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Mask

Narrated by: Todd M Smith
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Actor Adam Fischer doesn’t believe in second chances. Heartbroken after his boyfriend - ex-boyfriend - Charlie leaves him to chase a music career in LA, Adam decides to focus on his own career and forget about love. Meaningless hook-ups don’t keep his bed warm, though.

Fresh out of college, fashion designer Penn Shields can’t believe his luck when he lands a dream job as wardrobe assistant in Queen Victoria theatre. Not only that, but on his very first day he meets hottie Adam Fischer.

Who also happens to be his brother’s ex.

The last thing Penn wants is to follow in his brother’s footsteps, especially since they haven’t spoken in years. However, the attraction he feels for Adam grows with each day, and soon resisting it becomes impossible.

Adam and Penn complement each other’s personalities in ways that fit together like pieces of a puzzle. But they’re both struggling with issues beyond their control, threatening to destroy their relationship.

Are Adam and Penn strong enough as a couple - and individually - to fight for their love?

©2014 Teodora Kostova (P)2015 Teodora Kostova

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Great listen.

This is another great listen in this series. Since the first book I wanted Adam's story. So Adam and Penn's story is just wanted I want. They have great chemistry and I love the whole twin twist that Teodora Kostova brings into the story. Todd Smorh does a great job into bring this story to life. It made me not want to stop listening.

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Another hit from the West End!

I loved Penn in Dance and was thrilled that his story was next. The twin twist was unexpected, but worked. It was so much fun to hear more of Jared and Phoenix's story from Adam's perspective and how they, in turn, reacted to his relationship with Penn. The chemistry between Penn and Adam is tangible and Todd M Smith did a nice job bringing it to life in the audio version.

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Emotional yet Blistering Hot!

Would you consider the audio edition of Mask to be better than the print version?

I say they are about the same. As a person who has dealt with depression I was able to relate to the print version, but I know if I hadn't I would be able to feel it in the audio version.

What did you like best about this story?

Teodora continues this series and she does not disappoint. She brings Penn to Adam. What is interesting is Penn is Adam’s past lover’s twin. Can Adam get past the physical beauty to see the inner beauty of Penn? Adam is battling his own demons, depression. He is afraid that it will destroy him and his potential relationships. He holds back from Penn, even though Penn wants Adam. This is a beautiful story of true love. Penn helps Adam work through those demons like a true partner in life. Adam takes his time to fall in love with Penn, to know that Penn is Penn and not just Adam’s former lover’s twin. These two are completely sweet on each other and support each other. Penn is just the person who Adam is truly attracted to and when these two come together physically, OH MY!!!!! Sparks that could ignite a village come alive. Wow oh wow. While these two fall in love, we get to see the continuing story of Fenix and Jared from Dance. I truly enjoyed that Teodora continued their storyline and sprinkled them within Adam and Penn’s story.


What does Todd M Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Todd did much better with this story than with Dance. He brings an emotion to this story that some listeners may not understand if they haven't experienced some of the demons that Adam is experiencing and Penn is experiencing helping him. Todd does not just read this story, he lets you experience this story.

If you could rename Mask, what would you call it?

Mask is perfect. Mask plays well with how Adam feels.

Any additional comments?

Again, I am in love with this series, these men and Teodora’s storytelling. Although, it does not feel like a story as I feel like I am living within the men and living their lives. Definitely recommend this series.

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Penn and Adam

Would you consider the audio edition of Mask to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mask?

All of the moments where Penn and Adam were taking their relationship further were memorable. I also enjoyed seeing some of the scenes from Dance from a different perspective.

Have you listened to any of Todd M Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to the audio for Dance and preferred the narrator's performance of Mask.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The entire story was amazing and engaging.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 12-22-19

as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • Mrs N
  • 12-18-19

I loved the complex characters

When you hide behind a metaphoric mask, and live a fake life.

I really enjoyed the depth this author gave of two very different characters working their way to each other. Adam, a successful and popular member of the team at Queen Victoria Theatre, is in actual fact pretty broken. Worries of his mental health keeps him alone by choice. After the way his last boyfriend casually ended their relationship cemented the idea that he wasn't good enough for anyone at that time, so casual hookups was all he would do.
Penn, is a super talented, super nice young man. He takes one look at Adam on his first day at work and falls hard. Being the total opposite of Adam would he ever have a chance with the big guy? There are so many problems lurking around the corner for these two men that it would take persistence, some life altering changes and a good amount of grovelling to even be together at the same plaice. The chemistry between Adam and Penn is explosive, while the description of the theatre, the costumes and the team are all very realistic and colourful.
I enjoyed this story, especially all the efforts that the two men went to made this a special read.

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  • AL
  • 11-13-19

Just as good as Dance!

Story: I loved the story of Adam and Penn so much! The author has great ability of pulling the reader into the emotions of the characters and it shows in this book so much! Both MCs were very thoroughly depicted and their development was well thought out. Great job!
Narration: The narrator did a great job with the characters. Easy to differentiate and it was a very pleasant voice to listen to. Spot on.

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  • Lily G Blunt
  • 11-13-15

Fabulous!

Superb narration.

I enjoyed this story even more than Dance #1. It was great to hear more of Jared and Fenix's story and from a different POV.

My heart went out to both Adam and Penn and was brought to tears at several points in the story. Loved it!

Excited to hear Riley and Sonnie's story now.

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  • Amy
  • 10-22-15

Wow just Wow

Would you listen to Mask again? Why?

Definitely yes I would. That Tom Smith has a sexy, voice, and I love his passionate story telling!!!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved Adam and all he had to deal with. I adore the love and healing both these guys give each other. This is a beautiful love story!!

What does Todd M Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The voice just takes you over the pond!!! It's sexy and incredible!

Any additional comments?

You can't go wrong with this audible. The entire series is amazing!!! The angst, the fun, the love, lots of feels!!!

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  • kindleaddict
  • 08-20-15

Enjoyable

I enjoyed the story, the main characters work well together. The secondary characters are a welcome edition. My only problem is though the narrative was ok, I've never heard such a stilted English accent.