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Beautiful Strangers (The Masquerade Series #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  282 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
In life we face choices chances and consequences. Grace Montgomery never dreamed hers would lead her to The Masquerade Club, and a fast paced life of sex, drugs, and music. When Evan Brown walked into her life he was too good to be true. Since meeting him her life has been flipped upside down. After a chance encounter with a handsome stranger, Grace finds herself thrust ...more
Published (first published April 10th 2013)
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Glenna Maynard
Jun 01, 2013 Glenna Maynard rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Beautiful Strangers is the story of Grace. She is flawed and battling her drug addiction while being torn between two loves. Grace has been hurt and let down, but she realizes she can’t blame others for her problems. She learns a lot abo
Future Slayer Girl
I am terrible at writing reviews for books that I like this much. I am going to give it a good go and do my best. At the moment I am on a young adult/ New adult kick. I seem to be sucking up every book I can find. Some don't sit well with me and others blow my mind. This is one of the books that blew my mind! From beginning to end the one thing I noticed most was the raw honesty of the story. Most would say that Grace is an unlikable character. If I am being honest I find her very relatable. ...more
Jun 04, 2013 CK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our main character is named Grace and she goes to college where she falls in love with Evan. (I might add, I love Evan’s tattoos!) There’s betrayal and a set of events happen, wreaking havoc in Grace’s life. As the plot thickens, she meets another handsome man named Jaxson. I loved how the writer incorporates a love triangle that kept me anxiously flipping the pages.

I thought maybe she should leave Evan alone and run off on tour with Jax. But then Evan is super sexy and accepts her for who she
S.K. Hartley
Jul 06, 2013 S.K. Hartley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to go into detail about what happens in the book, that is for you to find out! So buy it, read it, love it...Just like I did.

I can honestly say that Beautiful Strangers had me sitting on the edge of my seat screaming at both Evan and Jaxson. Both hot, sexy and damn infuriating!

Ask me if I am Team Evan or Team Jaxson and I may just slap you, I have no idea which team I would choose both men are freaking sex gods but also the biggest idiotic creatures known to man!

I hate Evan, I lov
May 14, 2013 Darla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow I love that this book is not like most books out there that I have read it deals with things that people go through everyday and most don't talk about it was well written.
Apr 22, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I liked the idea of this book, it just didn't work for me. The story felt rushed and I never connected with the characters. I really wanted to like this one, but sadly did not.
Apr 27, 2013 PAULA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW! What a freakin roller coaster ride. In this book you get the 360 degree crazy, sexy and lovely at the same time. I am writing this minutes after reading the book and I am in awe. 0_0

I really didn’t know what to expect reading this book. Sure, I have read the synopsis and it was the reason why I added this to my ‘to-read’ list on GR. It was intriguing and I chose to give it a shot. Reading the 1st chapter through the 2nd, I got some ideas where the story will go but I was so wrong. You know
Jul 02, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review for Beautiful Strangers by Glenna Maynard

3 stars

“I don’t do close with anyone. Not anymore.” If Grace won’t let anyone get close to her, no one will be around to catch her when she falls.

Gracie is a bit of a mess. She is struggling with a drug addiction and barely making ends meet working as a dancer at a masquerade burlesque show. She lives life day to day answering to no one and making no apologies for how she lives along the way. She is trying to move on from her tumultuous and unheal
Roni Guzman
May 24, 2013 Roni Guzman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good. I will tell you now that it is different than most books that I have ever read. Gracie is the main character and she has a broken and shattered soul. She struggles throughout the entire book to find herself and denies herself any type of love. Then she meets Jax and OH MY.....Hot country singer with black hair and blue eyes....uh hello?? Their relationship starts off very passionate and between the both of them they have too many secrets they are hiding from each other ...more
Mallory Bookprincess
So I stumbled onto this book after reading the worst book ever. What a breath of fresh air after what I just endured. I normally read paranormal books and recently decided to give the new adult as they refer to themselves a go. So far they have been hit or miss. This was an absolute hit. The protagonist in this book was great I wanted to hate her, I wanted to smack her a few times! But in the end she was quite strong and feisty. I don't know if I have ever read a book where the characters felt ...more
Victoria Limbert
3.5 stars!

I enjoyed this book though I found it very hard to engage with the characters. Most enjoyable for me was the subject of drugs and the theme surrounding just how easy it is to start and how hard it is to get away from them. Though I didn't feel much for Grace until about 40-50% I was intrigued by her scrambled thought processes, changes of mind and...well...just how out of control she always seemed to be (whether it was written this way on purpose or not I don't know)which showed what t
Jamie Jewell
Jun 13, 2013 Jamie Jewell rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Strangers was a really good read. It's not your typical romance story at all. Grace has a story behind her that will make you feel for her. She's not perfect in anyway, she has issues with drugs,trust and much more. Grace takes full responsibility for who she has become and works hard to change. I must say that I admire her bravery. Grace has a history with a boy named Evan, he was her first boyfriend and swept her off her feet. She later finds out who Evan really is and what his ...more
Morgan Mitchell
May 28, 2013 Morgan Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Strangers was a fun read that kept me guessing and made me all sentimental at the end. What more could you ask for?

Grace is not your typical romance heroine and that is why I loved the book! Grace isn't innocent, she has already been hurt. She is tough, sexy and unapologetic. Grace has her vices and she is not above going down on her ex boyfriend to get what she needs either. Yes, she has problems and even though she has every right to blame others, she doesn't. You won't find her whi
Sunny Rowe-markley
Oct 13, 2014 Sunny Rowe-markley rated it it was amazing
So it's no surprise that I loved this book. I love Glenna Maynard since the first book I read and my obsession with all things that come out of her creative mind are just wonderful. That being said and knowing that this is her first book (yeah I came in late in the game.) I was shocked that this book does have a HEA ending. Personally I would have loved for Grace to tell them all to go to hell and start fresh somewhere else. I would like to think that the Glenna we all know and love now would ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Dahlia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this one! This was a quick read because I didn't want to put it down! Something was always happening in this hot new romance. I don't think I have ever read about a more take-charge heroine before. Grace is like so many strong women I know that has been hurt by a man. She is not a wilting flower, she is a sex kitten. Go Grace!

**Spoiler Alert**
I have to say I really loved Jax. But then I really loved Evan, I didn't know which way she should turn. I won't tell you how it ends but the
Skye Turner
Amazing book!

I loved it so much.

It was not predictable. The story was original and flowed really well. It was also H.O.T!

Grace is damaged with a capital "D". She's battling demons, but determined to get her life on track. It's very admirable.

She's a strong female lead and even though she's underhanded at times, and you might want to smack her, you can't help but love her and root for her.

Jaxon is SEXY... melt your panties, make you do naughty things, and spontaneously combust sexy.

Evan is an as
Damian Stevenson
This isn't your average Romance and that's what I enjoyed most about it. The lead heroine is gritty and flawed and she makes no apologies for the choices she makes. The love triangle really threw me for a loop, I wasn't sure who she would choose. The story took me on a ride, I wasn't sure what would come next. I was able to read it in one day, it had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen in the the end. Shocking revelations were made near the end, that really had me thinking. I ...more
Marcia Fearing
Sep 12, 2014 Marcia Fearing rated it it was amazing
I first have to say what a mouth dropping,amazing, on the edge of my seat book. Really a chocolate fudge sunday! Gracie and Evan had a rockies relationship between them but they never truly gave up on one another. They had their issues with things but Mr. Jax wow look out ladies because he will take you for a ride in this book. This book touches parts of different situations that happen all the time but no one wants to truly talk about. Gracie used a great analogy "the Big elephant in the room" ...more
William O'Brien
Jun 15, 2013 William O'Brien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Strangers- Glenna Maynard

A great set of characters, unconventional, thought provoking, they will tangle with your senses! In real life, sex and emotions never truly make sense and Glenna Maynard captures this wonderfully. You get a feeling of frustration and want the characters to do something else- which surly emphasises a creative writer. The story is fast paced, real, sexual and erotic- keeping the pages turning. If love, sex and drugs floats your boat... well, this one is for you!
Sammie Sidelinger
Glenna Maynard's Beautiful Strangers was authentic and kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more. Thank you Glenna for writing such a twisty, sexy, seductive story seeping with dark characters you want to love. Will Gracie make the right choices in life's lessons of hard knocks? Hard choices are never the easy ones to make for main character Gracie in her love life or profession. Especially when those lines get blurred. more please!!!
Rachel Brookes
Apr 18, 2013 Rachel Brookes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drug abuse is always a topic that will cause controversy in readers. I enjoyed this story and yes it did finish quickly but I believe there was no need for filler. It was punchy, graphic, heartbreaking and real. I think that's what I liked most about it. Really looking forward to the next instalment.
Colleen Everly
Apr 12, 2014 Colleen Everly rated it really liked it
Great start to a series. I really liked this book. What an emotional read, Gracie though being a little wild also lives in an environment out of her control. I was very pleased with the way this book turned out I admit it went in a different direction than I thought it was going to but it worked out and thankfully for the best.
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Wow I totally loved this book. What a lovely story with lots of hot sex thrown in.this book had plenty of twists & turns. I so wanted to shout at the characters. It was hot hot hot. What more could a girl ask for:)

This book has got to be one of my favourite this year.
Received this in return for an honest review:)
Apr 19, 2013 Biyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book was that it was SO Damn real. It felt Real. I really enjoyed reading it although it was quite short but there was not really a need for it to be longer. The twists and turns of the book is something which lead me to read more. It was a good read all in all.
Jun 10, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was quite different than other romances I have read. I would read many more romances if they were written as real as this one. I enjoyed Grace's character and although I could see then ending going another way, the author gave a genuine ending. I will read more of this series.
Nikki Maynardskaggs
If you haven't read this yet this is a must read!!!!! I couldn't put this book down I stayed up all night reading it.I felt like I was there with the characters living.The whole book was in great detail and it never left me geussing or confused
Michelle "Chelle" Thompson
Apr 12, 2015 Michelle "Chelle" Thompson rated it it was amazing
OMG why haven’t I read this sooner?! A great story with real characters. Glenna Maynard truly is one of the best writers I have read. This story had it all suspense, twists, turns, intrigue, and hot sex. I absolutely loved it!!!
May 29, 2013 Yvette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked how it started but didn't like the ending. This book is all about second chances. How life gives us the chance to redeem ourselves.
May 12, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
sort of like this one.I'm just a little confused on how characters end up with their relationships. Yeah,definitely what I expected.
May 22, 2013 Yvonne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like leaving bad reviews and hurting anyone's feelings, so I will just say this...
It was not my cup of tea.
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Glenna Maynard is a Kentucky native with a passion for romance best known for her bestselling romantic suspense novel I'm with You and The Black Rebel Riders' MC series. When she isn't arguing with the voices in her head or drinking reader tears, she enjoys watching classic TV shows with her two children and longtime leading man.
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“At the end of the day aren't we all strangers hoping to find the one person who can see the beauty we each posses on the inside?” 8 likes
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