Jove, Feb 2002, 6.99, 277 pp.
In 1874, Prince Victor hires assassins to kill his uncle and aunt, the ruler and his wife of the Principality of Saxe-Wallerstein-Karolya. Victor's men also murder loyal supporters of His Highness and seek out his cousin Princess Georgiana to complete his coup. However, due to the efforts of trusted individuals, Princess Giana escapes. Though officially the new ruler of the small Baltic principality, Giana flees to Scotland where she hides in an isolated hunting lodge. Victor rules the nation with an iron fist while his hired killers seek to eradicate the last symbol of the opposition, Giana.
In a card game, American business mogul and hero of dime novels Adam McKendrick wins the hunting lodge that conceals Giana. He arrives at his new property, but is shocked to see residents' residing in what he believed was an unoccupied lodge. The squatters including Giana pretend to be servants, but her royal bearing reveals her masquerade as a maid false. As Adam and Giana fall in love, he learns more about her past. He becomes determined to help her gain what is rightfully hers.
The relationship between Adam and Giana turn Rebecca Hagan Lee's historical romance into a fun reading experience. Though the audience will crave Adam, he seems too perfect that is until Giana, EVER THE PRINCESS, rips his skin apart revealing his flaws. The story line is action packed, but clearly belongs to the intrepid heroine who makes a fairy tale come true for sub-genre fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner