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Love in the Mask  
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From Tinte:
Suh Hyun-bin grew up under the cruel hand of street gangsters, but after her little brother dies, Hyun-bin runs away and is taken in by a rich family to be trained to become a bodyguard. However, she must hide that she is female, and pose as a man. And so, for eight years, she grows up as a cold, male, bodyguard. It looks like she'll be this way forever--until a fateful encounter with Lee Yun-ha shakes her very foundations, and leaves her conflicting with herself, as her feelings of love clash against her feelings of duty.


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가면속의 사랑
Mặt nạ tình yêu

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v.32 c.131-134 (end) by Lila Wolves (1225d ago)
v.31 c.127-130 by Lila Wolves (1225d ago)
v.30 c.126 by Tinte & Lila Wolves (1250d ago)
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32 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (470 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.55 / 10.0
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Love in the Mask Ch. 87. 775 days, 2 hours, 58 minutes ago
Love in the mask. Ch. 87 775 days, 10 hours, 26 minutes ago
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Hyun Bin as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1st time as girl) 1717 days, 12 hours, 7 minutes ago

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My fave yet its lacking   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Inanimate
November 28th, 2014, 2:12am
Like the title subject says, this is my favourite series. This is also the first long series that I finished. The plotline and characters are good (I only like them because of their backstory and are pretty), although there are some characters I find annoying...
The downside of this manhwa is that all the characters seem to have the same personality (mannerisms). What also makes this manhwa lacking is when reading it, there is no atmosphere throughout the whole story, this is mostly due to the character's lack of individuality. Finally, the character's expressions are very bland. .
In conclusion, the only thing that will drive you to read this is the plotline and if you are a sucker to pretty characters.
Edit: I realised, although this is my favourite series, i have only mostly talked bad about this manhwa

... Last updated on November 28th, 2014, 2:55am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
July 2nd, 2014, 12:20am
God I swear this author ALWAYS screws up her endings--she completely ruins her own works by doing this every single time!!!! (read her other works and endings were similarly rushed)

Plus, the unnecessary melodrama had me rage-quitting several times. It took a lot of effort to actually finish reading this. These stories are supposedly to be entertaining, but this one was a pain in the butt to get through.

... Last updated on July 2nd, 2014, 12:20am
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Slow, Repetitive Buildup and Rushed Ending   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by bueyboo
June 19th, 2014, 11:27pm
My title basically sums it up. I will divide the plot into three parts: Act I, the Gang Life, and the End.

Act I, while only having a few cringe-worthy parts, was mostly enjoyable except that some parts were dragged out and the angst was repeated. It honestly seemed a little forced how Hyun-Bin is initially attracted to Yun-Ha but the develop of their relationship was decent after this. Soon, however, we see the main couple go through the same trials repeatedly for a while before real changes occur. I understand this was done to show how strong Hyun-Bin's love for Yun-Ha was but it became less enjoyable when I felt the author was beating me over the head with it.

Also, the gang system seemed a little convoluted and disappeared when no longer needed to move along the plot. I'm not trying to spoil it so basically, once this one key event occurs, it just seems that the intense threats and darkness from this part disappears. This occurs like twice in the buildup and then again in the Gang Life part. For example, these kids did some crazy things and then somehow, they'd revert back to fist fights; their threat level plummeted and I couldn't take it seriously when the main characters either won them over with their great personality or could just beat an entire group singlehandedly.

The Gang Life arch I actually enjoyed a lot because that was when it focused more on the development of Bi-Rak. This guy was my favorite character and the author actually did a really good job portraying his sense of longing and dedication. The plans of the gang boss confused me as I honestly had no idea what he was trying to accomplish but these were small details since the main point was to develop the relationship between characters. Anyway, this part managed to touch me and is what I think brought the quality of this manwha up.

Next, the End arch was just so rushed. I could not come up with a more relevant name because it seriously just ended after the Gang Life arch. The lengths Hyun-Bin went through to
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hide her identity
went up in smoke rather quickly. Also, it never allowed us to see how
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Hyun-Bin and Yun-Ha reconciled
. They just did. It never seemed like Hyun-Bin
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really got over her trauma
. She just did. It would've been nice to see more development in our main couple because the end felt like they were together just for the sake of it.

Last point, I'll go over characterization. Hyun-Bin's character was really interesting in the beginning; you really cheered her on. However, her inability to hide her feelings of love was just so overdone.It was done better in the Gang Life arch; a new conflict appears and I liked how she realized it and came to terms with it more quickly than in Act I. For Yun-Ha, he was a more dynamic character in Act I, but in the Gang Life and The End, he's seemed to finish developing and remained stagnant for the rest of the story. I wish the author focused on him and his anguish a little more; I mean, come on, this guy has been
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waiting for years on end. You could've made him break down in tears because of the intense longing or something so we could have something to relate to. We seem him cry for like one or two pages but let us see the agonizing, long years that pass as he waits; waiting drains you and he never wavered but in an unrealistic, reader-will-totally-pass-it-over kind of way. It seemed like he was stuck on a one-track mind and that's ALL he is.
Yun-Ha starts to pale in comparison when Bi-Rak becomes more developed and we get to experience Bi-Rak's pain and longing with him. I will say Bi-Rak was my favorite character; he might've been too good than humanly possible but still a likeable person to read.

Overall Rating: 6.5
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by butako chan
November 4th, 2013, 9:08pm
While it wasn't as generic as some of her other stories, I still found the plot to be predictable. I'm actually surprised, but overall, this wasn't a bad read (then again, I started reading this work with REALLY low standards). Although the ending was a little stupid, it's not completely unsatisfying. It was through sheer will-power that I was able to endure looking at the art for so many chapters. I've given up on her style ever improving =_=

... Last updated on November 4th, 2013, 9:12pm
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Rating: N/A
by bakerygirl
September 20th, 2013, 7:46am
poor art,badly written. the initial plot had merit but its all downhill after that. the author feels the need to explain every little thing. its frustrating. give some credit to our intelligence.
the characters have these annoying sparkly eyes. the art is jerky and there is no flow.
this said after reading four volumes i decided to give up. the ending may be good(in accordance to the other reviews) but 32 volumes of the above said torture doesnt seem worth it to me.

... Last updated on September 20th, 2013, 7:47am
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Very much potential, but...   
Rating: N/A
by laughing_man
July 23rd, 2013, 7:19pm
...It doesn't leave you with a satisfied feeling.

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The last chapters are just horrible.

I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of endings where more hearts are broken than fulfilled(even if it is more realistic). However, that's just my personal taste.

The real problem is how everything is rushed. After all this setup of 32 Volumes there is just one chapter to turn the tables. The heroine wasn't even the one to turn the tables. She got injured and it somehow just happened. The revelation of her gender was also just accepted. Even the moment her feelings changed from "I can't be with you" to "I will anyways" wasn't that big of a deal after she made a fuss about is and was literally mos of the manga cold towards her love. Finally, the epilog was a joke of 4 pages.

... Last updated on July 24th, 2013, 2:43pm
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Rating: N/A
by ejkyaje
June 21st, 2013, 9:01am
Okay. So. I starting this series out not knowing what to expect, and the writing immediately put me off. It's written TERRIBLY. The plot jumps, there isn't nearly enough continuity. Just... the plot felt like they were cramming way too much into too short a space, at times, and at other times, the exact opposite. A lot of what happened seemed completely random and arbitrary. Yet SOMEHOW I was compelled to finish this series. It's a good story. The premise is excellent.

That said, I couldn't help but think that it would have been even better if Hyun Bin really WAS a guy, the way things unfolded.

I didn't like the ending. It doesn't work. I like that it's a happy ending, but the way it's written leaves you feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled. It's like. "Okay, so they've found one another again and they're going to be happy, yay! But wait; Hyun Bin
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doesn't remember Yunha
. Wait. What?? WHY? What happened?? Oh, okay, I understand what happened, now, and surely now they'll get together."
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Hyun Bin starts to remember her past
but when it all finally, FINALLY comes to a head, suddenly you're jipped out of any REAL ending at all, and suddenly they're together weee but it's soulless and unsatisfying because it just happens like that. *snaps*

Overall, I suppose I enjoyed the series, but I was also deeply frustrated and disappointed by it. I just wish I could find a similar story that is actually truly satisfying. I feel like I read alllllll that way just to be disappointed. Boooo. I give it a 6.5.
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by Acetheprince
February 12th, 2013, 5:02am
this manhaw is for sure my fav ever at first it was interesting in the middle it was good but the ending is awesome
so if you really want to read something cool then try this until the end and then you will know how awesome is this manga
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Best ending EVER!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blu_papillon
January 18th, 2013, 7:32pm
The whole thing was very slow, but it was worth reading. I skipped a lot of the parts between the main character's sister/the girl she body guards and the main love interest. I also skipped a lot of the black haired girl who got raped parts. They weren't essential and it wasn't that interesting.

But anyway, the last few volumes were very much worth the wait. It was so sad, but then SOOO happy. lol, like almost too happy. Loved it. I can't stop smiling after that. So cute. =)
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by 1amc00lt00
November 12th, 2012, 2:07am
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I've never hated and felt so annoyed of the main characters EVER. Reading volume 27, I seriously want to bang my head on the wall. I was already annoyed with HyunBin the moment she fell in love with YunHa but volume 27 made me want to pull all my hair out. She seems like a 'strong' character but I find her so pathetic and weak. Always saying stuff like: "I can not be with Hyung", crying all emotional, making these stupid big scenes about how I can't be with Hyung and all but when she sees him shes all pathetic and forgets everything. I don't mind their love, but the two character are just so love sick and annoying and to be honest, I hated that they liked each other so fast, it was so tiring looking at their "forbidden love". I've seriously lost my interest in the main characters, I find the side characters much more interesting and entertaining, especially Bi-rak. Even the annoying girls in the story are more interesting than the main character's stupid love story. I really liked Yunha, he had such a cool personality until he met Hyunbin.

Anyways, the beginning was interesting so I kept reading, I wanted to drop in volume 10 but decided to continue, the middle is just a load of bull that I just skip every scene with Yunha and Hyunbin in it. I hope the end is alright but from reading the comments, I'm not expecting much.
Edit: After dropping it a while, and now finishing it I think it is much better. I'm not sure if I like the ending or not but I don't hate it and I think it's satisfying enough, but I'll only give it a 7 because of all the other annoying parts.

... Last updated on December 3rd, 2012, 10:10pm
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