Book 1 in Masquerade Trilogy
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Date published: February 2012
Reviewed by Helen
Lord Edwin Nash is sent to London by his father, who threatened to disinherit him unless he finds a wife during the Season. The society matrons swoop on him and scare him, and all the young ladies look alike to him, but Lord Thomas Downe, the Duke of Lynwood, rescues and protects him and shows him another side of life. The men fall hopelessly in love, and their love is indeed hopeless in this society at this time. What will happen when the Season ends?
This is a finely crafted romance, with the two main characters’ personalities gradually growing, developing, and framing the story and what happens in it. Seeing Regency London from a gay perspective is also a very interesting part of the story. We’re so used to seeing it from a feminine viewpoint that Ms. Brown’s take on it is fresh and new. Each man has a sister in Town, and they and various other secondary characters are well drawn, often just a tiny vignette but alive and real nonetheless.
The book is clean and well edited. The cover is excellent, eye-catching, and very relevant for the story. Although it’s an erotic romance, there is only one genuine sex scene, but some very hot kissing. I’d have preferred the final sex scene to be carried through instead of the book ending there, though. I felt a bit cheated seeing there’d only been one real bedroom scene. However, all in all, this is a well written, attractive and engrossing book.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.