Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review of The Masquerade Series (Her Soundtrack and His Soundtrack) by R. Matthews

Title:The Masquerade Series(Her Soundtrack & His Soundtrack)
Author:  R. Matthews
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Released: November 20, 2013 and December 27, 2013


Her Soundtrack

"Fairy tales don’t exist. There are no knights in shining armor and for all I know there is no such thing as real, honest-to-God, Earth-shattering romance. There is only comfort and ease when it comes to real love. I should consider myself lucky to have found someone who I’m comfortable with. There are no waves, there are no bumps in the road… so why do I feel like I want to crawl out of my skin?"

Life for Gabriella had always been straightforward, albeit a bit boring, but a passionate, almost magical, encounter with an enigmatic stranger catapults her into evolving into stronger version of herself. Her evolution does not come without consequence, though. Gabriella learns the hard way that turning on the lights can reveal just as much ugly as it can beauty. She discovers that the comfortable relationship she’d been idling in for too long is, in fact, far more dangerous than she ever imagined and finds herself desperate for the inexplicable comfort she finds in the arms of a stranger.

His Soundtrack

"Define ‘Happily Ever After’... I was so sure I knew what that meant. Even more, I was sure I had that for myself. My Ella. And our baby. We were the perfect family, inside and out. Or so I thought… but the reality of life means that there are some dangers that none of us are immune to."

The sequel to the praised Her Soundtrack, this story is full of passion and heart-wrenching reality. Experience the life and love of Ella and Jonathan as their story continues in HIS SOUNDTRACK. Join Ella and Jonathan on their journey through the incredible highs and frightening lows of real life and real love.


Her Soundtrack 

Fairy tales do come true... except in reality they do come at a price.

Gabriella and Jonathan fell in love at first sight, first touch, first kiss. Fate must have intervened, because here they were two strangers whose lives were about to intersect and change the course of their lives, thousands of miles from home.

Although we normally suspend our brains from disbelieving when we read a romance novel, it does take a bit more to turn off the skeptic in us to believe that two people could intersect like our characters do. Not only do they meet and fall in love, but their families have also intersected in an indirect manner and their pasts have also touched each others. Do not want to spoil the story for you, but just believe and you will find this to be an enjoyable uplifting story of a love that cannot be denied.

Renee Matthews has written for us a great first novel. It has tender characters full of innocence as well the evil souls that make for an interesting plot line. For a first novel, I am impressed. Her characters are well defined; writing style in descriptive and concise; and her imagination and plot line are enchanting.

The sequel to this novel is now published and available to all. I will be reading it next as I am curious as to what happens from Jonathan's POV as the story continues.

His Soundtrack 

After reading the first book in this series, Her Soundtrack, I was ready to read Jonathan's POV as a lighthearted read. Little did I know this would be reality of a new marriage at its best.

This book brings to light what it takes for two people who love each to stay married. Love is very important; patience and understanding though is critical. Love can fade when the obstacles that real life brings to everyday life if you do not stay alert and are willing to work through the problems together.

This second book deals with the reality of depression and low self esteem. It is a fight that quite a number of women today are waging in their everyday lives. This story is told from a husband's POV, as he tries to understand and help the love of his life fight for their love.

The emotional journey this book takes you through is intense. At the end, you will find a journey's end that is real and hard won although it may not be what you expected while reading this book. Great series!

About the Author

I'd certainly like to be a fearsome thing to behold...

I'm a new author out of New England where I live with my husband and devoted dog.

My favorite activity is drinking a good white wine by the pool while reading high-quality smut and pretending not to people watch from behind big sunglasses.

I highly encourage lending books! There's nothing like holding a great book in your hand and feeling the pages, but now that I've succumbed to the wonders of e-reading, I have to admit this whole 'lending' option is pretty nifty.

Thank you for any and all support!

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