Gray is a grand mistress at twisting and turning a plot made up of common themes — like desire in disguise — and making it so special you’ll stay up all night to reach the happily ever after. Her smart characters, snappy dialogue and ingenious literary devices turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Gray keeps readers glued to the pages in her latest Princess in Hiding installment.

To stay safe, Princess Stefanie poses as a clerk in London’s finest barrister’s office. She may not enjoy the mundane work and early hours, but she likes the law and her employer’s nephew, James Lambert, the Marquess of Hatherfield. Hatherfield quickly discerns that the bright-eyed clerk is a woman, and he sees no reason not to play along. Stefanie glories in her newfound freedom and her growing passion for Hatherfield. However, Hatherfield’s forced betrothal to pay off family debts and his stepmother’s murder thrust them into a trial. Stefanie’s determination to free Hatfield may lead her into danger from the men sent to kill her and her sisters. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jan., 320 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin