**Amazon Top 50 in Victorian Romance**
From the publisher of the #1 Amazon bestselling A Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance.
Join three bestselling Regency romance authors, Josi S. Kilpack, Donna Hatch, and Nancy Allen, for three new Regency romance novellas in AUTUMN MASQUERADE.
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 façade to maintain.
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.
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 really enjoyed all of the novellas in Autumn Masquerade. I read them quickly and since it's an eBook, it's been nice having it handy to pull up on my phone when I've found myself waiting in a carpool pickup line or other places.
In A Merry Dance I couldn't help but like Lila. I'm a sucker for characters that don't fit the mold of their time or social standing, and that definitely describes Lila. Her quest to make Mortimer not like her was very entertaining. Her relationships with her uncle and her best friend were also endearing.
In Unmasking the Duke it was interesting how Hannah was truly able to be herself when she had a mask on in a social setting where she normally struggled. I think that might be the case for many of us. We worry about what others think and don't show our true selves due to social fears. I liked how both main characters were able to be their true selves at different times.
I've always liked stories where twins swap places, and found Penelope and Persephone's story in What's In a Name to be very entertaining. The Duke was perfect for Penelope in many ways, and he was so kind where she wasn't finding that with her aunt.
I would label the romances in these stories as clean with an *. The language is clean, and there's not sex, although the kissing scenes are more sensual than you'd find in squeaky-clean stories.
I love a good clean Regency read! These were such fun stories that instead of reading them in pieces when I had time, I stayed up way too late to finish everything (although, with them being shorter, it wasn't as late as I have been known to stay up...so that was good!)
Normally when books are grouped together there are ones that I don't care much for, and ones I really liked. I happened to like all three of these stories, and have already re-read Unmasking the Duke while I was waiting in the pick-up line for my kiddos :)
I agree with Andrea's take on the cleanliness of the stories. I'd rate them as clean but would want it known that some of the kissing and feelings are quite descriptive.
Other Timeless Regency Collections:
A Midwinter Ball (Coming December 2015)
Spring in Hyde Park (Coming March 2016)
Summer House Party (Coming June 2016)
A Country Christmas (Coming October 2016)
Title: Timeless Regency Collection: Autumn Masquerade
Authors: Josi S. Kilpack, Donna Hatch, Nancy Campbell Allen
Publisher: Mirror Press
Published: October 2015
Source: We received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for a review.