Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: Masquerade @fieldinghannah

TITLE: Masquerade
SERIES: Andalucian Nights #2
AUTHOR: Hannah Fielding
RELEASE DATE: August 6th 2015
PUBLISHER:  London Wall 
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE:complimentary copy

A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire. 
Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy's double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.
Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?
Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive? 

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

To date, Hannah has published four passionate, evocative novels: Burning Embers, a ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’, set in Italy; and books 1 and 2 of the Andalusian Nights trilogy, set in sultry Spain, entitled Indiscretion and Masquerade. She is currently working on her fifth book, Legacy, which will publish this spring.

The second book in the “Andalucian Nights’ trilogy follows Luz, Salvador and Alexandra's daughter, after she returns to Spain. She is a writer whose next job is to write the biography of a famous artist. Her life will become an exciting adventure once she meets an enchanting gypsy and later her attractive 'boss'. Both men will haunt her dreams and will awake her deepest desires.

'Masquerade' has more than 400 pages but you never feel like is a long book. The writing is beautiful and excellent. The author describes the scenarios with such power that is easy to get lost in the reading. Spain continues to be a perfect place to romance and forbidden passion. The story is solid and every aspect has been planned in detail. There are many surprises and each chapter has its magic.

Luz is a great character, as a Spanish woman educated in London she has more liberal ideas about women behavior and love. Still her Spanish roots make her a passionate and strong woman. There are many traits of Luz that reminded me of her mother or father. The author created a lovely woman, faithful to her heart and brave. Both, Leandro and Andres are handsome men with a fire inside that calls Luz. Each one brings a new ingredient to the story and I could love them both.

Unlike the first book, this one has a more relevant sexual component. The tension is suffocating and the relationship between Luz and Andres is burning hot. Their encounters are steamy and sensual, their attraction is electrifying and you can almost feel and touch the passion.

If you have read any book by Hannah you will love this one. If romance is your genre of choice, you MUST read ‘Masquerade’. I'm counting the days to read the next book.

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