Today I’m super excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Masquerade’ by Joanna Taylor. ‘Masquerade’ is a Historical Romance Novel and will be published on August 6th by Piatkus.
About the Book:
1786: Regency London.
Everyone is hiding something.
But someone is hiding everything.
Lizzy Ward never meant to end up working the streets of Piccadilly. So when a mysterious noble pursues her, it seems her luck is changing. But though Lord Hays offers to grow Lizzy's fortunes, his price is unexpected. She must masquerade in the sumptuous gowns and social mask of a true lady.
With the stakes so high, love is out of the question. But as Lizzy navigates the fashion and faux-pas of the London elite, she finds her tough facade failing her. Lord Hayes wants to show her that nobility is more than skin deep. . . and as the connection between them grows, it's no longer certain who's wearing the mask. As the street-girl and the lord collide. Regency London is poised for scandal . . .
A love story of surpassing power and imagination, this is a stunning new British voice in Historical romance for fans of Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens and Georgette Heyer.
The first thing that grabbed my attention when I received an email about ‘Masquerade’, was the beautiful looking cover. The black front and that mask… This book has one of the most beautiful looking covers I’ve seen recently. So obviously with a cover like that, I couldn’t ‘not’ read this book.
In ‘Masquerade’ we meet Lizzy Ward. Lizzy is a street girl, working on the streets of Piccadilly in London. Lizzy never planned her life to go this way. Ending up as a prostitute wasn’t her childhood dream. But life is hard in Regency London, and life has hardened Lizzy.
One evening, Lizzy’s luck seems to change when a handsome Lord offers her a great deal. All Lizzy has to do is accompany Lord Hays ‘Edward’, to balls and dinners looking as pretty as she can. They both didn’t expect this deal to change everything.
This book was clearly inspired upon a famous movie. It took me until the second chapter, to realize this… The difference is this book takes place in Regency London. So there are a lot more etiquettes then in modern life, especially in being a Lord and his ‘friend’. But boy did I love this story!!
The movie that this book inspired on, is one of my all-time favorite movies. I must have watched that movie at least fifty times. Historical Romance novels are one of my favorite books to read. So obviously this book must have been written for me!! (LOL)
I loved the two main characters Lizzy and Edward. Lizzy was this tough-on-the-outside, but sweet woman who’s life got messed up due to a wrong decision she made when she was just in her teens. Lizzy always had these dreams growing up, now life has made her think dreams never do come true. I just loved Lizzy’s character. I could easily imagine her dancing in one of her new gorgeous looking dresses. And she was really funny!
Edward seems to be a hard-core business man, but when Lizzy enters his life, you get to see the reason for his determination to become an even richer man than he is right now. But most of all we get to see a sweet and caring guy, who didn’t have love in his life.
For those of you who couldn’t guess it, I completely loved this book. It was such a fun read and I really loved how it took place in Regency London. I could totally imagine all those pretty gowns and beautiful houses and mansions. I especially loved how this book took place in London, since I just visited London in May for the first time. I could easily imagine Lizzy and Edward wondering through the streets of London.
This book easily gets five, bookworms a.k.a. stars, from me. It’s an awesome read for Regency Romance lovers like myself. I think it’s time to update my TBR list, since I obviously need to read the other books by Joanna Taylor now too!!
The Blog Tour:
About the Author:
Joanna Taylor is a best-selling cross-category author, who has sold over 200,000 books. She teams fiction writing with a successful and award-winning journalism career, working for The Times and the Mirror in London, UK. Her first adult romance, Spotlight, became an Amazon bestseller, and Joanna ranks in the top ten adult-romance writers on Amazon.
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I received this book in exchange for my honest review from the Little, Brown Book Group.