on with Con and Vanessa based on one of Simon’s comments in the first book, but I didn’t know for sure it was true. I loved Con and Vanessa together. She was the sweet to his sour. They really complimented each other and had amazing chemistry.

Second, this book takes places concurrently with Beneath This Mask. I thought it would be after, but it wasn’t. I actually liked how situations in the two books overlapped. It gave me more insight into the Charlie-Simon relationship and some of Vanessa’s actions in the first book. It also made Con’s actions more understandable.

Third, I had no idea this story would go the places it did! There was a twist or turn around every corner! I thought Vanessa and Con’s love story was going to be pretty straightforward, but it wasn’t. I loved that! I was shocked and awed at the end.

So there were tons of great surprises. There was also AMAZING writing. I love how Meghan March tells a story! And Andi Arndt and Sebastian York did a fabulous job portraying her characters. They’re two of my favorite narrators ever. I could listen to them all day! Beneath This Mask was soooo good! I am very excited to continue listening to this series. Now, if all my library holds would hurry up and come through!

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