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Always a Princess

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Eve Stanhope masquerades as a foreign princess at ton parties, stealing jewels from the nobility she despises and returning to her London slum at the end of the night. She's carefully plotting revenge on her former employer--a society cad who's ruined her reputation. Now it's her turn to ruin him. What she doesn't expect is to encounter the criminally handsome Orchid Thief ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Carina Press
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Eve Stanhope is wrongly accused of theft by her previous employer. Cast out with no way else to survive, she quickly develops another persona one of a princess. This way she is able to move in the most elite circles and really attempt at theft so she can survive.

Phillip, Viscount Wesley is a typical bored aristocrat. He meets Eve masquerading as a princess and immediately sees her for the fraud that she is. They have an almost cat and mouse relationship. Phillip discovers Eve trying to steal a
Jan 01, 2012 Sian rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Eve is masquerading as a princess in order to steal from the horrid rich people. Upon meeting her Phillip knows she isn't who she says she is, and they make a deal and become partners in crime. Falling in love in the process.

In some ways I liked this and in other ways I didn't.

The story concept started off quite promising and then it just fell off. It didn't really materialise into anything. They didn't really steal anything together, there was really any hold your breath tension in any of the s
Kyanara Night
Jan 05, 2012 Kyanara Night rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
You can find my review by clicking on the link below
Book Utopia
Jan 25, 2012 Book Utopia rated it really liked it
Shelves: het, romance, historical
I had a splendid experience with a book I read by this author last year, and this second effort proved just as entertaining.

The delight starts early and swiftly. We open at a ball, where Philip, the Viscount Wesley, has spotted a woman who is clearly an imposter, pretending to be a princess from a small Eastern European country none of the simpering men surrounding her have even heard of. Philip has, however, and much to the woman’s chagrin, he’s intimately familiar with it. He quickly discovers
Aug 24, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Posted on Book Chelle.

I was in the mood for a historical romance, so imagine my delight when I ran across Always a Princess by Alice Gaines. I have never read Gaines’ work before, but I have read many similar stories from Carina Press and that was all it took to convince me to give this a try.

Eve Stanhope masquerades herself as a princess, and is slowly climbing her way up the social circles. She has been the belle of the ball, so to speak, getting close with society’s rich and famous. Eve does
May 14, 2016 Victoria rated it really liked it
This was a pretty nice book. It started off really great, with the plot and characters catching my attention right from the start. However, as it reached the end of the book, I felt that the plot wasn't that nice any more and it was rather repetitive, not least to say a little boring.

But let me start with the beginning first. All the characters were likable people and I especially love the attraction between Philip and Eve. So they met at a ball, where she was pretending to be a princess from s
Samina ~ Escapism~
Aug 24, 2011 Samina ~ Escapism~ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All historical romance fans
After reading this book in 24 hours I have to say I really enjoyed it. The available blurb made it sound cheesy and common. I would have to agree that yes the story was slightly common, nothing new in the saturated historical romance genre. However I have to add that how the author handles the story is what makes the difference, turning it into a good experience for the readers.

Phillip, Lord Wesley, is a bored aristocrat who has taken up stealing jewels to chase away his boredom. One night he en
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Aug 14, 2011 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
Eve is a jewel thief, though not a very good one. She used to make an honest living as a governess, but she was wrongfully accused of stealing from the family and forced out of the home. Now she figures she may as well be the thief she was branded. So she dons the persona of a foreign princess to gain entry to upper class parties then slips away to find whatever baubles belong to the hostess.

At the same time, Philip, Viscount Wesley, is having a grand time stealing from his peers as the so-calle
Neither Eve nor Philip are who they appear to be. She pretends to be a Princess to attend parties thrown by the ton, this gives her the opportunity to steal priceless gems from unsuspecting ladies. Unfortunately for Eve, she meets the one person who could spoil the whole thing for her - someone who has actually been to Valdastock.

Philip is bored with society, to spice things up he decides to take on the challenge of stealing gems and leaving an orchid behind. He's completely intrigued by the wom
Jan 02, 2012 Caroline rated it liked it
A jewel heist romance, but one in which the sophisticated thief is pursued neither by a consulting detective nor an insurance investigator, but by another sophisticated thief. Ever since Arthur Conan-Doyle nailed the former plot device in A Scandal in Bohemia and John McTiernan hit the latter out of the ball park in his 1999 version of "The Thomas Crown Affair", it's been a hard act to follow.

Ms Gaines attempts to put a new spin on this old standard by making one of the thieves a bored aristocr
Dec 19, 2014 Fani rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Readers who are curious to see what the term 'wallpaper romance' means
1.5 stars

This would be a totally forgettable, if charming and sweet, romance, had it not been for its complete disregard to the ethics and customs of the era during which it's supposedly taking place. I really cannot fathom why the author chose to make this a historical romance if she didn't intend to make any kind of research about the customs of the 19th century. The heroine, at the beginning of the book, has managed to convinced everyone in the ton that she's a princess, by appearing unescort
Lauren Murphy
Sep 27, 2011 Lauren Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Eve Stanhope has plunged into a new occupation as a jewellery thief. But when she collides with Lord Wesley A.K.A Phillip at the scene of her next crime she realises she has some competition. He knows instantly that her princess persona and shonky accent is a sham but instead of turning her in, his intrigue leads him to partner with the ‘princess’ to rob the riches of their jewels.

Eve and Phillip team up to steal some of the most extravagant jewels in the county, but for entirely different motiv
Debi Samuels
Oct 30, 2014 Debi Samuels rated it liked it
I was torn whether or not to give 3 or 4 stars here. The book is well written but it almost seems to get a bit lost at times. I was going for a bit more adventure here with the story line, the "Bad guy" is a bit of a let down. He's more pathetic than evil, one good punch and he's crying type. That's the bad. The good is that the characters are pretty relatable, the scenes arent confused and it was pleasantly diverting
Aug 24, 2011 Brittany rated it liked it
This was an ok book but not one of my favorites. I felt wanting in certain parts. I enjoyed the ending but it seemed far fetched. I would have liked a twist where Eve's background was concerned. Maybe something that would of made the ending more possible, say a aristocratic father?! I liked how Philip dealt with the Constable in the end as well. The Dr. who studies skulls was just out there and, I felt, completely unnecessary. It was a quick read more fluff then anything else. Good to take you m ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
There is deception all round in this historical novel. Eve masquerades as a Eastern European princess who stumbles upon a bored aristocrat, Phillip. Both are engaged in stealing the jewels of the elite families of the Ton. The novel starts well and the premise is enticing but the novel tails off early and fizzles by the end.
Jun 11, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, for-review
Always a Princess made me laugh and smile. It's a fun bit of fluff. And of course there's a happy ending-she will always be his princess.

You can see my full review on my blog: Review: Always a Princess by Alice Gaines
Mandy Behbehani
Jul 15, 2013 Mandy Behbehani rated it really liked it
Alice Gaines writes with just the right amount of vim and vigor in this witty, well-paced and steamy story of two jewel thieves after the same baubles who agree to work together, an arrangement that allows for all the great sexual tension of a substantial romance novel.
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