Juliana Gray has written a fast-paced adventure about a
Princess in hiding which takes place in Germany, England
and Italy. I loved the descriptive tone, the attention to
details, the espionage , the romance and all of the
After a political uprising, Princess Luisa and her two
sisters were forced to flee their country and go into
hiding. Their uncle, the Duke of Olympia, spirited the
princesses out of the country, separated the three sisters
and has hidden them from their enemies. The Duke is
plotting for Luisa to regain control of her country. As
part of Olympia's grand scheme, Luisa convincingly
masquerades as a man. She applies and is hired by the Earl
of Somerton to serve as his secretary. Somerton is an angry
man. He has a reputation as a lethal spy and rogue and he
is consumed with plotting revenge against his wife and her
The relationship between Somerton and Princess Luisa drew
me into the story and kept me reading. I was intrigued by
their relationship and surprised that this unlikely couple
was at the heart of the novel. Somerton is an edgy man with
trust issues. He is paired with the loyal, practical
Princess Luisa who has known only kindness in her life.
After several close calls with death, it became clear
that Olympia made a wise choice placing Luisa in the home
of the master spy after the political coup de'etat.
I enjoyed all of the scenes with the Duke of Olympia. What
a cagy and humorous character! His plans and schemes drove
the storyline forward. There is just the right amount of
subterfuge , adventure and romance in the novel and Olympia
is at the heart of it all! Just when I thought I knew what
Olympia was planning, our hero and heroine were presented
by an unexpected obstacle that they needed to overcome.
Nothing went smoothly for them.
Juliana Gray's fast paced writing style kept me reading
until very late into the evening. I was invested in the
characters and their story . I read the last four chapters
in one sitting to finish the book. I will mention that Ms.
Gray added a special character in the novel, Luisa's
corgi, Quincy. I own several corgis and the author was spot
on with her description of the inquisitive nature of the
breed ,their loyalty and humor.
This is the first novel by Juliana Gray that I have read .
HOW TO SCHOOL YOUR SCOUNDREL is the final book in the A
Princess in Hiding
series. It can be read as a stand alone novel I plan to
purchase the other two books in the series
Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a
deadly plot against the crown—until their uncle devises a
brilliant plan to keep them safe...
Princess Luisa has devoted her life to duty, quietly
preparing to succeed her father as ruler. Nothing, however,
primed her to live on the run, disguised as a personal
secretary to a notorious English scoundrel. The earl is just
the man to help her reclaim her throne, but Luisa is drawn
to her powerful employer in ways she never imagined…
Philip, Earl of Somerton, has spent six years married to a
woman in love with another man—he refuses to become a fool
due to imprudent emotions ever again. Only, as his carefully
laid plans for vengeance falter, fate hands him hope for
redemption in the form of a beautiful and determined young
princess who draws him into a risky game of secrets,
seduction, and betrayal. And while his cunning may be enough
to save her life, nothing can save him from losing his