Blog Tour: Masquerade by Nyrae Dawn – my review & excerpt

Posted January 11, 2014 by Holly in Blog Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Masquerade 
(book 3 in the Games Series)
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Release Date: January 7th 2014

A biker. A tattoo artist. A love to last a lifetime.

Maddox Cross has always had to be tough. When his father went to jail for murder, the teenager took care of his sister and mother. Now on his own and working security at a night club, Maddox wants to become a tattoo artist-a dream that comes closer to reality when he falls for the hottest, most tatted woman he’s ever seen. She’s wild and beautiful, and Maddox will do anything to be with her.

Bee Malone came to town to open up her new tattoo parlor, Masquerade. Since being kidnapped as a young girl, Bee has had trouble getting close to anyone. But when she meets Maddox, she sees that under his hard biker’s body is the sensitive soul of an artist. What starts out as a sizzling one-night stand soon becomes so much more.

Bee wants Maddox to join her tattoo business, but letting him into her life means revealing all her most intimate secrets. And as the past begins to intertwine with her present, Bee fears their love may not be as permanent as their ink . . . 

I’ve never been the type of person who sits around and dwells on life. Bad things happen all the time and overthinking them has never done shit to change anything. I remember when I went back home—or to the place I should consider home—I didn’t really understand what was going on. At thirteen I should have, but people who are kidnapped are supposed to have been hurt. They’re mistreated and locked away. They aren’t happy and loved the way I had been, so the whole thing was hard to wrap my head around.
            For about a week after they sent me home, that’s all I thought about. The people who raised me and the people who lost me. How they both loved me even though I didn’t know quite how to feel about any of them. Didn’t know how I felt about that screwed up word love at all. Rex and Melody had always told me they’d loved me but now I knew they’d stolen me. My real parents said they loved me but they didn’t really know me. I wasn’t their little girl anymore. How can you love someone you don’t know?
            It hurt and I cried, my chest feeling hollow and broken, knowing I should feel so many things I didn’t know how to.
            Nothing changed.
            I didn’t hurt any less. My real family was still broken-hearted and confused, and I’d lost who I considered my mom and dad.
            That’s when I decided I wouldn’t lose myself in the past anymore. I wouldn’t stress and dwell on things I couldn’t change or even things I could, because if I made that decision the first time, there was a reason. I would stick with my choices, even when someone didn’t get them or I got shit for being closed off or hard. And I wouldn’t worry about love or try to figure it out.
            Girls aren’t allowed to feel that way, I guess.
            This is why I’m pissed that I haven’t stopped thinking about Maddox since he walked out of Masquerade.

No one writes a broken guy like Nyrae can. She’s got a knack for giving us these guys that are terribly broken, yet they truly have hearts of gold. Adrian was my favorite until I got to really get to know Maddox! 
He lives with so much guilt and blame over his father’s actions feeling like everything was his fault because he never said anything. He feels like he ruined his Mom’s and sisters lives with his selfishness.
In Masquerade, Nyrae gives us Bee & Maddox’s story; they;re both incredibly strong characters who’ve suffered through horrible pasts at the hands of other people. Maddox is afraid to let others get close out of fear of letting them down, feeling like he’s failed his mother and sister enough. He can’t fail anyone else. Bee, isn’t quite sure of who she is or who she should be, so how can she love and be with another person. I promise she’s not wishy-washy, to further explain would spoil her  back story and I want you to hear her tell you what happened to her. Her story was different, and I liked that A LOT! Nyrae has crafted a beautiful story with broken characters who are able to heal each other simply by being themselves. I loved seeing Maddox and Bee fall in love, these two especially, were so resistant to falling in love, it made me happy sigh when it finally happened and they both realized they loved the other. This was a perfect addition to the Games series <3


Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. Even when she was too busy chasing kids or working, writing stories was never far from her mind. 

She feels a special pull to characters in their teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she adores exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing. Luckily for her, he doesn’t either. 

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh, too. She’s also a proud romantic at heart who has a soft spot for flawed characters. She loves people who aren’t perfect, who make mistakes but also have a big heart. 

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her. 

She writes for Entangled PublishingGrand Central Publishing and is self-published. 


About Holly

I'm a born and raised Jersey girl (not as seen on TV) who loves escaping in books. I Google everything and I hate rain. I have a deep love for Starbucks, shopping, and HEAs. Stay as long as you'd like. Stalking is highly encouraged :-)