Say More! Behind The Mask by Carolyn Crane

Posted May 20, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 18 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Say More! Behind The Mask by Carolyn CraneBehind The Mask by Carolyn Crane
Series: Associates #4
Published by Carolyn Crane on May 19th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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When her estranged sister is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel, Zelda knows what she has to do: take her place. Save her. Focus on infiltrating the shadowy group--and try not to think about why she left the spying game years ago. She’s slept with dangerous criminals before; she can do it again.

Hugo Martinez is one of South America’s most lethal and wanted men, a legendary mercenary living on a windswept mountain. Even at the height of the war he wasn’t in the habit of taking women captive, but the American whore has seen his face. And he and the orphan boy need a cook. He shouldn’t want this woman, but there’s something so unusual about her…

Meanwhile, Zelda finds herself falling for her captor…but is he the killer she’s been hunting all these years?

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Carolyn Crane keeps toping each book with the next! I have a new favorite in the Associates series and it’s Behind the Mask.

One thing I really love about this series is that each book could be read as a stand alone. There’s not an over all building plot to the series and each book as a different couple. So far there’s not be any cameos from pervious couples but there are some the single Associate men can be found in all the books.

Why is Behind the Mask my new favorite?

Zelda and Hugo

What I loved

I really loved that Ms. Crane gave us a great balance between the action and romance this time around. I felt like Behind the Mask was a perfect example of what romantic suspense should be. Neither the romance or the suspense over powered the other element.

The back story that Zelda, Hugo and even Paolo had been just heartbreaking. They all have had a hard life and they came through it stronger and warriors. All three needed help learning what love and family is. They all helped each other find what they were missing and really became a family.

The Heat

Zelda and Hugo’s attraction was muy caliente. They were drawn to each other at the beginning by the attraction but as they spent time together it grew into something much more than just action fueled lust. This is going to be corny but they really saw into each other’s souls and I felt it all as I was reading.

The Action

The fight scenes made my emotions running on high alert. I felt like I was “watching” an action movie.

WOW seeing Kabakas aka Hugo in action with his blades. Bad. Ass. Think Zorro but hotter and deadlier. But Hugo doesn’t have all the action fun. Zelda might be a retired field agent but she has some moves of her own.

More please!

I’ve burned through Carolyn Crane’s Associates series and now I’m sad that I have to wait for the next one. I hoping for Rio or Dax to be the lead in the next book.


About Carolyn Crane

Carolyn Crane is a RITA-nominated author of romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She also writes erotic romance about bank robbers as NYT bestselling Annika Martin. She makes her home in Minneapolis with her husband and two cats.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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18 responses to “Say More! Behind The Mask by Carolyn Crane

  1. Harriet

    Waiting for Dax’s book like a thirsty woman in the desert. Carolyn Crane is my ONLY favourite RS writer these days (there’s so much that is thoughtless, stupid and routine out there). I’ve already re-read ‘Behind the Mask’ three times and still can’t get enough of Hugo and Zelda.

  2. Carolyn Crane

    Jennifer!!! I just wanted to thank you so much for hosting this stop on my blog tour, and taking the time to read and review my book. It means a ton to me. Also, look at this fun, lively convo you have going. *waves* Thank you for stopping by, you guys, and making my release week special.

  3. Monica

    My favorite romantic suspense have strong female leads and alpha men. I usually like when they work for top-secret agencies and bring down the worst of the worst by going undercover, those are always nail biters.

  4. Cheryl Hastings

    I can’t wait till start this series. My favorite romantic suspense stories are about bodyguards

  5. Stephanie F.

    I haven’t started this series but it has been on my tbr. These are my favorite types, love a kick ass book with a strong hero and heroine.

    • Could start with Behind the Mask and be fine but if you do, go back and read the others too. But this one really is my favorite.

  6. Weren’t you just reading this last night—talk about getting reviews turned around quickly LOL 🙂 I am this close to giving in and not waiting for the audio (maybe). I keep telling myself I have plenty to read 🙂

  7. I would love to see Rio or Dax get a story soon too. I’ve been listening to these. I still need to go back and do book one. I’ve been doing out of order. I’ll request this one when it is available on audio.

    • I have a feeling that one of the other guys will come next though. I bet Dax has a way to go. I think Rio will be just as good as Hugo but cocky of course. LOL