This story is about a woman named Constance Pedigrue, who get romantically entangled with a wealthy theater owner Gideon Payne. Wild Masquerade
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This book is the third and final installment of Lisa Bingham's Wild trilogy. Constance Pedigrue, the oldest sister of three, and the most prudish of her sisters finally is on her way to New York to fulfill her terms of agreement according to her controlling and strange father's will. She must work at a theater as a seamstress for a year to acquire her inheritance.
She leaves her home in Boston, and because of various mishaps, she arrives three weeks late from Boston to New York with her tabby cat Mr. Bentley.
Constance rushes to her place of employment. Upon her arrival at the theater, her cat gets away from her. The cat grabs the attention of a dog and soon a chase ensues. The cat causes the theater workers to lose their balance on top of the ladders and consequently, the large mirror that was being installed was shattered into a thousand tiny pieces.
The theater owner Gideon Payne, angrily confronts Constance. But, the closer he gets to her the more she seems familiar. She has such a resemblance to his dead wife, that by the time he reaches her, He embraces her with a kiss instead of reprimanding her. Surprised and strangely aroused by this show of affection, Constance Pushes him away and slaps him. The next thing she knows, she is being led by this strange man to his office where she is kept until Gideon decides what he wants from her.
In order to pay off the debt of the broken mirror Gideon decides to employ her as a personal assistant much to the surprise of everyone that knows him; as he is not known for needing an assistant.
As the weeks go by Constance and Gideon become closer and closer. Everyone that works in Gideon's employ seems to like Constance. But, there is one who, unbeknownst to anyone else, is obsessed with her. On one fateful night; the night when Constance and Gideon decide to take their relationship to a romantic level, Gideon Payne's butler, Birch abducts Constance and attempts to throw her over the balcony of Gideon's first wife. This is where all of the secrets come out about Gideon's dead wife. She had an ongoing affair with the Butler before she was even married to Gideon, and she has promised to return for Birch. Gideon races upstairs to save Constance. After a successful fight, he saves Constance right before she falls to her death.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked it because the main character is a lot like me. I'm the oldest of three girls and my name is Constance.
Best scene in story:
there is a scene close to the end of the book where Constance and Gideon are embracing before their night out. It is a very tender and steamy moment.
Opinion about the main character:
The main character (Constance) to too long to give in to Gideon.