Sunday 13 January 2019

Book Review: Masks by Amara Lynn (LGBT/Fantasy)

Title: Masks
Author: Amara Lynn
Less Than Three Press

Publication Date: 2017
eBook - EPUB
Review Copy from Author

Avari has always been a social outcast, which is just fine by him; he has superhuman abilities and hates people. But his lab partner Chayton keeps being so friendly, and Avari can't stop staring at his alluring smile.

When he loses control of his abilities, Avari is faced with a startling revelation about himself—one that's both thrilling and dangerous. As Avari seeks to understand Chayton, he finds himself coming out of his shell, and his connection with Chayton grows deeper.

Meanwhile, a mysterious adversary appears who may hold answers to who Avari really is. Fueled by his curiosity, Avari continues his path of destruction—but he can't help wonder if his secrets will tear apart his shaky new bond with Chayton.

I liked the premise of Masks--with the villain as the main character. There was also scope for a great enemies-to-lovers plot line between Avari and Chayton. The story offered some cute scenes between the two main guys; however, I felt it was a missed opportunity in a way. There was brilliant potential here, but the piece was too short and basic to allow for the gradual character development and backstory that would have fleshed this out. As such, the characters felt a tad two-dimensional, their motives obscure, and the action too predictable. That said, I understand that a second book (and more) are coming, which may fill in some of the holes and help to build this into a more complete narrative. I simply wish this first book had been a lot longer, or that more character depth had been introduced from the start. I am giving this three stars for a fun idea and great potential, but for me it fell a little short on the execution. Hopefully the continuation of the series will fix that.

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