Friday, 1 September 2017

#Bookreview ~ A Murderous Masquerade (Unrivalled Regency #2) #Romance @wackyjackyful

A Murderous Masquerade
(Unrivalled Regency #2)
By Jackie Williams

Book 2 in the Unrivalled Regency Series. Anne and Giles’ story.

Waiting for nearly two years hadn’t been easy. Every second under Anne’s emerald gaze had been pure torture while Giles waited out her mourning, but now it was over and with the county’s eligible, if aging bachelors already gathering at her gates, he hadn’t a moment to lose.

With his heart in his mouth and his marriage proposal on his lips, it was unfortunate that Anne’s aristocratic father and overbearing brother chose that particular moment to visit.

Lord Edward Ellesworth had never been keen on the lower classes. That his sister would even consider marrying someone as inferior as Giles Denvers, was beyond all reason. It wasn’t going to happen while he had breath in his body. There had to be a way to separate them.

With Giles facing the hangman's noose, and Anne frantic to avoid marriage to one of her father's aging cronies, desperate measures are called for.

Add to the delicious mix of romance and intrigue, a herd of hungry prize porkers, a beautiful young cousin, a very noble intention plus a diamond as big as a walnut and we have the makings of a ripping Regency yarn!

This book is a stand-alone story but the series is best read in order to gain full enjoyment of all the previous characters and scenery involved. (Please see Silence of Scandal by Jackie Williams)

A Murderous Masquerade is suitable for ages 16 and upwards due to sensual, sexual scenes. 

What did I think of the book?

At last Giles Denvers is going the marry the woman of his dreams. He had fallen in love with Anne from the moment he had first set eyes on her, but she was in mourning, and he had to allow for the proper time to pass before he proposed.

But there was no way that Anne's brother, Lord Edward Ellesworth, is going to allow a marriage between his sister and a nobody like Giles. And he will do anything to see that the marriage does not take place.

Giles finds himself staring at a hangman's noose for a crime he did not commit. His dreams of a life with Anne are dashed to the ground, and he fears for her future and that of his cousin. Both women depend on him to secure their safety, but what can he do while he is behind bars?

While Giles best friend, Alexander, Duke of Ormond, tries desperately to clear Giles name, Giles must come to terms with his own mortality as he tries to do everything possible to secure the future of the woman he loves.

Oh, my giddy aunt! I loved Silence Of Scandal (Unrivalled Regency #1) by Jackie Williams, but A Murderous Masquerade (Unrivalled Regency #2) was simply brilliant. I was completely drawn into the story from page one, and I couldn't turn those pages fast enough. Full of drama, mystery, intrigue, as well as love, this is one of those books that I could easily read again and again.

I loved the characterisation of Giles. He was a really lovable hero. His compassion for the women in his life, his fear of them, was very touching. Likewise, Anne is a very gentle soul who learns to stand up for herself. But I have to admit my favourite character was Giles' cousin, Charlotte. Charlotte has such a brilliant mind and is so full of spirit that I could not help but like her. I think the next book in the series is about Charlotte and I cannot wait to read it!

A Murderous Masquerade (Unrivalled Regency #2) is a great read. I cannot recommend this book enough. If you like great historical romance with a super-fast plot and believable characters, then this is the book for you.

I Highly Recommend.

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About the author

I was born in Essex England during the mid sixties but I missed all the fun. Being only young I assumed that all Beatles were six legged creatures and Flower Power was something to do with the vigorous way my mother kneaded the bread dough.

My wonderful parents brought me up with a huge love of books. We read anything and everything. Bedtime stories were a treasured time of adventure and mystery. My sister and I sat wide eyed in wonder and to this day I worry about Dinah and Dorinda being pricked with pins because they grew so fat, and I never pull faces at the a waning moon (or was it a waxing one?) just in case my chops stay that way . (The Wind On The Moon)

I began reading romance while still at school. The fuel for many a teenage fantasy leapt from between the covers of wildly romantic books and my passion still lingers now for all those dark haired heroes.

My own beautiful teenage daughter persuaded me to write my first romance. She was only fourteen at the time and between books for children and adults. She couldn’t find anything that ticked all her numerous and particular boxes and so she asked me to write a book, with all the exact ingredients just for her. Though not just a book for teens, she enjoyed the resulting tale so much that she shared it with her friends and I eventually published A Perfect Summer as an ebook on amazon.

But I have discovered that writing is not easily stopped once you start. It has turned into a grand passion that I just cannot hold back. The fingertips start tapping the keys and ideas suddenly come flooding, far too many for just one book and so I began another and then another. Nine books later I am still nowhere near done. Book ten is on its way and only just the other night I woke from a wild and wonderful dream with book eleven fully formed in my head.

Romance will always be my first love but recently I was so influenced by a tiny polished plaque on a sea wall that I gave paranormal romance a try. (Echo Beach) Mixing the two genres was a real challenge for me but I was delighted with the result. Historical romance is going to be my next genre. All those fabulously titled and passionate men are impossibly hard to resist.

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