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Threatened by his father with disinheritance, Lord Edwin Nash arrives in London for one season to find a wife. While there, Nash discovers he is the lamb, the sacrifice of the society matrons, to be shackled 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 D ...more
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Published February 4th 2012 by Silver Publishing (first published February 3rd 2012)
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Josie Goodreads
I adored this story, I don't tend to read historical romances, in fact this is my first, but this story is lovely, just perfect, I couldn't put it down. Sue Brown's regency voice is perfect and without giving anything away the ending is superb, unexpected and perfect. I loved this book so much I would give anything for Sue to write a sequel. I just hope Sue writes more in this genre.
Portia
Lord Downe is not quite a confirmed bachelor. As heir to one of England’s oldest and richest titles, he knows that some day he will have to find a wife and “do his duty.” Edwin has never partaken of manlove, but he knows women do nothing to spark his carnal nature. He also knows that as his father’s only son, he must “do his duty.”

This is definitely historical romance done right. Sue Brown brings the madness of the ton to life brilliantly, as she has Downe courting Edwin. And whether he knew it
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Lisa Worrall
From the moment you pick up this book and start reading, you are transported back in time to ride beside Thomas and Edwin as they take their morning ride along Rotten Row. I am not a huge lover of regency because a lot of writers think they can just throw in a few "what ho's" and that's all the research that needs to be done. Sue Brown has taken it to the next level. It is obvious that she has done her research and the setting is impeccable.

Torn between doing his duty and his real desires, the l
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Erastes
Just look at that cover! It’s absolutely beautiful. Sumptuous and completely in line with the book it’s mouthwateringly beautiful. It just proves that you don’t need headless torsos to illustrate gay romance. Well done, Silver Publishing. This book, incidentally, is part of 3 book anthology (all of which are available as standalones) and are linked. Two of which–this one, and The Slave’s Mask by Patricia Logan–are historicals. They seem to be using the same cover for all.

I haven’t read any of Ms
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Lasha
Sue Brown’s The Layered Mask is a delightful historical romp that exposes the underbelly of London society when gay men had to hide their feelings and inclinations. Lord Edwin Nash arrives in London from the country in order to find a bride. Only twenty, he knows he’s gay, but is being forced by his father to marry and carry on the family line. Enter Lord Thomas Downe, ten years his senior, who befriends Edwin and the two give into their attraction for one another. But when Edwin’s father finds ...more
T.A. Webb
Lord Thomas Downe is an unhappy man. Trapped in a closet we cannot imagine, his homosexuality a capital crime, he is forced to seek unsatisfactory encounters with men of his persuasion when and where he can. Already on the fringes of society, he and his sister host an annual masquerade ball, where matrons of the town select a "lamb" for the slaughter - to find him a suitable wife from their daughters.

This year, the lamb is Lord Edwin Nash. Send to London to marry by his father, the real reason i
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Ami
3.5 stars
Young Edwin Nash's only role is to marry and to produce an heir, even if his interest is nowhere near ladies. He is forced to find a wife or would be disinherited. Then he's caught the eyes of Lord Thomas Downe, and for the first time, Edwin Nash finds a possible love in his life. Except what to do with his father's request?

Historical/regency romance is never been a favorite of mine; somehow I struggle with the language often used and I always prefer some sort of 'modernity' in the stor
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Patricia Logan
Lord Downe has been around the block a few times but he cannot commit to marriage and in 1811, titles and estates pass through to male heirs or if there aren't any, they pass back into the hands of the English Crown. Lord Downe has different tastes in lovemaking and unfortunately, his estate looks to be doomed. Edwin, another young lord is commanded by his father, to leave the country estate where he grew up and go to London and bring back a bride. When young Edwin meets Lord Downe, the sparks f ...more
Sherry
I know it's a short story but for me the ending came too fast and the problems were solved too easly. But I liked it.

I wanted to give it 4 stars but then the author made a mistake that really shouldn't happen. She seemed to have forgotten the name of one of her characters. Suddenly Edwins sister's name is Sarah. At the beginning of the book her name was Serena.
Unfortunately in Complete Faith (Morning Report #2) the same thing happened when the woman who was named Marion in the first book became
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Raevyn
This was a very sweet story of love conquering all... sort of. The life of a gay man or a lesbian was very difficult and could lead to death for those caught in the act. This story shows the secrets and the hiding that those men and women went through, but it does it with a feeling of hope. As I read, I felt such anger that as humans we treat each other so horribly. I also had a sense of sadness that love was put behind duty and responsibility.

I loved how Sue Brown brought me from hopeful for t
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Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books
I won’t give away the ending other than to say there is a satisfying HEA for more characters than just the two heroes. This is a delightful regency romance. So, for Ms Brown, this probably meets her definition of fluff, but that doesn’t mean it is silly or meaningless. With THE LAYERED MASK Ms Brown gets across the point that regardless of the era, regardless of societal expectations of the time, people fall in love with what's between the ears, not what's between the legs. I thoroughly enjoyed ...more
Jana Downs
3.5 rounded up to 4. I really enjoyed the premise of this story. I like historicals so I was really looking forward to it. I enjoyed the interactions between the two MCs and thought it was really very sweet. The only thing that I didn't enjoy about the book was that it seemed too convenient of a ending. Everything falls into place in just such a way as too seem a bit too contrived for my tastes. However, it did keep me hooked and rooting for the MCs so it was an effective delivery.
Makayla Thomas
My Review: When I started this, I wasn't really sure where it would go and how I would feel about it. With Regency, I find...

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Wusswoo
Things got tied up a little neatly at the end, but I still enjoyed it. I would have preferred something a little longer but that's probably because I love Sue Browns writing so much x
Ayanna
It was really sweet. Rushed, but sweet.
The ending seemed a little...odd to me, but it wasn't bad, and even then, I could realistically see it working out, given the context.

3.5/5
DL
Mar 12, 2012 DL added it
I wanted to read this till I found out through a review that it is part of a trilogy. Why isn't that mentioned in the blurb?
Meggie
This was sweet historical romantic story. The characters were real enough. But for my taste it was to easy and plain.
Jennifer
very short. Regency hooking up story. I got it because a reviewer called it a novella. Not even close to that long.
Bookfreakazoid
Best of the pack!
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Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she's ma
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