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Beyond the Masks

(Beyond Surrender Series #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews

Shane Vaughn loves her job as CEO of Omega Records except when it stalls out her love life. After surviving heartbreak at the hands of the all-consuming Jacob Andrews, she’s demanding no-strings, uncomplicated liaisons from now on. A night of submission at the exclusive pleasure club, The Resort, sounds like the pe
Kindle Edition, First, 346 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Nicky F. Grant
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Robin Hill
Had I not started this on a plane, right before a weeklong vacation, right before I had to come home to a full weekend’s worth of plans, I probably would have finished it in one sitting. As it was, I stayed up half the night because I couldn’t put it down.

I loved reading both hero’s POVs—and I especially loved knowing more than the heroine at any given time. That made for some serious heartache and angst. Both Gavin and Jacob are assholes to some extent, but they both have good in them and it j
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars
I voluntarily received an ARC of this book for an honest review. I tried to keep myself as spoiler-free as possible, because I don't like to go into a story...especially one that I am reviewing...with any preconceived ideas in my head. For the most part I kept away from the really spoilery (I just made that a word if it wasn't already a real one) posts. So, keeping that in mind, I don't want to ruin anyone else's experience either!

I will tell you that this is an erotic romance with a bit of a d
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seriously HOT!! This one kept me up way into the night making me forget I had work in the morning. I enjoyed the characters and she writes a great love triangle. Can't wait for the next book!
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

3.5 stars

This book was well written, with believable characters and a lot of views behind the scenes of the music world.

Shane Vaughn is at the top of her profession as a music producer, but her world isn't stable. Not only is she still attracted to her ex, Jacob Andrews, head of a rival company, but her talent director, Gavin Mayne, is after her job. Gavin is not only working with Jacob to sign acts Shane is pursuing, he plans to take her down through her need for submission. Can Shane handle
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story centers around Shane, and can I just say how happy I am to have a strong, successful woman at the center of this oh so hot and steamy BDSM novel! Shane is dealing with two untrustworthy men that we get to know through their POV’s, and I found myself slowly hoping for one to be the man deserving of Shane-then the other-and back again! Who would give Shane her HEA?!?! Although this story was HOT, I found myself loving the angst just as much.
Donna B
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! Great storyline and characters. The writing style kept me interested throughout it’s entirety. Awesome debut!
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to start out by saying that I'm having a hard time getting my head around the fact that this is Nicky F. Grant's debut as her talent is off the charts FANTASTIC that the story came off like she's been on the best seller list for decades! Does that make me dramatic? Maybe but seriously, I had no idea until I pulled up the book to write a review. All I know is that all of my emotions were out in spades throughout, I sat in one position until every last word was devoured, and now I'm craving ...more
Taintedrose76 Christina
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off let me start by saying the cover is beautifully done classy and elegant to match the d/s story line.

second this is a story of a CEO female as the main character she has lost her true self in pain and heartbreak after her dom let her down after her fathers passing.
She finds herself in a quiet interesting triangle between a past and a.present. I also am jealous of her bestie friendship with her gay best friend he brings humor to the story.
in the end she finds freedom from a horrible brea
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of the best love triangles I’ve read! There were three main characters and it was written in their POV. Loved that! Shane is trying to get over her ex and ends up at the pleasure club, The Resort. She doesn’t want anything serious and unknowingly ends up with her employee Gavin. He has ill intentions at the beginning but ends up falling for her. Her ex, Jacob, never stopped loving her and wants her back. Both men did her wrong but they try to fix their mistakes. There were twists and ...more
♥️Fantasy Land Blog Book Reviewer♥️
I am not a big reader of love triangle stories but I do love BDSM stories. This is Nicky F. Grant's debut story and I have to say it is pretty good.

This story has a love triangle, steamy sex, deep emotional impact, and a great ending. You get into all the characters due to POV from them all. Which is always nice. I enjoyed this story and was happy to read it for my review.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This was very well done. I enjoyed it much more than I anticipated. If I had been Shane I too would have had a hard time choosing between Gavin and Jacob. I was a little frustrated with how it was resolved. I felt that the one not chosen deserved his HEA too.
Emma Scott
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Smart, sexy, and with a complexity and depth of characters. Super impressive for a debut.
Jessica Dzuba
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hot and steamy!! But also so much more! There’s a major love triangle in this book and there are twists and turns you’re not expecting. I loved the female centered main character. She is strong and fierce but also vulnerable and relatable. I went back and forth over who I wanted Shane to end up with. I don’t want to give anything away but I was happy with the ending! Although, I’m curious to see what happens to the characters in the next book!! Anxiously awaiting the next installment!! Go do som ...more
Zilpha Owens
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Debut

Well-written with developed characters you could love or hate depending on the situation, Beyond the Masks is the first book in Beyond Surrender series. Even though I’ve never really been a fan of triangles (they just make me too anxious) this one just pulled me in with an interesting storyline and quick pace.

Shane Vaughn is a strong, independent woman businesswoman who has this need to fix everyone and seems to put their needs before her own.

Gavin Mayne has a serious chip on his sh
April Moran
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes- I stayed up to 2:30 am to finish this book. No- I could not put it down. I was mesmerized by Nicky Grant’s writing and the story. Was I surprised by the ending??? Yes!!!! I’m still not over it lol. And was it hot??? Good gravy- I had a few hot flashes (ok...more than a few!) that were definitely caused by this book. The depth of the characters, the back and forth, and of course, their heartache, all kept me riveted. I received as an arc, but I would have bought it’s that awesome ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting spin on a love triangle, both male leads were Alpha verging on a-hole but luckily had redeeming qualities that made it easy to see why our heroine, the CEO of a music label would be attracted to both.

sometime Shane came across as weak and unable to make a decision without the approval of either Jacob or Gavin, and her outfits were all selected by her male best friend, but by the end of the story she finally comes into her own, taking control of her own destiny.

I wont say
Clare Harrison
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is the first book I have read by Nicky and I'm so glad I gave it a try.. one word springs to mind and that's wowsers!

I loved the story being told from different characters point of views. I always feel you get a richer more detailed story that way.

Shane is the main character in this and the two men in her world.  I felt that she was an easy character to be attracted to and want to know more about and loved the reletionship changes with Jacob and Gavin.

I don't want to post any spoilers and
Adrienne Carrieri
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I’m little past deadline but only because I got distracted!
I was so truly intrigued with this book and the storyline.. I was so caught up in the D/s relationships! This has become one of my favorite dark erotic books! I will admit I was quite upset about whom she ended up with but can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Dom she didn’t choose!! Thank you and I can’t wait to read more!!!
Michelle Austin
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Beyond the Masks was a great 5 star read.
All I can say is wow, make sure you start this when you have lots of time because you will not want to put it down.

We have Shane who has a heck of a love triangle going on with Gavin and Jacob, these two men are a mixture of lovem and hatem. Be prepared for some twists and turns as these two try to get Shane’s love and affection. Who will Shane choose? I had my favorite by the end and I wasn’t disappointed. There is
Books After Fifty
This book is deep... get your mind out of the gutters... it’s raw and gritty, you are left confused every single time, uncertain as to which way the story will go. Shocked to say the least, but in the end this story takes you to different levels, making you question why certain decisions were made, even when you know deep down inside... you still feel saddened for those that didn’t get heir happily ever after.

Having not had much experience with reverse harems, the love triangle confused me. The
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having never read this author, I wasn't sure what to expect from Ms. Grant but I can say that I wasn't prepared for the roller coaster of emotions.

This book is truly a finding yourself story, stuck inside a love triangle, inside a BDSM book. All the characters are extremely well written and multifaceted, even those characters that I found myself disliking; actually especially those people. It's written in dual POV so you come to understand the why's behind the person and that definitely helped
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Amy Mccann
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recieved a complimentary copy of Behind The Mask for an honest review through the Crazy Cajun Book Addicts.

This is an absolutely amazing story.
It's fantastic reading about a love triangle involving Shane (who's super fiesty) and two guys Jacob and Gavin they know Shane oozes sex appeal but she has her guard up after being hurt in her past but she shows her strength throughout this journey.

They all go through some amazing sexy scenes with some light BDSM and for Shane to open up to her sexual s
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HOT, Sexy, Sweet, and Kinky

I love stories where the women are strong yet also willing to expose their 'weakness' to the men in their life. They don't view their sexality as a failing. I also like that, like reality, things are not always black & white in relationships or dating. Shane is a fantastic heroine. The men in her life as dominant, somewhat blinded to what she needs or even they need. I wasn't sure I'd like the D/s aspect of it but Nicky does a great job. Definitely a well-done port
Beyond The Covers Blog
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gail
Shane Vaughn was making a name for herself as CEO of Omega Records in New York.She left Austin with her then boyfriend Jacob as he made his jump to a new career. Working hard got Shane the job and she was good at it. Now with 2 years of no Jacob in her life she throws all her time into work,When she loses out on signing Icarus Descending she wonders how it happened ,and how Jacob manage to steal them from her.Asking David her P/A to call for Gavin Mayne to her office to talk about losing the ban ...more
Rieki Van Den Heuvel
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the story because Shane is such a powerfull women, a CEO at Omega Records. It’s a beautifull writen love triangle between the past and the present, with HOT and STEAMY BDSM scenes to keep you satisfied. I think many readers would love this story and I can’t wait to read more from Nicky F. Grant.
Dee Winston
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
WOW!! This book wasn't what I was expecting. It was better. It had love, sex, hurt and the rebuilding. A lesser woman would have crumbled. But Shane rose above everything. Thru all the hurt loss and deceit. She came out better in the end. I can't wait to see What happens to Gavin. He deserves a HEA!!!
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is deep... get your mind out of the gutters... it’s raw and gritty, you are left confused every single time, uncertain as to which way the story will go. Shocked to say the least, but in the end this story takes you to different levels, making you question why certain decisions were made, even when you know deep down inside... you still feel saddened for those that didn’t get heir happily ever after.

Having not had much experience with reverse harems, the love triangle confused me. The
Danielle Thomas
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nicky-f-grant
Nicki F. Grant's debut novel Beyond the Masks shows that this author has great promise. She wrote a strong story, plotted well, with some interesting, characters. Overall I enjoyed this book though I did struggle with some of it. Writing and managing to convey the dynamic of BDSM or D/s relationships is a difficult endeavor; the author has to have an intimate understanding of power exchange, and this was where it fell flat for me. The sizzle was missing. Nicky Grant has talent, and I hope she co ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*An ARC was provided in exchange of an honest review*

Love triangle??? Um...yes, please!!! Man!!! This read was addicting!!! I am new to reading books by Author Nicky Grant and Im so glad I got the chance to read this book! Am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

Be sure to check it out!!! You will be sure to be hooked & completely enthralled!
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