Monday, March 18, 2013

"Moonlight Masquerade," By Ruth Axtell

"Moonlight Masquerade," By Ruth Axtell

Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are the cat or the mouse.

Lady Céline Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need-or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte.

When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess’s butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London’s West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham’s spell.

Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, what then will he do?

This book reminded me of a box of chocolates.  Some you love, some you like and others you hate.  That's how it was with this book.  The beginning of the book was okay, a bit drawn out, but okay.  I had to read about a third of it to get hooked.  Once I got hooked around the time of the trip to Hartwell, it got really interesting and I had to know what happened next.  The last four chapters were a disappointment.  This book is part of a series so I am not sure if Rees and Celine will feature at all in the next book, but their story hasn't finished to my mind.

Stars out of 5 : 3 I neither loved nor hated this book.  If you enjoy a bit of mystery, romance and enjoy the 1800's then this is a book for you.  It was just lacking something for me.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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