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When Catalina Rodriguez is attacked by a would-be rapist and rescued by the dashing Ricardo Garcia, she not only becomes more aware of the handsome man, but also vows that she'll never be a damsel in distress again. Using the timeless method of blackmail, she convinces her uncle to teach her to fight and becomes a masked crusader in the night, saving other damsels from robWhen Catalina Rodriguez is attacked by a would-be rapist and rescued by the dashing Ricardo Garcia, she not only becomes more aware of the handsome man, but also vows that she'll never be a damsel in distress again. Using the timeless method of blackmail, she convinces her uncle to teach her to fight and becomes a masked crusader in the night, saving other damsels from robbers and rough handling.However, scandalous rumors and dwindling funds force Ricardo and Catalina to marry. Not immune to each other's charms, their marriage starts fiery, but when one of Catalina's nightly escapades results in dire consequences, she is forced to spurn her husband's amorous advances…or reveal a secret that could turn him away from her forever.Ricardo’s not a man to be cuckolded or left in the dark. Is his wife having an affair with El Capitan, the masked savior? If so…they will both pay....

Title : Maiden Behind the Mask
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ISBN : 9781476472812
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Number of Pages : 70 Pages
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Maiden Behind the Mask Reviews

  • Erin
    2019-01-19 17:56

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....If you believe laughter is good for the soul then Tara Chevrestt's Maiden Behind the Mask is the book for you. The book is marketed as historic romance, but it was the author's delightful brand of humor that captured my attention. Chevrestt is making her name synonymous with strong, independent women and Maiden Behind the Mask's Catalina Rodriquez is not exception. Faced with the stark realities of life, this relatively sheltered young woman takes up the sword against the loathsome characters who stalk the streets of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles after sundown. The transition isn’t easy, but Chevrestt’s treatment of it works well in the context of the narrative. Ricardo Garcia is also worth mentioning. He isn’t the typical romantic hero and I liked that about him. He is flawed and is prone to act on his emotions and I think that gave him more depth than most. I remember reading Chevrestt's A Facebook Affair and thinking Brandon was a rather one dimensional figure, but Ricardo exemplifies her growth as an author and her dedication to her craft. Maiden Behind the Mask is a lighter historical, but its appealing brand of humor makes it an exceedingly fun and pleasurable read.

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2019-01-20 22:10

    Have you ever thought there should be a lady Zorro tale? What do you all think of this cover?

  • Jenny Q
    2019-01-25 18:52

    I was really impressed earlier this year with Ms. Chevrestt's young adult suffragette novel, Ride for Rights, and so I was looking forward to this female Zorro-inspired historical adventure story.It was only seventy pages long on my Nook, so not a lot of space, and most of the story was devoted to the plot: setting up the impetus for Catalina to learn self-defense, her lessons, and then her adventures as El Capitan, and I think the development of the characters and their relationships with each other suffered for it. They all seemed more like caricatures than real people, especially Ricardo. It is a comedic tale, but some of the situations were rather too implausible and over-the-top for me. I also thought the narrative and dialogue lacked the polish and style evident in Ride for Rights. It all felt more like a light treatment or a shell of a potentially great story.But it is a fun story, and I think it is supposed to read like slapstick or a farce, though it was a little too much so for me. I'm all for short stories and novellas, but I like those with a little more depth. So though Maiden Behind the Mask is not going to be my favorite of Ms. Chevrestt's works, it's by no means a bad story, just not to my taste, and I will continue to look for more historically minded offerings from her in the future!

  • Laura DeLuca
    2019-01-19 16:50

    Catalina is a beautiful senorita living in a dangerous world. One day while out to pick up medicine for her sick mother, she is brutally attacked. Though someone comes to her aid before the worst can happen, the experience changes her. She decides she'll never be a damsel in distress again. With the help of her swashbuckling Uncle Jose, she learns to fight. Under the guise of El Capitan, she heads out into the night to help others who might be in distress. She's so wrapped up in her crime fighting, she barely has time to think about her arranged marriage until they're practically in their wedding bed. Its a surprise for them both when they find they care for each other more than they expected. The only problem is, Catalina knows he'll never approve of her nightlife and she's not quite ready to give it up. Maiden Behind the Mask is a fabulous story with the type of strong heroine I enjoy reading about. I love that Catalina didn't let a terrible experience destroy her. She rose above it, took back her power, and put that power to good use. The story is packed with action, a little romance, and even some humor that comes in the form of a flatulent horse. Maiden Behind the Mask is great, quick read for anyone who enjoys historical romance.

  • Andrew Weston
    2019-02-16 17:49

    As you all know...I'm an avid sci-fi/fantasy fan. I've never read a romance story before and this is the first book I've ever read by Tara Chevrestt.I was very glad I made the effort.You get suspense, sword duels, damsels in distress AND a flatulent horse.An excellent mix if you want a story that takes you through the action at a swift and exciting pace.I really enjoyed it.Try it - I'm sure you will too.

  • Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
    2019-02-04 21:07

    Follow this review and others at http://romantichistoricallovers.wordp...3.5 stars rounded up to 4!It took me a little extra time to fall into the story of the Maiden Behind the Mask as Tara Chevrestt’s writing style is a little different than I am used to. Her writing is a bit more formal than most writers of this genre. That being said, once I adjust the way I read to meet her writing style, I fell into the story and couldn’t put it down. I found myself pulled in by Ricardo and Catalina.Catalina was a breath of fresh air to me. She started out as your typical wellborn lady. She used a parasol to protect her skin, she didn’t know how to defend herself, and she did as her parents asked her to. When she was attacked in an alley, she decided to not be helpless anymore. She took matters into her own hand and learned how to defend herself. She went on to take it one step further and seek out those that would harm others. The entire time she did this, she managed to keep everyone around her from finding out, for a while.Ricardo Garcia is not your typical hero from most romances either. While he’s a handsome man, he’s not being chased and fawned over by all the eligible women in town. He comes across as your slightly above average gentleman.I really liked that about both of these characters. They are more real, closer to what most of us encounter on the street. That’s refreshing to me after reading so many books with the MC being fawned over by the opposite sex. Don’t get me wrong, I still love MCs that are to do die for and drop dead gorgeous alpha characters. I just found this to be a breath of fresh air!There was a bit of tension in the book between the MCs. I like tension. The tension that arises between Ricardo and Catalina is real and not contrived. It flowed nicely with the story and was completely believable. The resolution to this tension worked nicely with the story as well. I didn’t feel it was too easy or contrived.This is a fabulous short story and I look forward to reading more from Tara!I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-09 17:55

    Tara Chevrestt’s Maiden Behind the Mask is a fun whimsical read! Even though it’s a novella, characters are drawn out. Catalina Rodriguez is no fainting miss! Realizing what her fate could have been had she been raped she seeks out to defend the innocent and in the process wreaks havoc on the pueblo! Ricardo Garcia isn’t your typical hero. Sure he’s arrogant, but he’s not interested in marriage nor does he go around sleeping around. Even though Catalina forces his hand, he takes it in stride, but doesn’t count on falling in love. Both Catalina and Ricardo are blindsided by love, but it’s a lovely romance.The writing is engaging and it’s a fast paced read. I had a lot of fun with this book, but I do have a slight complaint. It’s more of an annoyance and personal preference. Chevrestt uses a lot of Spanish words intermixed with English sentences. For example, “I shall call you La Reina, because once in my establo, I shall treat you like a queen. Your body may be beaten, but your spirit is not broken.” Maiden Behind the Mask is set in El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles, which would become modern day Los Angeles. Although the exact time period isn’t explained, I’m going to assume it’s either right before Mexico’s War of Independence or shortly after and my mind just can’t wrap itself around the use of spanglish. I understand why Chevrestt uses it and it is effective, but it just annoyed me and as I stated it is personal preference.I have several favorite scenes, but I have to say Catalina finding Ricardo defending the honor of another woman to be my favorite especially when she gets involved to defend Ricardo! Her reaction to the woman afterward is priceless! Any scene with her flatulent horse will leave you smiling. I adored how everything comes together at the end especially Ricardo’s reaction.If you’re looking for a quick read with a feisty heroine and a flatulent horse that steals the show, Tara Chevrestt’s Maiden Behind the Mask is for you. Either way you can’t go wrong with this fun novella.This review is posted at Literary, etc

  • Proserpine
    2019-01-20 19:01

    I had so much fun while I was reading this book! Awesome short story about a young woman, Catalina, who wants to prove herself that she'll never be again the girl who needs rescue!Even if I think it was a little inconceivable that Catalina was able to learn so fast and in this short among of time how to fight and develop talent in swords play, the interaction between the characters and the scenes with the masked El Capitan were well written, pretty funny (OMG the horse...!) interesting and sometime, sincerely intense!I loved the fact that Catalina didn't want to stay or even play the damsel in distress. She took all her courage, her fear and her stubbornness for achieving and realize what she want. In an era where women are always seen as weak creatures and in constantly need to be protected by men, Catalina's personality was inviting and gives a lot to the story!Ricardo was also a stunning character (even if I don't like the mustache!) and he doesn't look and/or need a woman who seeks only security and needing to be pampered! In fact, he will meet his match when he'll have to marry the beautiful Catalina! They both have their own secrets but the newlywed couple will make you laugh and have an enjoyable time!I recommend this book to every romance lover, historical romance lover and for anybody who want to have a good time with an entertaining, lovely and humorous story!Buy and/

    2019-02-04 20:00

    This book is pure girl power and I'd like to think that some women of that time were as feisty and hotheaded as Catalina, and refused, like she, to be prayed upon by would-be rapists. The story is action packed right from page one as Catalina's soon-to-be husband saves her from a `bandido.' There are a few Spanish words thrown in and as I have a basic understanding of Spanish I really felt this brought the narrative alive; there was always a sense that you were in Mexico and without this I think the idea behind the story would just be lost - I'm not sure how you would fair if languages were not your thing.The growth of love between Catalina and Ricardo is really endearing, so many times arranged marriages were just for money and power and, although this was an initial reason for the marriage, their falling in love gave the story a soft, feminine tone. My only disappointment was that is was so short! I was really getting into the story and can only hope it's just a taster of things to come. You simply have to read this book, even if it's just for the steamy love scene! Reviewed by Francesca Verbeeten on behalf of

  • Christy B
    2019-01-20 23:04

    A short, but gripping story of a fabulous sword wielding female Zorro!After almost being assaulted one day, Catalina vows never to be a damsel in distress again. Not only that, but she will help other women from being victims. She learns to sword fight in secret, and finally has the opportunity to put her plan into action... at her engagement party. Donning men's attire, and a mask, Catalina assumes the identity of El Capitan. Catalina is successful as her alter ego for a while, but soon finds it hard to keep her identity a secret from her new husband.One of my favorite historical interests are women pirates, but I'm pretty much interested in any story that has a women wielding a sword and assuming the protective role that has mostly been associated with men. So, I knew that I would like this story. The sword fighting was, of course, my favorite parts, and it was told in great description.I loved the setting, characters, and the blow-by-blow of the action scenes. A fantastic, quick, and creative read that will satisfy anyone looking for something different.

  • Gary Henry
    2019-01-26 21:53

    Maiden Behind the Mask is a quick read — more novelette than novel. Part of what makes it quick to go through is what’s been left out — setting and character description, character back story, and details about the sword-fighting. Including these items would definitely make for a longer and more complete story.But Tara’s tight, verbal writing would, in my opinion make this a fast read anyway. Her characters are sympathetic and compelling. She places them in situations threatening to sexy to humorous — often at the same time.The omissions are matters of aluminum and chrome decoration. Including that material would be nice, but the basic vehicle is sound and fast, with a solid engine built by someone who knows what she’s doing.Maiden Behind the Mask will take you for a lovely little joy ride.

  • Brandy Dorsch
    2019-02-17 23:03

    For those of you that follow my blog, you know I LOVE Tara’s books! This woman knows how to write strong, sexy women and I love that in a book. The story starts out with Catalina being attacked and I have to say my first thought was why didn’t she have someone with her at night? This story builds from there. Catalina wants to make sure that she is never a victim again so she gets trained to defend herself. Love a woman that knows how to handle a sword!Ricardo is a well-written character and I like how real he seems. I have to say that the horse made me laugh my butt off. Some of the lines are so funny, I was reading them to my husband as I went along!Another great story from Tara that I really enjoyed!

  • Christina
    2019-01-28 00:51

    This novella is a little gem – action, adventure and romance all packed into one story. I’ve always been a huge fan of Zorro and ‘Maiden Behind the Mask’ has all the same ingredients – a daring heroine, a dashing hero and lots of sword-fights and heroics. The only difference being that the real “hero” is actually the heroine, who is a feisty young woman sworn never to feel defenceless again after having been attacked once. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of daring exploits and passion and would recommend it to anyone who loves this genre!

  • Bev Pettersen
    2019-02-15 23:17

    What an entertaining read! The writing flows and I didn’t look up from my kindle until the last page. Much of the time I was grinning. So many funny lines! Loved the part where the horse went home to the wrong house—of course, since Catalina had recently married. This is a well-written novella with a mixture of romance, adventure, Zorro-type sword fights and loads of humor. I loved it, was pulled into the story, and hope the author writes more like this. Thanks for the fun!

  • The TBR Pile *Book review site*
    2019-02-10 16:54 fighting, damsels in distress and secrets all describe Maiden behind the Mask. This book was very well written. It had a balanced amount of action and romance. The characters were likable. I enjoyed their interaction. So, why only three stars? Unoriginal. I’ve read this plot several times from big authors and small press.

  • Madison
    2019-01-24 19:49

    Unique, page turning tale with an empowering heroine. As with all reviews...this one will be posted on my blog :)

    2019-02-17 19:48

    3.5 Star Review by Lee Anne for Romantic Historical Lovers http://romantichistoricallovers.wordp...

  • Staci Perkins
    2019-01-20 00:10

    I loved this book, my second favorite by Tara. I wished it was longer :( but I loved how well developed the plot line and characters were. And of course La Reina stole the show!