Desire in Disguise
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Desire in Disguise

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They called her the crimson witch, Genevieva Saint-Georges, former belle of Paris until the French Revolution sent her fleeing into her new life of piracy. She was only matched by the man they called the black Mephisto, notorious spy, master of disguise and black-masked bandit of the seas.
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Paperback, 456 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1987)
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Jaime Winchester
I'm giving this 4 stars because I've liked it since High School. I'm not sure how it fares with a modern eye for romance, though. There has always been one thing that really bothered me, though. Spoiler: the hero and heroine are cousins, which is nothing unusual for the time period, but their mothers were identical twins!! Wouldn't that be bad, genetically? Wouldn't their DNA be like that of half-siblings? Blech. I always ignore that part when I re-read this book, because I think it is a good st...more
This is the book I read as a kid which made me really love romance. It is probably my number one romance of all time because of its complexity. I might not feel the same way as an adult, and I've read different books I might find more intellectually stimulating, but at fifteen, I was blown away.
Taffey Champion
I'll simply say that this was a good read which made me think of a male and female "Zorro" duo. They are a married couple through convenience. However, they fall "head over heels" in love with one another while they're assuming their respective alter ego identities.
This was one of those books which were waiting on my Moms bookshelve, waiting to be discovered by me.
I loved it right from the start, even while being a bit too young for the sex scenes in it. But the topic of pirates, a female pirate to get revenge for the things she lost, and the characters intrigued me.

I read it over and over again, but then, sadly, it kind of vanished during moving houses :(
I still ave my hopes up that it is somewhere upstairs in a bookbox, waiting to be discovered again ;)
The identities of the Crimson Witch and the Black Mephisto were revealed. Both characters were passionate and very skilled in fencing, schooner sailing, disguises, and distaste for France. Their paths crossed between the pages and it was passionate and dramatic. The writing was sensual in nature and exquisitely detailed capturing the scenery and emotions for the reader to easy visualize.
Arlene Kellas
My favorite romance. Maybe because it was one of my first, but I love the crazy little poems mixed through the book. I also love how all of her books have the story outlined in her poems at the beginning along with her 'cast'.
This was my number one romance novel for a long time. I read it when I was fifteen so my tastes have probably changed, but this book will always be a benchmark for me when it comes to romance and masks.
A recommendation from my misspent youth. Purple prose, big misunderstandings, disguises, and that cover! My 14 year old self re-read this one a dozen times.
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