Unmasking Love by Peggy Bird with Excerpt and Giveaway

Unmasking Love by Peggy Bird with Excerpt and Giveaway

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.

Book Review:

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.

Unmasking Love by Peggy Bird with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Unmasking Love
Author: Peggy Bird
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Crimson Romance
Format:eARC
Source: Author via Tour Company
Pages: 155
Rated: four-stars
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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.

Tasty Excerpt

Julie was reasonably sure there were more people crammed into her living room, dining room, and kitchen than the number she’d expected from the RSVPs. Dozens of people laughing, flirting, having conversations about the future of the theater, who should run for mayor, and God knows what else, drowned out the carefully chosen background music. Most of the catered food had disappeared in the first couple hours, so she was down to crackers, chips, the remains of a wheel of brie, and a few lonely olives, carrots, and celery stalks on the dining room table. However, since the wine and beer were holding out, no one seemed to object. Her first party in Ashland appeared to be a success.

She should have been smugly satisfied. Instead she couldn’t shake the sense there was something going on, something more to the evening than friends, food, booze, and good conversation. The atmosphere felt charged. Not some scary the-dead-walking-the-earth- on-Halloween feeling, but something exciting in a good way. The energy in the crowd gave her goose bumps. She tried to talk herself down with reminders of what a practical person she was, a lawyer, for God’s sake. She didn’t believe in woo-woo or spirits. The only thing in the house right now was half the population of Ashland, Oregon.

But she couldn’t get it out of her mind. There was something going on. She scanned the room, trying to figure it out. All she could see was a mind-boggling array of people in fabulous costumes, no two dressed alike. There was, for instance, only one Queen Elizabeth, one Princess Leia. One Santa Claus, one Napoleon. One Easter and one Playboy bunny.

Could her feeling be based on something as simple as seeing the mix of time, place, and reality in what her guests were wearing? The time warp of a NASA astronaut chatting up an Elizabethan woman? The clash of cultures as a belly dancer walked in with her Puritan date?

Maybe that was it. Maybe it was just the comfortable way everyone seemed to inhabit a different persona for the evening. Well, except for the guy across the room, the one who looked like he’d stepped off the Elizabethan stage of the Shakespeare Festival. He seemed ill at ease in the costume, or maybe in the crowd, hanging back, not looking at anything or anybody except the bottle of beer in his hand.

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About Peggy Bird

Peggy Bird lives in the Pacific Northwest where she sets most of her novels. To stay out of trouble—and the rain—she writes stories about smart women and sexy men and creates the occasional piece of glass art.Find Peggy at her Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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