Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure

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.
Chelz Review~

Being a Marcia Lynn McClure fan I was very excited to have a new story to enjoy this summer.  The cover is AMAZING!!!!  I love the dress and the sleeves are to die for.  The pose and background are just perfect.  This is one of the best book covers and would have bought the book just for the cover alone.

The story of Midnight Masquerade was so well done.  For me this goes up with Shackles of Honor which is my favorite MLM book.  The way the story unfolds is perfect.  I loved how the back story was not told right off the bat.  Evony is a very resourceful for a princess in hiding.   She is able to not just take care of her 2 younger siblings but is also steadfast in solving the mystery of her mother & aunt's disappearance and her 12 cousins' "sleepiness".   I so enjoyed the romance between Prince Stavos and Evony.  True to MLM form the kissing scenes are heavenly.  I enjoyed every part of the story and cannot pick just one favorite.  That being said, I enjoyed when Evony was caught by one of the villains and Stavos recognizes her and they "share" their first kiss.  The hidden tunnel from the 12 princesses room was fabulous and of course the happily ever after.

Make sure to add Midnight Masquerade to your library.  I will be re-reading this one again very soon.

Jewelz Review~

Anytime I pick up a book by Marcia Lynn McClure I know I'm in for a deliciously romantic read with amazing kissing scenes and at least one scene when the hero removes his shirt. I'm happy to say that Midnight Masquerade delivered on all three fronts.

When I realized that Midnight Masquerade was a re-telling of the fairytale The Twelve Dancing Princesses I was even more excited to carve out some precious time to read this book. I'll admit that The Twelve Dancing Princesses is my favorite of the many Barbie movies that as a devoted mother I have watched alongside my little girl. (mom points, right?) Needless to say, I was curious to see what MLM had done with this enchanting tale.

I loved that in this version, the heroine isn't one of the twelve dancing princesses - she is their cousin. Princess Evony is a beautiful, intelligent, and determined young woman. She is hard working and compassionate - she's the perfect big sister to Prince Mikol and Princess Tressa. Prince Stavos - our hero - couldn't be more perfect. (And I would expect nothing less from the beloved MLM.) He's the archtypal male - easy on the eyes, considerate, passionate, couragous - and he is perfectly selfless. I mean, how many men would strip down to their skivies to share their body heat with a princess at risk of expiring from hypothermia? Oh... well... yeah I guess that would be any guy, huh? But it makes for a wonderfully romantic scene nonetheless :)

So, if you are an MLM fan - you will love Midnight Masquerade. If you aren't familiar with MLM and you like sappy romantic stories with lots of good kissing scenes and streotypical heros & damsels in distress - you should put this on your "to-be-read" list. And if you are a fan of fairytale re-tellings - this is one to pick up.

FYI~ clean read, nothing more passionate than kissing & above mentioned life-saving scene ;)
Source~ purchased the ebook

1 comment:

  1. I have a few books by this author that I have yet to read! This looks like the perfect book to escape with.