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A Lady Never Lies (Berkley Sensation Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Aug 2012

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (7 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042525092X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425250921
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.4 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,249,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Charming, passionate, and thrilling...sets a new mark for historical romance."--"New York Times" bestselling author Elizabeth Holt
"A dazzling debut...the best new book of the year!"--National bestselling author Lauren Willig
"A delightful confection of prose and desire that leaps off the page."--"New York Times" bestselling author Julia London
"Fresh, delicious, witty, and devastatingly romantic."--"New York Times" bestselling author Meredith Duran
"Clever and supremely witty. A true delight."--"New York Times" bestselling author Suzanne Enoch

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The dazzlingly passionate first novel in the Affairs By Moonlight trilogy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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the first of a three part series, about two brothers, the eldest a duke, and an illegitimate son of the dukes grandfather. the first book is about the illegitimate son, who is a genius and is trying to develop a 'horseless carriage' and is into all sorts of inventions. Finn and his two fellow travellers rent a castle in italy for a year to escape london, unknown to them three ladies have the same idea of escape and have rented the same castle. lady morley, one of three ladies, is bossy, demanding and rather snobbish, so has no time for someone without a title [and money] until they kiss and the fireworks start . the duke is determined to get the women out of the castle, and so finn and lady morley have to meet in secret in very amusing circumstances. the three books are the same story each time but from the perspective of the major character, which you would think would not work but it does. four stars as l am holding out for five for the final book about the duke.
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I love Historical Romance and when I find an author I like I read EVERYTHING. Sadly I got 6 chapters in and couldn't read anymore, just not for me.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c00ac90) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1c9420) out of 5 stars Uneven and derivative 1 Feb. 2013
By someproseandcon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The description of this novel sounded wonderful: an eccentric inventor (Phineas Burke) falls in love with a society widow (Alexandra Morley). Sadly, this book was a disappointment on several levels. Most importantly, I felt that there was very little emotional chemistry between Finn and Alexandra. Sure, there was a lot of talk about attraction and there was eventually sex, but I must have missed the developing emotional relationship.

Secondly, the novel's tone bounced back and forth between the humor and absurdity of a romantic romp (I like to read this kind of novel) and the drama of a mystery/romance, complete with villain (I like these too). What bothered me was the inconsistency in tone and mood, as if the author couldn't quite decide what kind of book this should be.

Finally, about two-thirds of the way through the novel, I started to see strange coincidences between this story and the plot of the classic Blake Edwards' film "The Great Race" (the automobile race, the sabotaged cars, and one car taking a detour down a famous set of steps in a European city). Unfortunately, this novel doesn't have nearly the sparkle, humor, sweetness, or character development of the Tony Curtis/Natalie Wood romantic comedy.

I'll respectfully disagree with the other reviewers and say this is a book I wished I'd skipped when there are so many books to read.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1c9480) out of 5 stars (4.5 stars) A surprisingly good new HR author to welcome! 13 Aug. 2012
By OLT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lately the well-established HR writers I used to admire are putting out rather lackluster and mediocre books, so it's great to find this excellent book by debut author Juliana Gray. This is the first of a trilogy featuring 3 gentlemen, the Duke of Wallingford, his younger brother Lord Roland Penhallow, and their commoner friend, scientist Phineas Burke, and 3 women, widowed Lady Alexandra Morley, her sister Abigail and their cousin Lady Somerton.

The 3 women have traveled to Italy, Lady Morley to avoid creditors and Lady Somerton to avoid an abusive husband. The 3 men are also in Italy, mainly because Burke wants an isolated place to perfect the design of his electric motorcar but also for the 2 noble brothers to take a break from their rather rakish, dissolute ways.

Coincidentally, all six know or know of each other and, in addition, have accidentally leased the same castle in Italy for their rustication. They make the best of a bad situation and split the use of the castle, one wing for the women and another for the men, while sharing the dining hall.

Naturally, because this is romance, we have the makings for 3 romantic pairs to be formed while conveniently living together. This first book has Lady Morley and Phineas Burke antagonistic to each other at first and then, of course, you know what that will lead to. The major roadblocks to their love are 1)that Burke is not a peer and is illegitimate to boot and 2)there may be a conflict of interest with regard to motorcars since scientist Burke is perfecting his battery-powered car and Lady Morley is a major stockholder in a steam-powered motorcar company. Can they give in to their attraction and can they trust each other?

The plot with the motorcars and the 1890 time period make this a relatively unique romance. What makes it a very special romance is the writing ability of Juliana Gray. IMO, she's equal to Meredith Duran or Cecilia Grant. This particular book is not angsty and is more light-hearted than the latest Grant and Duran HRs, but Gray's writing skill is at the same level. You'll find some fun moments as the characters adjust to their stay in Tuscany and the castle, and you'll find some lovely romantic scenes between the H and h.

The next two books in this series should be entertaining and all 3 have a slight twist in that they take place simultaneously, each one from the viewpoint of a different pair of lovers and revolving around that pair's interactions at the castle. In this first book we concentrate on Burke and Alexandra and only rarely have much to do with the other 4 characters, and this only to pique our curiosity about them and whet our appetites for the next books.

So be on the lookout for Book 2, A Gentleman Never Tells in November 2012, the love story of Lord Roland and Lady Somerton and Book 3, A Duke Never Yields in February 2013, the story of the Duke of Wallingford and Abigail. These will fill in the gaps in information of Book 1 about these 4 characters.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d69b33c) out of 5 stars Welcome new author / series 15 Dec. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this book made me happy to discover another author with the style that I enjoy the most in historical romance: well-constructed primary and secondary characters, wit, good writing, decent plot and just the right amount of sex scenes.

The characters are all well defined and none of them fall into any overdone stereotype. If you are looking for a 19 year-old, virgin heroine, don't buy. I find myself appreciative of slightly older lead women who have confidence and quirkiness. While the lady in question is not a bluestocking - she is smart, witty, proper and not wide-eyed-innocent at all. I like that a lot. If you are looking for a dark Duke who is afraid to love, don't buy. The lead man is strong, intelligent and self-aware (but a mere Mr.). I like that a lot too.

Her writing is good and tight- you don't have to worry about bad writing or cringe-worthy anachronistic lingo.

The plot is sort of unconventional but falls overall in the bucket of 'unlikely bed mates'. It is a really nice change from the usual rake-bluestocking choke. There are no balls, country parties or huge mansions. Well, wait, there is a huge mansion. And a car.

As for sex ... thankfully it's not "sweet" with chaste kisses. Not erotica level intense either. The sex is hot and at the right places. To those of you who care about this: the sex scenes are not silly and written with a good shade of maturity.

I am looking forward to the next in this series; but I do think Juilana Grey is capable of a better creation than this one. I'll keep an eye out for her.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d1031bc) out of 5 stars A Solid Debut 19 Oct. 2012
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wasn't certain I was going to enjoy Juliana Gray's novel A Lady Never Lies. The setting wasn't the problem; it was the lead female character who just seemed bossy and way too managing. However, as I continued reading this woman grew on me because she was wonderful with the hero, a tour de force to be certain with everyone around her but there was a real gentleness and kindness with the hero.

Firstly, it is hard to believe that three gentlemen would leave England to live in an old castle in Italy to ruminate on philosophy and other intellectual pursuits for a year. However, Finn Burke is quite persuasive and he has managed to convince two peers of the realm, (a Duke no less) to accompany him. Finn actually is there to present his motor car in a race in Italy but he would like his two friends to accompany him to Italy.

Alexandra Morley is escaping creditors and she is with her younger sister and cousin, who is escaping a bad marriage. Both parties are promised the castle and they are unhappy to discover the mix up. They agree to live together in the castle in separate wings only coming together for dinner. In fact, they are to be separate at all other times because the Duke has wagered the women will seek out the men for companionship and Alex has wagered that it will be the men who cannot leave the women alone.

Alex is at first a bossy boss, a woman who has a tendency to manipulate using feminine wiles and even a little bit of helplessness to her advantage. In these early scenes I did not like her because she seemed insincere. She admits she is vain and self centered, caring greatly about her social position in London. She has fallen from grace because when her husband died she invested heavily in a factory which is interested in motors and it has not been making money.

Finn likes Alex and he even allows her to enter his very private domain, his auto shop, which is a building on the castle grounds. It is in this setting that the two become friends. Alex, at first is interested in the auto for her own financial gain, after all her factory is in the same business but quickly she abandons her goal of snooping and becomes genuinely fascinated in Finn and his machine. These two have deep conversations and reveal their broken pasts.

Finn feels he is not good enough for Alex, he is illegitimate, the son of a notorious courtesan. Finn is rich, due to his inventions and investments but does not hold the social position of his fellow house guests.

These two are quite taken with each other and their romance goes well until the end of the novel when Alex gets a little too bossy again. (She is a bit of a daredevil too.) She can be stubborn and secretive. Also Finn really has to reassure her about his feelings and their future before she truly understands the depth of his devotion. Overall this is a nice romance and I am anxious to see how the Duke's romance progresses with Alex's sister in a later novel.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1c9948) out of 5 stars An obvious first novel 4 Feb. 2013
By Holly H - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I liked this more. The Shakespearian plot sounds great, the subplot of early automobile technology appeals to both my history buff and inner geek. But it just isn't very good. The characters are one dimensional, the suspense is flat, and I just got bored reading it. I won't be reading the remaining 2 books in the trilogy because I just don't care about any of the characters and don't want to revisit anything about this book. Too bad. Hope her writing grows into something better.
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