HOW TO MASTER YOUR MARQUIS

JULIANA GRAY

A Princess in Hiding Novel:  Book 2

www.julianagray.com

Publisher: Berkley

Published date:  January 7, 2014

ISBN-10: 0425265676

ISBN-13: 978-0425265673

Genre: Historical Romance

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description (from amazon)

Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown—until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe…

Of all her sisters, Princess Stefanie is by far the least amenable to law and order, which is why she’s appalled to find herself masquerading as an unbearably drab clerk for the most honorable barrister in England. But her dull disguise turns out to have its privileges: namely, the opportunity to consort unchaperoned with her employer’s exceedingly handsome nephew, James Lambert, the Marquess of Hatherfield.

Hatherfield quickly realizes that his uncle’s spirited new clerk is, in fact, a lovely young woman of daring habits. The outwardly impeccable marquis isn’t about to reveal her deception. After all, he’s hiding a dangerous secret of his own. But when one too many escapades with the madcap princess bring Hatherfield’s troubled past to light, it is only Stefanie’s sharp wits that stand between the marquis and utter disaster, and only Hatherfield’s daring that can save the princess from the shadowy agents bent on finding her.

My Thoughts

A captivating tale from start to finish!  Ms. Gray has written a story that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!  With excellent character development, captivating storyline, and steaming hot romance, this book is simply a must buy!

When Princess Stefanie is sent to be a boring clerk, she is less than pleased about her situation, until she sees James, the Marquess of Hatherfield.  Seeing him every day may be the only redeeming factor about her situation, not to mention all the unchaperoned time allowed due to her masquerading.  But she is not alone in her affections towards Hatherfield.  Lady Charlotte also has her sights set on James and isn’t afraid to show it.  When Hatherfield lets Stefanie know that he’s aware of her true identity, Stefanie’s desire to be intimate with him roars to full force.  Knowing he must remain near her in order to provide her protection from the anarchist out to kill her, he must also keep his distance.  But that proves to be very difficult since the attraction between them is undeniable.  Hatherfield knows he must remain vigilant against her wiles, for he is not worthy of a princess such as she.  Can Stefanie convince him otherwise and get him to accept his fate or is he determined to keep them apart?  And will the secrets he keeps be big enough to come between them?

A thrilling read!  This one is a must read for anyone who loves a little drama mixed in with their historical romance!  At first, I was not the biggest fan of the way the story flipped between two periods of time, but as the story unfolded, I certainly began to see why it was necessary, and it made for a truly magnificent read.  I loved the way the two times eventually came together yet still kept you guessing about the outcome, right up to the end!  This plot certainly was not one that could be categorized as predictable!  Stefanie’s character was quite hilarious and I loved the fake mustache!  James’ character was the perfect hero; right down to the secret he believes will destroy him.  A secret that haunts him, though it was not his fault.  And talk about suspense…knowing that Hatherfield is on trial for the whole book but only getting bits and pieces throughout was a genius way to make me keep turning page after page to find the resolution!  Well done, Ms. Gray!  I will be patiently waiting for the next book in this series.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Hot

Reviewed by AprilP

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