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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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Associated Names
الحب في القناع
가면속의 사랑
Mặt nạ tình yêu

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v.32 c.131-134 (end) by Lila Wolves (1802d ago)
v.31 c.127-130 by Lila Wolves (1802d ago)
v.30 c.126 by Tinte & Lila Wolves (1826d ago)
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32 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (494 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.54 / 10.0
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Monthly Pos #1270 increased(+402)
3 Month Pos #1996 increased(+160)
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On 459 wish lists
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Love in the Mask Ch. 87. 1351 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes ago
Love in the mask. Ch. 87 1352 days, 5 hours, 59 minutes ago
ch86 2152 days, 16 hours, 11 minutes ago
Hyun Bin as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1st time as girl) 2294 days, 7 hours, 40 minutes ago

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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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
doesn't remember Yunha
. Wait. What?? WHY? What happened?? Oh, okay, I understand what happened, now, and surely now they'll get together."
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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It's good but too long!!! awesome ending!   
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by athinyuni89
October 12th, 2012, 1:21am
i just start to read this book due to get attracted but it is too long for me to finish up all the chapters so i read first 5 volumes and jump to volume 29 till the rest. however, i didn't even fill empty or not understanding. I quite understand the story and relate it...
btw, i gonna say very good ending and it's soo happy at the end!!!

... Last updated on October 12th, 2012, 1:21am
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The best manhwa.. So close to my heart   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sejal
October 1st, 2012, 1:37am
I loved this manhwa. This is just the best. Its perfectly portrays love, pain, emotions, difficulty and happiness. It teaches the value of even the tiniest happiness. I read this in April and now I am downloading and re-reading it again. I am very sad that some people give very bad reviews about this manhwa because it doesn't deserve it. It is an epic love story. I understood the meaning of true love from this. I respect it a lot. I have a corner of my heart reserved for this manhwa. Love it. Anyways, I wanted love in the mask 2 where spring and bi rak oppa's son fall in love.
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Has a grand prelude but no hook   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by anibebe
September 1st, 2012, 11:03pm
To this day I still have problems understanding Korean Manhwa. For one, who sports a couple-ring with his buddy as an evidence of male-bonding? What's with the 70s/80s sparkling-eyed-look; even on the male characters? Why is there always at least one psycho female and masochistic male who feeds on tragedy in the fomula? How about the draggy storytelling? Where's the moe and tantalising elements that are usually present in Japanese manga of similar genre? For someone who has a thing for gender-bender or BL works, I was very disappointed. Six volumes later... I've decided that I still love Korean food but I'll stick to reading Japanese manga instead.

... Last updated on July 20th, 2013, 5:27am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by sarahdyah
August 23rd, 2012, 9:50am
too long and i REALLY CAN'T STAND IT!! even though this is really A GOOOOOOOD MANHWA i've ever read even just for at least 3vol. 2vol at first then 3chapters before end afterwards. hahasmile)
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Really bad   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by lalalarry
July 3rd, 2012, 10:28pm
it's incredibly slow and the leads, both male and female are annoying. The character development in minimal. I saw very little improvement and depth in the characters. the female lead remained ignorant and incredibly mentally weak. The male lead just remained a jerk.

Plot development was jerky. Things never really flowed and it was very cliche

Art was average. Like i said above, things just didn't flow and neither did the artwork

if you came here looking for a good gender bender, love in the mask is not it.
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her true gender isn't revealed to her 'true love' until literally, the end of the book.

characters were really annoying. the antagonists just got away with anything pretty much and were unrealistic
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by raquelita416
July 1st, 2012, 3:39pm
my goshhhhhh!!!! i loved this manhua until hyun bin left, and then i hated it but i cant leave a manag until i finsh it so too bad but its fenny cause i found this manga when it fust had 2 chapters, and then like a year later, it started updating again... i wish i didn't find it againg so i wouldn't be so disapointed....
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