Royal Masquerade by Carly Carson
Published: January 20, 2016
Format: I received a PDF of the book from Carly for an honest review
Summary from Amazon:
Alessandra Ranieri is forced to adopt a name that isn't really hers, when she returns to Monterra to claim an inheritance...that isn't really hers. She's certain that her Romany grandmother left her the property nestled in the foothills of the Monterran Alps that Raul needs to develop his ski resort.
Raul Forli, heir to the dukedom of Forli, is determined to unmask Alessandra's masquerade. He knows she's lying. More importantly, he needs the same property she's claiming, and he's sure that his need is more desperate than hers. Because the duke is not all he seems, either. And he's got nothing to lose.
This battle will be fiercely waged.
Not in a court of law.
But in the hearts of Alessandra and her fairy-tale duke.
What I thought:
While this book had me interested because it is part of The Royals of Monterra Kindle World, the ending wasn’t what I expected at all. At the beginning, I felt a little like ‘what’s going on here?’ because of how abruptly it started. Quickly, the plot of the book is revealed (like by the 2nd chapter). The basic plot is that Alessandra is supposedly looking for the piece of land that her grandmother left behind after she passed so Alessandra goes back to her childhood home in attempt to claim it. She then somehow gains entrance into a ball hosted by the cousin of the King of Monterra and he is immediately stricken by her good looks but only one thing keeps them apart (I will refrain from saying what it is to prevent spoilers).
I found most of the first half of the book to be unpredictable but after a little while, the reader can pretty well guess what happens next. The ending was a huge shocker (plot wise) to me. It was a good ending but everything leading up to that point felt a bit misleading.
There was a lot of ~hot~ chemistry going on between the two main characters but I feel like it was over the top hot and the author seemed to try a little too hard to show the chemistry (my opinion).
I would recommend the book to people wanting to read more of The Royals of Monterra Kindle, but this is a little more far fetched from the original series plot than some of the other books like Forgotten Princess but is still a good read. You can purchase the book from Amazon here. Overall, I give the book a 6 out of 10.
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