Thinly Veiled

Romance - Suspense
349 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2023
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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

Claire Branson needed a change from her past criminal activity and overbearing boyfriend, but she wasn’t going to get what she needed until she cut the ties that bind and moved across state lines. What she wants and needs are routine and a fresh start in her life. Luke Turner is simple—sexy, sarcastically sweet, and, above all, radiating innocence. He could be her simplicity, there’s no doubt about that, but she can’t bring herself to open up to him until the past catches up with her and she has no choice. Things get hairy and it's a toss-up whether she and Luke will live or die.

I haven’t read a lot of romance novels because the authors tend to avoid walking on the wild side, that is to say, the love affairs and sexual scenes are more innuendo and gloss than reality. So, I was pleasantly surprised to read how Eliza Modiste put the punch where it belonged... and pulled no punches or words in describing not only the true-to-life love affair of Luke and Claire but also the nuts and bolts of a dangerous situation festering beneath the surface that ultimately creates a true to form suspense novel. Not to be ignored are supporting characters that are equally relatable as people most readers can associate with in real life. In summation, Thinly Veiled by Eliza Modiste is a love affair with explicit, true-to-life characterizations and situations, and a page-turning suspense story. Readers will be hard-pressed to put the book down for food, sleep, or work.

Bernadette Longu

In Thinly Veiled by Eliza Modiste, the author has explored the concept of young adults growing up in a world that is not fair and where adults are inclined to be the children and the children the adults. The main characters, Claire and Zoey Sheffield, leave their hometown and move away to Salem to start anew. The story takes place in 2020 and is set in a small town in Virginia. The author takes the reader on an interesting journey in the lives of Claire and Zoey and all the minor characters that make up the story and how they become part of the main characters' lives. The reader meets Colton Langdon who wants to be a baddie, Luke Turner, Liam Cohen, James Turner, Paul, and the real baddie, Travis. The story holds the reader's attention from the beginning to the end.

Eliza Modiste has written a most interesting story, with intrigue and love thrown in, about the coming of age of young adults who finally grow up and realize that there are times when you have to take responsibility for the things you do in your life and the consequences. it is slow-paced to start but picks up as the pages are turned. The twists and turns don’t stop until the very last page with an unusual and unexpected ending. It was a delightful read and I would recommend it to any young adult or coming-of-age adult. Thank you for a lovely read.

Stephanie Chapman

Eliza Modiste’s Thinly Veiled is a romantic novel featuring Claire Branson. Claire and her best friend Zoey had moved to Salem. Claire wanted to start over after she left her relationship with Colton and the life she had lived in North Carolina. Zoey suggested they check out a bar that was a few blocks away from their apartment. When the two women enter, Luke the bartender takes Claire's breath away. When Luke mentions that the bar is hiring, Zoey endorses Claire’s ability as a bartender. He hires Claire and a comfortable friendship blossoms. Claire and Luke are soon in a serious relationship, but she avoids talking about her past. However, Colton hasn’t given up on bringing Claire back to North Carolina to face secrets from her past.

Thinly Veiled built suspense steadily by having Claire dodge questions about her past. Luke’s family was a big part of his life, and this caused conflict between them. Luke knew about Colton, but Claire was not forthcoming about the more serious details. The dynamic between Claire and Zoey was original. Zoey’s exuberant personality and shameless expletives made me laugh. I liked Liam’s introduction to the group. Eliza Modiste incorporated several unpredictable twists into the story that kept me guessing. The vivid details of each person’s personality felt realistic, and I could understand their motivation. The conclusion brought the theme of trust to the fore. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy suspense-filled romances with moments of humor.