My Rating: ❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋💋
Marriage was something Miss Partridge had hoped to delay indefinitely, but due to her father’s reckless behavior she is now expected to save the family from ruin. Determined to have one last night of freedom before marrying a man she detests; Jemma attends a Christmas Masquerade Ball. When a handsome highwayman awakens something inside her, with stolen kisses and whispered promises, she flees, vowing to forget about the man who touched her soul.
From the moment the Marquess of Harrington sees the Grecian Goddess enter the ball, he wants her. Harry is not usually one for irrational impulses – indeed his life does not allow for that – but this woman makes him lose all reason. Her touch ignites a fire inside him. and her kisses sear his soul. When she runs from him he is determined to find her and finally unmask the woman who has captured his heart.
This one will have you on the edge of your seat at times. I love masquerade balls in books because they alway add a mystery for one or more characters and this on definitely did that. I was surprised at how much she wanted a night of freedom and that her cousin would take her, but he wanted to protect her and know why she was marrying. I loved how they didn’t recognize each other right away and he knew he had to save her before it was too late. I didn’t know what was going to happen when her fiance showed his true colors, but it ended very well and I wanted to applaud her mother.
Jemma never wanted to get married and made it quite clear, but she would do anything to protect her mother. I loved her personality and that she thought she wasn’t a romantic woman and that she didn’t have longings and feelings until she met Harry.
Harry is not a fun loving person and takes everything serious. He always thinks thing through before doing something, but that all changed when he met Jemma. I loved how he would do anything to save her and he became for human because of her.
I really wanted to know more of why Jemma didn’t want to get married and I think it had to do with her parents. I liked her mother very much even though she was only around for a couple of scenes. I don’t know what made Harry so uptight, but his brother was the opposite.
*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*