Midnight Masquerade

Midnight Masquerade

by Marcia Lynn McClure

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ISBN-13: 9780988958234
Publisher: Distractions Ink
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books—including The Visions of Ransom Lake, A Crimson Frost, Shackles of Honor, and Kissing Cousins—has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.”

Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.

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Midnight Masquerade 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I did not realize it was a take on a old fairy tale. I did think the story was familiar in some ways. Now I know why. I love fairy tales but this was not one I read as often as others. I really like Evony. She is a smart, brave and a hard worker. She cares about her family. She has a lot of secrets and is not sure who to trust. Stavos when he almost ran over Evony with his horse stopped to help her. He would not take a no for answer. He paid her employer money for her to be off work for two days, Carried her home when he realized her foot was too sore for her to walk. He replaced her broken eggs and bought other groceries too for her and her younger brother and sister. Stavos was given the task to come and find out what was ailing the twelve princess. He was also told by his father to marry one of the 12 princess to as his reward. Of course it is a clean read as most fairy tales are. Their is a Wicked Step parent, Prince and Princess and dancing. It was romantic and left me smiling at the end of it. So what else does it need. I thought she did a good job making it fresh and new. This is the first book of Marcia Lynn McClure that I have read but I do have a few books of hers on my kindle that I will be reading soon in the future. In fact I just won one am excited to read it more now. I will be reading more of her books soon. I can see myself rereading this book again and again. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review and be part of its blog tour.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
For quite a while, I have seen this author's name, and her books have been highly recommended. But this is the first of her books that I have ever read, and I had no idea what to expect. I sincerely anticipated that I would enjoy it. I didn't even read the synopsis--I just knew I wanted to read a book by this author. Maybe not the most brilliant thing to do--I have been burned before--but I hoped that this would become positive. From the first few pages, I was rather persuaded that I would enjoy this book. And once I realized that it was based on the lesser-known fairy tale of the twelve dancing princesses, I was even more intrigued. In fact, I somehow missed the boat (I read the author's remarks at the end of the book), and I didn't read any of the other versions of that tale. Hers is the only one I have read, and Marcia Lynn McClure, I am definitely a fan! The story couldn't have been any better, and the characters were fantastically conceived. Okay, so maybe I knew how the story would end, but that honestly did not hamper my delight in this tale.  There are absolutely no "red flags" in this book. There is no profanity, and the romance is clean as can be (but that doesn't mean it's not romantic nor spicy). This book is acceptable for any age to read. I think even tweens would savor this book, but that's just my opinion.  If you follow my reviews, you know that fantasy and cheesy romances do not generally resonate with me. While this doesn't fit into the fantasy genre, it is a fairy tale adaptation. I am generally pretty quick to criticize such books, but this one does not deserve any constructive criticism, in my opinion. In addition to that, I would not place this in the cheesy romance category. Yes, it's a fairy tale without any edginess, but I find that the author's romance writing is sweet, involving, and definitely above average. Based on this book alone, I have become a fan of her works, and I look forward to reading more in the future! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
The fairy tale lover in me rejoiced to see a new take on one of my all-time favorite tales, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It's been done before, yes--and done well at that. ENTWINED by Heather Dixon and PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL by Jessica Day George immediately come to mind. Both are more literal interpretations of the tale. MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE, however reminds of me more of THE PRINCESS CURSE by Merrie Haskell. The main character is an outsider looking in, not one of the twelve cursed princesses. It is also completely its own tale. The heroine, Evony, is entwined in the lives of the princesses in a mysterious way that adds a fresh spin to the classic tale. Evony and her siblings live on their own, albeit in poverty. Evony works for a local seamstress, where she's paid only enough to survive. One day, after handing over the last of her money for breakfast eggs, she's nearly run over by a nobleman and his horse. She later finds out he is Prince Stavos, come to crack the curse and receive a princess' hand in marriage as a reward. Evony helps him to the best of her ability, but can't stop herself from falling for him...even though he can never be hers. Romantic and lush, McClure introduces readers to a new version of a classic tale in an intriguing way. The book is a fast, easy read that you can fall right into. Readers will truly feel for Evony and her plight, and also come to love Stavos. My only complaint with the novel came when the POV switched to Stavos. I understand that McClure was attempting to keep things mysterious for as long as possible, but it annoyed me that Stavos seemed so flummoxed by things when we saw his narrative, only to have always known the answers later on. I didn't like the mixed nature that came from this. It was my only major annoyance, however, and I genuinely enjoyed the novel and the way the tale was re-spun. In fact, one of my favorite aspects is the way the book doesn't rely on magic. The tale is told in such a way that something like this could certainly have occurred in real life! In this sense, it reminds me of one of my all-time favorite fairy tale retellings, HEART'S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier, which takes all the magic out of Beauty and the Beast to create something grounded and realistic. The fact that McClure also chose this route is exciting and more original in an often-done genre than you might expect!  If you're a fan of fairy tales and/or The Twelve Dancing Princesses, THE MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE is right up your alley!