Title: Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother, Book 1)
Author: Emily Larkin
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Historical Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Date of Release: November 7, 2016
Format: Kindle (BookReview 22)
Unmasking Miss Appleby is an extraordinary story I just couldn’t put down. Truly an enchanting book. This story had a little bit of everything; which would seem as though it’s easy to screw up. You are so wrong. There’s a faerie, shape-shifting, romance, mystery, and humor.
Marcus Cosgrove has a blossoming political career ahead of him. One of his ultimate goals is to end slavery. Well, you can’t get that far in your career without making a few enemies. And boy did he have some! On a regular basis, windows would be smashed in, and a surprise left on his doorstep. One night, he and his secretary, Lionel, are attacked and leaves Lionel badly injured. Time to place an advertisement!
Charlotte lives with her aunt and uncle who aren’t particularly kind to her. She realizes she needs to get out and make her own way through the world, but she’s a woman. Imagine her shock and excitement when a faerie is in her bedroom on her 25th birthday to grant her a wish! Let the fun begin! She becomes Christopher Albin and lands a job as Cosgrove’s secretary. They work together to solve the mystery of who is behind the attacks and vandalism. But, can they do it before Cosgrove is gravely injured?
The writing is superb. This is everything I look for in a historical romance. The playful banter between Cosgrove and Charlotte’s many personalities was delightful. When Cosgrove felt betrayed, you felt it too. You were on the emotional rollercoaster Charlotte was on as she dealt with deceit from her family to her feelings for Cosgrove. It doesn’t get any better than this! Amazing!