A Lady Never Lies Pdf Summary
Alexandra, Lady Morley, an alluring widow, is on holiday to escape her creditors and devise a plan to reverse her fortunes. Distracted by the arrival of Phineas “Finn” Burke, a brilliant inventor with a shocking past, she despairs of ever getting what she needs…until they kiss.
Finn, naïve to the female species and intent only on perfecting his “horseless carriage” engine for an exhibition in Rome, never dreamed he’d meet a woman like Alexandra, who is as maddening as she is comely. Finn longs to make Alexandra his wife, but his own vows stand in the way…unless Alexandra can sacrifice everything she knows to realize her deepest desires.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Debut for Juliana Gray- A Lady Never Lies is pure fun
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 17, 2012
A Lady Never Lies is the debut novel of Juliana Gray and her first book in her Affairs by the Moonlight Trilogy. This is a historical romance that takes place in Italy around the time period of 1890. As described on Gray’s website…Three English ladies on a holiday escape. Three dashing bachelors competing in a wager to remain chaste. Three scandalous affairs in an enchanted castle.
Our heroine in A Lady Never Lies is Lady Alexandra Morley, who is widowed and is running away from her home in London to avoid her creditors. Having been tricked by a nephew into investing in a company going bankrupt, Alexandra is desperate to find a way to salvage the company. She, her sister and cousin head for a castle near Florence, Italy, where no one would find them. Alexandra is also protecting her sister, who is also running away from an abusive husband.
Finn (Phineas) Burke is a successful and wealthy inventor, who makes a deal with his two friends, the Duke of Wallingford and his brother Lord Roland to take a yearly leave from partying every night, and become abstinence for one year. Finn wants to work on his new invention, an electric car, as he is scheduled to race later in the year, which he is determined to win. Finn has created his own success, but is not as flamboyant or reckless with woman, like the Wallingford brothers. However, Finn convinces them they need to take this one year leave to save themselves, and they leave London to a castle in Italy.
Of course, along the way, the ladies and the gentleman meet, and find themselves heading for the same castle. A beat up old castle as it is. They are forced to share, with each taking a different wing and working together to fix up the place.
Despite his determination to steer clear of the women, Finn finds himself falling in love with Alexandra, and she with him. Very early on, I have to admit, I was not crazy about Alexandra, who came across like a rich scheming and selfish snobbish lady.
But that did not last long. As Alexandra begins to show interest, perhaps to help her learn more about what Finn is doing, she does begin to fall for Finn. He, who normally is only interested in his invention, tries his best to avoid Alexandra at all costs. But he falls hopelessly in love with her.
This was such a wonderful romance, with a lot of humor and fun watching them hide their attraction from others, as well as the witty comments all around. The sexual scenes were pretty steamy, but well done, and also fun to see Alexandra truly learning what sex was all about. She was married to Lord Morley, an elder gentleman, and there with little sex between them. But Finn and Alexandra’s romance was beautifully done, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them fall deeper and deeper in love.
There was a short glitch, where Finn begins to suspect that perhaps Alexandra was hiding something, and was using him. Alexandra, who was trying to salvage the Motor Company, which her money was tied up with, did hope to possibly learn more from Finn, but she was not using him. She was totally in love with him. But Finn leaves the castle, and Alexandra is heartbroken, not knowing why or where he was. The last ¼ of the book had a wonderful adventure, with a wild car race, with both Finn and Alexandra driving. It was a lot of fun, and this book had quite a bit of humor in it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the wonderful fun romance of Finn and Alexandra. Juliana Gray has done a wonderful job writing this book, keeping us interested almost from the start, and I look forward to the next two books, which will most certainly be about the other two couples. If you want a fun, romance, with sexual tones, then this is the book for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lady Never Lies~
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 11, 2012
Lady Alexandra Morley, along with her sister and cousin, travel to a remote castle in Tuscany in an attempt to find a solution to her new found money problems. They are all a bit startled when three gentleman also seem to have let the same castle but since it is large enough to be in separate wings, they agree to carry on. What especially captures Alexandra’s attention is one ginger-haired man, Phineas Burke along with his dedication to finding a way to run a horseless carriage. Since her money is now tied up in a similar business, she hopes to gain some knowledge that she can pass on and earn her money back and get back to her life as she knows it. What she does not expect is the growing attraction blooming between herself and Finn. With a nosy duke and his lovestruck brother, along with her too-smart sister and too-quiet cousin, this group is sure to have lots of fun, heartbreak and hopefully triumph.
This was another wonderful debut I have read this year! The writing is smooth and flawless and peppered with lots of British words that I love–rubbish, jolly, sodding and bloody he–. I loved that this book is set in 1890 and we get a fresh perspective on the rise of the automobile. I feel like there are not enough books set in this time period so I am so happy to have found another author setting her stories here! Finn is a delightful scientist. First, he is ginger haired–love, but he is also intelligent with a dash of nerdiness, passionate and thorough (in more areas than one). Alexandra comes off a bit bossy at first and I wasn’t sure about her but as time passes her true nature emerges. She is still a bit bossy but she is also fun and adventurous, bold and stubborn and wary of tying herself to another man after the death of her husband. Together, Finn and Alexandra explode but also bond over Finn’s work with his battery for the automobile. But Alexandra is still holding out her secret and it may end up costing her in the end…and if that doesn’t, her stubbornness will. Overall, I really adored this book. The setting, the characters, the dialogue, passion, intrigue–all of it was done so well, it is hard to believe this is a historical debut. The next two books will take place at the same time as this one and while that is usually not a favorite of mine, there were just enough snippets of the other couples that I think it is going to work out well. Plus, there is not major mystery linking the stories so I don’t think there will be much rehashing. Juliana Gray has made it onto my auto-buy list with this debut and is an author all historical romance readers should read! 4 1/2 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars English men and ladies in an Italian castleReviewed in Australia 🇦🇺 on April 4, 2016
This is a witty romp with a touching and steamy love affair at its centre. The repartee is funny and there is much entertainment in the daily life of milking goats and coping with uncooperative servants. I really like authors who do good historical research but don’t rub it in your face like a history lesson. In this book the historical facts are seamless and enjoyable.
Alexandra, Lady Morley, is a widow living in Italy to protect her sister and cousin. Finn is the bastard son of a duke, a self made millionaire who is busy inventing a commercially viable electric car. Accompanied by his besties, Finn seeks the solitude of an Italian castle to perfect his invention. To his horror the castle has also been rented to three ladies including the acerbic yet attractive Lady Morley. There is lots to like and nothing to criticise in this fun romance.
About Juliana Gray Author Of A Lady Never Lies pdf Book
Juliana Gray Author Of A Lady Never Lies pdf Book, A Strange Scottish Shore and A Most Extraordinary Pursuit, is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams, the author of The Wicked City, A Certain Age, Along the Infinite Sea, Tiny Little Thing, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, A Hundred Summers and Overseas.
A Lady Never Lies pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Berkley (August 7, 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 042525092X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425250921
- Item Weight : 5.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.28 x 0.93 x 6.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,037,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #6,804 in Medieval Historical Romance (Books)
- #15,751 in Victorian Historical Romance (Books)
- #86,946 in Literary Fiction (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars 44 ratings
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