Blog tour: Masquerade by Joanna Taylor

25886191Title: Masquerade
Author: Joanna Taylor
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: Adult
Publisher: Piatkus
Release date: 4th August 2015

Lizzy Ward never meant to end up working the streets of Piccadilly. So when a mysterious lord pursues her, it seems her fortunes are changing. But Lord Hays wants feisty Lizzy for more than a night. He needs her to masquerade as his companion.

So can a street-girl navigate the fashion and faux pas of London society? And will Lizzy’s wild heart be too much temptation for Lord Hays?

Review

It has been a while since I’ve read a novel set in Regency times so I jumped at the chance to read this one when I got the email.

When Lizzy Ward moved to London she had quite a different life envisioned for herself. She didn’t think she’d be living in Piccadilly as a prostitute. Although she is a working girl, Lizzy is a romantic at heart and dreams of a rich, handsome gentleman taking her away to something better. She can’t believe her luck when she meets Lord Hays who is only in town for a week on business and offers her a pretty good deal.

Joanna Taylor writes great characters with really interesting backgrounds and that’s mostly what got me hooked to this book.

Lizzy was a pretty feisty and strong character and I loved that about her. Even though she’d been dealt a pretty rough hand at life in London, she made the best of what she had and just tried to get on with things and have the best life she could. I loved that although she knew how hard life could really be, she knew there was always a small chance of something better if only she kept on trying. Determination and strength are great traits for a protagonist to have, especially when the book is set in a period where women can be shown as someone there just to marry and to have children.

Lord Hays was very unlike the rest of the Ton. While there was some pressure to follow suite, he clearly had his own ideas about what his life should be like and what he wanted. However, with Lord Hays I wanted more. I felt like I got to know Lizzy so well while reading this book and I wanted the exact same thing with Lord Hays. Lizzy was much more open than he was and I wish he had have let her in a bit more, especially in the beginning.

One of the biggest aspects of this book that was lacking for me was the plot. Maybe lacking is the wrong word though. It was clear very early on that this could have easily been a retelling of Pretty Woman but set in a different time. The ‘business’ proposition is there, the shopping scene is there, amongst many other things. There was just too many similarities for me and I wanted something more original.

Another little niggle for me was some of the historical aspects. It wasn’t things being wrong as such but things I found somewhat unbelievable. There was a couple of parts where Lizzy acts completely out of character for someone posing as someone above her own station in life. I just didn’t believe that in order to keep her secret, she would have done some of the things she did.

I do think this book could have been fantastic but it fell a little bit short of that for me. However, I did enjoy reading this one and I would quite happily pick up another Regency romance from Joanna Taylor.

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