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A Gentleman Never Tells Mass Market Paperback – November 6, 2012
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Some of the scenes do overlap with what was in the first book. However, HOW they overlapped was fantastic. I won't give away any details but there were two scenes in particular that were in the first book that you get in the 2nd but from a different character's perspective. The result is hilarious given what that character was doing and how you already know what the others had been thinking (man, did they ever get played). The resolution to the book was a bit far-fetched to me (in regards to the over-arching story of the castle and Roland's work) but I don't read these books for their realism. If you liked Ms Gray's first book, I think it's safe to say you'll really enjoy the 2nd. I recommend reading these in order. I cannot wait for Wallingford and Abigail. From what I've learned from both of them in these first two books, it should be a rollicking good time. Only 3 months to go...
The story demands a light touch -- a well done aspect of the first novel. This one doesn't seem to be able to pick a tone and stick to it. Lots of angst is involved. The hero and heroine tumble into the hay (literally) at practically first sight (they knew each other years ago) and then must spend most of the novel trying to keep apart since she is married and the mother of a young son--and she will be unable to obtain a divorce from her rotten, cheating husband if she is found to be likewise unfaithful.
When the ending arrives (SPOILERS AHEAD), so does the vile husband. He is quite evil and hopes to kill the hero. His wife has seen him do depraved and unspeakable things (although the worst are not described). And yet, they come to a civilized agreement about divorce. The boy will be sent to live with his father part of the year. Excuse me? Did I hear that right? The wife also glosses over the sins of the man who kept the young lovers apart and pushed her into her unhappy marriage.
Perhaps I'm expecting the tale to make too much sense, or perhaps a woman named Lilibet sounds to me like she should live near Florence, Alabama instead of Florence, Italy. At any rate, the third entry sounds as if it will return to the frothy, light-hearted style of the first book. I'm looking forward to that one.
This is the second couple we meet and their circumstances are very different from the first couple - but somehow not quite as charming. The character development was less impressive and the plot had a lot of ambiguities.
Somehow when the heroine is married, albeit unhappily, with a vulnerable child, and begins an affair with a first love, it doesn't have the ingredients of a good, emotionally satisfying romance - at least to me. And, as for children in romance books - I admit that I'm never excited to read about them because so few authors portray them realistically. In this case, Philip was a bit too precocious. That is not to say I didn't enjoy watching Roland (our hero) squirm while trying to establish a working relationship with him, because I did. But Philip himself seemed too contrived - and instead of enjoying him, he distracted me.
I did like the Hero - very much. He was my favorite part of the book, even though the Heroine was not bad. The Villain, on the other hand, confused me. I thought his actions were a bit ambiguous and vague - and I wasn't totally satisfied with the resolution, even if it did seem to be a happy ever after.
None of these quibbles should keep you from reading the book, because overall it was still an enjoyable read. I was expecting the same pleasure I derived from the first book - and that didn't happen. I'd really like to say 3.5 stars, but I'll opt for 4 because the writing is very good.
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I read the first book in the series and enjoyed the nuances of English men and woman abroad in Italy in the Victorian age. This, the second of the series,was even more fun. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dark Lilith
I really like this book. The second in this series, it was very engaging. Of course, it overlapped in some places and the different perspectives of the participants was truly... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed reading this book. I love the characters and I liked the way the characters all stay entwined. It was a good read. Looking forward to the next book. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Mia
Juliana Gray is one of my new favorite authors. I am enjoying this trilogy a lot, and looking forward to the third book. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Cindy DeGraaff
I found out about Juliana Grey from another author's post on facebook. It was during the promotion of the Duke Never Yields (the third book in this trilogy). Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by DL
Loved this trilogy. You really need to read the books in order. This is book two. It's fun to read all three close together. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Reading the second installment from Juliana Gray's A Gentleman Never Tells was funny and witty. I just adored Lord Roland Penhollow and Lilibet,Countess of Somerton. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Queen of Books
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Juliana Grey most definitely became my favorite writer! Her two books are outstanding. Great characters, dialogs, story lines. Her writing is full of humor, romance and poetry. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer