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.