Behind the Mask by Robbie Cox

Everyone reads for different reasons. And I would venture to say those reasons change all the time. I read to learn, to escape, and to live vicariously through people who are nothing like me. I have read several of Robbie’s books and each of them spoke to me in a different way. I’m impressed with his broad depth of characters. Emma is no exception. She is a feisty vixen who knows what she wants and feels very uncomfortable when faced with situations that go against her her self-imposed rules. Now I cannot say I will ever be like Emma, but it was so much fun to walk in her shoes. I inhaled this book in an afternoon- it was that good. Emma was introduced in another one of Robbie’s books, Come Halloween, and it was fun to see more about her after reading her sister’s story. I know he released this book in October because of the Halloween party concept. But I think this book would be a great pool-side story when I need to transport myself away from blowing up pool toys, reminding my kids not to run, and timing them to see who can hold their breath the longest.

 

The romp on the couch took the edge off her building tension, but she wasn’t ready to call it a night yet.
However, she doubted if Jake could satisfy what was in her mind. He was too timid when they first
arrived at his place. She didn’t want timid. She wanted brazen and forceful. She wanted aggressive, not
cautious. She wanted… She sighed. She wanted the impossible. Too many prete

nded to be the
aggressor. She was tired of going home with phonies, fakes. She wasn’t fragile by any stretch of the
word. Far from it. She could handle it. She wanted to handle it. Staring at herself in the mirror, she blew
a frustrated breath out. One day.

Fantasies, we all have them, but Emma Rochester craved for hers to come true. She’s been dreaming of
Trent’s Halloween party for over a year and she finally received her invite. Yet, now there’s Jacob
Hendricks, the quiet, mysterious man at work who keeps casting furtive glances her way. In order to
have one, she has to give up on the other, but which should she choose.

 

Q&A WITH ROBBIE COX

Behind the Mask is a spinoff from Come Halloween, a paranormal romance. Is this story also a paranormal romance?

It’s more of a companion story than a spinoff. It takes place during the same time frame as Come Halloween, giving us the events in Emma’s life and the buildup to the party she was so excited about. It’s not paranormal in anyway, although the coffee shop conversations happen in both books.

What attracted you to pull the story of Emma out of your previous book, Come Halloween?

Emma just seemed spunky. Plus she was so gung-ho about this Halloween party that I just needed to see if she had her fantasy come true.

Where do you most often find inspiration for the stories you write?

On Behind the Mask, the inspiration came from writing Come Halloween. However, most of my stories are based on the what-ifs I see happen around me. I look at people and try to figure out their story. In Come Halloween, I just loved the history and folklore of Savannah and really wanted to put a story of witches there.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?

I’ve been working a story for the Sassy Ever After world of Milly Taiden, so I’ve been reading a lot of the books based in that world. Right now, I’m reading one by Gracen Miller called Kissing Sassy.

Are there any genres you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to explore someday?

I have ideas for stories in every genre. I am working on some mystery stories with unique detectives, which is turning out to be a lot of fun. Plus, I want to combine more genres, like paranormal with mystery or detective stories.

What are your favorite genres (or romance sub-genres) to read?

Fantasy is my go-to genre to read and I love Terry Brooks. He actually is the reason I started writing way back when. Other than that, any genre is great as long as the story is solid.

While writing in one genre, do you read in the same genre during that time?

I do. I can separate my reading and my writing pretty well, which is probably why I can write so many stories at once in so many genres.

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Robbie started writing as a way to escape – escape his teachers, escape his fears, even to escape his insecurities and doubts. However, his stories of seduction and adventure, not only allowed him to hide in the lives of his characters, but also captivated those who wanted to escape with him. Now, he enjoys a full-time career as a storyteller and novelist, and invites readers to runaway with him- to escape, getting lost in the seduction of adventure.
When he is not writing, Robbie can be found on his back porch enjoying a cigar, a scotch, and a good story. He derives pleasure from his large family and his crazy group of friends who provide the inspiration for his blog The Mess that Is Me. 
He is the author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Warrior of the Way, along with the paranormal series, The Witches of Savannah. His Contemporary Romance series includes The Rutherford Series, The Harper Twins, and the Fangirls series. 

You can learn more about Robbie at his website – http://www.robbiecox.net
You can also follow Robbie on his social media sites:
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/robbiecoxauthor
Twitter – http://twitter.com/CoxRobbie
Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cox/e/B00BQR9RE6

Instagram- http://www.instagram.com/robbiecox66/

You can also be a part of Robbie’s Readers Group, Robbie’s Rascals, for sneak peeks and special giveaways – http://bit.ly/1LdzaLb

For the latest news on Robbie’s releases, upcoming events and appearances, and special giveaways, join his newsletter – http://bit.ly/23CFhQQ

Books Published:

  • Warrior of the Way Series (Urban Fantasy)
Reaping the Harvest – published 03/06/13

Lore Master – published 08/31/16

The Warrior’s Blade – to be released 03/27/18

  • The Rutherford Series (Contemporary Romance)

Losing Faith – published 08/27/14

Roll the Dice – published 07/25/15

To be Cherished – to be released 05/29/18

His to Command – to be released 09/25/18

  • The Harper Twins (New Adult Romance)

Sibling Rivalry – published 04/13/15

Taming Karla – to be released 10/27/17

Always Aimee – to be released 01/30/18

Come Halloween (Paranormal Romance) – published 10/14/15

Behind the Mask – to be published 10/03/17

  • The Witches of Savannah (Paranormal)
  • Enter the Witch – published 01/20/17
  • A Witch in Time – to be released 07/31/18

The Best of Both Worlds (Contemporary Romance)

Ribbons & Bows – published 11/30/15

Under the Wrapping- published 11/27/17

Waiting Room – published 08/02/17

Green is the Grass – published 06/27/17

Second Light – published 08/14/17

Circle of Justice (short story – Mystery) – published 05/20/15 (FREE)

Fangirls Series (Short Story – Contemporary Romance)

Fangirls: The Collection – published 09/29/16

  • Fangirls: Nikki – published 09/10/15
  • Fangirls: Lily – published 09/30/15
  • Fangirls: Cassie – published 01/20/16
  • Fangirls: Olivia – published 04/14/16
  • Fangirls: Willow – published 07/14/16

*I want to thank the author for a copy of this book to review

Author

11 comments

  1. The beginning of this post has made me nostalgic about all the lives I have lived through my favorite book through the years. This sounds like it’s going to be on my TBR pile soon.

  2. I’m a huge fan of spin off series that coincide with the the original books. I like them because you already the settings and timing in place in your head and now you get to see some scene in place form the other characters viewpoints, its a hard thing for some authors to do though. This sound like the author was able to capture that just the right way and I’ll have to look into Behind the mask along with come halloween.

  3. Hey Terri. A very nice review, I must say. And an interview with the author is always a cherry on the top. I must say I have not read anything by Robbie Cox before but HELL! I AM GONNA!

    Oh and I LOOVE your blig header by the way. Super cute. And chic.

  4. I was so excited when u saw the cover and title because I thought it was. Book I read last year, but false alarm. I am so excited to begin this series because male author!

  5. That’s what I love the most from reading books, becoming someone else, living through the eyes of those characters that are written within the pages. Everything else is forgotten for awhile and then we’re part of a whole new world in the next book. Always appreciative of the authors that write them 🙂 .

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