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The Layered Mask (Masquerade)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  127 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
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
Published February 4th 2012 by Silver Publishing (first published February 3rd 2012)
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Feb 04, 2012 Portia rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 04, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing
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.
Lisa Worrall
Feb 13, 2012 Lisa Worrall rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 28, 2012 Erastes rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-historical
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
Helena Stone
A Layered Mask is pretty much an old-fashioned and traditional historical romance. In Edwin Nash we meet the inexperienced, wide-eyed innocent, forced to face a world and forces he’s ill equipped to handle when his father decides he needs to find himself a wife. Enter Thomas Downe, a somewhat older and far more experienced and world wise man who takes the younger Nash under his wing. There are the careful and secret flirtations, early morning horse riding dates and a slow, patient, and breathtak ...more
Lena Grey
Jul 26, 2015 Lena Grey rated it really liked it
When Lord Edwin Nash, of ‘The Layered Mask' by Sue Brown, leaves for the bright lights of London, he is sad and resentful. Edwin is confused; he doesn't know what he wants from life, but he does realize whatever it is, is not going to be a woman. Edwin understands that one day, he will be called to 'do his duty' and provide an heir. He just doesn't expect for it to be now, at barely twenty years of age. Edwin has little choice though. He either has to do as his father says or be disinherited. I ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Bo rated it it was amazing
Three Books--One Review

OK, let's get this out of the way first. This is the order in which you should read these books (Masquerade Series):

1. The Layered Mask, by Sue Brown
2. The Slave's Mask, by Patricia Hogan
3. Behind the Mask, by Lisa Worrell

The reason is that they will follow chronologically in eras, and I found that to be quite important in appreciating how really good the series is, three authors notwithstanding.

The first two are historical and beautifully written and detailed. The third i
Mar 15, 2012 Lasha rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2012 T.A. Webb rated it it was amazing
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
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
Patricia Logan
Feb 07, 2012 Patricia Logan rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2012 Sherry rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
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
Mar 12, 2012 Raevyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, 2012
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
Becky Condit
Mar 28, 2012 Becky Condit rated it really liked it
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
Nov 29, 2015 Amazonaute rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice story. Kinda shrinkwrapped. Could have been longer - I wish it had been.
Aug 01, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jana Downs
Feb 07, 2012 Jana Downs rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2012 Makayla Thomas rated it it was amazing
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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Feb 13, 2012 Wusswoo rated it really liked it
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
Aug 13, 2012 Ayanna rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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.

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?
Feb 07, 2012 Meggie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
This was sweet historical romantic story. The characters were real enough. But for my taste it was to easy and plain.
Mar 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
very short. Regency hooking up story. I got it because a reviewer called it a novella. Not even close to that long.
Jul 06, 2012 Bookfreakazoid rated it really liked it
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.

Sue discovered M/M romance at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The series is long gone but the kissing was tender and Sue had a lightbulb moment.

Since then she has written many stories hoping to recreate that tender moment
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Masquerade (3 books)
  • Behind the Mask
  • The Slave's Mask

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