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The Artist's Masquerade by Antonia Aquilante
Series: Chronicles of Tournai #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
Tournai is a peaceful thriving country ruled by Prince Phillip and his consort Prince Amory. The recent birth of their son Prince Julien has solidified the family succession. Known for their exquisite glassmaking, as well as other talents, the Prince is well aware that the Emperor of Ardunn who has gobbled up other small countries has his eye on Tournai. There is no question spies from Ardunn are somewhere close.
Cousin to Prince Phillip and son of Duke Umber, Lord Cathal finds himself in a precarious position. He loves his royal cousin and has always been a dutiful son, but his father’s recent announcement has left Cathal speechless. Duke Umber has contracted a marriage between Cathal and Lady Velia, cousin to the Emperor of Ardunn, without Prince Phillip’s knowledge.
When Lady Velia’s ship arrives with her aunt, uncle, and her poor relation Lady Flavia, the entourage is invited to stay at the Prince’s residence in the capital city of Jumelle. Cathal is ready to bite the bullet so to speak and marry Lady Velia, yet there is something about Flavia that intrigues the lord. He can’t quite put his finger on it, but she’s far more interesting than his betrothed. Between his confusion over his bride to be, Flavia, and uncovering the spy ring Cathal has his hands full. He’s about to get quite a bit more than he bargained for…
Author Antonia Aquilante pens a lush blend of romance, drama, and sensual tension with The Artist’s Masquerade. Readers plunge into a rich fantasy with captivating characters and a dynamic plotline. A good deal of suspense adds another layer to the fascinating story. Enjoy unraveling the mystery of these characters in The Artist’s Masquerade. Just the right amount of humor finishes it off perfectly.