15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Decent Debut Effort,
This review is from: Masquerading the Marquess (Mass Market Paperback)
Ms. Mallory's debut effort demonstrates that she does have what it take to be a good author, but there are still some kinks that need to be worked out. One thing that was a problem was the over population of characters.
Calliope Minton is not your average Regencey miss. She is a Caricaturist who just so happens to also play at being a ladies companion, and later a courtesan all with the effort to get scandalous "on-dits" for her next cartoon. Her plan, take down one member of the "Ton" at a time. But, instead she gets more than she bargained for. Now she has stepped into a mystery that tied to national security and her friend Stephen has gone missing and the bain of her existance the Marquess of Angelford is now forced to work with her in order to find out what happened to Stephen. The fact that these two strong willed people set sparks to flying everytime they're in a room together escapes no one except for...Callie and James. Will these two people manage to work together before they kill each other or will they finally admit to the attraction that they can't keep ignoring?
This story had a lot of potential but what kept it from being "great" was the convoluted connections between so many of the characters with little ryhme or reason for the reader to follow. It looks as if she was laying the ground work for a series and this would have been fine except again...too much with little connection. As a result this romance between James and Callie felt forced and was not truly believeable for the reader. One can hope that her next effort will be a tad scaled down with more attention to the "romance" and less attention to building toward a series. Still this was a decent read and I will pick this author up again in the future.