~ MY REVIEW ~
It is never a happy day when an eight-year-old girl’s cheesecake lands in the dirt, and she certainly doesn’t take kindly to the laughing little boy who put it there.
From that first line that had me laughing out loud and explaining to my brothers what was so funny… I was sure I was going to enjoy this book. And I’m happy to say that I wasn’t wrong! 😀
This book was so much fun to read! If I hadn’t had to go to work, I likely would have finished it in one day. For the most part, it’s a light, funny, and witty romantic read… not the type of book that I can read quietly, if you know what I mean. 😉 But there’s also an element of suspense that I liked a lot and I thought that was very well done.
I really love Kristi’s writing style. It’s vivid and draws me into the story, making me react at times as if I was a part of the story myself. If this author keeps putting out books like this, she’s going to end up on my favorite authors list very quickly!
I truly enjoyed these characters! Miranda and Marsh (check my review on Goodreads to view the spoiler)… Colin… and, especially, Miranda’s brothers: Griffith and Trent (love those guys!!). I smile just thinking about them. 🙂 There are some really great scenes with Miranda’s brothers that made me think of my own brothers.
And the letters– I hesitate to say much about those, even though I could probably go on for a while about them– were such a great part of the story! Though I truly wanted to conk Marsh over the head about that at times… it had me in giggles throughout most of the story. And it also had me wondering how Miranda was going to react when she learned the truth. I wasn’t disappointed there, either. (Read the book and I’m sure you’ll likely laugh as hard as I did when you get to that scene. When I told my brothers, they were like: “Yep, that would be you.” haha!)
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have definite plans to buy my own copy so that I can relive the happy experience of reading it again and again!
~ WHAT SOME OF MY FRIENDS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK ~
A Noble Masquerade is a light, easy Regency, with the subplot of spying for the Crown, and all of the ramifications of that, to keep a bit of tension in the story. If you’re looking for a super serious read, save this one for a day that you need something airy and fun. I’m always pleased when I enjoy a new-to-me author, and even more so when it is by a debut author. Read more…
This was such a romp! I loved every minute of it. If you need a good laugh, this is definitely the one to pick up. And yet, under the humor of it, there is the stark reality of the spies Marlow is risking his life to catch. There is drama and excitement. Read more…
Thrilled me to my toes. I adore Regency novels — but Regency novels full of tongue-in-cheek humour is in a category all its own. Stupendous. And not the genteel laughter kind of humour — more like the snorting guffaw kind. Very unladylike. Miranda’s mother would so not approve, but I snorted and chuckled my way through A Noble Masquerade with complete abandon. Read more…
~ SOME FAVORITE QUOTES ~
Sticking her tongue out at a piece of paper was the definition of useless, but it made Miranda feel better anyway.
Letter from Griffith– “I know it is difficult, but do work harder to control yourself. Mother was beside herself with worry when she found you rolling on the floor laughing over a book you were reading.”
The memory brought a curve to Miranda’s lips. It had been a very funny book.
Her impending spinsterhood must be bothering her more than she realized if a servant was catching her attention in such a way. Of course, he was a very nicely put together servant.
As her mother frequently told her, a lady never makes her family suffer because she is in a bad mood.
Ryland– “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an alternate personality to resume.”
Tonight she had been awestruck by him. Tomorrow she was bound to be spitting mad.
The journey across the study carpet took forever. Did time seem slower to anyone else? “Lady Miranda,” he said, executing a slight bow.
Miranda’s fist connected with his nose.
It was a rare man who could effectively threaten a bloke and tease a brother in the same breath.
She stood in the middle of the room, wringing her hands, trying to hold back the tears and losing the fight. Yes, she had been mad at him. Yes, she had wanted to cause him bodily harm. But she hadn’t wanted him killed!
He looked like a pleasant gentleman and he irritated Georgina, so Miranda was inclined to like him.
Next time he pretended to die, he would do so on his stomach. It would be much easier.
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