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Love in Disguise

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
To do a friend a favor ~ and also because it suited her at the time to get away from home ~ Anthea offered to take over temporarily the friend's new job, as housekeeper to the high-powered tycoon Mark Allen. But Mr. Allen, it seemed, preferred his housekeepers to be staid and middle-aged, so Anthea assumed a disguise.

But no disguise could hide her growing awareness of her
Paperback, Mills & Boon Romance #992, 188 pages
Published April 1975 by Mills and Boon (first published 1975)
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Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I just love romances that de-emphasize looks.

Heroine is a college student who gets a temporary job as the 30 year old hero's new housekeeper. Since she is too young for the job, she disguises herself as a frumpy, pudgy older woman in her mid-30s with some padding and powder. The hero is not physically attracted to her but he finds that he likes talking with her because of her sharp mind and great personality and they become friends.

Of course, her disguise is eventually revealed. I found 75% of t
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hqn-presents
This was a very enjoyable read. I really liked the heroine, which is the barometer I usually use when rating my HPs. She was feisty, strong, and very independent. The hero was also very interesting and quite endearing for the first part of the book, but then sadly started to creep me out a bit towards the end once her disguise was revealed. It also had one of those delicious OW that always entertains me and a besotted boyfriend that kept things moving along enough to force me to finish this in o ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
The first half of the book was 5 star, the second half a 3 stars. I wish she remained in disguise longer and her cover wasn't blown so early. There were areas in the book I did not understand the male lead character's reasoning specifically when it came to his relationship with the OW ... asking her to hire a decorator and do as she wishes with his country home...talking until 3 in the morning, staying at her place until dawn, allowing her to host his parties and all of these happening for over ...more
Rating 3.5 stars
Thanks Leona for this recommendation. I so like reading about a heroine who can bring out her claws and strike back. The heroine has always lived at home, taking care of her father and she took a year off university to help her sick father. Now things have changed, her dad comes back home married and there is friction with her new step-mom which makes the heroine start searching for a place to live. I think the book straddled a fine line between showing the step-mom as being self
Another one down on my quest to read the first 100 numbered Harlequin Presents. This one is numbered 85.

I read this one back in the day and remembered it in a general way. It gets four stars for a well rounded story of a girl who is working as a housekeeper for a rich man. She dresses and acts older in order to get the job and hero finds to his bewilderment that he is falling in love with the unappealing looking heroine. At least we know that he loves her for her mind and personality. I could to
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harlequin, hqn
Very interesting. The whole point of this romance was that the guy fell in love with the heroine's personality and wit.
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

This book was so funny. The charade and the misunderstanding manage to be hilarious instead of aggravating.
Mark's unflattering generalization about women really annoyed me, but he had been hurt by a woman in the past and he was more bark than bite. He won me because he started to feel something towards Anthea while she's still disguised as a plain older woman.
The tone turned a bit brooding after Anthea found out that she's in love with Mark, but the ending was so cute I giggled like a
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Light weight romance, good breezy read.

The girl needs to move out of home urgently because her absent minded professor daddy remarries at the age of 60 ! Her step mom needs space, so Anthea needs a temporary place to stay until she can move into her college hostel when her term begins.

A chance vacancy comes about at the heroes house. For a housekeeper in his country bungalow. Assuming the guy must be a oldie rich man, Anthea takes up the job. But since she is too young to be taken seriously, she
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
hilarious one ! very funny, very nice !! a bit slow though due 2 cumbersome details n thus the book lost 2 stars 4 me. but then it's an oldie, i guess in those times the book was a definite 5 star. i actually really liked their story n it was a fun one n i was hooked from the start. i wanted 2 know what gonna happened next as it was entertaining, interesting n fun but the pace was slowed due 2 too many details as i already told. neway if some1 knows the modern version, do lmk ! nice read:)
April Brookshire
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlequin
This book had me laughing out loud a few times. Entertaining and sweet.
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aka Roberta Leigh, Janey Scott, Rozella Lake

Rita Shulman was born in London, England. She developed a big interest inart. In 1948, she married Michael Lewin and they had a son, Jeremy.

She began writing with her first published romance novel in 1950, and shecontinued published romance novels as Roberta Leigh, Rachel Lindsay,Roumelia Lane and Rozella Lake and as her maiden name Janey Scott. She was