Masquerade: A Romantic Comedy by Janette Rallison – Review

Posted November 3, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Masquerade: A Romantic Comedy by Janette Rallison – Review


by Sierra St. James, Janette Rallison

Publication Date June 1, 2001
Setting: Hawaii Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
Pages: 258


When Clarissa takes a much needed job under slightly false pretenses, she doesn't think it will be such a big deal. She may have told her movie-star boss that she was married, but that shouldn't matter. After all, she doesn't want anything to do with men for a long, long time. 

It's hard for a woman to keep up the masquerade when her boss is as handsome as Slade Jacobson and the job takes her to Hawaii with him. In between handling his whirlwind four-year-old daughter and dealing with a whole cast of Hollywood personalities, Clarissa has to keep a tight hold on her heart.

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Janette Rallison has a way with words and is fantastic at romantic comedy.  Masquerade does not disappoint at all.  The story is well paced with a great sense of comedic timing.

There are so many things to love about this book.  The job interview that Slade gave Clarissa under the dining room table while their children were playing spies was so cute and sweet.  The mix between the comedic moments and the more serious problems related to how to get out of the misunderstanding to how to avoid the pesky reporter who was determined to get all the dirt on Clarissa and Slade that she could was well done and felt natural.

Having read both well written and badly written romance stories and just about every kind in between, I especially appreciated the excellent way that the author showed how the attraction between the main characters was based not only on the physical but also on the various facets of their personalities.  I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read where the author has said that the attraction was not only physical, but didn’t show it anywhere in the story.  To quote Eliza Dolittle (My Fair Lady), “Don’t talk of love…  Show me”.  The attraction built in a believable way so she didn’t need to tell me that it wasn’t just a shallow thing.

This was my second reading of the story.  The first time around, I gave it 4 stars, I think because it could use some help in the editing department.  But I really did enjoy it a lot this time around and found myself looking anxiously forward to what was going to happen next, so I decided to give it an extra half star.

Without further ado, here is the first line:

Opportunity didn’t knock for Slade Jacobson – it rang his cell phone at 10:34 pm while he was putting his daughter to bed for the third time.


Now it is your turn! Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or second sentence) in the comments below. Then head on over to Hoarding Books to see all of the FLF pages this week (just click on the FLF button below).

About Janette Rallison

USA Today, bestselling author, Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms.  Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 28 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance and hot guys who fight dragons.  She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.

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16 responses to “Masquerade: A Romantic Comedy by Janette Rallison – Review

  1. Love that cover!!

    The first line of the book I’m currently reading is:

    England, December 23, 1813
    Holly Gray’s courage faded with every step she took deeper inside the castle conservatory where, according to Grandfather’s stories, a ghost resided.

    Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch

  2. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday!

    My first line is from Pepper Basham’s Charming the Troublemaker:

    “Loser ex-husbands and freezing January afternoons left a nasty chill.”

  3. I want to read this one!

    I’m featuring The Princess Bride on my blog, but I’m currently reading Meg Mitchell & the Secret of the Journals by Kimberly McNeil so I’ll share that here.

    If I say I go to the White Raven for the food, I’d be lying, and I’m a journalist, which means I don’t lie.

    Happy Friday!

  4. Great first line! I will have to check this book out for sure.

    Happy Friday!!! Today, I’m showcasing A Mother For His Family by Susanne Dietze. So here I will share the first two lines from the novel next in line on my review pile, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan.

    “You can’t call that a settlement offer.” Kate Sullivan looked directly into the dark eyes of her opposing counsel, who represented a medical device company.

  5. Caryl Kane

    Happy Friday!

    His quarry was late. Very late. – An Eye For An Eye by Irene Hannon

  6. Lovely opening line.

    My opening line comes from Nancy J Cohen’s “Permed to Death”

    – “Marla, if the coffee is ready, I’ll have my cup while my perm processes,” Mrs. Kravitz said, squinting as Marla squeezed the pungent solution onto her scalp. –

  7. Fun first line! Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine I posted on my blog today.

    “Reverend R. J. Brashear dipped the bread into the wine. He lifted his chin and stared at the stained-glass image of Jesus, the rocking boat, and the daring disciple”. — The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore

  8. Great first line! And I like the sound of this book, particularly after reading your review.

    I’m featuring the first line from Pepper Basham’s ‘Charming the Troublemaker’ on my blog, but I’m going to leave you with the first line of a book I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, ‘The Bachelor Missions’ by Jes Drew:

    “One bulky figure stands alone in the rain, keeping his head down–his identity obscured by a hat and large raincoat.”

  9. Great first line, and I’ve downloaded the Kindle sample. This sounds like my kind of read, so thanks for sharing!

    I’m sharing from Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter on my blog today, and I’m currently reading the Regency Brides collection. Here’s the first line to the second novella in the book, Masquerade Melody by Angela Bell:

    Whoever coined the phrase to “bite one’s tongue” was sorely mistaken in believing that silence inflicted mere physical harm.

  10. I LOVE the cover! I’m a big fan of judging books by covers, even though it is supposed to be a no-no. Happy Reading 🙂

    • Yeah, I certainly find that covers influence my decision to buy a book or not. I try not to let them influence the way I think about the story once I’m reading, but I do know that sometimes if the cover is lame, I find the story to be a bit lame as well. Sad, but true.