"Masquerade" [Scandalous Ballroom Encounters Series, Book 1] by Victoria Vale
Author's Book Description : Margaret Seymour is bored by the stifling constraints of society dictating her behavior as a debutante in search of a husband. Her prospects are promising by the standards of London society, yet, not one of them causes her heart to flutter, or her head to fill with scintillating, forbidden fantasies. Those feelings are reserved for Camden Rycroft, Duke of Avonleah—a man who isn’t even aware of her existence.
While attending a scandalous Vauxhall Gardens masquerade, Margaret finds herself in the duke’s arms. His promise of a night of pleasure is tempting, but is it worth it when Avonleah is a known rake notorious for his short attention span and avoidance of marriage?
Camden Rycroft is intrigued by the masked vixen he encounters in the Gardens. After one night with her leaves him hungry for more, his desire for her turns into a fiery obsession. Despite the scandal that could ensue from their affair, he finds himself unable to extract himself from a situation destined to end in pain. When faced with losing Margaret to a potential husband, will he rise to the occasion, or risk living without her?
My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! This is Maggie’s (Margaret) first season and though she longs to be the daring lady to win Camden the Duke of Avonleah’s attention. Yet, being a debutante means she is restricted by her mother’s wants/desires and the rules of the ton. So, with the assistance of her older cousin, she dresses up seductively masked and sneaks out to the masquerade at Vauxhall Gardens in which she happily captures Camden’s attention. Soon they set out on a most illicit affair that would certainly ruin her if it became known, yet they are drawn together, and both struggle to stay within society’s standards. As the season’s end draws near they realize their affair’s ending is coming soon too. Will Maggie be able to accept another man’s proposal after everything she shared with Camden or will she demand for more?
Readers will be swept away in this erotic bliss of a novel. Enticing, exciting, adventurous with an innocent’s edge, if you are looking for that sort of book this is the one for you! I appreciate the way this novel handled the intricacies of society life while a true fun erotica and a romance all in one.
Maggie is a fun character, sweet yet daring, understands her position in life but willing to take a chance. I found her very cool. Then throw Camden at her and WOW, the words burn off the pages because of the passion between them. I really enjoyed how they shared more than just their passionate play with each other as it gave their novel more substance. Plus, it didn’t hurt that Camden held my attention because of his possessive ways. I finished the book a half hour ago and I’m still burning up. 😉
I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a historical romantic erotica!!
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"Now, what have you done to yourself?"
He pretended to inspect the arrangement, as well, but studied her in his peripheral vision. Her white and spring green gown was lovely; yet, hardly did her justice, not as the scarlet getup she'd worn to the masquerade had.
She frowned, turning her head a tick and spearing him with a confused glance. "I beg your pardon?"
"What happened to the vivacious little vixen I spent the night with?" he demanded, his voice raising a bit. "The one who waltzed with me beneath the stars and kissed me so boldly in public? The one who gave me one of the best nights of my life before running out in the morning without nary a good-bye? What have you done with her?" ~ within Chapter 12
"I think, Avonleah, that you are not as horrible as you'd like people to think you are."
He dislodged from her hold, taking her hand in his and leading her back toward the carriage.
"Dear God, what have I done?" he quipped. "Now you'll bare my secret to everyone. My reputation will be ruined."
She threw her head back and laughed. "It would serve you right." ~ within Chapter 14
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