Friday, September 3, 2010


Publisher: Berkley
Date published: August 2010
ISBN: 978-0425235980
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Susan
Obtained by Publisher

Julia St. Clement, an actress by trade is forced to disguise herself as a man. She travels with Sophie pretending to be her spouse. Anthony Rastmoor is the man from her past. The man she still has feelings for and the man whose life is in danger.

DAMSEL IN DISGUISE utilizes two plot devices: the hero thinking the heroine is dead and the heroine pretending to be a man. For the most part, the two devices work well to advance the story. Anthony is surprised to find Julia alive and has to deal with her supposed “deceit”. He is a decent hero as his past experience has made him leery to trust and love again. Readers can understand why he doesn’t want to experience the heartbreak and pain. It was entertaining to see how Julia piqued his interest while pretending to be a man. Julia does a good job of impersonating a man and it is a role she is stuck with for a fair amount of the story. Readers will certainly find her worthy of admiration as she is an intelligent, resourceful woman and a very plucky heroine. There is something to like about this pairing. They have that intangible quality where they have chemistry and they click as a couple. However, Julia and Anthony have a past and it must be dealt with before their “happily ever after” can commence. It was very enjoyable to follow them on their journey.

DAMSEL IN DISGUISE is a well-written romance with lots going for it including: likable lead couple, interesting storyline and plenty of action on all levels. It is definitely a page-turner as readers will want to see what happens next.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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