The Mask She Wears
by Jennifer Leeland
In the BDSM lifestyle, Catherine Lanyard is an extreme submissive with serious baggage. For years, she’s avoided her pain and hidden dark secrets. Now, an experienced Dom has broken through her barriers and forced her to face her fear. Sex was always a give and take for Justin Travers. He’d always kept his “lifestyle” practices separate from real life. But when Catherine blurs that boundary, he must decide what he really wants.
“The Mask She Wears” is an unusual representation of the BDSM lifestyle, but I found it fascinating. The way that Catherine deals with long-suffered demons is both sad and triumphant at the same time. It was clear to me that up to this point, her coping mechanisms were just what she needed, when she needed them, even if it wasn’t obvious to her at the time. Her personality and the urges that drive her conflict, but in the context of the story, this contradiction works well and for me, makes her a more interesting character.
Justin is just yummy from beginning to end. Patient, attentive, and willing to give Catherine what she needs even when he knows the risk to himself is great. Of course, he’s not bad to look at either, which is always a plus! I loved that even though he has fears and reservations, he doesn’t let them deter him from his goal, and even takes chances that could lay bare his heart.
The two of them together are magic, and it starts from their first meeting, which I adored. The plot of “The Mask She Wears” is complex and I saw it as a wonderful story of healing and new beginnings. I highly recommend it!
Review by Chamomile