Title: The Layered Mask
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 108 Pages
At a Glance: I would love to have a whole Gentleman’s Club series…
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: 2nd Edition
Threatened by his father with disinheritance, Lord Edwin Nash arrives in London with a sole purpose: to find a wife. A more than eligible bachelor and titled to boot, the society matrons are determined to shackle him to one of the girls by the end of the season.
During a masquerade ball, Nash hides from the ladies vying for his attention. He is discovered by Lord Thomas Downe, the Duke of Lynwood. Nash is horrified when Downe calmly tells him that he knows the secret Nash has hidden for years and sees through the mask Edwin presents to the rest of the world.
And then he offers him an alternative.
Review: This is the story about Downe, the present Duke of Lynwood, and Lord Edwin, the future Marquis of Woodcote. Edwin is being forced to marry – NOW. At only twenty years old, he is lost in London society. The matrons have designated him “the lamb,” or the man they have picked for this London season to sacrifice on the altar of matrimony. When he escapes to the library at a masquerade ball, he meets Thomas Downe, and sparks fly. Downe, at twenty-seven, has learned to navigate the season and the matrons, and he is determined that the only one to have Edwin will be him.
Downe is a member of The Gentleman’s Club, a club started by two men, and a fiercely kept secret to the ton. I REALLY want Sue Brown to write a book about Asher and Leicester, the enigmatic couple who are the creationists behind the club. This book has all kinds of promise, if the author wanted to make a series out of it.
Sue Brown does a fantastic job with her characters. She discovers a solution – based on Victorian societal structures – for her main characters to achieve their HEAs. Is it historically accurate? No, but it is close. Is it a wonderful read based on the time period? Yes. If you enjoy Victorian novels, and aren’t too particular about the details, then this is a great book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it heartily!
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