- File Size: 2580 KB
- Print Length: 404 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (May 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 7, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0081CJECY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Daring Masquerade Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I liked the way toe story moved, the pace was good, I believed the people and the interaction. It was not forced or artificial. The dialog was good, and the people were folks I would like to sit and talk to for a bit. I will look forward to reading this author again.
What I didn't like so much was that I kept getting disgusted with the H/h. I got really tired of the sick puppy dog love the Ross the hero had for his past "love" Virginia. How he thinks he could love such a vapid, vain woman who cruelly rejected him, I don't know. Because of this he treats Harry the heroine terribly. Horribly in fact. He was an a-hole. He only later comes to realize when he's having a near death experience how much he loves Harry. Harry wasn't a bad heroine. I liked her spunk, but at times I was embarrassed for her. All the times she threw herself at Ross declaring her love for him after he stares moon eyed over Virginia was absolutely sickening. Once...okay, twice...alright, but over and over again made me humiliated for her.
I also thought the ending a little abrupt after al the build up. At least an epilogue would have been nice. I wanted to see some characters get their due especially Virginia. At least for her to know she didn't have a hold over Ross in longer. I don't want to say too much and give it all away, but theirs only one welcome home scene and boom you're done!
Like I said this book has a lot of great points, but its frustrating at times. If those kinds of things that I mentioned above don't bother you. Check it out...For a free book its not a bad read and I would recommend it.
The heroine in this book is Harriet, always called Harry, who lost her father in the war and who's brother has been sent back with bad injuries, including an amputated hand. Gil and Harry have always been very close siblings, so she's taken a job as a scullery maid, just to earn a little money and be able to visit Gil in the hospital daily. She desperately wants to get Gil away from the city and into the ranches of the outback to help him heal. In order to do that, though, they'll have to pretend that Harry is Gil's kid brother. I loved Harry. She was feisty and sarcastic, brutally honest, often mouthing off to the wrong person, but she is fiercely protective of her family and determined to make things work out through the force of her will alone.
They answer an advertisement for experienced riders to the Devil's Ridge ranch owned by Ross Calvert. Ross lost his brother in the war and has his own injuries and scars, which caused his fiancee to dump him when he came back on injured reserve leave. Ross can't figure out why young Harry makes him so uncomfortable, but he gives the pair a job- Gil with the cowhands and Harry as the cook. Ross is a good hero, he's a leader but compassionate towards Gil when he has nightmares. He protects and stewards his land and resources carefully so they will still be there for generations to come. He doesn't even beat Harry when she probably has it coming for losing her red headed temper and back talking to the boss.
Just wait till he finds out her secret... Will it be better or will he throw her off his property? With Gil still suffering significant PTSD and the possibility that Ross will get called back to duty, the sure and stable future Harry longs for looks far out of reach.
Heat factor moderate.