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Beyond the Masks

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A successful female CEO, a merciless masked Dom, and the fall of an empire. Every story has a hero and Shane didn’t know which man was hers.

Shane Vaughn has it all. Well, almost. Fame, success, and money can only get her so far. After surviving a devastating heartbreak at the hands of the all-consuming Jacob Andrews, she's demanding no-strings, uncomplicated liaisons from
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Kindle Edition, First, 346 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Nicky F. Grant (first published January 29th 2018)
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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
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Grey
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Jen
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! ...more
Nay
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond the Masks ranks up there among the most well-written debut novels I've read. There's no way I ever would have guessed this is Nicky Grant's first book!

I loved all the characters (even when I hated them) and I thought the story line was captivating and different--I zoomed through it! Just a couple of details gave me pause, but it's in my nature to be extra critical and, besides, this is fantasy--who wants a predictable book? It's super sexy (like flaming hot!) and has a meaningful, emotio
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Lisa Aiello
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy-romance
Holy moly that was some hot stuff! Nicky Grant sure can write well, and she sure can write some amazing smuttiness!! As for the story behind the smut...well, it took me some time to get into it, but by the end I was definitely rooting for a certain someone. I found Gavin to be quite the a-hole, but his back story turned out to be rather heartbreaking, and the mess he got himself into also gutted me. There is just no way he was going to be able to make up for what happened, and that's what really ...more
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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 handl
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Heather
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.
diann bryan
Wow! This story has a triangle of twisted characters to be sure! Who should Shane trust? That was my question the majority of this book. Both men totally ruined what could be. In the end....Shane has to figure out what she wants and to trust herself! Loved the characters and the strong willed Shane! Nicky wrote herself a Awesome debut! I can’t wait to read the sequel!
Michele
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-triangles, bdsm
4 1/2 "Lovely" stars

While reading this book, I found myself forgetting that this was Nicky Grant's debut novel. It's amazing. It has all the ingredients for a yummy book...hot BDSM scenes, love triangle, angst, heartbreak, soul-searching and a few twists and turns along the way.

I really connected with the characters. So, I found myself struggling right along with Shane as she tries to decide between Gavin and Jacob and is continually second guessing herself. There were qualities they each posse
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Nicky Grant
Feb 17, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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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!
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.
Ri
I had originally read this via ebook. I am not generally a fan of audio because I read way faster than a narrator can tell me the story. However, I decided to give this a try as I was going to be going out of town unexpectantly where the drive was almost 7 hours. I am glad I did because it made for an enjoyable drive in an otherwise hellacious and ugly drive across Eastern Oregon.

The narration enhanced an already well-crafted story and brought to life all of these characters. It also furthers my
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Ri
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well Crafted

I have had to do a reread of this book after having just finished the third book not realizing that I had missed book two. Upon doing that, I have decided to redo this review because I do not think I put into words at how well done this book was. This goes beyond the idea that it was a well-done story. This is a DEBUT book which I had not realized when I read this the first time. A DEBUT BOOK. Unless I am writing an academic paper I cannot string two sentences apart without looking/s
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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
Amber
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
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
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♥️Fantasy Land  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.
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Chantelle Bouffanie
Hot! I've volunteered to review this for United Indie Book Blog. This is my first time reading/listening to Nicky F Grant books. This is the first book in A Beyond Surrender series. I had the audio version of this story. This is Shane, Jacob, and Gavin. Shane is at the top of her profession as a music producer. While Jacob, who is the head at Shane's rival company. Gavin works fro Shane as a talent director, he wants her job. This story has angst and heartbreak which all had me intrigued and cap ...more
Nicky Grant
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
A successful female CEO, a merciless masked Dom, and the fall of an empire. Every story has a hero and Shane didn’t know which man was hers.

Shane Vaughn has it all. Well, almost. Fame, success, and money can only get her so far. After surviving a devastating heartbreak at the hands of the all-consuming Jacob Andrews, she's demanding no-strings, uncomplicated liaisons from now on.

Where could she find a simple distraction from Jacob? The exclusive pleasure club, The Resort.

The masked Dom with the
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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
Jeannine Smith
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!

Breathtakingly beautiful. Troubled and suspenseful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Will definitely read more from her! She kept you wondering what was going to happen until the very end.
Melissa Schaub
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This book is a lot deeper than I anticipated but I really ended up enjoying it. I will say that it started out a little slow but stick with it. I think what made it harder is that it is written mostly in third person and it made it a little harder to “feel”.

I liked Shane, I thought she was a extremely strong but naive character. She definitely didn’t have a good sense of character when it came to the men in her life but I think she ultimately made the right decision. She works in the c
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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
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Kayla Busch
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love when I can get lost in a book for hours and that is exactly what happened with this story. Shane is one heck of an interesting character! I love her passion and drive for her job and I really feel for all the struggles she has faced in her love life. Shane, Gavin and Jacob are all strong-willed characters who will stop at nothing to get what they want. I loved the suspense and intrigue of the book and not knowing what would happen next! I loved The Resort, where you are free to explore yo ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Hot! I've volunteered to review this for United Indie Book Blog. This is my first time reading/listening to Nicky F Grant books. This is the first book in A Beyond Surrender series. I had the audio version of this story. This is Shane, Jacob, and Gavin. Shane is at the top of her profession as a music producer. While Jacob, who is the head at Shane's rival company. Gavin works fro Shane as a talent director, he wants her job. This story has angst and heartbreak which all had me intrigued and cap ...more
Ari  Laksmi
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Ms. Nicky for sending me this ebook. Indeed, its kinky, its different and I found it refreshing.
So what's the different? I recognized quickly that it's the way of the author using words.
Then another different, how come I felt sympathy toward Gavin, the bad character turning good? On that point when Shane and Gavin become an item, I stopped my self from reading.... who's winning Shane in the end??
It's just not fair that there's 2 very very very hot handsome successful sexual men for 1
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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 anyway...it’s that awesome ...more
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
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Cathy
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
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