Friday, August 30, 2013

Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure, Blog Tour, Book Review, & Giveaway!


Title: Midnight Masquerade
Stavos Voronin was not as blind-eyed as many nobles and royals. Evony’s physical gestures—even the simplest movement of her hands—revealed that she had not always been destitute. The same was true of the children—of their polished manners and the boy’s knowledge of horses and tendency to be bold and fearless of strangers.
Ah yes, Stavos enjoyed a good mystery. After all, interest in the inexplicable circumstances surrounding the royals of Abawyth was the very thing that had lured him to the kingdom—the enigma of Abawyth’s twelve sleepy princesses. And yet now—now his mind was all the more intrigued. Not only was the obscurity of what had caused the profound and baffling torpidity of Abawyth’s princesses laid out before him, but also he found his curiosity intensely piqued over the riddle surrounding the very lovely Evony and her siblings.
As Stavos strode through the village resting on the outskirts of Abawyth Castle, his mind reeled with possibilities. His musings were drawn back to why he had come to Abawyth at all—to solve the conundrum surrounding the twelve beautiful princesses of Abawyth kingdom—to solve the seemingly impenetrable crux and thereby win the hand of one of Abawyth’s princesses, as his father, King Letholdus of Ethiarien, had commanded.

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My Review:
I immediately became caught up in another great book by Marcia Lynn McClure!  I have been a fan of hers for years and was anxious to read a new book by her!  Midnight Masquerade is her version of the twelve dancing princesses.  I really love Evony as the main character and Stavos is so handsome and such a gentleman that I could not help but love him!  The secrets that were kept and later revealed were fun and made the story interesting.  I have read a lot of versions of the twelve dancing princesses and this one was great!  It is different and Marcia put her own twist on it!  I love how original her version is and how the kissing *sigh* that Marcia is famous for, is a part of this book as well.  My only critique of the story was the over use of the words 'thus' and 'hence'.  It distracted me from the great story that was being told!  Other than that, this book is unique in its re-telling and a must read for any Marcia Lynn McClure fan!  

Author Marcia Lynn McClure
Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.”
Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.

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