Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter


Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.
When Marlow accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men--one she's never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marlow is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.

MY THOUGHTS-Oh my word! I could not believe how quickly I grew to love the characters in this book. Kristi is a new author to me and I wasn't sure what to expect. The cover has a sedate, genteel looking, Victorian woman on it but not at all what is inside! It is extremely interesting and fast paced enough to keep you reading. You will not want to stop until you are finished. Of course, I think it ended all too soon but now I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. The characters have such spunk and personalities. I seriously was reading this and kept chuckling out loud. Needless to say the rest of the family wanted to know what I was reading:) If you like great writing that makes you laugh, this is the one for you. Loved it and going on my keeper shelf!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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