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A Marriage of Notoriety (The Masquerade Club #2)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The scars she keeps hidden…

The mysterious pianiste is the Masquerade Club's newest attraction, captivating guests with her haunting music. What is the true identity of the lady concealed beneath the mask?

Only Xavier Campion, the club's new proprietor, recognizes Phillipa Westleigh, the lady with whom he once shared a dance. Concerned for her safety, Xavier escorts her ho
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by Harlequin
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Excellent book. Because of a childhood injury that caused a scar on her face, Phillipa hides herself away from people. She spends her days on playing and writing music. When questions about her father and brothers send her to the Masquerade Club, she sees Xavier an old friend from her childhood. Intrigued by the idea of the club, Phillipa convinces him to let her play the piano at the club, remaining masked to protect her reputation. Just as Phillipa begins to gain some confidence in herself, he ...more
Jun 19, 2015 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: regency romance fans
I'll start by saying that I have not read the first book in the series although I have seen it a couple of times on the library shelves and I have had the possibility to pick it up. But not once have I felt that it intrigues me enough to give it a shot. And I still don't think that I want to give it a shot after having spoiled myself with this lovely novel and I think that I may have spoiled the first book's experience as well by reading this one first.

But about Xavier and Philippa... He's a ve
Nicky Penttila
Jan 05, 2014 Nicky Penttila rated it really liked it
Well-done series regency story. Music flows throughout--the lady is a composer and, secretly, a performer. I wasn't convinced her problem was really that serious -- didn't a lot of folks get smallpox and war scars, etc? -- but it was clear it was important to her. And it was clear that she was important to Xavier, meltingly so. I found the repetition of details and character names and re-explanation of previously revealed story, um, repetitive (is it Harlequin style, to help distracted readers?) ...more
I really liked this book. Everything is perfect, the plot, the characters, the feelings.

I really enjoyed every minute. The Friendship between Xavier and Phillipa is just so sweet. I love how their feelings change to become strong and everlasting love.

I love how the theme of the scar is written. It's realistic and sensible, showing really what Phillipa feels because of her "accident."

I was really moved by how Xavier helps her to realise that she is hurting herself more than anyone could hurt her
Marilyn Rondeau
Dec 31, 2013 Marilyn Rondeau rated it it was amazing
Adonis - that was what all the young debutantes at the ball were calling him, only Lady Phillipa Westleigh knew him as her very own childhood champion, Xavier Campion. And there he was bowing before her and asking her for a dance which as it turned out because of a jealous friend telling her that her bothers had coerced hXavier to dance with her, sent her running and reclusive for the next five years, hiding her face and the hideous scar on her cheek she had received as a young child.

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Feb 09, 2014 Soyanut rated it really liked it
I really appreciate Diane Gaston's characters. They are humans. They have flaws. I have been so many Regency Historic Romance from different authors for a little over two months, and I come to see patterns that emerge from the collective works by some authors. In Diane's work you find inperfect love between parents and children, man and woman, between brothers but they are all heartfelt and so real.
When friends keep secrets

I read three kinds of books: books that inform, books of romance, and books of mystery. If the lines are blurred, that is all the better. This book has romance, in spades, from parents to brothers, to permanently unrequited lovers. It has a potentially sinister underlying mystery. And it has sufficient detail to eliminate the world for the time it takes to read it. I would recommend it to anyone searching for a light read to escape for a little while, but especially to t
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Apr 15, 2015 Betzacosta Fiction rated it liked it
Lo leí más bien porque quería leer el siguiente y la protagonista salía en este.
Osea, me pareció normal.
May 10, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it
Scarred heroine, very handsome hero, very good story.
Aug 30, 2015 Maryanne rated it it was amazing
Dec 27, 2013 Regina rated it liked it
A little tiresome in that Phillipa just couldn't believe others could see beyond her scar and appreciate the real person inside. Her mother was hard-hearted and her brothers were not really available for Phillipa. I did love Xavier; he was protective and supportive of Phillipa's musical talent and in general. 3 stars.
Harlequin Books
"Book two in Gaston's Masquerade Club series is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast tale. It's also about loving one's self and having the courage to reach out and claim the man of your dreams. Readers are in for a treat with this sensual Regency and its engaging characters, realistic settings and accurate research." RT Book Reviews, rated Received 4 stars

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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 20, 2015 07:54AM  
Diane Gaston’s dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she decided to pursue that dream and has never looked back; she is now writing full-time. Her books have won Romance’s highest honour—the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends.
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The Masquerade Club (3 books)
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  • A Lady of Notoriety (The Masquerade Club #3)

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