Author: Martha Keyes
Series: Families of Dorset #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: November 5, 2019
She dreams of marrying a nobleman. Too bad he’s only pretending to be one.
Cecilia Cosgrove’s beauty opens doors and hearts everywhere she goes. With a marquess courting her, the status and wealth her family is counting on her to obtain is finally within her reach—until she meets Jacques Levesque, the French nobleman who immediately pegs her as affected and superficial. While piqued and offended, Cecilia secretly begins to wonder whether he might not have a point.
Poor French émigré Jacques Levesque has been disguised as a French nobleman for almost as long as he can remember, trying his hardest to keep his head down in a society obsessed with rank and high birth. But when Cecilia Cosgrove comes into his life, he finds it hard to maintain his façade—or to want to.
While Cecilia struggles between the desire to please others and the wish to pursue her own course, Jacques’s interest in her provokes a powerful enemy intent on taking him down. With love, acceptance, and the future on the line for them both, Cecilia and Jacques must decide whether a life lived behind a mask is any life at all.
Rating: Mild. Mild substance use; mild kissing; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.
It was hard to see how this story was going to resolve into a happy ending but it happened. There were interesting elements I don’t often see in Regency romance novels and the one that seems the most unlikely is actually based on a real historical figure so there was a twist.
Though I did not like Cecilia initially, I did like who she became as she dropped her mask to be her real self. And I liked Jacques who had the most difficult situation to manage. He wanted to lose his mask too but there would be so many repercussions for doing so. I also loved Letty and Caroline.
I got to the climax of this story and even though it was late I had to keep reading. How would this possibly resolve? I didn’t exactly see that ending coming and thought other paths more likely.
I did wonder how Cecilia’s parents reacted in the end and how the ton viewed the situation.
Clean, enjoyable read.
Sex: some kisses
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.