Saturday, June 9, 2018

Once Upon a Masquerade by Tamara Hughes

Once Upon a Masquerade
by Tamara Hughes

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (February 10, 2014)
Publication Date: February 10, 2014
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 295 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
New York City, 1883

A Prince Charming meets his match...

Self-made shipping magnate Christopher Black first spies Rebecca Bailey at a masquerade ball and is captivated by her refreshing naivete and sparkling beauty. She's a stark contrast to the hollow behavior of the ton and the guile of his former fiancée, but the closer he gets to her secrets, the further she pushes him away.

A Cinderella with a secret...

Rebecca is drawn to the charismatic Christopher from the first, but she cannot risk him discovering that she is really a housemaid impersonating an heiress. Her father's life depends on it.

A Happily Ever After that could never be...

When Christopher's investigation of the murder of his best friend leads him straight to Rebecca, he fears his ingenue may be a femme fatale in disguise. Now he must decide if he can trust the woman he's come to love, or if her secrets will be his downfall.
Once Upon a Masquerade by Tamara Hughes

Once Upon a MasqueradeWas she a femme fatale acting the part of a sweet and rather naïve lady? Could she possibly be a callous murderer or did she hold other secrets, just as dark and for her, just as deadly? One thing for certain, Rebecca was nothing like the ladies of society and Christopher Black was falling for her, in spite of himself.

Rebecca needs help. As a housemaid she had no way of saving her father from his gambling debts and his life was on the line. She needed money and protection. She never expected that impersonating an heiress could be so difficult or that the one man who could help her also suspects her of murder. And she was falling hard for the self-made man.

ONCE UPON A MASQUERADE by Tamara Hughes brings historical romance out of England and places it firmly on American soil. Perhaps it was that setting that changed the atmosphere from a bosom heaving romance to something more down-to-earth.

The combination of a murder mystery and a damsel in distress was a nice twist, but Rebecca seemed almost too naïve for such a daring plan on her part. Then again, when your life hangs in the balance…

Christopher has been burned before by love, and seemed rather hard at times. Still, Rebecca did seem to send his heart reeling, in spite of his assumptions about her.

Together, they DID have chemistry as a couple, but it became a bit of a roller coaster ride. I would have loved more on the setting, I wanted to visualize it in my mind a little clearer.  I would have loved more on the setting, I wanted to visualize it in my mind a little clearer and would have liked the pace to pick up a bit. I will say though, this was a nice way to watch a mystery be solved and love found!


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