Welcome to my stop for Unmasking Love a Holiday for Romance novel from Peggy Bird. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, don’t forget to read the excerpt, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win either the Grand Prize of Print Copy of TRUSTING AGAIN, Glass Mask Trinket and eBook copy of SPARKED BY LOVE, or a Second Winner will receive an eBook of SPARKED BY LOVE.
Spicy and modernized, this story that relies on the mystique and romance of Romeo and Juliet, without the bad ending, Peggy Bird brings heat and heart to Halloween.
As Greer, the former Deputy, her life was a mess: falling in love with the wrong man who used her feelings for him to gain information to help his criminal activity left her embarrassed and jobless, a personal and professional implosion. Tossing everything she knew in Portland, she has moved to a small town to start again, remembering better times, she reclaims her childhood name of Julie and starts a simpler, scaled down life. Still stinging from the events in Portland, she is cautiously engaging with people in this small town until a masquerade party sets a whole new trajectory into her life.
Trace arrives in Ashland to repair and restore confidence in the town’s bank. His own reputation and diligence to regain the trust of the community are keystone elements in the bank’s (and by extension, his) success. But who can resist a masquerade ball that has the whole town excited?
When a dark-haired Juliet meets the Romeo of her dreams in Elizabethan costume, the masks provide an air of security and act to release inhibitions. Starting with the masquerade scene and all of the sexy and sensual moments, Juliet and her new Romeo are enchanted, and forget their own rules for behavior for just one night.
From here, Bird leads us on a clever dance, Trace cannot forget his Juliet, but has only his memories and a mask that she left behind. And while there is something familiar about the reserved blonde woman Julie, he can’t quite put the pieces together.
Clever dialogue, a determined hero and a very solid and mature development of the relationship between the two plays like a tango, as they gain knowledge of one another and slowly the pieces fall into place. Plenty of heat and some very clever sexy moments show their increasing connection, as Julie learns to trust in Trace and herself, and discover just how far from wrong he is.
Title: Unmasking Love
Author: Peggy Bird
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Crimson Romance
Source: Author via Tour Company
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Getting a life do-over in the small theater town of Ashland, Oregon, has suited lawyer Julie Payne to a T. After ten years in the Portland prosecutor’s office, she’s enjoying her new, easy lifestyle, and she’s not looking for any complications.
Trace Watkins comes to town seeking the same refuge from life as a big city banker. A new job might make Ashland his permanent address, and he likes what he sees of the place, especially when he meets Julie one hot Halloween night.The sparks fly instantly between the costumed couple, and Julie and Trace waste no time connecting beneath the sheets while literally hiding behind their masks.
But when the holiday hook-up ends, their real identities present a serious snag: Trace manages the bank Julie happens to be suing. The only way they can turn this trick into a treat is if both of them are willing to face their pasts and finally bury the skeletons in their closets.
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.