As the former mistress of a notorious crime boss, Angelica Barnes struggles to lead a normal life—but it seems that every avenue she takes is filled with pain, mayhem, and danger.
Angelica Barnes has been released from prison in Raleigh, North Carolina, having served a five-year sentence for being complicit in the illegal activities of her ex-boyfriend, Robert Santiago. She’s a convicted felon and integrating back into society hasn’t been easy—that is, until she accepts an offer she can’t refuse and moves to New York City. But her hopeful dreams of a better life are shattered when she winds up having to fall back on her past life—pole dancing—to make ends meet.
Unbeknownst to Angelica, Santiago is waiting in the shadows, choosing the right moment to reel her back into his grasp. Unable to defend herself, Angelica becomes a prisoner in his posh house in the Hamptons. However, the murders of Angelica’s ex-husband and his cousin have Santiago’s name written all over them, and she realizes she might be his next victim. With the help of a friend, Angelica attempts a daring escape to be free of him forever. But will she ever really be free?
In this follow-up to Behind the Veil, Perkins continues the sordid, suspenseful tale of heroine Angelica Barnes. Five years after we last saw her, Angelica has just been released from prison, her reward for getting mixed up in ex-boyfriend Robert Santiago's illegal activities. Angelica returns to Fayetteville, N.C., but desperate for a change, moves to New York to stay with a distant cousin-in-law; before long, however, she runs into Santiago and finds not only that she can't escape her past, but that she's drawn her loved ones into a dangerous situation. An enjoyable, sexy thriller, this sequel doesn't require familiarity with the first volume to follow or enjoy, but readers who know what they're in for will be more likely to forgive awkward pacing and dialogue, some mismatched motivation and sketchy characters.