I love Halloween! It’s taken all my self control to not already have my decorations up. My resistance is crumbling however. Saturday is calling my name. It’s not just the decorations I love, it’s the costumes! My family has been planning on going as Toy Story 4 characters since we saw it in July. Yes, we already have them purchased. Yes, I am unashamedly one of those people. I don’t know what it is about costumes and disguises, but I love them!
One of things that first caught my eye when I came across Anneka Walker‘s novel Love in Disguise, aside from the beautiful cover, was the title. I was fascinated with the idea of love being disguised in any way. I never anticipated it involving an actual disguise.
“Marion Watt is set to embark on her first London Season, and her parents have spared no expense to help her secure a suitable husband. Unlike most of the social-climbing young women in her position, Marion has no desire to marry hastily or for anything less than love. But when she learns of her mother’s declining health, she knows she must keep an open mind and allow herself to be courted. What she does not anticipate, however, is that the attentions of the insufferable Lord William Everton will be placed squarely on her. He might be the most sought-after bachelor of the Season, but she sees in him nothing but a frivolous cad.
Until William inherits his father’s title and seat in parliament, he must rely on his own devices to change the world. Dressing like a ridiculous dandy serves its purposes, but he is certain his newest disguise will help him find a wife to please his parents and further his own agenda. From among the glittering group of debutantes, William finds only one woman who passes his test. Unfortunately, the perfect choice is the only woman in all of London who despises him.”
I was instantly pulled into the book by the situational conflict created within the first few pages. The tension and discomposure between the two characters kept me hooked almost to the very end. There was a decision Marion makes near the end of the book that felt out of character to me and pulled me out of the story. The story slowed a bit pacing wise for me at this point too.
However, I loved the wrap up and their declarations of love were beautifully written and heart warming. I really enjoyed the book and am excited to see what comes next from this debut author. I definitely look forward to reading more of her in the future.