REVIEW: “Unmasking of a Lady” by Sophie Dash

Posted in Blatant Romance, Four Stars, Review by - September 02, 2015
REVIEW: “Unmasking of a Lady” by Sophie Dash

Title: Unmasking of a Lady
Author: Sophie Dash
Release Date: July 23, 2015
Publisher: Carina
Source: Kindle purchase
Rating:  L-1 | S-2 | V-2

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“Historical romance, huh?”

Yep! I haven’t read much in this genre, but this title intrigued me. “Unmasking of a Lady” by Sophie Dash is a quick, light read that’s great for a rainy afternoon. It stars an independent, spunky heroine named Harriet Groves who, due to family financial troubles, has been forced into a life of crime. She’s built up a reputation as a ruthless robber called the Green Highwayman, but each time she rides out she puts herself in more danger. Major Edward Roberts is hired to nab the Highwayman—and captures Harriet’s heart in the process.

“Oooh, fun. Who’s Sophie Dash?”

She’s a new author, and this is her debut novel. She has great stylistic instincts. Her characters are likeable and relatable. “Unmasking of a Lady” isn’t perfect, and would have benefitted from another pass by an editor, but it’s a solid first effort, an easy read, and promises an enjoyable enjoyable few hours for anyone who picks it up. I have no doubt that her second book will be even better.

“So what’s wrong with it?”

Aside from a few typos and errors in punctuation that I noticed, which are certainly not Dash’s fault, the characters could use some more development. We don’t get much in the way of backstory for Edward, and while the glimpses we get of his personality are likeable there’s not much for the reader to latch onto. While it’s easier to get attached to Harriet, some of her decisions and reactions stretched my suspension of disbelief (why keep refusing help when the alternative is so awful?) and I found one of the plot devices (“We can’t borrow money from our rich aunt because of reasons!”) just a little too obvious for my taste.

“It’s still good, though? You’d recommend it?”

Oh, absolutely. It didn’t take long to read, and it was certainly not a waste of an afternoon. It was a cute romantic romp through the past, in a genre I don’t usually delve into. Totally worth checking out. Dash’s prose and ability to keep her readers on the edge of their seats more than makes up for any flaws in her debut novel.

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Andie is a 27-year-old romance aficionado who enjoys Netflix, sleeping, video games, and treating her dog like a human baby. She’s a triple Aquarius and works to make the world a better place by signing many Change.org petitions.

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