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Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
Release Date: March 30, 2004
ISBN: 0060571454
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Regency romance [Isle of Teleere, 1817]
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Lynda E. Lukow
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The Princess Masquerade
By Lois Greiman

     Megan 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.

     Nicholas 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 scheme.

     In this 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.

     Lois 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.