Friday, October 23, 2015

Autumn Masquerade


This is the start of a new line of clean romances called Timeless Regency Collection. They feature multiple authors like the Timeless Romance Collections, but the stories were a bit longer. I really enjoyed each one, and I can't wait for the next one.

Timeless Regency Collection: Three Brand New Novellas from Bestselling Regency Romance Authors...

A MERRY DANCE by Josi S. Kilpack. When Lila overhears her uncle talking about a man coming to look for property in the county, she doesn’t think twice, until her uncle says he hopes Lila will find enough interest to marry the man. How can she marry someone named Mortimer Luthford, not to mention that his advanced age of thirty-three, and especially since she’s already in love with her absent cousin Neville? But when Mortimer arrives, Lila has to try every trick known to women to act not interested in the rather fascinating man, which proves a very difficult fa├žade to maintain.
 

This was a delightful story full of a lot of laugh-inducing antics and wonderful characters. I liked Lila from the moment we discovered her eavesdropping on her uncle. Her attempts to make Mortimer dislike her ended in disaster everytime. It was great to see their relationship develop into something so real and deep. A cute and satisfying romance.

UNMASKING THE DUKE by Donna Hatch. The last thing Hannah Palmer wants to do is flirt with men in a crowded ballroom, but when her sister throws a Masquerade Ball, Hannah can’t say no to the invitation and takes comfort behind a mask. She dances with a charming masked man, matching him wit for wit. When the glorious evening culminates in a kiss, and the two remove their masks, Hannah is horrified to discover the man she’s been flirting with all night is her most despised neighbor, the Duke of Suttenberg. No matter how charming the duke was at the ball, and how wonderful the kiss, he is the last man she’d ever accept.

It was great to finally get Hannah's story every since she was introduced in The Stranger She Married.  Her shyness added to her character depth, and I loved how she could also be spunky and hold her own against the pompous Duke of Suttenberg. The masked ball presented a wonderful view into another side of both characters. Their banter and passion kept the story moving quickly. I didn't understand the Duke's faulty memory concerning his previous encounters with Hannah, but he grew on me as I learned more about him. A wonderful romance. 

WHAT’S IN A NAME by Nancy Campbell Allen. Penelope Timely has a terrible secret. She’s been writing letters to the Duke of Wilmington, pretending to be her ever-proper twin sister, Persephone. Now, the duke has written that he’ll be coming for the Autumn Masquerade Ball and Festival. Penelope will have to continue the charade while the duke is in town in order to protect her sister. The Duke of Wilmington isn’t fooled for a moment, but instead of confessing that he knows about the deception, he finds himself utterly charmed by Penelope and jumps into the game of deception to see how far the twin sisters will take it.

I loved this novella! The twins were as different as night and day, but were close. Although, I couldn't understand how Persephone could let her sister be treated so terribly by their aunt. Her antics with the town doctor caused poor Penelope a lot of trouble. I liked how the Duke recognized the real woman he'd been corresponding with right away. Their relationship, with all its miscommunication, was charming. 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All my opinions are my own.*

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