Book Review

Liveblogging: The Unmasking of Lady Loveless by Nicola Cornick


Title: The Unmasking of Lady Loveless
Author: Nicola Cornick
Publication Info: Harlequin Nov. 2008
ISBN: 9781426826016
Genre: Historical: European

imagePart four of my liveblogging an Historical Undone.

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV

Chapter Four: The Night before Christmas

Bliss is the word for it: they’ve “gotten to know” each other now that the hot sex has cleared the air, and it’s time for a merry Christmas and a merrier denouement and conclusion.

Lord Alex WALON has even offered to help with the chores.


But oh, noes! Melicent has discovered pages of Lady Loveless’ deathless prose, and is horrified – a blueprint for her seduction! He must have written it! No, he says, you did!

“You think that I wrote this filth?” Melicent demanded.

“It isn’t filth.” Alex felt moved to protest. “It is very well written and extremely erotic.”


So who is the author of this erotic, sensual prose that’s filled to the brimming tip with gossip and scandal? Who really wrote Lady Loveless’ erotic novels? Was it Melicent? Alex? The mutton?

I won’t tell – but I will say this: given the extreme brevity of the format, the leaps of emotional dedication and the combining-to-the-point-of-conflating sexual attraction with emotional ardor are elements to this story that the reader will have to forgive. But in four chapters, there’s a narrative worth pursuing, even if the protagonists are a little emo and prone to emotional outbursts and confessions, and the ancillary characters are flimsy and overly simplistic. Is it possible to embed a great deal of nuance to a character in four chapters? I don’t know. But it is possible to enjoy a morsel of romance over lunch.



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  1. 1
    Josee says:

    That’s the conclusion I more or less came to myself, that it was a “morsel of romance over lunch” – or a good study break, lol.  In fact, eHarlequin is having a promotion they’re calling afternoon delights where this week they’re selling short e-books for $0.89.  I’ve bought three of the Historical Undones.

  2. 2
    Randi says:

    I won’t buy it or read it, but I support *you* buying and reading them; and then sharing yonder tendre thoughts with us.

  3. 3
    Harlequin says:

    Amen to that! I giggled *a lot* during this liveblogging. And since I was having a really crappy day, I really needed those giggles! MORE!

  4. 4
    Ahlison says:

    OK – I missed the live blogging but enjoyed many a snort at the end of the day.  But I must know… who wrote the prose???  Feckless, the Harpy or the elderly neighbour?

  5. 5
    Ziggy says:

    could have been WALON himself…

  6. 6
    Ashwinder says:

    I bet Aloysius did it.

  7. 7
    ev says:

    Ok I won’t be buying it, but I would love to know who it was too

  8. 8
    Lorelie says:

    Sarah, sometimes I think I love you.  Hil-freaking-larious.

  9. 9
    SonomaLass says:

    Sarah, many of us are not going to buy this one (although I will buy other morsels, I feel sure, because I like the idea a lot).  Can you pretty puhleez tell us Lady L’s idenTITy (harhar), perhaps in that hidden, gotta-highlight-it-to-read-it text?

  10. 10
    ms bookjunkie says:

    What SonomaLass said.

  11. 11
    Beadgirl says:

    ooh ooh OOH!  Let me guess, then, if you are going to spill the beans.  The hypochondriac mother is the writer, right???

  12. 12
    Vera says:

    I think the mutton did it :)

    Thank you Sarah, I just read all 4 parts in a row, while drinking coffee.
    Going to need to order a new monitor and keyboard… wash the coffee that soaked through my shirt into my bra…

    The Plot! it Thikens!

    totally worth it :D


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