Summary: Caitlyn Davis has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees…but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?
Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn’t help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great…until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can’t buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric’s favorite teacher.
The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth…and who is being two-faced.
My thoughts: Caitlyn is back, and now she’s in her first year of college which is supposed to be fun. But with her gift of seeing people’s emotions very deeply, it’s not what she really expected. Especially when she sees a whole basketball team on drugs (Eric’s stepbrother, Connor, included) and Eric doesn’t really believe her. Add to that a stuck-up roommate that won’t talk to her more than necessary and a sleazy professor that everyone loves and you have an interesting mix.
So, it’s up to Caitlyn to solve this new mystery especially when she figures out that Connor doesn’t know he was on drugs that meaning he might be in danger. It’s a fun ride to solving this mystery, especially with the addition of a certain character that really adds some spunk (I’m not spoiling it for you ‘cuz you need to read this book).
Also, the dual POV (Caitlyn’s and Eric’s) is a very nice addition. It helps shed some light on Caitlyn’s and Eric’s relationship and the difficulties they’re facing because of Caitlyn’s gift. I think Eric’s struggle was portrayed very well and it was nice to find out more about his past.
All in all, it was a very good book that kept me turning the pages until late in night and I definitely recommend it. In my opinion, it was better than the first one in the series and I cannot wait for the next installment.
My rating: 4.5 stars
About the author: Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
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