Monday, September 21, 2015

A Noble Masquerade

GIVEAWAY

HUNTER, KRISTI ANN
A NOBLE MASQUERADE

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 Marlow, 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 Marlow 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.


My Review:

Thrilled me to my toes. I adore Regency novels -- but Regency novels full of tongue-in-cheek humour is in a category all its own. Stupendous. And not the genteel laughter kind of humour -- more like the snorting guffaw kind. Very unladylike. Miranda's mother would so not approve, but I snorted and chuckled my way through A Noble Masquerade with complete abandon.

This is the kind of book that you want to make last. I found myself putting it aside in order to savor the delight of the read. I'd play over a scene, twist it around in my mind, imagine where the plot was heading and only when I couldn't stand the suspense any longer, I'd pick up the book and start reading again. It took my three days to read this book. Three days!!!!! (says the woman who usually reads a book a day.)

Captivating plot, delicious intrigue, and an endearing, funny, outlandish romance that will keep you alternately laughing and swooning -- honestly, what more could you want in a story?

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Noble Masquerade please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 27 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

67 comments:

  1. I have heard great things about this book! Would love to read it.
    homesteading(at)charter (dot)net

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    1. It's got rave reviews -- only 4 and 5 stars as far as I can tell. And for goo reason. Good luck, Anne.

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  2. Kav, you have made me want to read this book from reading your great review. It sounds like a must read! Thank you for sharing!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Then my job here is done. :-) Good luck, Melanie.

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  3. This one sounds sooo good. I love humorous regencies. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. It is delectable. Good luck, Loraine.

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  4. Sounds really good. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  5. Loved your review, you made me laugh! Sign me up... I can't miss this book! :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. No you can't miss it, Merry. And yes, you must read this book. Good luck.

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  6. Great review!!! It totally made me want to pick this book up right away... but I'll wait until the weekend to see if I won ;) Thanks!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  7. I feel so greedy entering again, but I just HAD to. I want to read this book so badly so I, too, can be thrilled to my toes! One of my fave eras to read about and it's in the top 3 on my wishlist. Thx for the opportunity, Kav, and the splendid review!

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    1. It's soooooooo worth the read and belongs on everyone's list. And when it comes to books, there's no such thing as greedy. Good luck, Diana.

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  8. I've heard great things about this book! I love regency stories and their wit.
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. This one is so funny...and sometimes it doesn't hit you right away but a couple of sentences later you're - wait, what????. So much fun. Good luck, Nicole.

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  9. Beautiful cover! I enjoy regency books and this sounds great.
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The cover is quite captivating all on its own, isn't it? Good luck, Karen.

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  10. Fabulous review!
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  11. OOOOOOHHHH....you said the magic word Kav.....Regency!!!! I'm automatically hooked :-) I've just recently been seeing this one & it really does sounds like a good one. I want to find out what happens after that one letter accidentally gets sent. To know that I'm not the only lady who snorts when she laughs heartily is very comforting ;-) We're soul sisters now...haha!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Snort -- you're so right, Trixi!!!!!! Good luck.

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  12. I have been watching this novel and would love to win a print copy! A "bare your heart" becoming a penpal of sorts! Oh, my, bet she was mortified at first, and then to realize your words were taken sincerely... Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Such a fantastic premise, Kathleen! Good luck.

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  13. Fabulous review Kav! I can't wait to read this novel.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  14. I love books that make me laugh! I've been enjoying some regency novels lately; this looks like another book to add to my "want to read" list. Thanks for the review and the chance to win A Noble Masquerade.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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  15. OOOH Delightful! Another one to add to my list. Don't enter me I am already on it! Thanks again Kav! I can't wait for it to come in!

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  16. Excited to read this book by a new to me author!
    reneerachoyolsenATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I'm pretty sure this is her debut, so we're in at the beginning of her career. Good luck, Heather.

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  17. Regency novels are always good and I enjoyed your review. Thanks for the chance to win this!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  18. Kav, I'm reading the prequel right now and it is wonderful! This just might be my favorite genre, but rarely have I seen Christian fiction Regencies that come this close to the style of Georgette Heyer. Don't enter me because I've got this book - and can't wait to read it!

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    1. I've never read Georgette Heyer, Carole, but I sure loved this one. And I wondered if there was a prequel. Is it Amelia's story? I'll have to check it out for sure. Thanks for the tip.

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    2. Yes, it's Amelia's story - A Lady of Esteem. I read about 15% last week, then had to temporarily put it down because of other deadlines.

      Georgette Heyer is credited with beginning the Regency genre. Not Christian fiction, but totally clean. She wrote some serious historical fiction that I've never read, but her Regencies are wonderful, so very funny. The Grand Sophy was my first Heyer read and I'll never forget it.

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    3. Might just have to try a Georgette Heyer....and thrilled that the novella is Amelia's story. I'll definitely read that.

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  19. I too am reading the prequel right now on my Kindle, I thought this one sounded so good I should read the prequel before getting my hands on a copy of A Noble Masquerade!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Am totally going for the prequel now. I just love this author -- and Miranda has two brothers who surely deserve their own stories as well, right? Good luck, Patty.

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  20. Oh my goodness I love this review. : ) I have seen this book but have yet to read it. Sounds like a good one!
    bookwormgal2011 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Michelle...I guess you can tell I really loved it. I don't think it has anything under 4 star review anywhere. It's just that good. Good luck.

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  21. I really enjoyed the prequel & can't wait to read this book!! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    sleepy_bookworm_aery [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Another prequel reader! Argh! I'm behind the times. Good luck, aerykah!

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  22. I love historical and this time period. I can imagine traveling the Nicaragua crazy busses and not paying attention to the roads, being absorbed in this book!
    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. And I think this book is just the kind that would distract you from all that for sure. Good luck, Melody.

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  23. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for featuring it :)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Samantha. Good luck.

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  24. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book, it is one my daughter will enjoy too so I can pass it along when I'm done with it.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Great -- double duty reading. Good luck!

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  25. Ever since this book came out, I have wanted to read it. The cover is amazing! Now after reading your review, I'm chomping at the bit even more! I love regency romance & all the humor you mentioned makes A Noble Masquerade even more appealing. I just recently got A Lady of Esteem for free on Kindle, but it didn't click that this is the prequel. So excited to start reading it. FYI Kav: it's still free on Kindle now :) ~Alison

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Okay -- I give in -- I downloaded it even though I'm not an ebook fan. Y'all have lured me to the dark side. LOL I really do love this author's style though. Good luck agboss

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  26. Our church library readers will be lining up for this one. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win it.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. thank you for the chance to read this beautiful novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  28. What a fun review, Kav! Now I really really have to read this book, haha! Thanks for offering a giveaway!

    nataliedmonk AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Yes you do, Natalie!!!! Good luck.

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  29. Yay for this! I´ve been in love with this cover from the moment I laid my eyes on it. And it seems the content matches the cover more than well!

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I predict you would love it, Janka and I'd be right! Good luck.

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  30. I love that there is humor mixed in. Or, at least, you found it humorous. :) - Terrill

    tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. The humour is great -- sometimes it's an obvious hardy-ha-ha and sometimes it's so subtle you stop and go "wait, did he say that? snicker" Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. This is why Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books. The humor is subtle, but so rewarding. And the romance, too, of course. :)

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  31. Ooo, sounds like a good one. :) Please drop my name in the hat!

    writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Consider yourself dropped, Anna. Good luck.

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  32. You know what's funny, Kav ? A few days ago I finished the book Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen. Now this was my first Julie Klassen book and my first regency. I always thought that regencies would be so stuff and boring. Wow, I was blown away by the book Lady Maybe and this sounds fabulous so of course that means I totally need to read this as well !
    Deanne
    Book1lovingmomma at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh goodie, a new Regency convert. You'll love this one too. Good luck, Deanne.

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