Masquerade: Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun

Masquerade: Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun

by Hannah Fielding

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Overview

A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire. Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro - but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992994372
Publisher: London Wall Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Series: Andalucian Nights Trilogy , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
File size: 508 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

HANNAH FIELDING is a multi-award winning romance author who was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, the granddaughter of Esther Fanous, a revolutionary feminist and writer in Egypt during the early 1900s. Upon graduating with a BA in French literature from Alexandria University she travelled extensively

throughout Europe and lived in Switzerland, France and England.

After marrying her English husband, she settled in Kent and subsequently had little time for writing while bringing up two children, looking after dogs and horses, and running her own business renovating rundown cottages.

Hannah now divides her time between her homes in Kent and the South of France.

She has written four novels, Indiscretion and Masquerade (the first two titles in the Andalucían Nights Trilogy), Burning Embers, and The Echoes of Love, which won the Gold Medal for Romance at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Silver Medal for
Romance at the 2014 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book Awards. Indiscretion was named the Gold winner in the 'Fiction: Romance' category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards.

Hannah is currently working on her new book, Legacy, the final title in the trilogy, which is due to be published in Spring 2016.

She is a member of the association Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her website and blog can be found at www.hannahfielding.net

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Masquerade [Carnevale: A Gilded Cage] (Siren Publishing Allure ManLove) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jiskett More than 1 year ago
While I quite liked the first book, "Indiscretion", I still had a lot to criticise and liked this one more. The books are alike in many ways - the way the story is written is beautiful and very descriptive, the chemistry between the main characters is awesome and the characters themselves are nicely fleshed out (with the exception of Leandro who remains a bit... insipid for a long time as he stays in the background a lot, so I was more attached to Andrés till the end). I also liked how the Spain of the 1970's was painted, like I had enjoyed learning more about the 1950's in book 1. Usually, I don't really care for love triangles, but the one in "Masquerade" worked most of the time, even though we don't see Leandro as often as Andrés - the feelings she has for both men are written convincingly and the emotional turmoil this causes her made sense. The story also took a great turn at the end; contrary to the first book, I enjoyed the whole plot and even though there are clichés here again, they didn't seem to be so dominant and the twist at the end was especially well written. I did see something like that coming, but it was satisfactory to have guessed it right. It was nice that Luz was allowed to react to what was happening accordingly and that she didn't just ignore it. Since Luz is the daughter of the protagonists from "Indiscretion", Alexandra, Salvador and some other already known characters show up again and what happened back then becomes important for this story; I really liked those links, even more so because when reading the first book it was like some drama just went away and wasn't resolved, so it was nice to see consequences and that these conflicts were properly resolved. Considering that Luz has her own problems (and not just the ones she inherited), I wonder if they will affect the last book of the trilogy. I was somewhat disappointed with the characterisation of the 'gypsies'; it was again quite one-sided and mostly negative. I know that the author based them on her experiences with 'gypsies', but I still didn't like it. They are wild, dangerous and fixated on revenge, at least that's the picture I got. That the upper class of Spain has these prejudices makes sense, but that's also (mostly) how they acted on their own... considering that one of Luz' love interests is a 'gypsy', a more balanced representation would have been better. But maybe I'm over-interpreting and I do have to admit that it's just a relatively small part of the story. That aside, I enjoyed "Masquerade" a lot. I like the way it's written, the characters and their relationships were interesting and the love stories made sense and convinced me. 3.5/5 stars.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
She was only twenty-four, going home to Spain from time spent in England. Little did Luz know that returning to the land she loved would bring both her heart and her life such turmoil as she finds herself torn between two lovers. Once again, Hannah Fielding brings the passion of Spain to life while burnishing her tale with a feel of days gone past, taboos invoked and deep emotions pulled from the very souls of her characters. Leandro captured Luz’ heart the day she came home to Cadiz, but love with a gypsy is forbidden, regardless of what her heart says. How could she know her new employer, although a darkly reserved artist, would be Leandro’s look alike? Andrés de Calderón stirs the same heated imaginings in Luz that Leandro does, but is it safe to play with twin flames of fire? Follow these characters through the beauty of the land, the dangers, the intrigue and the innocence of a young woman whose passionate side has be put in overdrive. Hannah Fielding has succeeded once again in transporting me to another time and place where every emotion is shared, nothing is held back and the romance bleeds through every word as she paints her canvas with a wonderful tale. I received this copy from Hannah Fielding in exchange for my honest review.
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
If I could give 5 stars just for setting, I would. Hannah paints the most amazing backdrops for her characters but I do wish her characters had as much life. Still, I enjoyed this trip back in time to the 1970's. Open the doors or pages in this case, and be transported to the summer of 1976. Luz de Rueda has returned home to Cadiz, Spain after spending years in England. A freelance writer who works as a biographer, she enjoys her work because it allows her to be herself, free to do as she pleases. Having always considered herself a free spirit, she discovers her life is nothing as free as that of a gypsy – one in particular. The young, handsome, and very sexy Leandro is not easily forgotten, not even when she meets her new employer, Andres de Calderon who is practically his double. But the two men are complete opposites yet both inspire her deepest desires. The question that needs to be answered is…which will her heart choose? As usual, Hannah Fielding has painted an extraordinary picture of Cadiz. Her settings always take center stage in her romances. As much as I love this quality about her writing, I wish she could extend it just a bit more toward her characters. Whereas the city is one of the characters in the story, and although I enjoyed the premise, the mystery, and found it intriguing, I wish the characters had a bit more life to them. I wanted to feel more of what Luz was feeling and there were times when I wished I could have put some words in Leandro’s mouth. Andres was probably the most alive character in this story. The love triangle is a good one…I think I lean more toward Andres being the better man although, I’m not sure I totally trust him but Leandro needs to grow up. I should warn that it does end in a cliffhanger and so if you’re not prepared to read the next book, you might be a tad disappointed…I’d like to know what happens. MASQUERADE by Hannah Fielding is a beautiful journey back in time to a beautiful city to experience a story filled with passion, heartbreak, revenge, betrayal, and love…the only question is with whom does our heroine find herself finally falling in love…the sexy gypsy or the sophisticated and refined gentleman? If you’re a fan of beautiful settings, fabulous imagery, and descriptions that make you feel, smell, and sense the place then definitely read MASQUERADE, book two in the Andalucian Nights series by Hannah Fielding. If she ever packs as much wallop into her character building as she does her settings, there will be no stopping her. ***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
Luz Maria Cervantes de Rueda, the only child of Count Salvador Cervantes de Rueda was back in Spain. She'd been abroad studying for many years. Now it was time to go back home and begin her career. She was excited to be back with her family. Luz made sure she had plenty of time to ride on the beach and to swim. She'd missed this while in England. Her first days back, Luz happened on a gypsy man. He was perfection to her. Smiling to herself, she knew it was going to be a great summer. Vibrant and descriptive, this book entails the forbidden romance. The love story is a good one and really takes steps you didn't see coming. Ms. Fielding wrote in such a way you felt the mist of the sea. You could smell the fresh winds blowing. You'll feel as if you are on vacation while reading this one. I did find issues. This book is about 150 pages to long. It's dry because it doesn't have much in the way of dialogue. You get a fantastic idea of the area but not much about the people. I gave this one 3 cheers out of 5 because of the issues above. Not even the descriptions could save this read. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
A beautiful love story of passion and love, curses and family secrets. With beautiful descriptions and exotic locations the author weaves a heart wrenching tale of love and revenge. The author does a wonderful job of setting the tone of the book and showing the growing love between the characters as well as the hurt and betrayal that is felt. This story led me on an emotional roller coaster and I loved every minute of it. It was hard to put down as there was so much going on between all of the different characters I had to know what would happen next. The romance was beautifully done and not over the top. The characters were real and had their own problems and failings that they had to deal with before they got their happy ending. I loved the build up to the romance and how the different feelings both good and bad were explored throughout the story. Luz was a strong heroine who was used to taking care of herself, but she wasn't afraid of strong feelings. I loved her inquisitive nature and that she didn't let anyone stand in her way of finding out the truth. Her relationship with both Leandro and Andres was intense and full of twists and turns. It was easy to get involved with the mystery of these two men and see how Luz could be torn about the two. This was an intense romance with a good dose of mystery that I would highly recommend.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Book exchanged for an honest review~ Luz Maria Cervantes de Rueda is freelance writer practicing as biographer. She's finally come home to Spain after spending years in England. Luz considers herself to be a free spirit but nothing compared to the gypsy. She meets Andres de Calderon who sparks deep seated desire something she's never felt for anyone before. There is something familiar about the young gypsy Leandro that makes him so different from Andres. Now Luz is torn between two men and can't choice either of them. Can Luz listen to her heart? Or will she choose the masquerade? Your answers await you in Masquerade. Interesting and unique story set in Spain in The 1970's. The story and characters are compelling, intriguing, real, raw, honest, and down to earth. Masquerade's have always intrigued me but to have it as running theme thorough out the whole book was something delicious to behold. Definitely looking forward to more of this author's work in the future.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Fielding paints her world for her audience, creating a picturesque and wonderful backdrop for her romantic and heartfelt story. At the same time, it was so much more than that. This was a complexly crafted and one of a kind to tale. There were some comical moments that broke up the intensity of the tale. I enjoyed how Fielding drew me into her story, creating a place for me to travel alongside her characters. The characters that Fielding creates take readers slightly back in the past and set the tone for the novel. Each was a wonderful and fantastic addition to the tale. Luz’s turmoil was appealing and so natural. The characters in this novel evoke real emotions while you’re reading their tales, making the story even more real. This was a sweet, lifelike novel that allows readers to escape reality into its pages. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.