Aug 11, 2015

*Review* Obsidian Mask (Lion Security #2) by Scarlett Dawn

The best-selling mafia series, by NYT Times bestselling author, Scarlett Dawn, continues with Obsidian Mask, where stakes are raised in passion and devotion--not just guns...
Elizabeth Forter tamed the head of the Russian mafia, Daniil Kozar. Or so she thought. But the mafia has nothing on her parents--the preacher and anti-gun conspirator. The Lion Security team is thrown for a loop when Mr. and Mrs. Forter decided Key West is their next destination to save their daughter from her 'down-slide' into the darker side.
While Elizabeth is busy distracting her overbearing parents...her lover is watching her. Because she lied. And lying to the Russian mafia can only cause groundbreaking shenanigans. The sort of trouble Elizabeth isn't prepared for, ultimately tying her to the gun-waving killers.
Perhaps Elizabeth and Daniil should have watched their backs, instead of each other. Two lovers can be blinded by their own wants. So what happens when the very air you breathe is poisonous? You put on a gas mask...and pray.

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Obsidian Mask picks up right where Obsidian Liquor left off, with Russian mob boss Daniil and plucky journalist Beth making the decision to try a real relationship, not just one between the sheets. But will meddling and judgmental family members prevent the pair from exploring their feelings? Or will hidden secrets and hidden enemies destroy the pair for good?  

What I Loved: The relationship between Daniil and Beth is the beating heart of the Lion Security stories and the pair’s relationship development in Obsidian Mask had me grinning ear to ear. The energy between the two flows easily from playful to heated to deeply romantic. A lot of Daniil's backstory is brought to light and it made fall even harder for the loveable (yet still appropriately scary) character. I need more Daniil and Beth and soon!

What I Didn’t Love: Though told through Beth’s POV, Obsidian Mask focuses on several different couples in various stages of relationship (Daniil/Beth, Brent/Cole/Ember, Grigori/Ember, Roman/Mary, etc.) and juggling the multiple romances got to be a bit distracting. Warning - Obsidian Mask ends with one whopper of a cliffhanger that had me yelling at my Kindle.

Favorite Quotes:
“Sometimes the truth is best kept quiet. Too many innocents get hurt when it rears its fatal head.”

“He wanted more than to be just lovers. That calmed me. Knowing he wanted me. Just me.”

“Daniil’s mouth was my own personal fireworks show. Beautiful and full of wonder.”
“I’m the preacher’s daughter. God gave me to my best match.”

Obsidian Mask should not be read as a standalone, you do need to read Obsidian Liquor first. I’m a Scarlett Dawn fangirl so I happily recommend both. The Lion Security stories are full of interesting characters and lots of action that has me wringing my hands for the next installment - Obsidian Music.

Happy reading.

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