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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Review: A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

Book Description:

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 Marcus, 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 Marcus 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 Marcus 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.


Book Review:

Immediately after finishing this book I got online to see if Kristi Ann Hunter had written anything else. Much to my happy surprise there was a free novella on Amazon (don't you love it when that happens?). I think that's a mark of a well written, entertaining book, when you look for more from the same author. Originally I wasn't too excited about the book. The cover is beautiful, and the back synopsis was interesting, but I just wasn't in the mood for it. However, when I was helping my husband with something and I had to wait sometimes I thought I would kill some time and just read a little bit. Well, that little bit turned into the whole book. My husband just shook his head and asked if he was making dinner that night :) (It's awesome when both of you love to read so you understand the perils of a good book...dinner and cleaning? Not so much. Devour book? Yes please).

I could nit pick and say somethings that I didn't love about each character, or how I wasn't super surprised by the bad guy,  but honestly, I was entertained, it was well written, and it was clean. That's a winner in my book. I was able to relate to Miranda's feelings, and I really liked Marsh. A Noble Masquerade is something that I would add to my library and read again and again.

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1) 
Title: A Noble Masquerade
Author: Kristi Ann Hunter
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 0764214322
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.