Masquerade is a story of intrigue and deception that keeps the reader absorbed. I kept expecting Cassie to get caught any minute, often wishing to jump ahead in the story, but savored the ending for the last. The characters are charming and the secondary ones add the right elements keeping the storyline consistent. The tightly constructed dialogue makes readers feel they are in a different time period. Alison James sweeps the reader into a captivating Regency.
Anne K. Edwards
In an era when young women were closely controlled, two girls returning from school abroad, one to make her debut and be married and the other to a governess position, switch places. There is plenty of fun in the reading of this tale. You'll enjoy seeing how entangled Cassie gets in a web of lies even as she tries to prevent it. Recommended as a fun red for any reader who is a romantic at heart.
MASQUERADE quickly becomes a Regency romp of the type for which the term was coined. Cassie is welcomed warmly by Lady Tyndale, attends social affairs where she becomes popular, and with the aid of her new maid, spies on Roland to uncover his secrets. He appears to be having an affair with a beautiful married woman whom he escorts to every gambling den in town. Though the love scenes go beyond Regency conventions, it's an enjoyable tale.