What a wonderful romance and a great debut! Anne Mallory’s Masquerading the Marquess is a combination of comedy and intrigue, taking place in early s. Masquerading the Marquess is a charming and enjoyable debut for author Anne Mallory. Although there are some elements that are a bit. Avon, Oct , , pp. ISBN: In caricaturist Calliope Minton gains access to her subjects by donning disguises; currently she works as .
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Masquerading the Marquess
Masquerading the Marquess is a charming and enjoyable debut for author Anne Mallory. Calliope Minton lives on the fringes of society, annw not a member of the ton and yet far from being common.
Under their guidance, she learns to use her acting abilities not on marquesx stage, but to blend into society, taking on a variety of disguises and jobs in order to make a living as a caricaturist.
The elite provide Calliope with plenty of scandal in order to make her drawings and her living.
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And no one is immune to her wicked sense of humor, especially not the arrogant mwllory of James Trenton. James Trenton has little desire to go gallivanting from party to party with the spoiled and rich elite. The woman is so completely different from the insipid girls of his set that James cannot help but be intrigued. But when she disappears only to resurface as the mistress of a man James knows quite well, James thinks something more sinister might be in the works.
Still, even though he thinks Calliope is the mistress of his masqueradibg friend Stephen, James cannot stop his growing attraction for the woman.
When Stephan turns up missing, Calliope is the first person whom James suspects. James makes it his duty to stick to Calliope and find out if she is involved, but in ahne end, it is James who protects Calliope.
Although both James and Calliope try to fight their growing attraction, they must come together in order to solve a mystery and to find Stephen.
The suspense plot was rather weak and tended to drag out the story, especially in the middle. The main drawback to the story, however, is that mzrquess scenes tended to be a bit disjointed, not flowing smoothly from downtime to suspense.
The characters and their relationships are the better part of this novel. Although there is not much back-story — particularly early on — by the end of the book I felt as if I knew the characters quite well. James plays the wounded hero in need of masqueradung rather well, and Calliope is an interesting heroine with unique abilities. The primary and secondary characters were an equal blend of strength, humor, and likability.
And the relationship between James and Calliope is sweet and romantic. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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