Double Masquerade by Kate Fox

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Double Masquerade by Kate Fox
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (71 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fennel

Jane, the Honorable Miss Lumley, is in a bind. She can’t help boasting about her friendship with author Mr. Michael Girard, whose sweeping new series of adventurous tales set on the high seas have fetched a high price at a Nottingham book auction.

Darkly debonair bookseller Lachlan, Lord Stathmore, finds Girard’s stories improbable but knows they will sell. When Jane’s impassioned defense wins him over, he asks her to arrange a meeting with the mysterious Mr. Girard.

But how can she, when she herself is the stories’ scribe and she is forced to keep the real seafarer’s identity secret? A Christmas cotillion offers a solution. But while men’s clothes and a mask might be enough to hide her identity, will her double masquerade be enough to conceal her rising passion?

Kate Fox’s Double Masquerade is, as the title suggests, about deceptions. Little ones, that grow and grow. Unlike the story.

While that may sound like an ungracious and uncomplimentary comment, it is neither. Double Masquerade is a good story, well written and packed with untapped potential. I wanted more, much more.

Ms. Fox’s characters are delightful, her story packed with humour and emotion. Her heroine, Jane, the Honourable Miss Lumley is in a bind in as much she’s found an occupation she love, but which is discovered will bring disrepute upon herself and her family, so when success and recognition beckons she is faced with a dilemma.

As for her hero, Lachlan, Lord Stathmore, well… Jane has met her match and goes to extraordinary lengths to try and outwit him. Needless to say she fails, and it is how Ms. Fox creates the pits and falls these two tumble into, that kept this reader engaged. So much so, that I would have like this story to be three times the length as, in places, it seemed the author skimmed the surface of the plots.

The author’s writing is vivid and compelling, I found myself totally engaged with Jane and her problems. I felt as though I was travelling at Jane’s shoulder throughout the story.

Ms. Fox is an author to watch out for and I would read more of her books.

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