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Masquerading Mistress - Sophia James Grade: C+One night. All night. The clouds and the moon and the darkness rolled into one and the clenching want made her shake, made her sweat, made her say his name in the wildness of passion.The happy couple....Thornton Lindsay is a scarred, reclusive war hero – and also a Reluctant Duke. Caroline Anstretton is a desperate runaway who tells a London ballroom that the duke is her lover.The set-up....When the duke hears of Caroline’s outrageous claim, he propositions her, and naturally she accepts, gets pregnant and runs away again.The conflicts....Caroline has a Tragic Past, and she’s also trying to keep her younger brother away from the gaming hells. The duke is a grumpy loner who’s mistrustful of everyone.The romance....There’s chemistry, but unfortunately our happy couple is separated for much of the book – and when they’re finally reunited, some rather strange war-related intrigue gets the duke all mistrustful again. Fortunately, the Revealing of the Tragic Past works its usual wonders and all is forgiven.The recommendation....Better pacing and characterization than [b:Fallen Angel|10734149|Fallen Angel|Sophia James|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1314313379s/10734149.jpg|3023125], but the unnecessary suspense stuff relies on more than a few Very Convenient Coincidences.