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Masquerading the Marquess (Lords of Intrigue #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  398 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Anne Mallory makes her Avon debut with this exciting new novel in which everyone has something to hide...Masquerading the Marquess is sure to be loved by fans of Regency–era historical romance and mysteries.

Calliope Minton is a caricaturist in disguise. For her latest role she secures the help of Stephen Chalmers, the one true gentleman she knows and trusts. Unfortunately
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Avon (first published January 1st 2004)
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I had so much fun reading this book! It was lighthearted and fun without being too fluffy. I had a lot of fun with the characters and can't wait to read the next book!

Calliope was such a great character. I swear, that girl wasn't afraid of anything. She was confident enough in her wits to boldly step into situations that had the potential to turn out badly for her. I never thought about it, but it would make sense that someone of her profession would need to be in close contact with members of t
Sep 26, 2010 Katyana rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? *gush gush gush*

It was just delightful fun. I honestly don't have a criticism of it at all. The characters were all frankly perfect. Sure, they had their baggage, but they didn't irritate me. They were never stupid (it is sad that I have to say that, but it seems like it is becoming a rarity - there is nearly always a stupid character or two populating HR). I loved Calliope, James, Stephen, Roth, Robert, and Dierdre.

The plot was a fun twisty bit of intrigue, and
Bronwyn Rykiert
Jan 05, 2011 Bronwyn Rykiert rated it really liked it
Calliope Minton is a caricaturist; she is masquerading as a companion to a wealthy lady so she can get some ideas for her art work. At these functions she meets James Trenton, the Marquess of Angleford and because of his arrogance he becomes Callie’s favourite person to draw. James is not happy with what he sees and tries to find out who is the artist behind the pictures.

Her next position is one of a courtesan, to carry this one off she needs someone to help her, in steps Stephen Chalmers. Steph
Oct 04, 2010 Keri rated it liked it
What I loved about this book was the verbal swordplay that Cal and James were so good about. It was funny and mean at times. What I didn't like about the book was that the mystery took the book over and the romance, IMO, seem to take a backseat to it. During the times that we had romance, it was sweet and hot.

The book flowed well and showed AM's talent. Even though this wasn't may fav or hers, it certainly won't be my last and I look forward to seeing what Stephen gets up to.
Nov 06, 2014 Tanisha rated it liked it
Characters had a lot of chemistry.Romance was there although not much.Good read.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Aug 29, 2011 Rebecca (everyday reader) rated it really liked it
Calliope is a woman of many faces and secrets. James is the marquess who has caught her eye, not only as a woman but as an artist, and has secrets himself. They are both involved in a world of espionage, and secrets are found out. Murder, intrigue, government plots, and unexpected love make this a great read!! Not your typical historical romance.
Michele Lacroix
Dec 08, 2012 Michele Lacroix rated it liked it
I had to rate this book as a three, because it didn't move me. The characters were good, but the story?
Sep 26, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it
This was a fast-paced, light and easy read. If you're looking for something that doesn't drag with unpredictable events, I recommend this one.

Although I never saw myself in her shoes, Calliope was really amusing with her quick wit and sharp tongue. I found myself laughing at some scenes and how her drawings were described and I liked how ironic her love for James was manifested - by making a mockery of him with her caricatures. So I thought it would only revolve around that, and the time would u
I discovered the talented Anne Mallory after reading – and loving! – Three Nights of Sin. Despite a misleading title, that novel had fabulous three-dimensional characters, interesting plot twists, an electric chemistry between the hero and heroine, and Mallory’s writing was superb. Hoping for a repeat performance, I was quick to snatch up a copy of Mallory’s Masquerading the Marquess.

Unfortunately, I found this novel to be a bit of a letdown. The characters of Calliope and James are both likabl
Elis Madison
Calliope Minton, a/k/a Margaret Stafford, a/k/a Thomas Landes, doesn’t like the nobility much at all. Which is why she does caricatures of them, poking holes in their bloated self-importance. She uses the "Stafford" pseudonym to gain entre among the ton, posing as a companion to an old gossipy society bitch. She publishes her work under the "Landes" pen name, so nobody makes the connection.

And her favorite target is the Earl of Angelford. He's a handsome devil

who has earned her disdain by making
May 01, 2014 Modesty_b rated it it was amazing
fabulous story... loved it :) looking forward to reading the others in the series
Elizabeth Bennet
Sep 09, 2014 Elizabeth Bennet rated it liked it
It just was not for me. And not a lot of intimate scenes either.
Aug 21, 2014 Amz rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Lady Claire, Marchioness of Fancy Pants
One of my fellow reviewers correctly said there was way too much time spent on the "mystery" and not enough time spent on the character's relationship. I say "mystery" because that wasn't even that good to be the sole focus. I finished it because I like Anne Mallory, and I didn't want to abandon her first novel.

I'm so glad her writing has matured, and she gave use Seven Secrets. Not sure if I will read any more of her earlier stuff - hugely disappointing.
May 13, 2010 penelopewanders rated it really liked it
Mini time out between the rings and rays which are here.

Apparently her first novel, this was an enjoyable tale with several levels of complications and subplots. Occasionally a bit too complicated (between the bad guys and the maybe bad guys and the spies and the illegitimate children and evil seeming brothers who never reappeared in the story...), nonetheless an entertaining read. An author to continue to follow.
Tabetha Waite
Feb 25, 2012 Tabetha Waite rated it it was amazing
A book by a debut author, this book was rather original and had a bit of humor that I found refreshing. The heroine in the novel is a caricaturist and sets her sights on the unwitting male in the story. Naturally, this causes a bit of friction, for he is getting a lot of attention about society when her scandalous cartoons begin to make their way into the papers. A definite recommendation!
Jul 14, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing
My first experience of Anne Mallory's writing. This book was so good! She made me laugh out loud while reading, which not every author can do. Her unique characters are a treasure.
Apr 07, 2009 Lauri rated it it was amazing
This was the first novel Anne wrote and it was a real treasure. Very enjoyable and cleaverly writen. I loved this story very much.
Jun 25, 2012 Tiff's*Addictiontobooks rated it it was amazing
The first book of Anne Mallory that I've read and it won't be the last. This book was such a fun easy read that finished it one day.
Danielle Hancock
Mar 31, 2013 Danielle Hancock rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for these types of books. I can't help it lol.
interesting variation.
Yvonne Gom
Nov 25, 2012 Yvonne Gom rated it it was amazing
One of my fav books yet!
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