Author: Georgette Heyer
Genre: YA Regency romance
Setting: The London of balls and carriage rides.
Reason for Reading: I like Heyer a lot in general and read her when I'm feeling low; my sister recommended this specific title.
Finished In: Months, actually, which is funny considering how fast-paced the second half of the book is.
Copyright Date: 1928
Cover: A brightly lit ball. A slight man in a domino mask speaks to a slighter dark-haired woman. Behind them, a large man whispers in the ear of a tall woman.
First line: "It had begun to rain an hour ago, a fine driving mist with the sky grey above."
Best part: The complicated character of the protagonist's father. She wrote him really, really well.
Worst part: You really want me to believe that the protagonists are completely unrecognizable just by dint of being in drag? Sigh.
Imaginary Theme Song: "When a Special Girlfriend" by Ute Lemper (from the Kissing Jessica Stein soundtrack)
Grade: B+. Not going to change the world, but SOOOO enjoyable.
Recommended for: Really, any fans of YA should read Heyer, and this is my favorite Heyer so far.
Related Reads: Cotillion and The Grand Sophy by the same author. The Season by Sarah MacLean.
Brother and sister Kate and Peter Merriot are cutting a swathe through the London ton. They have a secret - she's a man, and he's a woman! And a more dangerous secret yet - their checkered past. But when each falls in love, how can they reveal their true selves? And will their roguish father's plans interfere?