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Once Upon a Masquerade

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  141 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
New York City, 1883

A Prince Charming meets his match...

Self-made shipping magnate Christopher Black first spies Rebecca Bailey at a masquerade ball and is captivated by her refreshing naivete and sparkling beauty. She's a stark contrast to the hollow behavior of the ton and the guile of his former fiancée, but the closer he gets to her secrets, the further she pushes him a
ebook, 293 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Alisha Tarran
Jan 27, 2014 Alisha Tarran rated it really liked it
Christopher Black is a self made shipping magnate. Rebecca is a housemaid impersonating an heiress to become a mistress to a rich gentleman, in order to get the money she needs to pay off her father's gambling debts. The deadline has been lessened to a week, and if she fails, she'll be killed.

Christopher spies Rebecca at a masquerade ball and is captivated by not only her beauty, but her personality. She's so different to the other ladies of the ton, especially from his ex fiancee. But the clos
twelvejan [Alexandria]
2 mehhhh stars

*Received an ARC via Netgalley*

The Story
Once Upon a Masquerade, a housemaid named Rebecca Bailey, decides to impersonate as an heiress, in hopes of scoring a rich man. Nope, she's not whoring herself. She's merely looking for someone who would shower her with some money, so she could pay off her dad's debts, or risk getting killed.

Once Upon a Masquerade, a self-made shipping magnate, Christopher Black chanced upon the beautiful Rebecca Bailey. (Honestly, don't you think that gir
Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
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This one, provided by the publisher through netgalley, was a little bit different. It had lots of redeeming features, but didn't quite fulfill its potential and left me feeling a tad flat.

What did I like?

- The setting: why is that the only romances-with-corsets seem to be set in England? There is a whole world out there, and I LOVED that this was set in the US, when Society was every bit as ridiculously restrictive as Regency England, but with a melting pot of immigrants and poverty right outsid
Ingrid Foster
Feb 16, 2014 Ingrid Foster rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romantic Suspense
Just finished Once Upon a Masquerade last night, let me first say, I am not a romance fan, but I love a good mystery with a wonderful love story and a bit of history thrown in. That's why two of my childhood loves were Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. Thank you, Ms. Hughes, the author of this great book, for reminding me of them.

From page one, the author had my attention, to the point that putting it down so I could actually get some work done was difficult at best. The main character, Rebecc
Crissy VA
Feb 03, 2014 Crissy VA rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Good book, set in the 1800's. Lot's of scandal and mystery. Loved it! Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to review this book for my honest review.
Feb 18, 2014 Tonyalee rated it really liked it

I love starting out my reviews with confessions, so here goes; Historical Romance use to be one of my least favorite genres. Ever. No particular reason why, per se, I just didn't care for em. But over the years, our taste change and we grow as readers, and for me-- it has become one of my *new* favorite genres to read. So when I got the invite to join the tour, I jumped right on it. Plus, hello pretty cover with a mask.

Once Upon a Masquerade was so much more than I was expecting. Sure, there's o
SE Stone
Feb 05, 2014 SE Stone rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Bailey first spots Christopher Black while pretending to be an heiress in a high-society ball. Despite being drawn to the charismatic, self-made shipping magnet, she knows that she’s on a mission: raise the money to pay her father’s gambling debts. And the clock is ticking since she has only a week to come up with five hundred dollars. So she needs to stop thinking about Christopher before she gives away the secret that she’s actually a maid.

Christopher Black notices Rebecca’s naivety an
Denise Targaryen
Feb 06, 2014 Denise Targaryen rated it did not like it
Review can also be found on my blog. I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

First I didn’t realize this book was set in 1800′s NY (Yes it says that on goodreads but it didn't in the email I received) or I wouldn’t have requested it, as I know I’m not a fan of that setting. I like the era I just prefer stories set in England. That being said I am really disappointed in this book. I was rolling my eyes from the beginning and things just got worse. I made it about 75% o
Feb 01, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Full review here:

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review.

First of all, to state the obvious, the cover to this novel is stunning! It sold the book to me before I had even read the blurb. Rebecca Bailey is a maid desperate for money to pay off her father's gambling debts, and in a moment of madness she decides to pose as an heiress in the hope of attracting a wealthy suitor. Christopher Black, a dashing shipping magnate who is
Feb 04, 2014 Cher rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Historical Romance
Nice Historical Romance. It started a bit slowly but then you couldn't have pried my hands away from my reader if the house was on fire!

Take a girl that had once been from a wealthy family, whose father has never gotten over her mothers death. He gambles himself into a real mess and she has 1 week to pay his debts or they will kill her.. But why kill THIS girl? What in the world will these men get from killing her?

Enter Mr. Black a man on a mission trying to find the girl of his late best frien
Feb 12, 2014 E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Once Upon a Masquerade by Tamara Hughes is an entertaining historical romance that combines a mystery with the tale of the challenges facing a dutiful daughter, Rebecca Bailey, who is desperate to save her father from his own downward spiral which has resulted in a threat to his life. Christopher Black is determined to discover who murdered his friend but he becomes embroiled in a different situation when the mysterious woman he meets at a masquerade captures his attention and his affection. Ca ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Farrah rated it it was amazing
A lovely romance, with secrets and thrills in store, Once Upon a Masquerade was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a truly enjoyable read.

Rebecca was a great heroine. She was strong, determined, and very loyal to those she loved. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely character.

Christoper was also wonderful. He was clever and sweet and very determined once he set his mind to something. He could be frustratingly stubborn at times, but it was never a big issue. Overall, I r
My Book Addiction and More MBA
ONCE UPON A MASQUERADE by Tamara Hughes is an exciting Victorian Historical Romance/Suspense. What a thrill ride!! Meet Rebecca Bailey, a housemaid in trouble and Christopher Black, shipping magnate. Fast paced! Filled with passion, danger, and romance. A most impressive debut for this author. Although, I do not condone lies, deceit, or disguise, I totally understand Rebecca and her need to keep her father safe. Christopher in looking for the killer of his best friend, which he thinks Rebecca ma ...more
Dana Wright
Christopher is searching for the murderer of his best friend and when he encounters the lovely Rebecca, he senses there is more to her than meets the eye. In dire financial straights and struggling to protect her reprobate father, Rebecca assumes the identity of an heiress and the romp begins. A true Cinderella story complete with sexy scenes and tingling deceit, Christopher, Prince Charming extraordinaire, is determined to get to know the woman he has become fascinated with. Will her secrets be ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Eleonora rated it it was amazing
I have read quite a few books based on classic stories and fairy tales and most of the times I have found them boring, predictable or lacking in some way. Once Upon A Masquerade proved to be the exception to this rule. It really is a very good piece of work. There are hints of the fairy tale in it, but had I not read the summary before reading the book, I would have probably reached the end before I got it. Tamara Hughes has chosen the story of Cinderella as her inspiration and used it to create ...more
Barbara Longley
Jan 29, 2014 Barbara Longley rated it it was amazing
Rebecca, a housemaid for a wealthy New York family, has only one remaining relative—her father. He's in trouble, and she'd do anything to help him. When another maid she works with suggests that the best way might be to find a wealthy benefactor, and the only way to do that is to crash a ball while disguised as a wealthy heiress herself, Rebecca decides she has nothing to lose. She agrees.

Christopher black is searching for the murderer who took his best friend's life. He attends the same ball as
The premise was really interesting. I thought it was right up my alley. However, the book itself felt flat for me. Since I'm a fan of Historical Romance, I didn't really mind the low reviews much but when I finally read it, it certainly was disappointing. Maybe I was just not in the right mood for this kind of story.
Life hasn’t been the easiest for Rebecca and her family over the last decade. She lost her beloved Mother and watched her Father fall into depression, gambling and drinking. Leaving her to fend for herself, she’s taken a position with the wealthy family in hopes of helping her Father climb out of debt. Unfortunately, Rebecca isn’t prepared for everything that comes along with her Father’s issues – including someone trying to kill her.

In a desperate act, she dresses as a debutante and attends a m
Lady Entropy
Feb 13, 2014 Lady Entropy rated it liked it
(ARC given by Netgalley)

I rather enjoyed this book -- oh yes, I confess I didn't expect this retelling of Cinderella to be located in New York, and half the time, I'm convinced it was written with the English society in mind, but I can understand the choice -- not only nationalist but also because this entire premiss would be far harder to pull off in the much stricter and informed society of the English Ton.

Oh sure, there were still moments of "damsel in distressness", but I couldn't but help l
Stacy Reid
Feb 10, 2014 Stacy Reid rated it really liked it
I was drawn into this story from the beginning. I liked how readily I empathized and rooted for Rebecca. Of course, Christopher himself is scrumptious. Not as edgy and intense as how I love my heroes, but he was enough to draw me in. From the get go I could see they would be great together, and I enjoyed the journey the author took me on. Rebecca is sassy, kind, smart, and kick-ass enough to make me happy. Christopher is honorable, kind, protective, and dashing.
The story was fast paced and kept
Feb 21, 2014 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical, 2014
Cinderella in this story is a young woman working as a maid to support her father who has gone into a decline following her mother's death. She's up against the wall trying to cover his latest gambling debts, which come with the threat of physical violence if they fail to come up with the money.

Rebecca ends up masquerading as an eligible young woman, hoping to woo a gift or loan out of a wealthy bachelor. I didn't love that idea, but I guess she was scrambling for money anyway she could get it.
Lola Karns
Mar 06, 2014 Lola Karns rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
First - this cover is gorgeous. It lured me in. I enjoyed the unusual time period for this romance - late 19th century New York and the glamorous heyday of the American tycoon. Heroine Rebecca's family lost their fortune and she works as a maid. When a fellow maid suggests she masquerade as a fine lady attend a ball in order to gain a generous suitor to help her family's money woes, she gets more than she bargained for. Christopher, a swoon worthy hero for sure, attends the ball hoping to assist ...more
Mariel Hoss
Feb 06, 2014 Mariel Hoss rated it it was ok
***ARC from NetGalley in Exchange for an honest review***

This is a Cinderella story that’s peppered with mystery and action. Not a bad premise eh? Unfortunately, neither Rebecca nor Christopher were developed to my liking, falling back on a stereo-type that had me fast-forwarding in spots. Rebecca, while capable and intriguing in some instances falls into the damsel-in-distress, oh-woe-is-me irritating girl. And Christopher is playing at being a detective but really is not. The cast of supportin
Nan Dixon
Feb 16, 2014 Nan Dixon rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful debut, I couldn't put it down. Finished the book in 2 days!
I loved that the book was set in New York but had all the wonderful historical aspects: masquerade party, class distinctions, home parties, mazes and servants. And of course the mystery of why anyone wants to hurt the feisty heroine.
Well done!
Cas H.
Feb 15, 2014 Cas H. rated it really liked it
This book was very intriguing, it appealed to me once I read the description. A maid, poses as an heiress to save her father from death, only to be swept up in a scheme to murder her. Thankfully Christopher Black saves her, and decides that he wants to keep her safe. I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest opinion
Daydream Books
A likable historical story that takes the reader on the tantalising journey of secrets, ballrooms and the naughtier side of Regency London while not embarrassing a lady about 'ton sensibilities too much. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lily Maxton
Mar 28, 2014 Lily Maxton rated it really liked it
This book was pretty quick to read (short novel length, I think), and I enjoyed it very much. A unique setting, a murder mystery, and, of course, romance (with some really good jealous moments!).
Robin Selvig
Mar 05, 2014 Robin Selvig rated it it was amazing
Cute story. Really enjoyed and a fast read. Love the cover!
Jan 09, 2015 Ty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idiots who shelved this is as a fairy tale retelling need to be neutered.
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A small town girl with a big imagination, Tamara Hughes had no idea what to do with her life. After graduating from college, she moved to a big city, started a family and a job, and still struggled to find that creative outlet she craved. An avid reader of romance, she gave writing a try and became hooked on the power of exploring characters, envisioning adventures, and creating worlds. She enjoys ...more
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