A Lady Never Lies by Juliana Gray
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
2 1/2 Kisses, 1 Pepper (M/F oral sex)
This is the story of Lady Alexandra Morley and Phineas Burke. My first impression of Lady Morley is that she's a selfish opportunist, and her dishonesty makes her an unlikable character. Finn talks his friends to temporarily moving to Italy with him so he can work on his "horseless carriage" project. Somehow both parties manage to lease the same Italian "castle," so they're going to be spending a lot of time in close proximity. It turns out Lady Morley is having serious financial problems, and her money has been invested in Finn's competition. She thinks she might get some useful information from Finn. Unfortunately, as they spend more time together and start to think they're falling in love, she fails to come clean about her initial scheme, despite having several perfect opportunities to do so.
What I liked about A Lady Never Lies: the book is set in the 1890’s, and the information about the development of the modern automobile is really interesting. A good part of the book is also set in Italy, which is a nice change of pace. I really like extra tall and intelligent heroes like Finn, and the secondary characters were fun to read and added life to the story. Also, there's an interesting twist at the end of the book.
What I didn’t like so much: the dishonest heroine who maintained her deception far too long. It made it almost impossible for me to like her and want her to find happiness. I also had a hard time feeling any real connection between the hero and heroine. Parts of the book seemed to drag (especially near the beginning) and I felt myself wanting to skim big chunks of the book.
This debut by author Juliana Gray will appeal to historical romance readers who are looking for something a little different, enthusiasts of the history of the automobile, and who like to see two people from different classes find happiness.
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