The Mask He Wears by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe

Amber Allure

Gay Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60272-546-1

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Ian wouldn’t normally go to company fundraisers, but he makes an exception for the chance to see his boss, Stephen Caulfield.  Ian’s been intrigued by the man ever since he started working with Stephen, and his feelings have only deepened.  Then he finds out about Stephen’s wife, and all his hopes are dashed.

Stephen isn’t quite what he seems, but he can rationalize his many deceptions pretty easily—until he meets Ian.  He finds himself wanting more, but is it too late?  Can Stephen set things right, or has he lost Ian before he even had him?

The Mask He Wears is a quick, emotional read with a very fitting title.  The characters elevated a simple storyline to a read I really enjoyed.  Ian is honest and has a lot of integrity, something his desire for Stephen strains a bit.  Stephen, on the other hand, is deceitful—although not maliciously so—and conflicted.  Much of the storyline is taken up by Stephen’s waffling and fear of exposing his true self, yet I only got impatient with him a couple of times.  The sweet ending helped cure my impatience.  The Mask He Wears may not be terribly complex, but it’s a sweet, enjoyable read with a lot of emotion.

     

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