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The Masquerade [Mass Market Paperback]

Brenda Joyce
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Feb. 1 2010 Hqn
On the evening of her first masquerade, shy Elizabeth Anne Fitzgerald is stunned by Tyrell de Warenne's whispered suggestion of a midnight rendezvous in the gardens. Lizzie has secretly worshipped the unattainable lord for years. When fortune takes a maddening turn, she is prevented from meeting Tyrell, but she cannot foresee that this night is only the beginning….

Tyrell de Warenne is shocked when, two years later, Lizzie arrives on his doorstep with a child she claims is his. He remembers her well—and knows that he could not possibly be the father. What is this game she is playing…and why? Is Elizabeth Anne Fitzgerald a woman of experience, or the gentle innocent she seems? But neither scandal nor deception can thwart a love too passionate to be denied….

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The chunky second volume in bestseller Joyce's de Warenne Dynasty series (after The Prize) dances on slippered feet, belying its heft with spellbinding dips, spins and twists. Jane Austen aficionados will delve happily into heroine Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fitzgerald's family, with its three sisters, socially obsessed mama and indulgent father. Lizzie has long loved Tyrell de Warenne, heir of the local earl, but never suspects he knows of her existence until he arranges a rendezvous with her at a masquerade. A switch in costumes sets Lizzie's loose sister in Tyrell's arms instead, resulting in a baby boy. When Lizzie claims the child as her own to save her sister's reputation, she again puts herself in Tyrell's sights. Joyce's tale of the dangers and delights of passion fulfilled will enchant those who like their reads long and rich, though some may find the secondary characters more compelling personalities than the somewhat conventional protagonists.
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Even though the kind, handsome nobleman provides the perfect inspiration for her childish dreams of romance, deep down Lizzie knows that Tyrell, the heir to the Earl of Adare, would never marry a poor, plump, bookish girl like herself. Several years later, however, it seems as though her romantic dreams might be coming true when Lizzie encounters Tyrell at a masquerade ball, and he proposes a midnight tryst. Circumstances prevent Lizzie from showing up, but two years later, when they meet again, Lizzie is still hopelessly in love. The only difference is that now Tyrell has the power to separate her from the one person she loves as much as the sexy nobleman: his young son, Ned. Joyce continues her de Warrene Dynasty series with a passionate tale of two lovers caught up in a web of secrets, deceptions, and lies. Readers who love the bold historicals by Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen Woodiwiss will find much to savor here. John Charles
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5.0 out of 5 stars There Are No Words... Nov. 25 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Joyce is an outstanding author, one that manages to capture a readers attention from the very first page. "The Masquerade" is a read that will totally enthrall the reader with wonderful characters, and a heart breaking as well as heart warming storyline.
Lizzie Fitzgerald has love Tyrell de Warenne for as long as she can remember. This dashing knight once saved her life as a child and that one meeting was enough to carve a space in this gentle girl's heart. Although part of the genteel population, Lizzie's family is not as well set as many and as a result the idea of Lizzie ever being able to marry her Tyrell is outside the realms of possibilities. Still Lizzie will hold on to her dream of her love for as long as she can. When she's invited to a masquerade ball at the estate of Adare she and her family attend having no idea that this will be the event that will change both Lizzie and Tyrell's life forever.
Two years later Tyrell still can't get over the feelings that he has for the plain but sweet Lizzie Fitzgerald. Imagine his surprise when she and her parents arrive on his doorstep with his son. According to her parents Lizzie is the mother and he is the father. How can that be? Still, Tyrell does what he must but the fact that he had a fiancee and she is just the person he needs to marry in order to assure the future for Adare means nothing once he tastes Lizzie's lips. Will he be able to set aside Lizzie and do right by his duty or will a love that can't be denied win all?
This was an engrossing tale. Ms. Joyce has vividly brought to life the de Warenne family and Tyrell has grown to become a remarkable man. Tryell and Lizzie's romance is truly romantic, as well as heart-breaking but they get their happy ever after!
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5.0 out of 5 stars so hard to put down.. Oct. 12 2005
By Raimiara - Published on
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I so enjoyed this book. It brought me feelings I rarely have when I read books. I love that there was no mad jealous villain after the heroine. Although the hero was engaged, the readers can sense she is really not a threat to the heroine. The real threat here was the social status that separates the main characters and family obligation. I felt the love Lizzie has for Tyrell. Ms. Brenda Joyce made sure the reader can not detached themselves from this story. I was moved when Tyrell was begging Lizzie not to leave him. I cried when Lizzie is force to make a decision to spare her family more shame. Not once did I doubt that Tyrell loves Lizzie. This book was written beautifully. I couldn't put it down, I read it until 2 am and woke up at 4:30a to read again. Now I have to go to work and I have a splitting headache. The funny thing is I'm just dying to read it again tonight after I come home from work. Thanks Ms. Joyce. I feel like 15 again when I first read my romance novel. Captivated.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL! Jan. 27 2006
By SNB - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The heroine's sister seducing the hero, knowing that he thinks she's the heroine, just leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. Then she leaves her sister to raise the hero's baby! A boy, his heir, nonetheless! This completely ruins the book. On top of that the whorish sister is allowed to get off free and clear and marry the man she loves, and her husband remains blissfully unaware. Meanwhile, the heroine settles for her sister's seconds. It's disgusing. She's a complete doormat. There's no way around it.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings About This One... Feb. 5 2006
By Blu - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Masquerade" is my first romance by Brenda Joyce but after only a few pages, I knew it would not be my last. I was instantly caught up in the story of how Lizzie, at the tender age of 10, first met Tyrell during an unfortunate tumble into a lake at a social event and the events that led up to the fateful masquerade ball. Great story! And then there was Anna's confession....and the story just went downhill for me there. Don't get me wrong! I loved the relationship between Lizzie and Tyrell. The sexual tension between them, the love! And there was no mistaking the love that either had for the other...very endearing. But I could not get pass the fact that Anna never received her comeuppance! Spare me the "cast the first stone" speech - Anna was a shallow, selfish (bleep)! Period! And I applaud Lizzie's efforts as sister to Anna, mother to Ned, and all...but dang! I was hoping she would eventually get tired of how everyone's lives were being destroyed by her sister's deceit and just put it all out there! She was far too forgiving and that, dear reader, was pretty unforgivable in my sight. I agree with another reader who commented that instead of coming across as kind-hearted and sacrificing, she just came across as a spineless twit to me. *shrug

Nevertheless, I will not hesitate to read another romance by Brenda Joyce and I look forward to hearing more about Rex, the crippled brother. In fact, I plan to order "The Prize" as soon as my review here is done. My advice is read the book and judge for yourself.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed May 4 2010
By H.S. Dunlap - Published on
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Tyrell was mean and selfish. Lizzie was a doormat everyone ran over and had no backbone. I didn't like her character at all. I don't understand the attraction despite the physical connection they shared. There was no indication on what happened with Anna after it was all said and done. Did she continue being selfish, or did she mature into a better person/settle down with her husband? Things were left up in the air and there was no closure.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth my time Sept. 27 2006
By Limited_sunshine - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Is it wrong to want to know more about Rory and Georgie than Lizzie and Ty? Because that's what I found myself wanting. Lizzie has loved Ty since she was ten after he saved her from drowning. This was something she unable to keep secret from her family...her sisters in particular. Then on the night of the All Hallow's Eve ball her dreams come true when Ty seeks her out wants to rendevous with her but (and this where the story starts sucking for me)her sister Anna gets her costume ruined and trades with Lizzie.

Later it reveals that Anna is pregnant and finally tells that it's Ty's...I just don't get Lizzie's reaction. I would expect her to be much angrier than she was. Anna was spoiled and cared about nothing but herself and it showed. She didn't think about Lizzie's feelings and went so far as to say that her (Lizzie's) feeling for Ty would never be returned so could she forgive her...Ugh!

Maybe I am just spoiled on certain plots but I just couldn't enjoy the story knowing that Anna slept with Ty and had his baby. I found myself hoping that the baby wasn't his just because it put such a damper on the may be someone else cup of tea but not mine. I'm afraid this will be my last book from this author...thank god I only paid 49 cents for it or else I would have really felt cheated.
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