February 16, 2015

Book Review ~ Snake Eyes by Melissa Pearl

Title: Snake Eyes (The Masks Series #3)
Author: Melissa Pearl
Release Date: January 30th 2015
Publisher: Evatopia Press

Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Caitlyn Davis expects her sophomore year at UCLA to be perfect...until she walks into her dorm room to find Special Agent Zoey Kaplan of the FBI waiting for her. In that instant, she knows her idyllic year with new best friends, Nicole and Dale, along with her super hot boyfriend, Eric, is about to fall apart.

Having been forced to work with the FBI months earlier, Caity accidentally gave away her special ability to read people's emotions and know whether they were telling the truth. Now, Kaplan wants Caity to go undercover again for a secret operation that will bring her close to the sadistic Diego Mendez, a man believed to be involved in human trafficking.

Eric Shore is not a man who trusts easily. Having been burned multiple times, it’s hard for him to open up completely, but his love for Caity makes him want to try. Yet, her sudden withdrawal worries him, particularly when she chooses to spend time with her new roommate, Quella Mendez, over him. When Caity’s behavior begins to match that of her wild roommate, Eric wonders if their relationship is as strong as he believed.

As Caity struggles to maintain her relationship and do her job, she finds herself pulled further into a dangerous world that could take away everything she holds dear. Will Eric learn the truth in time to save her? Or will the man with the eyes of a snake destroy their perfect romance?

Snake Eyes is the third book in the Masks Series by Melissa Pearl and continues the story of Caitlyn and her unique talent for seeing behind a person’s mask - an ability to see their 'true face'.

Yet again, Caity finds herself thrust into the middle of a scary situation by the FBI. Only this time, she can’t tell Eric and that means their relationship becomes strained. So much so that it puts all that they have worked towards in jeopardy.

It took me a few chapters to get into Snake Eyes. I found the writing a little stilted and the flow suffered somewhat, but as I am familiar with the series and the author, I figured the story would soon pick up and the writing would even out. And for the most part it did – but I have to say for me, this was the weakest story of the series so far.

The emotion of the story (which I have always found to be pretty much spot on with Melissa Pearl’s books) just felt off kilter to me.  I failed to connect beyond the words on the page; the story, the
characters, the relationships, they all felt forced.

It pains me to say it, but I struggled to stay interested in this story... and for that reason, I’m giving Snake Eyes 3 stars.

You can read my reviews of the previous books in this series here


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