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A Lady Never Lies (Affairs by Moonlight Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Gray's impeccably crafted debut romance (which gracefully tips its literary cap to Shakespeare) is a complete triumph." ---Booklist Starred Review

About the Author

Juliana Gray is the award-winning author of A Lady Never Lies, A Gentleman Never Tells, and A Duke Never Yields.

A classically trained actress in England, Veida Dehmlow has dozens of stage credits to her name. She has appeared in London's West End, national tours, and many regional repertory theaters. Her voice work includes commercials, video games, and the narration of books in a variety of genres.

Product Details

  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 042525092X
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072NZZX0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By someproseandcon on February 1, 2013
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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2012
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?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on October 18, 2012
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.
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