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Taking Off the Mask

   (8 reviews)
Genres: General Fiction
Sub-genres: Coming of Age
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Love takes off the masks that we fear that we cannot live without and know that we cannot live within. -James Baldwin

At sixteen, James has an almost perfect life. Then two boys enter his life and turn it upside down. Dion is a shy boy who James can't understand. Donovan is the star basketball player who James admires. Read how an incident with one boy will bring him closer to the other as masks are slowly removed.

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  • Action Packed 3
  • Addictive/Pacing 9
  • Characters 10
  • Chills 5
  • Cliffhanger 4
  • Compelling 9
  • Feel-Good 7
  • Humor 4
  • Smoldering 5
  • Tearjerker 6
  • Unique 6
  • World Building 5

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  • 1. Chapter 1
    • 4,057 Words
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  • 2. Chapter 2
    • 3,627 Words
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    • 10 Comments
  • 3. Chapter 3
    • 3,600 Words
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    • 12 Comments
  • 4. Chapter 4
    • 3,698 Words
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    • 12 Comments
  • 5. Chapter 5
    • 3,512 Words
    • 2,755 Views
    • 15 Comments
  • 6. Chapter 6
    • 3,894 Words
    • 1,849 Views
    • 7 Comments
  • 7. Chapter 7
    • 4,429 Words
    • 2,240 Views
    • 8 Comments
  • 8. Chapter 8
    • 3,841 Words
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    • 13 Comments
  • 9. Chapter 9
    • 3,931 Words
    • 2,034 Views
    • 15 Comments
  • 10. Chapter 10
    • 3,886 Words
    • 2,506 Views
    • 24 Comments
  • 11. Chapter 11
    • 3,840 Words
    • 1,919 Views
    • 12 Comments
  • 12. Chapter 12
    • 3,911 Words
    • 1,950 Views
    • 10 Comments
  • 13. Chapter 13
    • 4,970 Words
    • 2,039 Views
    • 13 Comments
  • 14. Chapter 14
    • 5,884 Words
    • 2,788 Views
    • 17 Comments

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Summerabbacat

· Edited by Summerabbacat

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

My fellow reader @weinerdog mentioned this story features two exceptional supporting characters, an assessment with which I wholeheartedly agree.

One of them, an older African American gay male, develops a friendship with the main characters James and Dion, and his life experience and wisdom proves invaluable to them. He is one of the most delightful minor characters to ever grace the pages of a @Ronyx story.

I am always impressed by any story which positively depicts older gay men and intergenerational gay relationships without a sexual element. Kudos to @Ronyx for exploring both with a sense of fun and reverence.

  • Love 6
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weinerdog

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

The main reason I'm writing this review is so this story will get the 5 stars it deserves although I'm confident others will follow.

There isn't much I can say about this story without being redundant about what I reviewed about his other stories what I wrote about those apply here it has all the elements a great @Ronyxstory has and of course that can only be a good thing.

I will say in this story there are two supporting characters who are exceptional even by Ron's high standards( I won't do a spoiler and say who) 

  • Love 8
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chris191070

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

Another fantastic story from @Ronyx.

A touching and heartwarming story of first love.

There are many ups and downs for James, some good and some bad.

Read on to discover more.

  • Love 7
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drsawzall

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

Once again we are treated to a great tale so very well crafted from one of the best authors on this or any other site.

We all wear masks in our daily lives and interactions with others...what happens when we let those masks slip??...Read on and enjoy!!

  • Love 8
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Tim Hobson

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

A delightful, heart-touching story of first love and overcoming the obstacles that young gay men struggle with. The ups and downs had me worried, but the happy ending was well worth waiting for!

  • Love 8
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Doha

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

A delightful story, Taking off the Mask, tells of youth and first love, of struggle and victory.

This is a tale that had me crying and laughing and dreaming.

A super read. 

  • Love 7
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raven1

· Edited by raven1

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

This is another finely crafted story of love.  As is usual with stories by @Ronyx, it is also thought provoking.  I found myself growing closer to the two young men as layer by layer their masks were removed.  Most of the other characters are as engaging and lovable in the story.  I highly recommend this brilliant tale of young love.

  • Love 7
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Mancunian

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

I can't add anything that hasn't already been said, so I'll just say this. I loved the story, it's about the beauty of first love. I enjoyed it that much I binge-read the story in one sitting. I'm sure others will too, when you start reading you won't be able to stop. A five-star read that is recommended.

  • Love 5
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