5 May 2018

Review - Unmasked by the Marquess

Unmasked by the Marquess - Regency Imposters #1
by Cat Sebastian

What they say: The one you love…
Robert Selby is determined to see his sister make an advantageous match. But he has two problems: the Selbys have no connections or money and Robert is really a housemaid named Charity Church. She’s enjoyed every minute of her masquerade over the past six years, but she knows her pretense is nearing an end. Charity needs to see her beloved friend married well and then Robert Selby will disappear…forever.
May not be who you think…
Alistair, Marquess of Pembroke, has spent years repairing the estate ruined by his wastrel father, and nothing is more important than protecting his fortune and name. He shouldn’t be so beguiled by the charming young man who shows up on his doorstep asking for favors. And he certainly shouldn’t be thinking of all the disreputable things he’d like to do to the impertinent scamp.
But is who you need…
When Charity’s true nature is revealed, Alistair knows he can’t marry a scandalous woman in breeches, and Charity isn’t about to lace herself into a corset and play a respectable miss. Can these stubborn souls learn to sacrifice what they’ve always wanted for a love that is more than they could have imagined?

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Unmasked by the Marquess is a very different historical romance. It's quite unlike any other historical book I've read. It has a hint of Twelfth Night with gender swapping and misunderstandings.

Robert/Robin aka Charity has been hiding in plain sight, dressing as a man for years now (sorry I can't say why it's a big spoiler). Whilst there are reasons for her doing so, I enjoyed her more gender fluid approach because it definitely adds something to the usual female meets male historical romance.

Alistair, the Marquess of Pembroke has his own complicated history. He's attracted to both men and women. He's drawn to her as a male called Robin. He likes Robin even before her identity is revealed.

The writing is fun and descriptive. The issues are well handled to the point where I was so invested in their story that the gender questions fell away and I focused on them as individuals.

Cat Sebastian has written a sweet and dramatic historical story with likeable characters and intrigue.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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