Book Review: Behind the Mask by Linda Joyce

Behind the Mask by Linda Joyce

Word Works Press (May 17, 2016)

Contemporary Romance/Holiday(Mardi Gras)




“I can’t allow the hurt of the past to define my future.”

This is a second chance love story set in a Mississippi River town in Louisiana during Mardi Gras. The novella features a storyline with a twist, interesting characters, and a romance with the needed redemption and a Happily Ever After. The author describes in vivid detail the setting, the culture, costumes, and the customs. Developed characters and good pacing of the plot. Enjoyable read (and gorgeous cover).


Former model Chalise Boudreau returns to Louisiana after ten years and faces an uncertain future. Watching her budget, she’s living with her mother and plans to open a luxury salon, but she fears the community sees her homecoming as a failing, and she knows any malicious gossip will jeopardize her success. Once bad-boy, now entrepreneur Chaz Riboucheaux is home and trying to rebuild his old reputation. He believes one of his companies, the Magnolia May, a pirate ship, can make Ascension a tourist destination, but the mayor refuses to grant him a lease at the city’s dock. Chalise and Chaz come face to face at a Twelfth Night party. Years ago, he stood her up and left her brokenhearted. Now her brain is at war with her heart, but her body has a mind of its own. As Chaz leads her across the dance floor, he knows when the music stops it won’t be the end of their waltz. He has questions only she can answer, and he won’t stop until he gets what he wants.




Amazon Best Selling author and 4-time RONE Award Finalist, Linda Joyce writes about assertive females and the men who can’t resist them. She has penned the Fleur de Lis series, Fleur de Lis Brides series, and the first book in her Sunflower series. Her other books include Behind the Mask and Christmas Bells, and she has more books in the works. A big fan of jazz and blues, Linda attributes her love of music to her southern roots, which run deep in Louisiana. Courtesy of her father’s Air Force career, she has lived coast to coast in the U.S. and wrote her first manuscript when she was twelve while living in Japan. In addition to being a book addict, Linda’s a foodie, an RVer, loves to kayak, and binge watch movies. Now she lives in Atlanta with her husband and General Beauregard, their four-legged boy who thinks Linda is his pet. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers, where she serves as Hospitality Chairperson. She enjoys speaking about writing and has presented workshops at the Writer’s Academy at West Texas A&M University, Whispering Prairie Press Conference, RWA Nationals, Georgia Romance Writers, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Writers Association.


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