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Masquerade Magic – Reader Roundup with Amy Alessio

Amy AlessioThe fun of Halloween arrives this month, giving us all a chance to be someone else. Romance novels capture this excitement with stories of masquerade balls and other hidden identity adventures.

tiffany clareTiffany Clare explores two friends who want to be more in The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride from her Dangerous Rogues series. Widow Jessica is tired of dealing with rumors. Her old friend Duke Hayden, offers her solace, when he’d really rather offer her passion – and his hand in marriage. A masquerade ball gives them a chance to connect when masks are on and defenses are down.
jillian hunterThe Duke of Gravenhurst writes dark romances, and society feels he is corrupting readers. There are of course many fans of his scintillating books, including Lily Boscastle, a young woman seeking employment as his housekeeper. The close quarters reveal each other’s secrets and help them bond in this unique twist on a classic romance setup in Jillian Hunter’s Duke’s Temptation.
hoytTo save her finances, Anna applies for a position as Earl Edward’s secretary. He has lost two before her due to his temper, but he and Anna get along very well as she matches his wit while organizing his business. Sparks fly, and Elizabeth Hoyt’s debut historical, The Raven Prince, showcases the sensuality for which this bestselling author has become known.
sophie jordanSecond in her Derrings series, Sophie Jordan’s One Night With You offers a Cinderella type story in a delightful romance. Lady Jane Guthrie is no better than a servant in her family’s eyes, so she puts on a ball gown and attends a glittering event to give herself one spectacular night. She finds Seth, the longtime family friend she has longed for, who previously fell for her older sister. Seth needs to marry now and has the title to do it. He just doesn’t realize the answer to all his desires is right in front of him.
potent pleasuresWonderful classic Eloisa James title, Potent Pleasures, shows the aftermath of an illicit encounter at a masquerade ball. Charlotte is making a successful debut in society, and hopes no one will know about her passionate act at a ball years ago. When rumors surface about Alex Foakes’ virility, Charlotte knows she can refute those rumors. James draws them back together in this unique and memorable read.
night on thistle laneA modern masquerade takes place in Carla Neggers’ Night on Thistle Lane. Librarian Phoebe discovers a hidden room in the old mansion that houses the library. It houses beautiful, lush costumes. She dons one and wears it to a lavish function, where she flirts with wealthy playboy Noah without knowing. When they cross paths again in Swift River valley, they do not at first realize that they are the people each has wanted to see again. Love and a hidden room draw together a surprising story of secrets and change in a fun contemporary.


Bio: Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground, was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at

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2 Responses to “Masquerade Magic – Reader Roundup with Amy Alessio”

  1. Morning Amy!

    Looove masked balls! =) Thanks so much for a super list – even if it means I’ll be back on Amazon later this afternoon! =)


    Posted by Carrie Spencer | October 4, 2014, 9:44 am


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