Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Recommended Read : Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams

Title: Beloved Unmasked

Author: Brita Addams

Series: Cherished One Book 1  

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Genre and Pairing: MM, Historical

Page Count: 274

Reviewer Name:  Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Born in 1898 to a heartless prostitute in Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans, David comes into the world as Picayune, a name meaning “of little value” or as his mother reminds him, “nothing.”

In the early 20th century brothels and clubs, his love of music sustains young Pic until a fortuitous meeting places him on the road to respectability, and Pic reinvents himself as David Reid.

As David realizes happiness for the first time, conscription forces his friend and first love, Spencer Webb, into the Great War. A telegram from the War Department deals a staggering blow and interrupts David’s pursuit of a law degree. He must gather his wits and move forward. While his future looks bright, specters from Storyville return.

The past holds both pain and love, and facing it head-on might destroy David or give him the freedom to live the life he has dreamed.

Beloved Unmasked is the full story of Picayune and his rise from the streets in the turn in of the century America. Author Brita Addams does a truly amazing job of bringing to life his story and making me fall in love. This is not a traditional romance novel. I liked that very much. I liked how we really get to sink into how hard Picayune works to be the well off man he ends up being at the end.
He was born to a prostitute who never loved him but did plenty of abusing him. Despite that he never once lays a hand on his momma, or decides to be like her. He wants to be educated and get out of the red district as soon as he can. 
His only friend is another prostitute named Spencer. Spencer is perfectly happy with being gay, and being for hire.  He even has a lawyer customer he introduce Pic too.  From that meeting, Pic learns a lot about himself. One he is gay, two he wants to be like that lawyer and he wants out of hell of a life. 
Pic works very hard and with help from that kind lawyer he gets a name change. David Reid. He also gets to go to school, and become more.
Then the war hits.  And everything changes.
Really is a beautifully done turn of the century story. There is a hint of romance with Spencer and David. But the main story is how David becomes David. Ms Addams really made me feel like I was with Pic and his journey to become David. I liked this one because it did remind me of what the American dream is all about. You can come from nowhere and be something if you only work hard enough at it. I can tell the author did her home work and made everything feel alive and vibrant.  When you want a historical you can really sink into and feel like you are there, this is the book to pick up. Really amazingly well done and I am very glad I got the chance to read it.

                       Five Shooting Stars and A Recommended Read

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