How to Master Your Marquis (Princess in Hiding Series #2)

How to Master Your Marquis (Princess in Hiding Series #2)

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by Juliana Gray
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
Gray mixes things up in her sequel to How to Tame Your Duke: James Lambert, the Marquess of Hatherfield, and Princess Stephanie Victoria Augusta are already a couple in the prologue, in which he is being arraigned for his stepmother’s murder. The narrative bounces back and forth between two timelines—the couple meeting and falling in love, and the progress of the trial—until both come together near the end. Terrific leads are unfortunately hindered by a heap of clichés. The princess disguises herself as a young man to evade assassins, even taking the obligatory awkward trip to a brothel. Another woman is in love with Hatherfield, who is pushed to marry her to satisfy his estranged father’s debts. On the plus side, Hatherfield is aware that “Mr. Thomas” is a woman from the start, and the devastating secret he hides is authentically rendered. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of Juliana Gray:

“Juliana Gray is on my autobuy list.”—Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author

“Juliana Gray has a stupendously lyrical voice.”—Meredith Duran, New York Times bestselling author

“Gray makes one of the best trilogy debuts in years, proving she is a literary force to be reckoned with.”—Booklist (starred review)
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425265673
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
A Princess in Hiding Romance Series, #2
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
606,300
Product dimensions:
0.40(w) x 0.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of Juliana Gray:

“Juliana Gray is on my autobuy list.”—Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author

“Juliana Gray has a stupendously lyrical voice.”—Meredith Duran, New York Times bestselling author

“Gray makes one of the best trilogy debuts in years, proving she is a literary force to be reckoned with.”—Booklist (starred review)
 

Meet the Author

Juliana Gray began writing as a child to relieve the tedium of being sentenced to her room, and later turned to romance to relieve the tedium of unsatisfactory suitors. Sadly, despite five years’ residence in the most exclusive areas of London, she never met a single duke, though she once shared a taxi with a future baron.

Juliana’s debut romance trilogy, A Lady Never Lies, A Gentleman Never Tells, and A Duke Never Yields, won widespread acclaim, including the RT Book Review’s Seal of Excellence for August 2012.  As Beatriz Williams, she is also the author of Overseas and A Hundred Summers from G. P. Putnam’s Sons. She enjoys dark chocolate, champagne, and dinner parties, and adores hearing from readers.

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How to Master Your Marquis 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I liked this book even better than the first in the series. I think the premise for Stefanie's disguise and who was on to her and who wasn't was more believable. I liked the alternating chapters from the time of the trial and the flashbacks to the beginning of the story. It was an effective way of building suspense and revealing the story bit by bit. Hatherfield's troubled past was also an unusual plot point, and I was rooting for him and Stefanie to find love together.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
This was a great story but I will admit I had a difficult time at the beginning… I put the book down a couple of times and kept coming back to it. I had difficulty understanding what was going on in the story. After I did a little research I understood what was happening and then became very interested! When the book starts we have a trial James Lambert, the Marquess of Hatherfield is on trial for the murder of his stepmother. We also have Stephanie dressed up as man working as the court clerk. The story then jumps to eight months ago where Stephanie, really Princess Stefanie Victoria Augusta, is disguising herself as Stephen Thomas who is a law clerk. She shares a carriage ride with James who instantly realizes that “Thomas” is really a woman disguised as man. After I got through some of the confusion of why she is disguised I really enjoyed this story, that really has a little of everything. Stephanie’s life is in danger, as are her two other sisters. Their parents were murdered and in an effort to keep the princess of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof safe the three are separated and forced to live in disguise. After I got into the story I was really intrigued with the backstory behind Stephanie and her family and I added “How to Tame Your Duke”, the first part of the series, to my “to-read” list. I loved what I learned about Princess Emilie and the Duke of Ashland. I thought Stephanie was such a great heroine! She is the youngest so she feels that her role in the royal heritage is not as a vital as her sisters. She is vibrant and less worrisome than her sisters. According to her own descriptions, she was always getting into mischief. Stephanie is also a lot fun! She really plays up the part of being a man and there were some really funny moments! One of them took part in a brothel. James is also such a great character! He is such an outstanding guy. I loved that he was not the typical womanizer that much of the great looking characters are usually portrayed as. Even though he is very good-looking and surrounded by adoring women he is a very humble and solid man. He is very respectful of Stephanie and goes against his own desires and wants to keep her safe and protected. He is also ahead of his time, deciding to invest his money in housing for the middleclass instead of gaming at cards like the typical aristocrat. One he discovers who Stephanie really is he pledges himself to protecting her. However, in all fairness to the noble James he was always protective of “Thomas”. When Stephanie is playing the part of the inexperienced law clerk James takes it upon himself to check-in on “Thomas” and make sure that he is fairing ok. I loved the relationship that he had with Stephanie even before it turned romantic. They spent time together as friends and were not constricted with the rules of society since everyone believed that Stephanie was really a man. The trial played a very climatic point in the story since it’s obvious that James did kill his stepmother. I have to confess that I suspected the real murder and I anticipated the ending to a degree. Although, I absolutely loved that Stephanie really played by her own rules and that James was so noble the switching back and forth between the present day murder trial the past was a little confusing. The author connected the events from the present to the past but it was not my favorite part. I can see why some readers may enjoy the jigsaw puzzle storyline but for me I thought that there was already way too much going on. I also found it a little difficult to believe that James was the only one that saw behind Stephanie’s disguise. At no point in the story do any of the other characters believe that she is really a woman. I’m looking forward to the next part of the series and you can’t go wrong with this book!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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 Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Author Juliana Gray brings readers the second book in her Princess in Hiding series, How to Master Your Marquis. Gray employs humor and madcap antics to get the readers attention and never lets it go from the first page to the last. This Victorian historical is somewhat different from Regency novels and readers will appreciate the advent of technology and how it changed the ton and the times. Gray's attention to detail is impeccable and her character development impressive. A great second book in this engaging series. What I liked: Often times when I think of historical romance, I automatically go to the Regency period in my mind. Lately there have been an increasing number of romances being set in the Victorian era, which I find really interesting. Seeing all of the differences between how things changed is remarkable. The role of women, as well as, technology is evolving and I think Gray really took that into consideration in this novel. The Regency period may be the more popular, but certainly not the only good setting for historical romance. Gray does the Victorian era justice. I also really enjoyed how the story line in this one splits between two timelines. When we meet the heroine, Stefanie she and the Marquis Hatherfield are already in a relationship, but he is on trial for murder which complicates things dramatically. The timeline then switches to how he and Stefanie met and the antics they go through together that lead up to the trial. So readers are following both the progression of the relationship and that of the trial for the bigger part of the book. When the timelines converge near the end, the action really picks up and readers will be on the edge of their seats. Princess Stefanie isn't your typical heroine or your typical princess. I loved the way that Gray wrote this character. She is headstrong and manages to get herself into all kinds of predicaments that provide a lot of comedic relief in the story. Stefanie has gone from being a spoiled princess who wants nothing more than to flaunt the rules, to a working class girl and the change in her is remarkable. She still has her own rule book, but her character development is interesting and full of surprises. James is also a very captivating character. He is a true hero and Gray is clever in showing his vulnerability, as well as, his strength. There were some tender moments to be sure and the Marquis even had me in tears a time or two. It's amazing that even though in romance we often know the ending the journey is the most amazing part. Gray writes James like the knight in shining armour most women have in their dreams. He was a joy to read. What I didn't like: There was a lot of action in the beginning that I wasn't exactly sure where it was leading. The pace seemed a bit rushed and was grasping to gain the readers attention at times. But eventually it calms a little bit and readers actually get into the meat of the story and that makes all the difference. If you disregard some of the hoopla at the beginning is still a great read. Bottom Line: This was a very well written Victorian historical. I love the time period, the comedic moments provided by Princess Stefanie, especially those regarding a fake mustache and trousers, and James a gem of a hero. The split timeline was interesting and kept me engaged. A overall excellent romance.
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
I am a complete sucker for happily-ever-afters which is why I love romances of all genres. While I adore Regencies, which I thought this was going to be, I am fast becoming a fan of Victorian romance as well. James Lambert, the Marquess of Hatherfield is one fabulous leading man who capture my heart straight away. He was just the perfect, honorable gentleman and who can resist a hottie hero and comedy in a love story? I definitely cannot. Stephanie is not your usual heroine and I loved witnessing her transformation as it gave me insight and giggles. I enjoyed the emotions in this story and all the characters including the well-developed villains. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author as I found this to be a wonderful escapade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im telling Cc. Hood!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kicks percy in the balls FUQ HER WITH THAT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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