Getting a life do-over in the small theater town of Ashland, Oregon, has suited lawyer Julie Payne to a T. After ten years in the Portland prosecutor’s office, she’s enjoying her new, easy lifestyle, and she’s not looking for any complications.
Trace Watkins comes to town seeking the same refuge from life as a big city banker. A new job might make Ashland his permanent address, and he likes what he sees of the place, especially when he meets Julie one hot Halloween night.
The sparks fly instantly between the costumed couple, and Julie and Trace waste no time connecting beneath the sheets while literally hiding behind their masks.
But when the holiday hook-up ends, their real identities present a serious snag: Trace manages the bank Julie happens to be suing. The only way they can turn this trick into a treat is if both of them are willing to face their pasts and finally bury the skeletons in their closets.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
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About the Author
Peggy Bird lives in the Pacific Northwest where she sets most of her novels. To stay out of trouble - and the rain - she writes stories about smart women and sexy men and creates the occasional piece of glass art.
Find Peggy Bird at www.peggybirdwrites.net, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peggybirdauthor, and on Twitter @peggybirdwrites.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How many times can you make the same mistake twice? Multnomah Deputy D.A.Greer Payne, working out of the busy Portland office, throws away her successful career when the man she loves proves to be a criminal using her to gather inside information he can use to his advantage. Cleared of complicity but devastated, Greer reclaims her childhood name—Julie—and starts over in Ashland, Oregon. Julie manages a cautious, scaled down life until the night she and a costumed Romeo in too-tight tights allow the false security of masks to set them free. Julie spends a night of unbridled lust and unimaginable pleasure with a faceless man she never expects to see again. New bank president Trace Watkins came to Ashland to take over a community bank in trouble—clients have been defrauded, and lack of trust in the institution is damaging its reputation. Maintaining his own reputation, trustworthiness, and decorum is imperative—but how can Trace go on as if nothing happened after the sexiest, most unforgettable night of his life? Peggy Bird’s spicy romance, Unmasking Love, is explicitly sexy. Juliet ‘Julie’ aka Greer is a heroine whose different personas parallel her struggles to deal with her expectations of herself, as well as the standards set for her by others. Trace’s quest to find his disappearing Juliet endears him to readers—no one wants Trace to lose, even as the world starts caving in on him. Allusions to the more famous tale of Romeo and Juliet call attention to the setting, a community immersed in theater and the arts—but unlike Shakespeare, Ms.Bird gets the ending right. Unmasking Love is a short, sizzling read with engaging characters and a ‘glass slipper’ bit of intrigue. I received an ARC from the author for an honest opinion, put forth in this review.