Author Nicole Flockton takes a look at how a masquerade can be a catalyst for lovers.
My story starts out at a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Everyone is dressed up looking gorgeous and handsome and all of their faces are hidden by masks. The masks have to stay on until midnight and the New Year arrives. When the clock strikes midnight off comes the mask and all is revealed.
I liked the concept of two people whose attraction was heightened by the mystery of what lay beneath the mask.
When they first met Sophie and Alex felt a spark. A spark that neither of them wanted to acknowledge as entering into a relationship was the last thing either of them wanted.
However as the night progressed each was drawn into the magic of the mystery of the mask. For Sophie, here was a man who, with only his eyes, had held her captive since the moment she saw him enter the ball. For Alex, her personality entranced him and he wanted to see the face of the woman who intrigued him.
By wearing the masks Sophie and Alex were not blinded by looks and got to know each other a little. But was it just the masks that was causing the attraction or was it more?
Masks have long since provided illicit lovers with the ability to meet in public. Where they can dance or kiss and no one knows the secret behind the mask. Romeo and Juliet met at a masked ball. Marie Antoinette was able to have an affair by meeting her lover at masked balls. And more recently, if you watch the soaps, Billy Abbott and Victoria Newman (The Young and the Restless) were able to link up at a masked ball all while under the watchful eye of her overbearing father.
There is something intrinsically romantic about a Masquerade Ball that calls to people to act differently than they normally would.
What do you think? Do you think you would act differently at a Masquerade Ball?
After being humiliated by her fiancée, Sophie Franklyn has decided that getting involved with work colleagues and men in general isn’t for her. Now her focus is going to be on her career and her recent promotion. That is until at a New Year’s eve masquerade ball, she meets a man that tempts her to question her choices.
Alex Scavoni is extremely dedicated to his job, so dedicated that his first marriage crumbled under the pressure of his dedication. Now he’s happily single, with a new job he is excited to start. When he meets a masked Sophie at the ball, she fires desires in him he thought long dead. He spends a wonderful night with her, but wakes up alone.
The next time the two meet, it’s in the high pressure world of Emergency Room medicine where they must work side by side. While they deal with the stresses of the Emergency ward, they endeavour to keep their feelings for each other on a professional nature. When the desire that pushed them together that one night flares to life again, can they ignore them or will their one night together have consequences neither of them planned on?
About the Author
Nicole is an Australian living in Houston, TX. When she’s not chasing the kids or the dog, she is writing romances in which she can escape to a world she can control. She writes contemporary romances where you could find yourself in the chaos of a hospital emergency ward or in the high powered boardroom of a powerful, yet sexy, executive.
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