When a reluctant assassin returns to the palace and receives a less than warm welcome, she is certain her opportunity has passed to fulfill her mission.
Or has it . . . ?
When a young prince makes the decision to ignore a certain young lady with red hair and a fiery temper to match, will he seal his fate?
Or will a moonlit ball, and a special dress bring the two of them together again - with life . . . not death . . . in mind?
Author's Note: This short story takes place toward the end of book 1 of the Order of the MoonStone series. There will be spoilers for anyone who has not read "A Reluctant Assassin".
Books in the Order of the MoonStone series:
A Perilous Assignment (BONUS Short)
A Reluctant Assassin (Book 1)
A Cunning Masquerade (Short Story - takes place toward the end of book 1)
A Treacherous Decision (Book 2 - DEC 2015)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Cunning Masquerade is a great short read! Catarine designs a dress so wonderful she's absolutely certain it will catch the Prince's attention. Jc Morrows is an expert and presenting both view points of Kayden and the Prince. This short book reminded me of the very reason I fell in love with the story of Kayden and Prince Dvarius. I cannot wait until book 2, A Treacherous Decision is released! *I received an arc for an honest review.
A Cunning Masquerade is a wonderful addition to A Reluctant Assassin . . . and the Order of the Moonstone series. In this not-so-short story, we get a bit more back story . . . This time we learn more of what happens when Kayden returns to the palace, after being contacted by the Order – to return “home” for a brief visit. When Kayden returns to the palace, she receives a less-than-warm welcome by the Prince, leading her to believe that he’s no longer interested in her… Oh, my! JC – you sure know how to stir things up! I loved all the excitement with Lady Catarine and Kayden. This is the perfect way to give your readers more of what was going on just before Kayden decided . . . well, I suppose I can’t say what Kayden decided – or I might ruin the story for anyone who hasn’t yet read (or finished reading) A Reluctant Assassin. JC Morrows is such a talented writer . . . who else loves her readers so much that she would write a short story of things happening in a book that’s already been released! The reader gets a much better picture of the seriousness of what takes place after Kayden returns to the palace. I can’t wait to read more of Kayden’s story! In my last review for JC, I’ll have just a hint or two or what happens to Kayden in A Treacherous Decision. Stay with me… I’ll be back tomorrow. DON’T MISS IT!
One of my favorite things about this author is that her storytelling is different, full of heart, and pure. There is lots of intrigue that goes into this short story and it takes place BEFORE the end of Book 1's A Reluctant Assassin, so I highly recommend reading that one before reading this one, which also the author clearly states in her author's note. I found this story to illustrate the special friendship between Lady Catarine and Kayden since both girls are supposed to be vying for the prince's attention yet Lady Catarine clearly sees how the prince feels about Kayden and only wishes to help Kayden win him over completely. In this setting, Lady Catarine helps put together Kayden's ball gown and shows her support of this weary assassin. Lady Catarine also accidentally learns more about Kayden and to me, this only makes their friendship more solid. There's only one moment where Kayden and Dvarius are together, but it's implied that much more adventure will be forthcoming in Book 2's A Treacherous Decision. I still am eager to know about the scene in A Reluctant Assassin when Lady Catarine speaks boldly to the prince during their picnic, but I trust JC's writing style and don't want to miss what happens with these wonderful characters :) Don't miss this short story, the cover grabs your attention and the story doesn't disappoint! *I received an arc for an honest review*
A Cunning Masquerade ( Order of the MoonStone Short Story-Book 2 ) By: JC Morrows I highly recommend that you read A Reluctant Assassin before you read A Cunning Masquerade. A Cunning Masquerade is a short story about what is happening after Kayden returns to the palace. Lady Catherine designs a dress that she is certain will catch the eye of the Prince. The Prince is not in this story but one time. The author does a good job of presenting Kayden and Prince Darius’s views. I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.