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Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need--or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London's West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham's spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing?
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: London Encounters
Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors and no one is who they seem. Readers will be hooked from the very first scene to the final page.
Leahhhh12Age: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 27, 2013Leahhhh12Age: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Moonlight Masquerade is the first Ruth Axtell book I read. The cover itself is what drew me in but after reading the description, I figured it would be something I would enjoy and I was correct about that.
This book had suspense right from the start. We are immediately brought into the world of Celine, the wife of a deceased earl. Her butler, Rees, is an undercover spy trying to discover if Celine is giving information to the French. Despite her suspicions of Rees, Celine takes him under her wing and grows fond of him. As Rees seeks to expose Celine, he finds his heart softening towards her. As their feelings grow, they are both reluctant to expose the other. But will keeping the secret of each other's loyalties end up hurting them in the end?
I always enjoy a good regency novel and I did enjoy this one. While it was not a favorite book of mine, I am glad I took the time to read it. The characters came alive and I found my heart beating fast with the suspense and wondering how everything would be resolved. I kind of thought the end was dragged out more than necessary but other then that, this was a great book and I look forward to reading more of Ruth Axtell's books, including A Heart's Rebellion, another regency novel!
I received a free ecopy from Revell Books through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation for this review nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.
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jenilee220OhioAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Moonlight MasqueradeMay 14, 2013jenilee220OhioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of those books that you can sink into with a cup of coffee and a cozy blanket on a porch somewhere and never look up. Ruth Axtell did an amazing job with this book and I loved every page.
The characters were interesting and the book was full of rich history, deep mystery and great creativity. From the clothes they wore to the way things smelled to how things looked, the author goes into full detail while staying true to a great story line.
Every detail is well written and every character well thought out. It isn't easy to write a spy story and make sure that every detail lines up, but this book is in sync at every point.
I enjoyed getting to know these characters and walking this time in history with them!
Bookworm2Melbourne, AustraliaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great storyApril 29, 2013Bookworm2Melbourne, AustraliaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review: I loved reading Moonlight masquerade. It had a slow start but very soon picked up speed. I was wondering right to the end if Rees and Celine will get together. Both characters endeared themselves to me and I found myself drawn into the conundrum of their situation, wondering how they will be able to overcome the circumstance that is keeping them apart. The way that the author wove the history of that time period into the story was very crafty in that it stimulated my love for history and had me wanting to know more, but not so much that I felt overwhelmed with facts. I am excited to see that there is a second book in the pipeline and will definitely be looking out for it.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Exciting and RomanticApril 17, 2013Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! This was a great book! I enjoyed it from the very start and about halfway through, it became one of those books I just didn't want to put down. The characters in this story seem doomed to not ever be able to follow the feelings in their hearts due to their situations. Rees has been assigned as butler in Lady Wexham's house. Lady Wexham is a widow who is suspected of being a French spy. The story follows the unfolding situation of what is to be done if Rees does indeed discover that Lady Wexham is a spy after he falls in love with her. I admit that I had trouble trying to figure out how this story was going to work out! But, the author did a great job of tying everything up and at the end of the book, there is a teaser chapter from the next book that is coming out next year. It will cover the character of Jessamine, who was introduced in this book. I am anxiously awaiting getting to read her story. I was provided with a copy of Moonlight Masquerade from Revell in exchange for offering my honest review.
Thelma CarlsonRussell, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Story With A Happy EndingMarch 17, 2013Thelma CarlsonRussell, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this story. Ruth Axtell did a fine job in writing for
this particular time period. Someone commented regarding
the loooong kiss. They were being watched by a very
dangerous man who was out to murder Celine. I love reading
stories in the Regency and Victorian time periods. Great
job Ruth. I can't wait for the follow up next spring. Please