Friday, August 30, 2013

Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure

Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Distractions Ink (July 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0988958236
ISBN-13: 978-0988958234

Stavos Voronin was not as blind-eyed as many nobles and royals. Evony’s physical gestures—even the simplest movement of her hands—revealed that she had not always been destitute. The same was true of the children—of their polished manners and the boy’s knowledge of horses and tendency to be bold and fearless of strangers.

Ah yes, Stavos enjoyed a good mystery. After all, interest in the inexplicable circumstances surrounding the royals of Abawyth was the very thing that had lured him to the kingdom—the enigma of Abawyth’s twelve sleepy princesses. And yet now—now his mind was all the more intrigued. Not only was the obscurity of what had caused the profound and baffling torpidity of Abawyth’s princesses laid out before him, but also he found his curiosity intensely piqued over the riddle surrounding the very lovely Evony and her siblings.

As Stavos strode through the village resting on the outskirts of Abawyth Castle, his mind reeled with possibilities. His musings were drawn back to why he had come to Abawyth at all—to solve the conundrum surrounding the twelve beautiful princesses of Abawyth kingdom—to solve the seemingly impenetrable crux and thereby win the hand of one of Abawyth’s princesses, as his father, King Letholdus of Ethiarien, had commanded.

I'm always excited to get my hands on a new Marcia McClure book.  Why?  Because I know I'm going to get some fantastic kissing scenes.  Ones that will curl your toes and make your heart beat a little faster.  I also know that romance will be oozing out of every page.  The male lead will be hot stud no matter where the time or setting.  He will be strong, protective and manly in every way.  Yes, Marcia writes romances for the senses.  I can feel, smell, hear and envision her books.  What could be better than that?!

This book, Midnight Masquerade, is a re-telling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.  I have read quite a few book along these lines but I really loved this re-telling.  Maybe the best.  ;)  What can I say?  None of the others had such a stud prince or all the kissing.  That's why I read Marcia's books in the first place!  You will love Stavos.  Stavos, Stavos, Stavos.  (it's a fun name to say.)

Marcia has a great new take on an old story.  It felt fresh and new.  I'm so glad she kept pulling this manuscript out until she finally finished it.  Oh, and don't you love the cover?  It's so beautiful!

This book is pretty clean.  Only a couple instances of mild swearing and some passionate kissing.

Author Marcia Lynn McClure Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.” Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.
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  1. I haven't read any of her books but I love fairytale themed stories.

    1. Oh, Krista. You've gotta check Marcia McClure books out. This one was a great re-telling. :)

  2. I LOVE Marcia's books. This one is already on my wish list and I can't wait to read it!

    1. You will love it. I just finished reading A Good Lookin' Man which I will be reviewing soon. Another fluffy, dreamy romance. :) Have you read that one?

  3. Thanks for sharing Midnight Masquerade and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com


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