Review – Facade – Unveiling the Masquerade by J Kahele
“Facade – Unveiling the Masquerade” by J Kahele is more than just another romance novel. It is a thriller full of intrigue. Favorite characters Liam and Ally both return in this second book of the acclaimed series.
Liam Sheldon, the book’s protagonist, takes a job in Maryland, referred to as the “Maryland Project.” Soon he finds himself returning to Chicago to testify against his old flame, Kate. In doing so he realizes how strong his feelings are for Ally.
Liam carries an old faded Polaroid photo of Ally and himself out for a night on the town. In addition, a very personal love note accompanies the image from the one he truly loves.
A driven man, full of life and sexual desire, has his target in his sights and will stop at nothing to get her.
Even with all of his recent business success, Liam realizes that there are certain things even money cannot buy. A meeting at a restaurant outside the courthouse confirms his strong feelings for her. Ally tries to convince herself that he is no good for he, but to no avail.
Liam’s ex, Kate, is on trial for the attempted murder and kidnapping of Ally. Is she guilty or criminally insane? Her antics and stalking of Ally are very suspect in this story.
As impulsive as he is driven, Liam often treats himself to a life of luxury. By fully indulging in all the trappings of wealth that a successful career can bring, he truly does “live large.”
His best friend and “bro” Stark makes a great buddy character for Liam and he is never far from the action. The two play well off of each other and even provide some nice comic relief that helps connect the story together as we move along the hero’s journey.
But he is as generous with gifts as he is as a lover when it comes to Ally. The scenes involving their interactions are engaging and well written.
Will he claim her as his prize in the end? You must read this one to find out. we can only hope it all works out in the end.
If you enjoyed the “Mine” trilogy, you should definitely check out the “Facade” books. The ending is satisfying and the author does a great job in creating a set of bookend scenes around this story. And hopefully we are now set up for more to come in this series.
When Liam Sheldon is summoned to Chicago, to testify for the prosecution against Kate, and is again reunited with Ally, he realizes he can no longer hold back his feelings for her and his want to be with her, takes over his complete existence.
He reveals to Ally that he has made a terrible mistake, leaving her, that he loves her and asks her to take him back. But Ally is reluctant, afraid he will break her heart again.
I am a married mother of three teenage girls and live in south eastern Michigan. I have one flaw that could rightly be considered the worst flaw possible. I procrastinate constantly, which gets me into a little more trouble than I like, especially with my girls. I love to swim, ride horses, relax to a good book and spend time with my family. Writing has helped me to calm down the very hectic life I have and release the scattered thoughts that often run through my head,(no I don’t hear voices), but I do envision characters of my books, when I see people interacting around me. That’s pretty much sums up my life!
After months of hard work and dedication, the Maryland project was finally ready for sale. With over five hundred business owners bidding for the new improved company, Liam sat in on negotiations for weeks before finally choosing a buyer.
The project not only proved to be the most profitable one, but it also defined his company as one of the most sought-after investment companies in the world. His email constantly swarmed with potential customers begging for him to buy them out.
He should be ecstatic, proud that he had finally accomplished the one feat he strived for—success. But the triumphant prosperity was bittersweet. Selling out his heart to a life of loneliness was not worth the price.
Sitting at his desk, he glanced fondly at the Polaroid, snapped by a photographer when he traveled with Ally to New York to see the play Les Miserables. He frowned as he saw the dingy yellow cast surround the fading picture, a common consequence of the cheap film. His lip quirked up on one side slightly as her reflection caught his eye, her shiny dark hair framing her face elegantly, bringing attention to the gold flecks in her amber eyes. She is so beautiful.
Even after eight months, his heart still ached for her every breathing moment.
Sliding his hand into his suit coat pocket, he pulled out the folded paper that he carried with the Polaroid everywhere he went. It was his reminder of a happier time, the only thing that helped him make it through each agonizing day without her.
A lump began to form in his throat as he carefully unfolded the note she had left him the morning after they had made love for the first time. It read:
I wanted to thank you for an unbelievable night. I know it may be a one-time thing, and I don’t expect more. But I need you to know that it was very special to me and a night I will always remember.
Memories instantly flooded his mind: her invisible scent tingling through his nose; her smile playing tricks on his eyes as he envisioned her staring down at him.
“Ally,” he muttered, and instantly the vision disappeared. The illusion devastated him and he grunted, squeezing his eyes closed tightly as a soaring fleet of mixed emotions shot through his head, making him restless and shaky. God, I miss her!
The guilt and regret still lay heavy on his heart, igniting the suffering and agony that seemed to haunt him since he had left Chicago. Breathlessly he grabbed the sides of his head, yanking at his hair, attempting to quote his mantra, the one that made him better, stronger—but the words dissipated from his mind and only visions of Ally and the last time he saw her lingered behind his eyelids.
Her eyes—those beautiful eyes, glazed with hurt and pain that he had cast upon her, after he selfishly shattered his promise to never break her heart.
“We were no good for each other,” he mumbled under his breath. But even as the words floated out of his mouth, he knew there was no real truth to them.
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