Guest Review: Maiden Behind the Mask by Tara Chevrestt
If you believe laughter is good for the soul then Tara Chevrestt’s Maiden Behind the Mask is the book for you. Strictly speaking the book is a historic romance, but for me, it was the author’s delightful brand of humor that made the book such a clever and pleasurable read. The text is downright witty.
As an author, Chevrestt is quickly making her name synonymous with strong, independent women and Maiden Behind the Mask’s Catalina Rodriquez might be the feistiest heroine we’ve seen from her yet. Relatively sheltered this is a woman who, after being confronted by the less than savory side of life, 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. Got to say I wasn’t expecting to like a story featuring a female Zorro, I wasn’t a huge fan of the original, but the way in which Chevrestt presents the story, the focus on Catalina’s transformation, it worked very well.
I also have to give Chevrestt props for Ricardo Garcia. He isn’t the much sought after play boy nor the brutish rogue we usually see in romance lit. He is actually somewhat like Mr. Darcy in that he has faults and is prone to act on his emotions. More than that, Ricardo is a dynamic male characterization. I remember reading Chevrestt’s A Facebook Affair and thinking Brandon was a rather one dimensional figure. Ricardo represents both her dedication and growth as a writer over the past year.
Maiden Behind the Mask is on the lighter side of historic fiction but in the end I believe that is how the author meant it. An appealing combination of fact, fiction and just a touch of playful levity.