Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Behind The Mask by Renee Adams

Genre: Contemporary romance/Military Romance
Release Date: February 2016
Cover Design by Alpha Queens Book Obsession

She’s a victim.
After surviving the unspeakable horrors during the prison riot at March Correctional, Cori Shawbell leaves her job at the prison.  She accepts a nursing position at the military rehab center working with wounded war vets. Drowning in her own distress, the mask she wears shields her afflictions from those in her life.
She’s scarred.
She suffers in silence.
He’s a hero.
He gave all for his country, and the war took more than Gage Knight could ever get back. He lost his leg and his brothers, but more importantly he lost a piece of himself overseas. Recovering at the military rehab hospital, he wears his armor with pride and shuts the world out as he tries to cope with the rage that consumes him.
He’s lonely.
Nothing sparks life in him, until he meets Cori.
Can two broken people find strength, courage, and healing in each other? Or will they remain behind the masks they wear so well?

Add it to your TBR

Rating: 4.5*

This instalment in the series I connected with more.  To get a full understanding of the events that led to Cori's injuries, you do need to read 'Behind the Gate'.

Cori feels completely broken on the inside and the outside after the horrific events of the riot.  Permanently marked, she has escaped into herself as a protection mechanism.  Her new job at a Veteran's hospital should be so much safer and securer than her previous job.  She is determined to keep her head and get her job done, but the residents have other ideas and welcome her willingly into their lives.

Gage is a wounded soldier just as damaged as Cori from the horrific events of war.  Can these two help heal each other?

Their perspective of themselves was interesting as Cori sees herself as broken, while Gage sees himself as damaged and just needs the right person to help heal him.  This was more of an emotional read and quite graphic in places as Cori tries to pick up what's left of her life.  It was well written and I felt all the emotions that both Gage and Cori went through on their healing journey.


Renee Adams is a wannabe spunky girl who is generally too tired to be spunky! She hails all the way from NC but spent most of her life in VA. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her 2 kids, husband and Doodle the dog. She also accomplished her dreams of becoming a nurse and working in a prison, but since enjoys staying at home and keeping her family in line and providing lots of laughter. You can find her on Facebook where she posts her Spam Email of the Day, or on the Twitter @homeskilletbsct. She cracks herself up and more often than not is off posting memes somewhere. Come stalk me on Facebook.

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