WOW. This is an absolutely AMAZING story and it deserves all the accolades that are no doubt coming its way. Kat was the best heroine I've read in ages; smart, sassy, confident in her sexuality and yet emotionally vulnerable. My absolute favourite line in the book was when she called Wolfe on his unconscious misogyny, when he'd chosen to take the word of a man he'd just met over hers. He claimed that their relationship was more than just sex;
"We had more than that."
"No, we didn't, because if we did you would have believed in me and not some bastard you only met for a couple of minutes."
I had to put the book down and have a little cheer to myself. I LOVE it when heroines call heroes on their shit like this. Absolutely love it. And then it gets even better because there is absolutely nothing Wolfe can say which doesn't dig him deeper into the hole. He has to go away and examine his own prejudices, accept his faults and learn how to grow as a person and move on in order to be worthy of her. It was PERFECTION.
The whole book is perfection, really. There are well-drawn characters and logical sub-plots, angsty backgrounds that are totally believable, and some fabulous action and love scenes. My only tiny quibble is as a part-time jeweller myself; no high-end designer is ever going to set museum-quality stones in silver. Silver's not considered a precious metal. If you want the look of silver, you use platinum or white gold, which is much more durable and non-tarnishing. Tiny point to consider if you ever write a jewellery designer or maker again ;P
I loved this story and I have no hesitation in giving it 5 stars.
Masquerading With The Billionaire is available now for pre-order and will be released on March 13th.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.