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By Persephone Roth. The Randwick family is as noble as any but lives in greatly reduced circumstances. When Loel Woodbine, Duke of Marche and heir to three fortunes, makes an offer for Miss Valeria Randwick's hand, it seems like a godsend, but the young lady has already promised her heart to another—and a commoner, at that. Desperate to avoid the marriage, Valeria concocts a wild scheme that depends upon the good graces of her monastery-raised brother, Valentine. When the prospective groom sees through the ruse, he surprises Valentine by agreeing to cooperate. But can Marche and Valentine fool London society while dealing with an accusation of murder and the distracting fascination between them?

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Madcap Masquerade by Persephone Roth. Madcap Masquerade by Persephone Roth. The Randwick family is as noble as any but lives in greatly reduced circumstances. When Loel Woodbine, Duke of Marche and heir to three fortunes, makes an offer for Miss Valeria Randwick's hand, it seems like a godsend, but the young lady has already promised her heart to another-and a commoner, at that.

Desperate to avoid the marriage, Valeria concocts a wild scheme that The Randwick family is as noble as any but lives in greatly reduced circumstances. Desperate to avoid the marriage, Valeria concocts a wild scheme that depends upon the good graces of her monastery-raised brother, Valentine.

When the prospective groom sees through the ruse, he surprises Valentine by agreeing to cooperate. But can Marche and Valentine fool London society while dealing with an accusation of murder and the distracting fascination between them?

Get A Copy. Published December by Dreamspinner Press first published More Details Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Madcap Masquerade , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Madcap Masquerade. May 21, Erastes rated it really liked it Shelves: gay-historical. I think a stronger set up would have been essential for them to continue the masquerade than just parading one and then the other personality, perhaps having Valeria unwell or going to the country.

You might think that I would throw my hands up in horror at the faux marriage device used here, but I thoroughly enjoyed the idea — and the interpretation of it. It is actually nicely realised after Loel realises his new bride is a man, and the way the wedding night is managed. I was much appreciative of the subtle way these subtleties were outlined. They caused me to laugh out loud several times.

There are other historical issues such as journeying to France and back, dropped off in England by French Pirates! In truth, I am a French officer with a letter of marque from the king.

Which king, exactly? The ending is rather laboured, it goes on for a good ten pages after the natural ending place, and gets a little dull as all the loose ends are gathered up. I have to say that the second half spoiled some of my enjoyment of the first half. View 1 comment. Jan 11, Mary rated it it was amazing. This book has snappy dialogue that never is not in the style of the time which I respect so much. The bantering between the two main characters goes back and forth and it's witty and funny and I just never wanted it to end!

Get this book, you will not be disappointed. Feb 17, Ayanna rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , favorites , aaaaaawwww , be-still-my-heart. I love the language of this. It reminds me of actual Victorian romantic novels I haven't read. I dunno if it's even the right time period but who cares, right, because everything old is just classified in the Old period, yeah? And as with an Austen novel, as soon as I get all excited about the nasty little web of intrigue being woven, it devolves into fuck knows and I have no fucking cl I love the language of this.

And as with an Austen novel, as soon as I get all excited about the nasty little web of intrigue being woven, it devolves into fuck knows and I have no fucking clue what the fuck is going on. After a brief, half-the-book span of confusion and who the fuck knows, it eventually pulls through with a conclusion: the good guys win. Somehow or other, it came to pass, and then there's riding-off-into-the-sunset-ness.

Is this Regency? Something about the calling cards made me think it was Regency. Of course, the fact that there was a Prince Regent and his name was George didn't tip me off. It was the fact that to visit people, you need calling cards to put in a fancy little basket to be taken to the master.

Froop-dee-doo, go me. The name "Loel" ain't like none Ah evah seen afo', but it resembles "Lowell," which apparently means "young wolf. Also like an Austen novel, it turns out there's more after the clusterfuck of confusion. Yes, the entire thing was waaay too main-character-power-driven, and Valentine's like thiiis close to being a Mary Sue YMMV; some may think he's tipped over the edge , but I went with it and I thought it was fun and stuff.

View all 7 comments. Jan 10, Leslie Nicoll rated it really liked it. I have a feeling that Madcap Masquerade is book that people will either love or hate. At about the one-third point I thought things were getting a little preposterous and I was feeling annoyed, but I kept going. Then, I looked at the cover: Madcap Masquerade. So I adjusted my thinking and kept on reading. I think it is tough to be really funny with themes of murder, embezzlement, and betrayal.

What I liked the best was the interaction between Valentine and Loel and fortunately, they get a lot of page time which went a long way to keeping me interested in the story. They meet for the first time at their wedding, where Valentine is disguised as his sister Valeria. When Loel kisses his bride at the ceremony, she swoons. He takes her into the vestry, locks the door, loosens her corset and realizes that she is really a he.

Once that happens, Valentine can sort out what he will do with his life and next steps. Loel decides he wants to get Valentine into his bed but then surprises himself by starting to fall for the young man before the seduction occurs.

Valentine also realizes he is developing very strong feelings, very quickly, for the man he is married to. This was the strongest theme of the book and one that I felt was carried through very consistently and made the book work for me.

Val and Loel are a good pair and as they get to know each other better and fall deeper in love they ratchet up the banter and witty dialog as well as the heat of their sexual encounters. Like I said, when they were on the page, I devoured every word; when they were absent, I tended to read a little faster. The writing is colorful. I enjoyed the elaborate descriptions of clothing, food, and interior decorations.

Granted, during some of the sex scenes there were velvet sheaths and throbbing rods which I know are an instant turn-off for many readers but for me, it worked as part of the overall florid narrative. All in all, I liked this book and would recommend it with the caveat that it is probably not for everyone. Even so, I look forward to more stories from her in the future. View 2 comments. Jan 09, Lily rated it really liked it Shelves: ebook , m-m , historical , cross-dresser-drag-queen , what-i-read-in The writing is good, the characters are entertaining and I was happy to have read the story.

My complete review is posted at Rainbow Reviews 3. My complete review is posted at Rainbow Reviews Nov 03, Alison rated it it was ok Shelves: queer , lgbtq , my-e-things. I bought this years ago despite that awful cover , and finally decided to have a look at it. There were some good things in it, but I was skimming by the end. This book kind of has a bit of everything--instalove, instalust, disguises, murder, kidnapping, disputed inheritances, lookalike siblings, a sham marriage, pirates, runaway lovers, scheming underlings, cross-dressing, princes, sword fights, duels, a chase to France, wise-cracking sidekicks, amazing coincidences, a Snidely-Whiplash-style v I bought this years ago despite that awful cover , and finally decided to have a look at it.

This book kind of has a bit of everything--instalove, instalust, disguises, murder, kidnapping, disputed inheritances, lookalike siblings, a sham marriage, pirates, runaway lovers, scheming underlings, cross-dressing, princes, sword fights, duels, a chase to France, wise-cracking sidekicks, amazing coincidences, a Snidely-Whiplash-style villain, and more!

It's like bits of every Shakespeare comedy plot mixed together, and there are so, so many classic romance tropes here.

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By Persephone Roth. The Randwick family is as noble as any but lives in greatly reduced circumstances. When Loel Woodbine, Duke of Marche and heir to three fortunes, makes an offer for Miss Valeria Randwick's hand, it seems like a godsend, but the young lady has already promised her heart to another—and a commoner, at that. Desperate to avoid the marriage, Valeria concocts a wild scheme that depends upon the good graces of her monastery-raised brother, Valentine. When the prospective groom sees through the ruse, he surprises Valentine by agreeing to cooperate. But can Marche and Valentine fool London society while dealing with an accusation of murder and the distracting fascination between them?

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The Randwick family is as noble as any but lives in greatly reduced circumstances. Desperate to avoid the marriage, Valeria concocts a wild scheme that depends upon the good graces of her monastery-raised brother, Valentine. When the prospective groom sees through the ruse, he surprises Valentine by agreeing to cooperate. But can Marche and Valentine fool London society while dealing with an accusation of murder and the distracting fascination between them?

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