Masked Desire by Alana Delacroix @alanadelacroix, @lyricalpress

Posted May 23, 2018 by Melanie in Book Review / 10 Comments

Masked Desire by Alana Delacroix @alanadelacroix, @lyricalpressMasked Desire by Alana Delacroix
Series: The Masked Arcana #2
Published by Lyrical Press on April 10, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 303
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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As security chief of the supernaturals’ ruling council, Michaela Chui has seen more than her fair share of disaster. For centuries, she’s survived through caution and strategy. But when the only human councillor is viciously murdered, Michaela knows the coincidences that keep blocking her investigation are a sure sign of bad things to come. She needs answers fast. And her only ally is Cormac Redoak: wild, unpredictable, unreliable—and worse, distractingly attractive.

An exile from the court of the Fairy Queen, Cormac has all the experience with careful strategy and veiled intentions he can stand. But he also has the fey talent for getting his way, and he’s sure his way lies with Michaela’s. No matter that she can change her lovely face at will; there’s a clarity to her being that he’d know anywhere. Working with her will be temptation and frustration bound together. Somehow, though, he must convince her to trust him—without revealing the secrets he dares never share . . .

Michaela Chui ia a masquerada. They are a type of supernatural who take on different “masks”. They can become completely different people, with different looks, ethnicities and even genders. The more powerful the masquerada, the more masks they can have. With Michaela, we really only see two. The one she is currently wearing as Michaela and another as a Russian man named Yuri, who is a bit of a protector of hers. She does lose control and becomes him once in this story.

Cormac Redoak is a fey. He’s been exiled by the Queen of Fairy. He is tied to his forest in the Queendom. As his forest dies, because he’s unable to tend it, he’s also dying. He must get back on the queen’s good side or he and his sister will not survive. Cormac also has a secret. He’s much more powerful than the queen knows. If she finds out about his special powers, she will kill him as the queen did with his mentor.

Michaela is head of security for a secret council of supernaturals. When a human is killed in her office, she is tasked for finding the killer. Cormac is assigned as “watcher”. His job isn’t to be part of the investigation, but to ensure that the investigation is handled properly. There are some who believe Michaela could be the killer. What is is more likely is, she is the target. From the back, Hiro and Michaela look very similar.

As MIchaela and Cormac are investigating this murder, things get pretty intense. There is a lot of action and plenty of desire. Michaela and Cormac each have their own plans and neither consider mating as part of those plans, but things can change when life throws things at you.

There are several different supernatural species in this book, but masquerada is the main focus. In this one, we learn more about the fey and Fairy. We also learn a bit more about vampires. I think you can read this book without having read the previous book, though I really enjoyed that one too. I’m really excited to see where this series goes from here.

About Alana Delacroix

Author: Alana Delacroix

Here are 10 random things about Alana. (She couldn’t think of more.)

1. Lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
2. Addicted to paranormal romance. Also sci-fi. And historical. Reading.
3. Has a degree in Archaeology and spent a summer in a quarry hammering copper axes.
4. Adores stationery, especially Midori Traveller’s Notebooks. Even uses one as a wallet. Now using a Leuchtturm 1917 for bullet journaling.
5. Human companion to two rampaging kittens (Trixie and Lola), a kid and a husband.
6. Loves tropical plants but lives in a cold country.
7. Last vacation was Hawaii and it was incredible—saw sea turtles. Sea turtles! Whales. Plumeria. Volcanoes. Dolphins.
8. Just started drinking coffee black. A big change from being a double-triple woman.
9. Has to listen to music when writing for work (corporate communications) but can’t listen to anything when writing writing.
10. Current fav perfume is Bal d’Afrique by Byredo.

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Posted May 23, 2018 by Melanie in Book Review / 10 Comments

10 responses to “Masked Desire by Alana Delacroix

    • Melanie

      It is really interesting. I haven’t read anything like it before.

  1. carolesrandomlife

    I don’t think that I have read anything like this before. I love the idea of these different masks. It can be really hard to find something really unique anymore so I will have to keep this one in mind. Thanks for putting this one on my radar!