Masquerade by Hannah Fielding

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Publisher: London Wall Publishing

Publication Date: 19 November 2015

“Summer, 1976.

Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo.

Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy s double.

Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank Midas PR for sending me this book to read and share my honest opinion. The blurb really intrigued me with its promises of romance and family secrets, I couldn’t wait to get started! I would just like to point out that this is the second book in the Andalucian Nights Trilogy but in my opinion it worked well as a standalone novel – I didn’t feel as though I missed out on anything by reading this first.

The warmth of Spain shone through the author’s words right from the beginning. There was a poetic quality to the way she described the sights and sounds of Luz’s surroundings and it pulled me in completely. As I progressed through the book I found that even the sex scenes were written in a creative way.

One of the first things to pop in my head as I read about Luz and Leandro’s attraction was Romeo and Juliet. The whole ‘we want each other but can’t have each other because of who we are’ thing gave the storyline an exciting edge. Luz’s curiosity about the gypsies was infectious, I wanted to know more and could certainly see why Luz found them so intriguing and in a way, magical.

The Gemini mystery was a fantastic twist and added even more confusion for Luz, so alike yet so different. I understood her mixed feelings because I had them too!

The romance, oh where do I start with the romance? Masquerade contained the kind of romance that makes your heart beat faster and your knees tremble. The author so beautifully created a tantalising love triangle focussing on two gorgeous men who had the ability to charm and captivate both Luz and me, the reader. Then, just as I thought I had it all figured out, I was knocked sideways by an unexpected revelation!

This was a mesmerising and drama-filled read that left me with a dreamy feeling. I look forward to reading more from this author.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Hannah Fielding was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. Her family home was a large rambling house overlooking the Mediterranean where she lived with her parents and her grandmother, Esther Fanous, who had been a revolutionary feminist and writer in Egypt during the early 1900s.

Fluent in French, English and Arabic, Hannah left school at 18 and travelled extensively all over the world. Hannah met her husband in England and they lived in Cairo for 10 years before returning to England in 1989. They settled in Kent, bringing up two children in a Georgian rectory, surrounded by dogs, horses and the English countryside. During this time, Hannah established a very successful business as an interior designer renovating rundown cottages.

With her children now grown up, Hannah now has the time to indulge in her one true passion, which is writing. Hannah has so far published three novels: Burning Embers set in 1070s Africa, The Echoes of Love set in 1980s Venice, and Indiscretion set in 1950s Spain. Her romance novels are adored by readers all over the world.

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