Unmask Me If You Can (The Survivors, #4)

Unmask Me If You Can (The Survivors, #4)

by Shana Galen

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This masked lord... 
Lord Jasper, younger son of a marquess, suffered horrible burns fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. He wears a mask to hide his face from the stares and screams and finds comfort in the shadows. Jasper is an exceptional bounty hunter, so when a woman summons him to her deathbed and asks him to find her runaway daughter before she passes away, he doesn't refuse. Jasper is close to his quarry when he's knifed by an assailant. Imagine his surprise when he regains consciousness in the arms of the woman he seeks. Except she's not at all what he expected.

Is not the only one with scars.
On a remote cliff on the sea, Olivia Carlisle calls her five-year-old son in from an approaching storm. But the little boy is more interested in the man he's found on the trail to their hidden cottage. Olivia fears men and wants nothing more than to leave the injured man where she found him. But his knife wound is severe, and with the approaching storm, she knows leaving him will condemn him to death. As Jasper begins to heal, Olivia acknowledges her attraction to him, even though such emotions terrify her almost as much as returning to London. Jasper must convince her that her only chance at safety is to challenge the man who pursues her. They must travel into the lion's den—he to face his vulnerability and she to face her worst fears.

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BN ID: 2940155549314
Publisher: Shana Galen
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Series: The Survivors , #4
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 34,690
File size: 522 KB

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Unmask Me If You Can (The Survivors, #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
mscountrylace More than 1 year ago
I knew the first time Jasper appeared in Third Son’s a Charm that his story would not disappoint. Jasper and Olivia are two people that have something horrible in their pasts that they need to overcome. Their passion and understanding of each other is rare and perfect. It was amazing how easily they seemed to click and light a spark between them. The whole time they were together in that cottage was like a fairytale. When they got to London it was another creature. Certain peoples lies and plans were at work to keep them apart. I was holding my breath at so many points with kidnappings, schemes, and the prince regent. I may have cheered at the end. Olivia is one of my favorite heroines. She is extremely strong to spend all that time on the run and to go back to London to take on the man that mad her run. I loved seeing her learn to trust again and become braver and stronger. She had no problems standing up to anyone and didn’t think twice about doing what she needed to do. She was like a new woman in that ballroom when she said no and realized she loved Jasper. Jasper is also a favorite hero on mine. He knew he right away he would not take her back and that he would protect her no matter what. He pulled at my heart every time he was alone with Richard. When he took off his mask and learned that it was not as bad as he thought I wanted to cheer. He realized that he was a hero and deserved to be loved and to stop hiding. I did not expect the part with the friend being married or what happened there. Hope he also gets a happy ending. This story could be triggering to some as the topics of fires and rape play a big part in it. There is nothing graphic and they are handled tastefully and perfectly in my opinion. Both topics are in the past. Copy provided for an honest and voluntary review
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Olivia Carlisle had run away from her home in London five years ago. She had thought she and her five year-old son Richard were relatively safe on the southern coast of England, until Richard found an injured man on the shore. Jasper Grantham had been looking for Olivia because her deathly ill mother wanted to see her daughter one more time. Jasper is not sure what to think: was he stabbed by Olivia’s enemy or was it coincidence? Finally, Jasper’s story! I had been waiting so long for this book, and Jasper does not disappoint! He is caring, protective, loyal, but still doubts that a woman could love his scarred face. Olivia, fearful of all men, sees the goodness in him, and for the first time in ages, begins to see hope that some happiness might at last trickle her way. Olivia is very resourceful, has managed very well on her own, and she will fight even if she is scared, but I felt she misunderstood the impact of her decision to go back to London, and I wondered why she still trusted people who had not seem to have her best interests at heart even before she fled. UNMASK ME IF YOU CAN is a beautiful romance, with some action – albeit more subdued than I expected. The steamy episodes are lovely, however I thought they happened at awkward moments, when I personally would not have had a single thought of sexual nature; I guess it’s a matter of perspective. This is not part of my rating, but I struggled with the Duke of Withernsea’s name: I kept reading Wintersea! Anyway, all the characters are carefully crafted, and although I had a pretty good idea of what would happen when Olivia reached London, we saw a bit of Jasper’s “working environment”, a better understanding of his way of doing things, and I think a glimpse of what to expect in future instalments: a mystery woman, and a handsome blond man …
Evyblix More than 1 year ago
Unmask Me If You Can is the fourth entry in the Survivors series by best-selling author Shana Galen. It is a delightful Regency Romance between two people who have scars that need to heal before they truly find love. Olivia Carlisle had built a good but very modest life for her son while hiding out on the southern coast of England. She left home and her place in London’s society after being brutally raped by the man she was expected to marry. Her world was changed forever when her son, Richard, found a critically injured man on the rain-soaked path up to their secluded cottage. Since he had been stabbed and was mysteriously wearing a mask over part of his face, she knew that it could be dangerous to help him. She also knew that he would certainly die if she left him there, so she and Richard took him up the cliff to their home with the help of their old mare, Clover. Little did she know that this unconscientious stranger was someone that she knew and that he had been hired by her father to find her and bring her back to London. Lord Jasper Grantham had no idea who stabbed him on that rainy path on the side of a cliff, but he suspected that it was someone working for Olivia Carlisle’s fiancée who was following him as he tried to find her. What he didn’t suspect was that he would be rescued by Olivia Carlisle. How was he going to explain to her who he was and what he was doing there? And, maybe more importantly, how was he going to deal with the growing attraction he was feeling for her? The strength of Unmask Me If You Can is in its two main characters. Olivia was very young when she was raped by her fiancée, someone she should have been able to trust, but she still found the strength to do what she felt was necessary to stay safe and to save face for her family even though they forced her into an engagement with someone she didn’t love. She managed to find a home and keep food on the table for herself and her son while hiding from everyone she knew. She took in the injured stranger at great risk because it was the right thing to do. She, however, was also very vulnerable. Due to the rape, she had serious trust issues and had not formed any close relationships with anyone. She was also very reluctant to begin any kind of romantic relationship, even with someone she was very attracted to. Jasper was strong, loyal and honest, which made him perfect for the special suicide missions his unit took on in the military. He did not leave his men when they were in danger, even when it meant probable death. When he was severely burned on one of these missions, however, he became very vulnerable also. He felt that people would either be repulsed by him, pity him or make fun of him, so he wore an uncomfortable silk mask over parts of his permanently scared face. Because of his unique skill at finding people and things, he was known as the “Bounty Hunter” in the military. This reputation followed him after he left the service and he continued to make a living by finding people, a job that let him travel and avoid making close connections with anyone. Jasper’s and Olivia’s romance was beautifully written from the start. He understood that she had been badly hurt and he didn’t rush her into anything. He also liked to play with her son which endeared him to her even more. Olivia understood how self-conscientious Jasper was about the scars on his face, and she continually reassured him that it didn’t make a
Miriam Kasseris More than 1 year ago
Lord Jasper is an incredibly complex man - scarred in the war, he makes his living hiding in the shadows rather than accepting his new normal. Olivia is a woman wronged - by her family, by her fiance, and by society. Together they find a way to see past their 'scars' to the man and woman underneath. Their courtship is unconventional, but you can almost feel their immediate connection - it fairly jumps off the page. And Olivia's young son, Richard, is adorable. This is the fourth in the series, and in my opinion it's the best so far. What they have to overcome in order to have their HEA is almost insurmountable, but they do get there - with help from some unlikely places. The characters really come into their own, and the writing is descriptive without getting bogged down in too many details. The story moves quickly, keeping you engaged to the very end - definitely worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book itself. Plot needed to be revved up so pacing was not so slow. Hope the next one is better.
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
I think Jasper, The Bounty Hunter of Draven's suicide troup, is my favorite hero so far. He doesn't see himself as a hero but his face is badly scarred from failing to save one of this troup brothers pinned down in a burning house. All of the survivors of Draven's hand picked "black ops" troup are scarred by the war, each differently. Jasper Grantham is the younger son of the Marquess of Starthern who has a knack of finding things. He has since he was a child. Draven used his gift in the war and now he hires himself out to find whatever anyone will pay him to find. Olivia Carlisle is the only child of a Viscount who found herself betrothed to the Duke of Withernsea, a man of violent vices. When he rapes her she runs when her father won't cancel the betrothal contract. She's hidden herself away in a cottage on a remote hill overlooking the sea. As Jasper climbs the only path to find her he's attacked and gravely wounded. Olivia's 5 year old son finds him and Olivia nurses him back from death's door. As he recovers, Jasper gains respect and love for this strong, brave survivor. This debutante has managed to forge a thriving independent life. When it becomes apparent someone followed him to her and it's no longer safe to stay she decides to face and condemn the Duke in front of the Ton. Shana crafts a rich tale of how they manage to trap the Duke into confessing what he did in front of the Prince Regent and guests at a ball. Thank you Shana for the privilege of ARC reviewing this story for you. I eagerly look forward to the next adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters with flaws and challenges. Jasper and Olivia are perfect for each other and grow stronger together as they face unscrupulous people who have schemed to make Olivia marry a sadist and rapist to clear her father’s debts. Even the little boy Richard has personality plus. A good read!
JoRead More than 1 year ago
~ 4.5 stars ~ At one point in her life, Olivia didn’t have any more worries than to wear pretty gowns and attend the most fashionable balls. Now? Now she has more pressing, more important things to worry about, mainly her full of life and curious five year old son Richard. Jasper may have looked scary with that mask covering half his face but his considerate and honorable behavior was enough to bring down the walls Olivia had erected around her heart. I have to say that Jasper was not exactly how I imagined him, he was way better! I loved the way he patiently let Olivia trust him with her body and hers and her child’s life. He knew the ordeals she had gone through and so he painstakingly let her take the lead when it came to the intimate moments. That’s basically what I love the most about Jasper. Even though he was reluctant to let her love him at first, once he understood her needs he was more than willing to accommodate her, and not just because of his desire for her, but because he understood her and wanted to give her what she needed. If that’s not love then I may be reading the wrong books. He truly was the perfect lover for Olivia. Olivia, although not the smartest of women in my opinion, was resourceful and level-headed. Perhaps at times she didn’t make the right decisions and trusted the wrong people but she always considered all of her options. It made me really upset how the scheming of others affected Jasper, Olivia, and of course little Richard. That poor child had been so happy for the first five years of his life and all of a sudden his life turned upside down. The villains deserved so much worse than what they got but at least they got some kind of punishment. To top it all off, we get a little glimpse at the life of Lieutenant-Colonel Benedict Draven! Just as the men he leads, he may appear as a brooding man but if my hunch is correct, just like the other men in his troop, that is just a façade to keep all the feelings from pouring out. In all honesty, I cannot have enough of these men and I cannot wait to read the rest of their stories. *I requested and received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher*
Pompie1999 More than 1 year ago
FINALLY! Jasper’s story! Jasper was interesting and intriguing from the moment I met him in Third Son’s a Charm. I knew he needed a really special heroine and he certainly got her in Olivia. This book is excellently and intelligently written, well-plotted, and it has a lovely romance. The book title is also perfect – and often, that isn’t the case. Jasper Grantham is the youngest son of the Marquess of Strathern. He had joined the military, as was expected of younger sons, and he was recruited into what was basically a suicide squad. They took on the missions nobody else could or would and they didn’t expect to survive the war. They started with thirty men and only a handful did actually survive. (Read Third Son’s A Charm for more of the history). Jasper survived but was very badly scarred. He now wears a mask to keep from terrifying the women and children who see him and think him a monster. He’s also filled with guilt because he could not save his friend as he was trying to do when he was injured. Each man in his military unit had a special skill and Jasper’s skill was finding things. It was just something he was born doing. Jasper is the most honorable, patient, considerate, kind and caring hero I’ve read in a while. Olivia Carlisle, daughter of Viscount Richard Carlisle, has been in hiding for five years. She is the kind of heroine I love to read about. So many ‘strong and brave’ heroines are just shrewish and TSTL, but not Olivia. She has managed to survive and provide a home for her and her son. Can you imagine the strength and intelligence it would take for a very young woman, raised in the lap of luxury with everything done for her, to manage to survive on her own and to care for her son with almost no money at all? She learned to cook, clean, sew, grow a garden, care for a horse – you name it. Olivia’s one problem is that she is absolutely terrified of men and with good reason. Jasper was hired by Viscount Carlisle to find his missing daughter because her mother was dying and she wanted to see Olivia before she died. Jasper had traced Olivia to the small village of Penbury on the coast. As he was ascending the steep trail to her remote cottage, he was stabbed and left for dead. It didn’t seem like a random attack, but who could it have been? Olivia’s young son, Richard, comes running up to her shouting “Mama! Mama!” and when Olivia tried to get him inside before the storm started, he said, “But Mama, I found something.” He then held up a man’s boot. Olivia couldn’t imagine where that would have come from – and then Richard told her there had also been a man lying beside the boot. After he convinced her, she went with Richard and saw Jasper. Surely he was dead because there was so very much blood. She managed to summon the courage to get close enough to feel the vein in his neck and found a faint heartbeat. She knew he’d die if she left him here – but she couldn’t – she just couldn’t have him near her. She almost left him, but in the end, her humanity won out and she managed to drag him to her cottage and tend his wounds. This function doesn't allow me to post the entire review. So, you can see the rest of it here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2574685351
Michelle Carlin More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to Jasper’s story since reading the first book of this series and Shana Galen did not disappoint! I love how Olivia and Jasper’s back stories are just as serious as each other. Jasper might have serious external pain but Olivia’s pain is internal and just as serious if not more and is handled delicately and expertly. Through empathy, understanding and recognizing/admiring each other’s strengths they fall in love. The plot had me interested right to the end. I really wasn’t sure how everything was going to be resolved but I loved Galen’s ending. Her signature plot twists and turns are there and I enjoyed every one of them! I highly recommend not just this book but the entire Survivor’s series.
abimus86 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is the fourth book in the Survivor’s series and one book I have been looking forward to reading. Unmask Me If You Can is Jasper Grantham’s story. We have met Jasper in the previous Survivor books and I believe I speak for many when I say the curiosity surrounding him made many readers look forward to his story finally unfolding on the pages of a book, as well as offering him a chance at true love. In the previous book, Lord Jasper, the youngest son of the Marquess of Strathern, is often described as wearing a mask to cover the scars he received during the Napoleonic Wars. However, while those are the most visible, they are not the only scars Jasper has. Whereas the years before the wars were somewhat carefree, with him having the world at his feet, Jasper returned from war bearing a lot of guilt following the death of a comrade. Since he adapted to live in the shadows, he became a bounty hunter – one of the best in London. Due to his profession, Jasper found himself in Penbury, tracking down Olivia Carlisle, the runaway daughter of a Viscount to return her back to her family and ailing mother. Little did he expect this job would change his life! Some distance away from his target, he is accosted and left for dead, to be found by none other than Olivia’s young son. After much debate, Olivia gives him shelter and saves his life, despite having secrets and fears of her own. With time, the Beauty and the “Beast” realize that they both have been wearing masks of some type. Will they manage to overcome the obstacles thrown in their rocky path? Ms. Galen manages to snare the readers interest right from the first chapter and to be honest, it becomes quite impossible to put it down. Also, I secretly give the author a few extra points for giving us a truly remarkable and strong heroine who despite her fears and against all odds, persevered to bring a truth to light which indeed besmirched her character.
krazymama_98 More than 1 year ago
The Survivors series is one inspirational story after another. Jasper has survived a horrendous burn. He thinks he is so deformed that he must hide his face. It takes love to teach him otherwise. The spirit and acceptance of a child helps Jasper to see that he is not hideous. Olivia is a strong determined woman. She doesn't need a man. But she is shocked to realize she wants one. This one. Can they both let down their guards to allow love to grow roots?
Barbed1951 More than 1 year ago
I’ve enjoyed all of The Survivors books so far and this latest one really tugged at my heartstrings. Olivia Carlisle ran away from home to live alone in a remote cottage with her young son and avoids people, especially men. When little Richard finds Lord Jasper Grantham, the younger son of the Marquess of Strathern, lying injured from a knife wound, Olivia doesn’t want anything to do with him but can’t leave him to die. As she nurses him back to health, she begins to trust him little by little. Jasper was horribly burned during the war and wears a mask to hide his scars, which he refuses to remove. He tells Olivia that he was looking for her because her mother is dying and her father hired him to find her. It will take all of her courage to return home, but with Jasper by her side, she might be able to do it. Jasper has begun to trust as well, and he’ll do anything to protect the two people that have become so important to him. I really felt for Olivia, she went through a lot and deserved some happiness. Jasper might have been scarred, but he was a good man who still had a lot to give to the right woman, if she could look past his scars, which was never a problem for Olivia. There is plenty of danger for both of them, as well as deceit and betrayal, but together they will get through it all - they are perfect for each other.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Jasper Grantham was one of a group of soldiers that we would call special-ops. He survived the war with France and feels guilty for living when others died. His face is badly scarred, and he hides it by wearing a scarf so not to frighten others. He earns his money as a bounty hunter, finding missing people. His current job is to find Miss Carlisle. The Duke of Withernsea wants her found, but Jasper refuses to work for him for reasons you’ll discover. Her father, Viscount Carlisle, has hired him as his wife is very ill and wishes to see her daughter, Olivia, before she dies. Jasper finds her location but is attacked and stabbed on his way to her remote cottage. Olivia is fearful when her son, Richard (5), comes running in with a boot and tells her he found a man. Jasper was unconscious when they arrived. Olivia doesn’t want him in her cabin but can’t leave him to die. With help from their horse, they managed to drag him to their cabin. As he wakens, he realizes he’s burning with fever, can barely speak but he knows her. He knows if he lives, he’ll protect her and her son. Richard wants Jasper to be his father but settles for being friends. She realizes Richard needs more than being hidden away and she misses her parents. They plan to return to London. Returning to London, Olivia discovers her father’s betrayal and other things. Jasper gets the information he needs to help her, and Richard. Of course, it’s a lot more complicated than what I’ve written but I won’t ruin this wonderful story. This is my favorite book of the series, so far. The characters are wonderful, but Richard might steal some scenes. I highly recommend it.