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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 over 6 years ago
v.31 c.127-130 by Lila Wolves over 6 years ago
v.30 c.126 by Tinte & Lila Wolves over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
32 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (508 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.54 / 10.0
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May 25th 2015, 11:21am PST



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Love in the Mask Ch. 87. over 5 years ago
Love in the mask. Ch. 87 over 5 years ago
ch86 over 7 years ago
Hyun Bin as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1st time as girl) over 7 years ago

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good in the beginning buuuut...   
Rating: N/A
by ScytheMaster14
May 11th, 2012, 6:52am
ok i have to say that i loved this series for the first 100 chapters, even around chaper 40 or so i was looking forward to reading it more than anything in my day but one it got to about chapter 100 it just went downhill for me and i actually had to force myself to read it becuse i was so sick of it and bored, and to be honest, those last 30 chapters readlly made me depressed. another thing is that the ending was a HUGE let down, they could have made i nice ending,but near the end it just seemed like the author rushed to make some sorta surprise ending when it just turned out to be like a bunch of random stuff just thrown in out of nowhere that didnt add to the story at all.
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another thing i didnt understand was why hyun bin couldnt just REALLY run away to japan with yun ha, i mean why did she have to join the gang if even the president guy the grandfather was tricking thought hyun bin was in japan, i mean what was the point in that really? just tho make her suffer more? it just didnt make sense to me why she had to be in the gang all that time

so yeah read the first 100 chapter or so and drop it, youll regret it if you read it to the end

... Last updated on May 11th, 2012, 6:53am
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Mixed Feelings...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Evelyn522
April 8th, 2012, 11:04am
I found Love in the Mask while I was searching for good gender benders to read, and I absolutely loved the premise. The story kept me hooked until about chapter 80. At that point I started to dislike where the story was going so I dropped it (plus the male lead's undying devotion was getting on my nerves). When I saw that it had been completely scanlated, I decided to give the ending a shot. I read it from the beginning (skimming through a few parts), and forced myself to keep reading until the end.

I really didn't like the last 30 chapters or so. They were fine to read, but I felt as if the story I'd fallen in love with had disappeared. I would have been much more satisfied if the story had ended around the time when the main characters finished high school. It felt like I was reading the ending from a distance because, for some weird reason, I didn't have any emotional connection to the characters. I didn't absolutely hate the ending, but it wasn't done the way I was hoping for (which can be a good thing in some cases, the ending being a suprise and all, but I felt really let down by the whole setup).
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Another thing that really bothers me is that the revelation of Hyun Bin's gender seemed very... anticlimactic. I love gender benders and always hope that the main character's true gender won't be revealed too early on, so I was glad that Hyun Bin's disguise lasted for a while. But then it kept dragging and dragging and, when it all came down to it, with the hypnosis and the forgetting and everything, the "big reveal" just wasn't satisfying at all. And am I the only one who didn't like the long-haired guy (I think his name was something Bi-Rak... it's been a while)? He was really annoying and I think the story would have been a lot better (and shorter) if he was completely taken out of it. I hated how his presence distracted from the main couple at the end.

The art (especially facial expressions) was never spectacular, but it really started to bother me about 2/3 of the way through. I think I wouldn't have minded the story's shortcomings quite as much if the art was better.

All of that said, I would be lying if I claimed that I hate this manhwa. I really liked the beginning, was disenchanted by the middle, and was pretty disappointed by the ending, but I'm still glad I read it. It's not the end of the world if you end up not liking it, so don't be afraid to give it a shot if it seems interesting to you.

... Last updated on April 15th, 2014, 8:48pm
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good read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kassicast
March 11th, 2012, 6:53am
I thought this was a good read it had so much things in it that it made it great. I think to the people that got annoying with the story at s point is because they had to wait for a long time for the translation. To come out now since this series is finish I belive the people the read this will enjoy. It one on my favorite. Manga now this made me cry so much so is you are going to read this be prepared to shead lots of tear toword the end smile
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Good start, too long, awful end.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Sky Cross
March 6th, 2012, 1:18pm
I really liked the beginning, loved hyunbin and how strong she was. But the longer I read, the worse it got. The situation between birak and hyunbin was okay, but it was nothing compared to how addicted I was at the start.

And I'm so frustrated because of this story. So many things could've happened...and didn't. I mean we had a good love triangle, but there was absolutely no confrontation between the rivals. Yunha was completely forgotten at the end. I got so tired of the drama of the separation between hyunbin and yunha. It was dragged on for waaaaaaay too long. Give me some action and passion instead of the endless weeping and 'if only I could see you now, but no I can't' etc....
It was so blah at the end. And birak's death just messed it all up even further.

No no no. The idea was fantastically original, the beginning was so good, but the latter half was awful to read. I only read it because I hoped it would get better again, but it was a huge disappointment.

I'm not sure if I would recommend it. It's not like I can say, just read the first part and leave the rest.

... Last updated on March 6th, 2012, 1:20pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by meljus3
February 18th, 2012, 5:50am
I really love this story. And I thought the ending was okay too (all right, I got depressed over BiRak's death). I especially loved how the last part showed HyunBin and BiRak's kids together. It's as if they would be there to continue the love story between their parents that was never realized. On the other hand, the story was a bit too long. I mean, why drag the story and add characters that won't really add much to the plot? (I'm talking about the american guy here) Also, I hate how Lee Hyunha somehow lost his character at the later part of the story. He was really cool at first but he just seemed like a wimp toward the end making me sympathize more on BiRak and wish that he could be HyunBin's partner instead.
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Disappointing and Boring!   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ffleur
January 4th, 2012, 4:00pm
Seriously?!? I mean... the ending was soooo annoying!
This story was SO BEAUTIFUL at the beginning... and because I loved the main characters and the plot, I pushed myself to read till the end.
But what a disappointment... to think that such a great story ended up like like. =/ I mean, there is a point in the story where they drag the plot endlessly, the suddenly, at the last few volumes, we rush through the story so fast that I couldn't really keep track of the story anymore. I got bored and lost. The last chapter was plain stupid and confusing... I wish we could hear more about the kids in the last page, though.
Still, it's a story worth reading. I just wish the artist would have granted us a better ending since we were dragged through 134 chapters. =[
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I'm confused o___o   
Rating: N/A
by seth_alucard
December 28th, 2011, 2:14pm
Love in the Mask was unrealistic, but I really liked the concept that a girl had to be a guy and fell in love with another, cool-looking guy. And then that love was like romeo and juliet. I fell in love with around the first 70 or 80 chapters, a little after she is in the gang. I was okay with the concept that her lover would be waiting for her. Those two were so in love, and I really liked watching them overcome obstacles with one another.
But as more chapters were released, the plot became too dirty. I didn't understand what was happening. I knew she loved Yunha (if that is his name o-o) so much, but why would she say she loves Bi Rak? I know she loves Bi Rak as a brother, or a family member. But did she really fall in love with him? I'm really confused x-x I thought she really loved Yun Ha, and once something happened to Bi Rak and five years passed by, she didn't remember Yun Ha? i know it's explained, but it seems really stupid that she would ever forget Yun Ha. And why wouldn't she stay true to her feelings? saying she loves Bi Rak? I'm so confused x-x
But the ending was really nice, but I kind of didn't want the oldest daughter to end up with a reincarnation or the son of Bi Rak o__o It's just....alittle strange because I don't understand the relationship between Hyun Bin and Bi Rak.
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My first Korean manhwa... got me hooked   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by KuroiTenshi
November 21st, 2011, 4:16pm
At first I loved this series, as Hyun Bin was a strong, no nonsense girl that packed a punch. I thought it was going to be one of those rare stories where the heroine actually sorts her life out without a breakdown of her and the people around her, but it wasn't quite it. Don't get me wrong, it is my favourite ever story that got me away from cutesy Japanese moe, but at some points I felt like banging my head on the wall. Firstly, the author knew it was going to be a long story, and frankly she could have done it in 5 volumes, because she fitted in every drama scenario possible. We have the false shounen-ai, rivals, evil foreigner, fights between corporations, miserable past, lost parents, lost memory, death of a friend, school bullying, rich girls and gang wars. In other words there is 3 different manhwas material and all of them would be of a better quality with no changes made, purely because Love in the Mask felt a bit of a mess. I loved Bi Rak and Hyun Bin, but other characters were just a pain. This is one of the most annoying ever comic, because by the time you realise it is going to be rubbish, you are already hooked and finish it in tears of sorrow for really well written comics that you should be reading. One last point to make, this is one of the worst drawn comics ever. My proportions are wrong when drawing, but this is a professional! It looks as if she had pre-cut eyes and blank faces and just added hair with a biro. If you can't draw make up for it next time with a more realistic story.
By the way, I still like it and the cover of volume 1 is my computer background.
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Do yourself a favour and don't waste your time   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
November 21st, 2011, 1:00pm
I admit it: I got totally caught up at the beginning. That feeling dragged me through all of the scans that were out without complaint - I loved it, I wanted more. Then, as the scans came out one by one I gradually lost interest. I reread the beginning and found it to be totally unrealistic and stupid. The premise was good, but this story was ruined by the characters and the cliches.
The girl (whatever her name was, the one Hyun-bin was protecting) started out as though she was actually a semi-decent human being, but all that stopped when she fell in love with Yun-ha. She cried, she was spoiled and the worst thing was her pseudo-apologises after which she repeated the very thing she was apologising for. The love between Hyun-bin and Yun-had was totally over the top and would never happen in real life. The evil girl (the one with the black hair)'s parents were totally unrealistic.
The ending was confusing. There were massive time skips and things were very rushed. I will say that I did like the very last pages where they showed what happened after the happy ending.
There was no character development and basically no plot. Do not waste your time.
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Brain Dead.   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
November 21st, 2011, 10:12am
This plot was so confusing that I cannot even comprehend what is going on. At fist the plot was okay, then mediocre and last but not least it dropped off of the scale around chapter 75, as the plot flips so much it would make you vomit if it was a rollercoaster. Honestly, what was the author thinking while writing this? I would also like to add that the art is terrible and the women look like men, and vice versa. The main character leaves alot to be desired, as does every other character in this manwha. Also their expressions are like zombies. Their Crying faces = :I Their Happy faces= :I Their angry faces= :I Their shocked faces= :I . Honestly some scenes went like this:
:I - Oppa, I love you.
:I - I'm so sorry *cries?* I can't return your feelings.
:I - I hate you. I will KILL myself :I
Wrapping it up, it made my head hurt to follow along and I am certain that I lost brain cells trying to do so.

... Last updated on November 21st, 2011, 10:22am
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