Maiden Behind the Mask by Tara Chevrestt

 

Published: August, 2012

Publisher’s Blurb:

When Catalina Rodriguez is attacked by a would-be rapist and rescued by the dashing Ricardo Garcia, she not only becomes more aware of the handsome man, but also vows that she’ll never be a damsel in distress again. Using the timeless method of blackmail, she convinces her uncle to teach her to fight and becomes a masked crusader in the night, saving other damsels from robbers and rough handling.

However, scandalous rumors and dwindling funds force Ricardo and Catalina to marry. Not immune to each other’s charms, their marriage starts fiery, but when one of Catalina’s nightly escapades results in dire consequences, she is forced to spurn her husband’s amorous advances…or reveal a secret that could turn him away from her forever.

Ricardo’s not a man to be cuckolded or left in the dark. Is his wife having an affair with El Capitan, the masked savior? If so…they will both pay.

Tags: Romance, Historical, Spanish Influence

Time Frame: 1820’s – American Frontier – Los Angeles

Heat Level: 1.5

REVIEW RATING : 3.5 stars

REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:

It took me a little extra time to fall into the story of the Maiden Behind the Mask as Tara Chevrestt’s writing style is a little different than I am used to. Her writing is a bit more formal than most writers of this genre. That being said, once I adjust the way I read to meet her writing style, I fell into the story and couldn’t put it down. I found myself pulled in by Ricardo and Catalina.

Catalina was a breath of fresh air to me. She started out as your typical wellborn lady. She used a parasol to protect her skin, she didn’t know how to defend herself, and she did as her parents asked her to. When she was attacked in an alley, she decided to not be helpless anymore. She took matters into her own hand and learned how to defend herself. She went on to take it one step further and seek out those that would harm others. The entire time she did this, she managed to keep everyone around her from finding out, for a while.

Ricardo Garcia is not your typical hero from most romances either. While he’s a handsome man, he’s not being chased and fawned over by all the eligible women in town. He comes across as your slightly above average gentleman.

I really liked that about both of these characters. They are more real, closer to what most of us encounter on the street. That’s refreshing to me after reading so many books with the MC being fawned over by the opposite sex. Don’t get me wrong, I still love MCs that are to do die for and drop dead gorgeous alpha characters. I just found this to be a breath of fresh air!

There was a bit of tension in the book between the MCs. I like tension. The tension that arises between Ricardo and Catalina is real and not contrived. It flowed nicely with the story and was completely believable. The resolution to this tension worked nicely with the story as well. I didn’t feel it was too easy or contrived.

This is a fabulous short story and I look forward to reading more from Tara!

Maiden Behind the Mask is available for $3.99

ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

I am a happily married mother of three very busy children.  Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.

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