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Publisher's Summary

A sensual, erotic story with the rich texture of Regency romance with the spice of erotica.

Margaret Seymour is bored by the stifling constraints of society dictating her behavior as a debutante in search of a husband. Her prospects are promising by the standards of London society, yet, not one of them causes her heart to flutter, or her head to fill with scintillating, forbidden fantasies. Those feelings are reserved for Camden Rycroft, Duke of Avonleah - a man who isn't even aware of her existence.

While attending a scandalous Vauxhall Gardens masquerade, Margaret finds herself in the duke's arms. His promise of a night of pleasure is tempting, but is it worth it when Avonleah is a known rake notorious for his short attention span and avoidance of marriage?

Camden Rycroft is intrigued by the masked vixen he encounters in the Gardens. After one night with her leaves him hungry for more, his desire for her turns into a fiery obsession. Despite the scandal that could ensue from their affair, he finds himself unable to extract himself from a situation destined to end in pain. When faced with losing Margaret to a potential husband, will he rise to the occasion, or risk living without her?

©2015 Victoria Vale (P)2016 Victoria Vale

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Terrible narration!

The narrator was all wrong for this story. I tried to get into the story but was constantly frustrated by the over-the-top dramatization. Too bad she narrated books 1-3. I think I’ll skip to 4.

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So freaking HOT!!

Let me begin by saying that I had never dipped my toes into the historical/regency pools before this audio. Umm, wow! What’s a great way to dip my toes into the genre!

I was expecting something very tame and demure, but this audiobook was hot! There was so much steam I couldn’t see straight. And I loved it. The chemistry and passion between Camden and Maggie was electric and sizzled from the beginning to the very last minute.

The story was great. The audiobook almost couldn’t move fast enough for me because I needed to know what would happen next. I freaking loved Camden! He was a total a-hole and I loved to hate him and in the end I just plain loved him. I also think he has the best proposal in the history of ever!

Narration is where this story got knocked down a star. Beatrice Pendergast is a fine narrator, she’s actually quite good, but her voice didn’t match the story. She simply sounds much to old to fit the characters and kept drawing me out from the story. Still, the story was so well done and so hot that it pulled me through. Despite its mismatched narration this is one hot story and I’d definitely recommend this audio. 4 Stars.

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Passion, duty and romance meets

My ultimate favourite of Victoria Vale’s delightfully naughty and delicious stories! Masks, romance, passion and duty all meet in this wonderfully written story - where a bad duke falls head over heels for an invisible baron’s daughter and passion ensues. Camden Rycroft is the most delicious and gorgeous of Victoria Vale’s men! It’s also a story that hints to being sure enough to being who you are.

A quote which goes well to this story; If you have courage enough you can do without a reputation

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 05-09-16

Hot and juicy but badly narrated.

Graphic sex, foul language..... probably a good read but not an enjoyable listen. Not a narrator I'll buy again. And although this isn't the end of the scale (erotica novel?) I usually choose in a book, I did appreciate what it could be with a decent narrator.

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An enthralling story

What made the experience of listening to Masquerade the most enjoyable?

I had read the book before so it was interesting to hear someone else's interpretation of the voices and storyline.Also, the fact that I could do other things as well as listen to the story, e.g. Knitting.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that Margaret ( Maggie)had a rebellious streak, even though she appeared as the dutiful daughter when with her parents. I enjoyed the encounters with Camden and Maggie and oh yes! they were hot! There was some amusing banter between Camden and his elderly aunt. I also liked the fact that there was doubt as to what Camden would do in the end.

Have you listened to any of Beatrice Pendergast’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No as this was the first audiobook that I have listened to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Unfortunately I wasn't able to listen to it in one sitting but that didn't detract from the enjoyment of the book. It was over 4 hours long and it took me 3 sitting to complete it.

Any additional comments?

I was surprised to not to hear an English voice as this was set in England. This took a while for me to get my head around. Maybe it's because I'm British? Having said that Beatrice performed a very good reading.
I received a free copy for an honest review .

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good for a long, intimate afternoon

Story is generic so easy to follow if dealing with distractions. Sex is explicit & hot. Characters are predictable but charming. Narrator was successful in audibly delineating one character from another but was also slightly grating in her delivery; performance would've benefited from a good director.

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Explicit historical fiction

This was by far the most explicit historical fiction I have ever read. Naughty but I liked it!

The narrator sounded like a grandma, very proper. It was bizarre listening to her read all the explicit lines! I would choose a younger narrator for this type of historical fiction.

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  • Austen
  • 04-01-18

A steamy story

A really great story about a young rebellious debutante who feels restricted by society's expectations and restraints. She is expected to select a husband from her suitors but is totally underwhelmed by them all. She has a crush on The Duke of Avonleah, who she secretly lusts after. She manages to 'catch his eye' at a masquerade, one she has been forbidden to attend, held at Vauxhall gardens. Things progress from there.....

This is a really hot read but unfortunately the narrator was poor.
As a British listener the accent was just awful - at times really over the top (in the way Americans think the British speak) and then at others very American - such as the pronunciation of DUTY. Also the narrator sounded like a 90 year old grandma - just all wrong for this type of story. I know that lots of American actors and actresses can successfully undertake an English accent - but this narrator is NOT one of them.

However, I still enjoyed the audiobook - but it could have been so much better.

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