Hello fellow readers,
today I want to present my release blitz post for Anyta Sunday’s and Andy Gallo’s (Un)Masked.
See this post for a cool excerpt and a cool giveaway.
I have also a review prepared for you, but stay tuned, it will come a bit later. 🙂
Edit: the review is now updated to this post. 🙂
Happy reading . ❤
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
What an amazing story. First I was – I admit it – a bit confused by the setting, by the magical aspects but soon I was captivated.
The story is quite different from one you maybe know, it has a magical touch with the curse Lethe is suffering from. But also the close friendship of Jay and Gristle is one main focus in the story and his thoughts of his friend is constant companion for Jay.
If you love stories with angst, with thrill and suspense but with deep feelings, but also with parts of helplessness and hope dueling, you will love this book.
The book is written in the first person, from Jay’s POV and with him we suffer as hard as he does, on the other hand we get only his thoughts, and we are as clueless first as him, when we “meet” Lethe.
The unreliability of this POV fits very well to the whole topic, it gives the book a thrill, it makes it even more touching.
Jay is a vulnerable character; he is living with his friend Gristle in a home which has seen better days, both are trying to live their dream in creating a theater play and perform it on the big stage. Their paths are loaded with obstacles and they are almost broke and have to adjust their daily life.
The moment the secret is revealed the story raises its tempo and the events are getting heavier. The sadness is there, a lot of heavy emotions and the end is super surprising because I didn’t really thought we would have THIS kind of ending. Luckily I was wrong and my worries were unnecessary at the end. 🙂
The sensual encounters are really touching, sexy but also innocent. I liked this mix and the balance. But if you expect super explicit scenes, you won’t find them en masse; instead we have really emotional ones which also have a magical touch.
For this book, as unexpected the events were and with such a great, strong character set, it gets 5 out of 5 stars. It has a Phantom of the Opera-kind of feeling, with the mask-topic, is full of emotional burden & the curse is well explained and framed within the book’s setting.
Check this cool cover out.
Author: Anyta Sunday, Andy Gallo
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal, , magical realism, new adult
Release Date: October 30, 2017
previously published by Dreamspinner Press,
this is an updated 2nd edition
Length: 188 pages
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Jay Walker has two wishes: to perform the play of his dreams alongside his best friend at Wellington’s Tory Street Theatre, and to meet that special someone. Someone he’d go to the ends of the earth for. Someone who might only exist in fairy tales.
When Jay meets accordion busker Lethe Cross, it’s like living a dream come true. Lethe’s music captivates Jay, and he resolves to meet the man who plays so beautifully. But then he discovers Lethe’s life is more like a nightmare. The phrase “down on his luck” can’t begin to cover it. Determined to help, Jay does some snooping for answers—and winds up on the wrong end of a centuries-old curse. The good news is there’s a way to break it. The bad news is it might cost Jay his life.
This book was previously published by Dreamspinner Press. This updated 2nd edition has some rewritten parts and has been line edited again.
His music sailed over me, beautiful, seductive; the call of a siren—and I went willingly.
He stood on a concrete wall dividing the beach and pavement, cutting notes into a thousand beautiful fragments that the air caught and whipped around me.
His hips twisted and his fingers slid over the accordion keyboard as he commanded the bellows. Like magic, the disappointment that had clung to me all morning dulled, and I sank against a pylon across and watched him. Watched, and wished the lip of the hoodie he wore would lift so I could see his face.
He swayed with the music, and I glimpsed blond hair and a scar splitting one brow.
Nearer and nearer, I inched, until I stood before him.
His song ended abruptly, and he stared down at me with haunted, tired eyes.
I opened my mouth to ask him to play again, to tell him he was truly talented, but he jumped onto the beach and fled.
My soul prickled, and I knew I would never be the same again.
One never was, when death lurked nearby.
Excerpt # 2
Lethe turned, and I reached to the beginning of the strap. I was tired. It’d been so long now. I missed seeing him. “Really look at me, Lethe.”
“We’ve talked about this.”
“It’ll hurt you.” He stopped, swinging away from me, shoulders curving. “I’ll be hurting you. And—”
I rested my forehead on the back of his neck. “When you take it off, I’ll be seeing you. Please, look at me.”
His back shuddered, and his voice came out strained. “I can’t take that risk.”
I tightened my grip on his shoulder and moved my head away. “Don’t you trust me?”
“Yes, I trust you.”
“What is this, then?” My insides hitched with my voice, showing the cracks of the broken me that I struggled to keep together. “I’m sick of looking at that stupid mask, Lethe. It’s been too long.”
Author bio – Anyta Sunday
Anyta Sunday is a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. She loves to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of her favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
Anyta writes a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. Her books have been translated into German, Italian and French.
Member of Romance Writers of America.
Author bio – Andy Gallo
Andy Gallo’s stories capture how he wished he’d spent his formative years, instead of how it really happened. Unfortunately for his characters, they find themselves infused with some of Andy’s less noble qualities.
A hopeless romantic, Andy writes seated next to a hundred year old Smith Brothers typewriter he inherited from his grandfather. He also dreams of superheroes and wizards and sees no reason why two men with superpowers can’t fall in love just like everyone else. Although not all of his stories have a paranormal bent, a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good read in his mind.
Married and living his happy ever after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days rubbing elbows with other parents as they raise their daughter. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.
There is a giveaway to win one of three e-copies of any title of Anyta Sunday’s or Andy Gallo’s backlist
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