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Fool's Masquerade

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Escaping the constrictions of Regency society, Valentine Ardsley disguised herself as a groom on Lord Leyburn's Yorkshire estate. But the arrogant (and irresistible) Diccon discovered her deception quite easily and felt he was honor-bound to offer marriage to the young lady. Valentine would rather suffer London's ton than marry a man who didn't love her--wouldn't she? Rege ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Signet Regency (first published August 1st 1984)
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Dec 09, 2010 Adrianna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Romance and Teen Readers
Recommended to Adrianna by: My mom
It had been a while since I read a short historical romance, so I decided to look through the large stack of books my mother gave me. I picked one at random and was pleasantly surprised by the premise. Even if I had not read the summary on the back cover, I would have guessed parts of the book based on the Twelfth Night quotes that separated “Part I” from “Part II.”

There are two main characters, Valentine Ardsley, granddaughter of an earl, and Lord Richard Diccon Leyburn, an earl from Yorkshire.
Genre: Traditional Regency
Sensuality: Kisses only

18 yr old orphaned Lady of Quality runs away and becomes a groom/courier for the H, an earl, masquerading as a 15 yr old boy.

Reading the reviews, I dont see Twelfth Night as much as These Old Shades. The h adores the H and I kinda expected her to address him as "Monseigneur" at any moment.

Altho I have a hard time getting used to regencies told in 1st POV, I like Joan Wolf ok and I love the cross-dressing trope so this bk was a win-win for me. Wolf
Nicole the Reading Ninja
I really enjoyed this book. I love books (& movies) where the female is in disguise as a male and the hero is none the wiser. This book did an amazing job at that aspect. Generally I don't care for books written in first person but once I got used to it, I didn't even notice anymore. I did however dislike the lack of the hero's POV. I can understand why we might never it and it does sort of add to the mystery of the male lead. I just think Fool's Masquerade would have been richer with a male ...more
An old Joan Wolf favorite I've read many times.
I never did like books written in the first person because it lacks the edifying thoughts of a jealous emotion-wrought hero (hehe). But as I was starved of cross-dressing heroines, I had nothing to do but continue reading after the first sentence. Diccon is a good hero (too bad we don't have any inside of his thoughts). too bad the only thing happenning in this book was a kiss.

A bit too much of a teen-read for my taste all in all.
God looks out for fools and little children. So do authors looking for comic relief.
It's a pleasant Regency. But, nothing really stands out about it.
A very light and fun read
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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher
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