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Thinly Veiled

There are very few books that catch me off guard. Over the last 2ish years, I have read over 200 books and can confidently say I understand how a good book flows. Romance especially, as a particular area of interest for me, is the easiest genre to predict.


Two characters meet, they fight the attraction they have for each other, they get together, and some climax in the third act tries to separate them, but they ultimately pull through and live out their happily ever after together. While the author, Elize Modiste, followed this layout, the twist she threw at the end had me speeding through the pages to figure out how it was going to end.


Our story starts pretty simply. Our FMC Claire needs a fresh start after being caught up in a bad relationship. The small town of Salem, Virginia is the perfect place to lay low and redefine herself. She’s not looking for trouble and she’s definitely not looking to jump into another relationship. That is until she meets the cute bartender, Luke, down the street from her apartment who offers her a job.


As her friendship grows with Luke, so does the pressure to reveal the truth about who she really is. But as luck would have it, the past catches up with her and it isn’t until the truth literally blows up in their faces, that she decides to end things once and for all.


I refuse to spoil anything from this book, but for more context, this book gave me Ozarks vibes. Very creepy and ominous, but also felt like this could very well happen in real life. I enjoyed it so much and although the cover is deceiving, this was a perfect fall read for spooky season.


Book Rating: 4/5

Spice Rating: 3/5


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