"Longing, like Linger is a book that stands out in its genre. I am now convinced that part of the reason this book is notable is because of the realism of the story from an emotional aspect. The issues the characters face feel real, the emotions they are dealt with and turn to feel real. The characters actions are understandable, in their own way, plus the sexual scenes just heat up the pages. There is no question that this book is a smoking hot read with powerful, emotional, domination sex." - GoodReads.com
"You become so invested in the book as a whole that you want to know what is happening to everyone as well as the main story and once again the way the author brings everything together, not only makes sense, but it shows just how well he is a master storyteller." - GoodReads.com
However, jumping from character to character within a chapter will fend off readers of this genre. Readers do not care about the side characters, they only want to care about the main characters and their interactions with one another. They will not care about Enzio's sister who was gang rape by Lana's boyfriend Samuel and his buddies and she becomes hell bent on revenge. They would not care about Samuel becoming instantly remorseful for what he had done. They would not care about Akira who is trying to get Enzio to work in his club or his adopted daughters Juno and Miko. They would not care about Joslin or Rachel who in part, help mold Enzio to who he is. Or his stalker Gia who in my opinion is written very well, especially her decent into madness. Then there's the characters who get introduced later on in the other books. Jayce, Raul, Donnie and Lochlan. Readers who would want a instant hot and heavy read will not like this.
Yet for a reader like myself. I do care. Mr. Campudoni created a world, not a story and in that world there are gears that are moving, different paths on a long road that all leads to the same destination. The pacing of the writing felt more like fun and mayhem. There's comedy, love, hate, conniving murder, lies, deception and lust go into making this series something new for a genre that felt more like a cookie formula than anything else. It's great when you know the primary characters, know what kind of people they are, and how well they interact with one another. At first it was confusing trying to figure out who the villain were, but I completely understood where V. E. Campudoni was going with his story and he did an excellent job on keeping the chemistry between the characters so perfectly in tune. Basically its a standard soap opera formula and I applause V. E. Campudoni for at least trying to break the mold. The Masked Emotions Series (Linger, Longing and Laid Bare) plays out like an interesting television series in your mind. Keeping my interest and kept me turning the pages. I wanted to know more about all of the characters and their personal struggles with their inner demons.
I truly enjoyed the sexual scenes and the hardcore BDSM scenes and I truly appreciate that unlike all of the Doms and Masters in every single BDSM books out there. Enzio is a Dom who cares. He is not a perfect Adonis of a man. He has doubts, he has fear and has feelings. This vulnerability is what I always wanted with a Dom character. Not some jackass who instantly comes into the room and take a helpless woman with no self-worth and basically treats them like their personal whore. I appreciate the realism to the story. I appreciate the raw emotions and I very much appreciate that he is using none of the common formula that I am used to seeing in these types of novels.
The Masked Emotions Series is a diamond in the rough. People will hate it without a shadow of a doubt. People will get confused on the amount of characters this series has and how they all are connected. People may not like the cliffhanger endings. Yet, people, like myself will enjoy this soap opera. All of them are great reads, with good writing and I learn something new about each character and their relationships with each other, as well as a peek into their lives. Then there's the club. The Looking Glass has to be the best sexual club ever written and the way it was described and the culture makes it a character on its own. I am excited for the fourth installment of this five book series. Don't be surprised that in a couple of years down the line this series becomes a live-action cable series. I say this because that is how it plays out when you read it and I can guaranteed you that will be the only time everyone will realized just how precious and unique this series really is." - GoodReads.com