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The Marquess’s Masquerade- Daphne du Bois



‘The Marquess’s Masquerade’ is a traditional Regency romance in the style of Georgette Heyer…

Then, he did a terrible thing and smiled at her. That was the moment she knew she was in the biggest trouble of her life…

Miss Constance Lindon is the quiet younger sister of the fashionable Countess of Winbourne. Like any young lady, she can’t wait for her first Season, but not for the usual reasons. At long last, her work is going to be displayed at the Royal Academy Art Exhibition, and for Con, it’s the most important thing in the world. She may even make a name for herself as a serious portraitist, if only people would stop talking about the rakish painter Lord Athelcroft long enough to notice her!

The Marquess of Athelcroft has problems of his own – he has to find a quick way to side-step his mother’s ceaseless matchmaking before it is too late. Athelcroft has no intention of exchanging the freedom of an accomplished bonvivant for a wife.

When Con unexpectedly loses her place at the exhibition and the dowager marchioness threatens her son with a visit, there’s only one thing left to do: strike a deal to fool everyone with a sham engagement. There’s only one rule – no falling in love.

As they embark on a ridiculous plan to make an exhibition of themselves in front of fashionable London, Con and Athelcroft soon discover that love has a way of sneaking up on you when you’re not paying attention.

Will matchmaking mamas and well-meaning friends get in the way of a match most scandalous and a love most true?

My Review: 

I haven’t read many romance novels and I’ve never read a traditional Regency romance. (According to Wiki,  Regency romances  “are a subgenre of romance novels set during the period of the British Regency (1811-1820) or early 19th century. Rather than simply being versions of contemporary romance stories transported to a historical setting, Regency romances are a distinct genre with their own plot and stylistic conventions”).

I really enjoyed The Marquess’s Masquerade. I instantly fell in love with the fiery Constance, whose nickname is “Con.” She’s a passionate, talented painter who has no interest in what other ladies are into including fancy dresses and marriage proposals. I also fell in love with  The Marquess of Athelcroft because beneath his womanizing ways, he’s an absolute sweetheart. Throughout the novel, I was rooting for their relationship to flourish…which it definitely did. I highly recommend! 


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