Series: Masquerade #1
Author: Joy Lynn Fielding
Genre: Historical Romance/D/s
Length: Novella (88 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing (July 30th, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Perry Sinclair’s grand tour of Europe is not going entirely to plan. He loses his bear-leader, his valet, and his friend in quick succession, and finds himself alone in Venice. In the midst of the gaiety and excesses of Venetian Carnevale, Perry meets a fellow Englishman, known only as Jack. Jack introduces Perry to a group of gentlemen who indulge in a variety of sexual activities while hiding their identity behind Carnevale masks. Shocked and yet delighted, Perry flings himself headlong into such pleasure, falling deeply in love with Jack as he does so.
Jack Fitzwarren does not fall in love. He certainly does not fall in love with English tourists. But despite Jack’s best efforts, Perry’s artless enthusiasm and unquestioning trust begin to find a way through all of his defenses, allowing Jack almost to forget the secret he carries with him, the one that means he can never confess to Perry who he really is.
Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/carnevale
Review: I actually found this precious little novella to be hot and sweet! But I was wearing my rose-colored glasses, because I stayed in Venice myself for a while and enjoyed the real revelry of Carnevale! So while I didn’t get to attend such a fascinating and risqué gentleman’s club like Perry and Jack, this author certainly fed my vivid imagination! This is definitely exotic reading, mainly centered around Perry exploring his exhibitionist and ménage loving side. Normally quite reserved, the anonymity of mask and costume wearing during Carnevale, and watching an entire society letting go of their inhibitions allows Perry to follow his own passions and curiosity. Multiple scenes of multiple lovers, a bit of D/s and a growing love affair between Perry and Jack. What was originally planned to be one hot stop on Perry’s Grand Tour accompanied by his best friend and sometimes lover, may result in taking root in Italy’s beautiful countryside. Poor Jack just can’t resist both Perry’s naiveté and the way he grabs hold of what he likes once he’s found it! A nice hot treat of a read, while it’s not deep, it is fascinating! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next as part of the Masquerade series.