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Maiden Behind the Mask

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When Catalina Rodriguez is attacked by a would-be rapist and rescued by the dashing Ricardo Garcia, she not only becomes more aware of the handsome man, but also vows that she'll never be a damsel in distress again. Using the timeless method of blackmail, she convinces her uncle to teach her to fight and becomes a masked crusader in the night, saving other damsels from rob ...more
ebook, 70 pages
Published September 3rd 2012 (first published August 9th 2012)
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Tara Chevrestt
May 19, 2012 Tara Chevrestt added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Have you ever thought there should be a lady Zorro tale? What do you all think of this cover?
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If you believe laughter is good for the soul then Tara Chevrestt's Maiden Behind the Mask is the book for you. Strictly speaking the book is a historic romance, but for me, it was the author's delightful brand of humor that made the book such a clever and pleasurable read. The text is downright witty.

As an author, Chevrestt is quickly making her name synonymous with strong, independent women and Maid
Jenny Q
I was really impressed earlier this year with Ms. Chevrestt's young adult suffragette novel, Ride for Rights , and so I was looking forward to this female Zorro-inspired historical adventure story.

It was only seventy pages long on my Nook, so not a lot of space, and most of the story was devoted to the plot: setting up the impetus for Catalina to learn self-defense, her lessons, and then her adventures as El Capitan, and I think the development of the characters and their relationships with eac
Laura DeLuca
Catalina is a beautiful senorita living in a dangerous world. One day while out to pick up medicine for her sick mother, she is brutally attacked. Though someone comes to her aid before the worst can happen, the experience changes her. She decides she'll never be a damsel in distress again. With the help of her swashbuckling Uncle Jose, she learns to fight. Under the guise of El Capitan, she heads out into the night to help others who might be in distress. She's so wrapped up in her crime fighti ...more
Andrew Weston
As you all know...I'm an avid sci-fi/fantasy fan. I've never read a romance story before and this is the first book I've ever read by Tara Chevrestt.
I was very glad I made the effort.
You get suspense, sword duels, damsels in distress AND a flatulent horse.
An excellent mix if you want a story that takes you through the action at a swift and exciting pace.
I really enjoyed it.
Try it - I'm sure you will too.
Tara Chevrestt’s Maiden Behind the Mask is a fun whimsical read! Even though it’s a novella, characters are drawn out. Catalina Rodriguez is no fainting miss! Realizing what her fate could have been had she been raped she seeks out to defend the innocent and in the process wreaks havoc on the pueblo! Ricardo Garcia isn’t your typical hero. Sure he’s arrogant, but he’s not interested in marriage nor does he go around sleeping around. Even though Catalina forces his hand, he takes it in stride, bu ...more
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
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3.5 stars rounded up to 4!

It took me a little extra time to fall into the story of the Maiden Behind the Mask as Tara Chevrestt’s writing style is a little different than I am used to. Her writing is a bit more formal than most writers of this genre. That being said, once I adjust the way I read to meet her writing style, I fell into the story and couldn’t put it down. I found myself pulled in by Ricardo and Catalina.

I had so much fun while I was reading this book! Awesome short story about a young woman, Catalina, who wants to prove herself that she'll never be again the girl who needs rescue!

Even if I think it was a little inconceivable that Catalina was able to learn so fast and in this short among of time how to fight and develop talent in swords play, the interaction between the characters and the scenes with the masked El Capitan were well written, pretty funny (OMG the horse...!) interesting and somet
Christy B
A short, but gripping story of a fabulous sword wielding female Zorro!

After almost being assaulted one day, Catalina vows never to be a damsel in distress again. Not only that, but she will help other women from being victims. She learns to sword fight in secret, and finally has the opportunity to put her plan into action... at her engagement party. Donning men's attire, and a mask, Catalina assumes the identity of El Capitan. Catalina is successful as her alter ego for a while, but soon finds i
This book is pure girl power and I'd like to think that some women of that time were as feisty and hotheaded as Catalina, and refused, like she, to be prayed upon by would-be rapists. The story is action packed right from page one as Catalina's soon-to-be husband saves her from a `bandido.' There are a few Spanish words thrown in and as I have a basic understanding of Spanish I really felt this brought the narrative alive; there was always a sense that you were in Mexico and without this I think ...more
Gary Henry
Maiden Behind the Mask is a quick read — more novelette than novel. Part of what makes it quick to go through is what’s been left out — setting and character description, character back story, and details about the sword-fighting. Including these items would definitely make for a longer and more complete story.

But Tara’s tight, verbal writing would, in my opinion make this a fast read anyway. Her characters are sympathetic and compelling. She places them in situations threatening to sexy to humo
Brandy Dorsch
For those of you that follow my blog, you know I LOVE Tara’s books! This woman knows how to write strong, sexy women and I love that in a book.
The story starts out with Catalina being attacked and I have to say my first thought was why didn’t she have someone with her at night? This story builds from there. Catalina wants to make sure that she is never a victim again so she gets trained to defend herself. Love a woman that knows how to handle a sword!
Ricardo is a well-written character and I li
This novella is a little gem – action, adventure and romance all packed into one story. I’ve always been a huge fan of Zorro and ‘Maiden Behind the Mask’ has all the same ingredients – a daring heroine, a dashing hero and lots of sword-fights and heroics. The only difference being that the real “hero” is actually the heroine, who is a feisty young woman sworn never to feel defenceless again after having been attacked once. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of daring exploits and passion and would r ...more
Bev Pettersen
What an entertaining read! The writing flows and I didn’t look up from my kindle until the last page. Much of the time I was grinning. So many funny lines! Loved the part where the horse went home to the wrong house—of course, since Catalina had recently married. This is a well-written novella with a mixture of romance, adventure, Zorro-type sword fights and loads of humor. I loved it, was pulled into the story, and hope the author writes more like this. Thanks for the fun!
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Sword fighting, damsels in distress and secrets all describe Maiden behind the Mask. This book was very well written. It had a balanced amount of action and romance. The characters were likable. I enjoyed their interaction. So, why only three stars? Unoriginal. I’ve read this plot several times from big authors and small press.
Chacelyn Pierce
I loved this book, my second favorite by Tara. I wished it was longer :( but I loved how well developed the plot line and characters were. And of course La Reina stole the show!
Unique, page turning tale with an empowering heroine. As with all reviews...this one will be posted on my blog :)
It was a fun read; a short story though - there was room for more story, more action.
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Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, aviation mechanic, and dog mom. She loves vintage clothes and period dramas and wishes she could time travel. You’ll never see her without her Kindle or a book within reach. As a child, she would often take a flashlight under the covers to finish the recent Nancy Drew novel when she was supposed to be sleeping.

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