Date: March 30, 2004
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Regency romance [Isle of Teleere, 1817]
Lynda E. Lukow
By Lois Greiman
O'Shay is a tough'un who has relied on her cunning wit to survive.
She's long craved a security that her life as a barmaid will never
offer, and she's not above a bit of thievery to gain enough gold
for an easier future. Little did she realize that stealing a nobleman's
timepiece would forever alter her life.
Argyle, the fifth viscount of Newburn, couldn't believe his eyes;
the urchin in the marketplace bore an uncanny resemblance to his
country's princess. Her theft of his pocket watch enables him to
blackmail "Magical Megs" into taking part in his political
regency-era tale, reminiscent of My Fair Lady, Nicol transforms
a reluctant Meg into a perfect substitute for his country's princess.
Megan's beauty, intelligence and diplomacy soon entrance Lord Newburn,
and his tender protection begins to chip away at the walls surrounding
her heart, but the road to happiness is littered with dishonesty
and distrust. Will the protagonists set their pride aside long enough
to realize their love? Read The Masquerade Princess to find out.
Greiman has written a romantic masterpiece. The plot is strong and
entertaining. The subplots will keep readers wondering until the
final pages. The hero is sometimes so clueless, one wants to shake
him by the lapels, but he proves himself in the end. The heroine
is at times dishonest and too independent, but she's compassionate
almost to a fault. Tastefully written love scenes add just enough
spice. Sometimes funny, sometimes heart racing, The Masquerade Princess
is a welcome adventure for the heart. If Ms. Greiman would write
a sequel about Nimble Jack, I'd be the first in line to buy it.