Monday, October 12, 2015

"A Noble Masquerade" by Kristi Ann Hunter

About this book:

  “Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marcus, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.
  When Marcus accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men--one she's never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marcus is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Hawthorne House” series. (Review of #0.5, a novella, Here!)

Spiritual Content- Genesis 1:27 is referenced at the dedication; Prayers; Bible reading; Scriptures are read & mentioned; Talks about God & lessons; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of Prayers; Mentions of Church & sermons; A mention of Noah.
*Note: A woman hopes a man is in hell.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘idiot’ and a ‘stupid’; A bit of sarcasm; Blood, pain, & hitting (semi-detailed); Guns & Fighting (semi-detailed); A mention of hunting; A mention of how someone lost a finger (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of drinking, drunks, & Gentleman Jack.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss, four (barely-above-not-detailed), two semi-detailed kisses, two very-detailed kisses; Remembering a kiss (semi-detailed); Mentions of kisses & kissing; A married kiss with hints of going to a bedroom; Noticing & Smelling; Touches & Warmth (semi-detailed to detailed); Dancing (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to touch (semi-detailed); Mentions of ankles & touching them (semi-detailed); Mentions of flirting & jealousy; Mentions of reputations; Mentions of unmarried men & women alone together; A couple mention of a fake marriage, but they didn’t consummate the (fake) marriage; A mention of a man’s “lady friends”; Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Miranda Hawthorne, age 20
-Ryland Montgomery, age 27
                                P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1812 (Prologue set in 1800)
                                                        361 pages

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My personal Rating-
I really wanted to like this book—and I did for the most part anyway. The non-kissy, non-touchy, non-feely parts. Had those two very-detailed kisses not been in this book, it would have gotten a bit of a higher rating. Before reading, I saw a lot of reviewers commenting on how this author was comparable to Jen Turano, and while I laughed quite a bit during “A Noble Masquerade”, I didn’t laugh as much as I did when I read “A Change of Fortune” by Jen Turano. All that said, I most likely will continue the series as they come out, depending the topics within each of them. :)

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House Publishers) for this review.

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