A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter is an enthralling Regency book filled with characters that you don't want to stop reading about. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
Lady Miranda Hawthorne goes into her fourth season resigned to be a spinster especially since her beautiful, younger sister will be coming out this year. What she doesn't plan on is her brother Griffith's new valet, Marlow. When Marlow accidentally mails her journal page to Lord Marshington, she panics. No one was supposed to see that page. Ever! But when the duke writes her back, she begins to enjoy corresponding with him. Until she finds out who he really is.
The story wasn't that Christian compared to other Christian Regency I have read, but it was still a very well written story with great characters, plenty of action, and funny moments. Miranda was fun to read about, and I loved that she fought against the social norms. Griffith, the Duke of Riverton, was another favorite. He seemed like the perfect older brother, and I really hope he has a book soon. I want to see who he will end up with!
I waffled back and forth on whether or not I wanted to read this book because the synopsis didn't sound that interesting. But the cover kept pulling me back until I finally decided to try it. And boy am I glad I did! Ryland was my favorite character and the men's interactions had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Even though all the etiquette and social rules were mentioned quite frequently, I do agree with other reviewers that it wasn't an accurate picture of that time period. I found it forgivable since it had such masterful writing, though. The mystery was quite easy to solve, but since the main characters didn't catch on till much later, I did begin to doubt my deductions. I definitely recommend this book to any Regency fan, and I immediately got the free novella written before this story. ;-)
I was given this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.