Unmasking of a lady – Sophie Dash
This isn’t the sort of thing that I would normally go for, but honestly, it was one of the most entertaining things I’ve read all year.
By day Miss Harriet Groves is a highly respectable lady, and a darling of society with her quick wit and blonde beauty. But by night Harriet dons a disguise, riding out into the countryside as the feared—and often revered!—Green Highwayman.
A life of crime was never the plan, but saving her family from ruin keeps Harriet riding into danger under the cover of darkness. A danger made all the more acute by the arrival of Major Edward Roberts, the man commissioned to unmask Harriet’s legendary highwayman and bring him to justice!
Harriet’s far too clever to fall into any trap the Major sets to capture her alter ego. Understanding it’s best to keep your enemies close, she sets out to thoroughly distract the Major from his duty using all of her womanly charms.
Only allowing Edward closer has unexpected consequences for Harriet. How could she have guessed that time spent sparring and flirting with Major Roberts could inspire an excitement in her equal to the adrenaline surge she experiences on her night-time adventures? It seems the dashing Major is a danger to her life, and to her heart…
Yes, it’s a romance. Yes, it is a trope that has been done before, but no one else has told told it quite this way before. I’ll be honest, period drama romances really don’t do it for me, but as this was recommended from a very reliable source (I know the author) I thought I’d give it a whirl. Btw, just because I know the author doesn’t mean that I am tarting this review up or anything. Like, this was genuinely enjoyable. No, it isn’t the best thing I have ever read, but it is fun, it is well paced and it is nothing if not entertaining.
I’ve never read any Highway Man style hi jinx before, but I do love a good bit of period drama ladies swapping corsets for breeches and thundering about town doing what needs to be done to make ends meet. Badass ladies doing badass things. Wonderful. That pretty much is the premise of this book. Harriet’s brother is useless, so she decides to don a mask and steal things from rich idiots that she learns about in all her society circles. However, her reputation begins to proceed her, a major is bought in and fun and games ensues. It’s a cat and mouse game of Darcy and Lizzie proportions.
Sophie Dash is a writer with great potential. I know her and have read her other manuscripts, so I know this to be fact. I also know that Unmasking of a Lady may not be the sort of thing that immediately springs to mind when you tell someone that it has potential, but this is also fact. This book is the kind of thing you want to be curled up with on a rainy afternoon, it’s cosy, it’s comforting. I for one am looking forward to the next thing that Sophie Dash sends our way. Its out now as an ebook and in the kindle store, so if you fancy whiling away the hours with something fun and entertaining next time rain is lashing at your windows, head straight for this one.