Hidden Desires by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (89 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis
Lily has to admit she’s desperate. She’s in New Orleans on a two week vacation, she made the trip especially for Mardi Gras, and she doesn’t have a mask! Everything she’s found seems wrong.
As a last-ditch effort, she enters a small shop and finds the perfect mask…until it shows her visions of herself getting ravished by a masked highwayman. When that highwayman turns up at the Mardi Gras bash, she knows the chemistry between them could only lead to one place.
The only thing that remains hidden between them is their true desires.
This story was previously published as part of the Behind The Mask Anthology. Set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, Lily is in search of the perfect mask. Wandering down a back street, she stumbles upon Ye Olde Store. She spots a mask sitting among some romance novels and knows she’s found the perfect one. As she places it on her face, she suddenly gets a vision of herself in a Regency style dress being kissed by a highwayman. Back at the hotel and while wearing it again, she gets another glimpse of herself with the same man.
At the dance the following day, she actually meets a highwayman named Andrew. He works with Lily and has been pursuing her for months. He overheard her planning a trip to New Orleans and thought this would be his opportunity to make his move. After a night of passion, Lily finds out who is under the mask and decides to turn the tables on him.
This is a short fun read. Combine, Mardi Gras, masks and a highwayman and you have the makings of a hot and steamy story. Lapthorne doesn’t disappoint. Lily and Andrew are easy to like and come across as the perfect pair of lovers that just need a little push to get them to where they should be. I liked that the author also added some paragraphs told from the viewpoint of the mask. This might sound silly, but it’s fun, humorous and I think it added to the lightheartedness of this particular story.
If you’re looking for a quick and sexy summer afternoon read, this is a good pick.