The Artist's Masquerade was released three years ago today. It feels like forever ago and yesterday at the same time. I hadn't intended to write a book for Cathal, the cousin who is overly proper and too concerned with duty in The Prince's Consort, but as I wrote that book, I learned more and more about Cathal and who he is and why he behaved as he did. So he had to have a book and a HEA of his own. And who better to pair with him than a sharp-tongued artist in disguise and on the run? I feel kind of bad having favorites of my own characters (sort of like a parent shouldn't have favorite children), but Flavian is one of my favorites. I adore these two together. So, happy anniversary, Cathal and Flavian!
About The Artist's Masquerade:
As the first-born son of the Duke of Tournai and cousin to the prince, Cathal has always tried to fulfill his duty to family and country, including following through with an arranged marriage to Velia, cousin to the emperor of Ardunn. But it’s Velia’s companion, Flavia, who fascinates Cathal. Cathal doesn’t know that Flavia is really Flavian, a man masquerading as a woman to escape Ardunn, a restrictive place in which Flavian’s preference for men is forbidden.
Even when Cathal discovers Flavian’s true gender, he cannot fight his attraction to him. Flavian is intrigued by Cathal, but Cathal is still betrothed to Velia, and Flavian worries Cathal is more taken with his feminine illusion than the man beneath it. While both men battle their longings for each other, spies from Ardunn infiltrate the capital, attempting to uncover Tournai’s weaknesses. They are also searching for Flavian, who possesses a magical Talent that allows him to see the truth of a person just by painting their portrait—a skill invaluable to Ardunn’s emperor.
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