I don’t read regency often, I don’t really know why that is. Probably because my reading list is so full of other books at the moment, I don’t get to pick it up as often as I’d like. So when I got a chance to read this book, I decided to give it a go, and boy was I blown away! This is by far one of the best reads of its kinds. It is a rare thing to come across a collection with three books, and find out they are all amazing. Usually one will disappoint, but not this time!
From the publisher of the #1 Amazon bestselling A Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance.
Join three bestselling Regency romance authors, Josi S. Kilpack, Donna Hatch, and Nancy Allen, for three new Regency romance novellas in AUTUMN MASQUERADE.
A MERRY DANCE by Josi S. Kilpack. When Lila overhears her uncle talking about a man coming to look for property in the county, she doesn’t think twice, until her uncle says he hopes Lila will find enough interest to marry the man. How can she marry someone named Mortimer Luthford, not to mention that his advanced age of thirty-three, and especially since she’s already in love with her absent cousin Neville? But when Mortimer arrives, Lila has to try every trick known to women to act not interested in the rather fascinating man, which proves a very difficult façade to maintain.
UNMASKING THE DUKE by Donna Hatch. The last thing Hannah Palmer wants to do is flirt with men in a crowded ballroom, but when her sister throws a Masquerade Ball, Hannah can’t say no to the invitation and takes comfort behind a mask. She dances with a charming masked man, matching him wit for wit. When the glorious evening culminates in a kiss, and the two remove their masks, Hannah is horrified to discover the man she’s been flirting with all night is her most despised neighbor, the Duke of Suttenberg. No matter how charming the duke was at the ball, and how wonderful the kiss, he is the last man she’d ever accept.
WHAT’S IN A NAME by Nancy Campbell Allen. Penelope Timely has a terrible secret. She’s been writing letters to the Duke of Wilmington, pretending to be her ever-proper twin sister, Persephone. Now, the duke has written that he’ll be coming for the Autumn Masquerade Ball and Festival. Penelope will have to continue the charade while the duke is in town in order to protect her sister. The Duke of Wilmington isn’t fooled for a moment, but instead of confessing that he knows about the deception, he finds himself utterly charmed by Penelope and jumps into the game of deception to see how far the twin sisters will take it.
As I already said, I don’t read regency as often as I read contemporary romance, so it’s nice to pick it up every now and then. I have noticed before that when you read a collection, you happen to have one book that stands out whereas the rest is just good. In this collection that is definitely not the case. It is a rare gem, where each book is absolutely amazing in and of its own! I finished the first thinking that is it, it won’t get any better, to find book two to be excellent also. Then with a bit of apprehension I started on book 3 to discover it is also such an entertaining read.
I found myself getting caught up in these stories, and connecting with the characters. They literally sucked me into the tale, and had me turning the pages eagerly trying to find out where the book would take me.
This book has definitely put me in the mood for more regency, and I will look out for more books by these authors. What a great collaboration, well done ladies!
Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Heather B. Moore have banded together to create the sweet romance anthology series: A Timeless Romance Anthology.
They invite other authors to contribute to each edition.
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