Series: Beneath #1
Published by: Self-pub
on September 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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My name is Charlotte Agoston, and I’m a runner. Not the ‘let’s go for a jog and slap a 26.2 sticker on your bumper’ kind of runner; I’m the kind of runner who takes off when her father is staring down the barrel of a guilty verdict that carries a 175-year sentence for perpetrating the largest fraud in the history of the world. That’s right. Bernie Madoff was an amateur compared to Alistair Agoston.
Faced with living under a cloud of suspicion and constant questioning by the FBI, I ran. I’m making a new life in New Orleans as Charlie Stone. I traded my future in New York high finance for tattoos, booze, a few friends who don’t ask questions, and one giant mutt named Huckleberry Finn. Everything is simple and uncomplicated until Simon Duchesne—former hotshot Navy fighter pilot, NOLA’s favorite son, city councilman, and rumored congressional hopeful—walks into my life.
The flashing cameras he attracts threaten to expose everything I’m hiding, but I can’t seem to stay away. Why are the most dangerous ideas always the most seductive?
In trying to get lost, I found myself. And then I found Simon. He loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name. I’m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it. This is our story.
Will we be strong enough to face the consequences of revealing what’s beneath this mask?
Charlotte Agoston is on the run. After testifying at her father’s trial, she abruptly leaves NY behind. She abandons everything…the Manolos and Louboutins, new finance degree, and strawberry blonde hair for Chucks, a part-time gig at a tattoo parlor, and a rainbow dye job.
In Louisiana, “Charlie” has made a new life for herself in a tiny rental owned by her college girlfriend’s grandmother. Charlie has camouflaged her old self by engaging in casual sex, drinking to distraction, and covering herself in body art. She never wants to go back to her old life.
Enter Simon, city councilman and son of a former Congressman, who stumbles into Voodoo Tattoo with friends who want a drunk tat. Even after they were kicked out, can’t seem to forget the aqua-eyed girl who dismissed them. Simon returns to Voodoo for a touch up on a tattoo. Charlie tries to limit her relationship at a casual booty call, but finds that Simon wants more…and shockingly, so does she.
This was an intriguing read with a few twists and turns alongside some steamy scenes. I liked that the characters were realistically flawed. It made it much more enjoyable watching Charlie and Simon fall for each other. Some of the legal aspects were a little off, but otherwise it was a solid 4 star read.