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Unmasking the Hero (Pleasure Garden #1) by Mary Lancaster. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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“He is the core of all my hate—and all my love.”

Welcome to book 1 in the the exciting new series from
 USA Today Bestselling author Mary Lancaster.

Two years ago, the charismatic young Earl of Wenning abandoned his bride on their wedding night, leaving her to face the humiliation and inevitable suspicion of guilt alone, while he pursued his diplomatic ambitions abroad.

But the resilient Grace refused to crumble. Setting aside her bewildered grief, she has become a fashionable socialite living on the edge of scandal, surrounded by male admirers. Now, she awaits her husband’s return with a little revenge in mind.

However, a foolish wager has caused her to lose his wedding gift during a masquerade ball at the infamous Maida Pleasure Gardens, and she is worried it could be used against her. And, by the time Wenning comes home, she has befriended a mysterious stranger she met at Maida whom she believes might just serve as her means of revenge.

The earl and the countess circle each other in a wary, dangerous dance where either might win—or ruin what’s left of their marriage. Meanwhile, a more deadly enemy stalks them.

Can the couple rise above the past and unite before death parts them forever?


Lady Grace Wenning has spent the last two years showing a cheerful face to society.  Her husband, who she thought loved her,  abandoned her the day after the wedding.  Now he is due home from assignment in China,  and she has no intention of changing her life for him. 
Oliver,  the Earl of Wenning has had two years to brood over the letter that ruined his marriage.  He's finding no evidence that it could possibly be true. Maybe it's time to find out just who his wife really is.  
This is a fabulous historical romance that is fun and quite sad at the same time. Plenty of secrets and underhanded people set around a slightly disreputable venue. We have lots of great characters in this new series.  I'm sure we are going to have lots of fun with them all.  
Great fun. 


Mary Lancaster's first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films - simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.

As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.

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