Title: The Lie and The Lady (Winner Takes All, book #2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Kate Noble
Publisher: Pocket Books, Dec. 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Following The Game and the Governess comes the second novel in the witty, sexy Winner Takes All series of Regency romances from Kate Noble, the writer behind the wildly popular, award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Clerk John Turner thought only of winning a bet when he switched places with his friend, Lord Edward Granville, at a country house party. But while posing as a lord, he fell for a lady—the Countess Letitia! Now she’s learned the truth, and he must win her back as plain John Turner. He’d better hope that love truly conquers all… Lady Letty was publicly humiliated when it came out that she had fallen for the man, not the master. When she meets him again, she’s determined to avoid him, but some things are too intoxicating to be denied. Letty knows what choice she must make to survive, but if she turns her back on her dashing rogue—again—will she lose her chance at love forever?
This is a standalone novel but I do wish I had read the first book in the series (The Game and The Governess). Not because I needed more information to enjoy this book, but because I just wanted more of the wager and what happened at that ill-fated house party the year before. I will definitely be rectifying that oversight shortly.
Leticia, Countess of Churzy, is a product of her times. She has come from a “trade” background, married into the aristocracy, was left widowed and nearly destitute so she needed to devise a method to go on living. She thought she had found that way when she fell in love with Lord Ashby, but it wasn’t Lord Ashby, it was John Turner and she was made a laughing stock when the wager and ruse was made known. She fled to Paris and that is where she met Sir Barty, a kind, generous elderly gentleman who proposed and who she accepted.
John Turner was not proud of duping Leticia. He fell in love with her but she was humiliated and ran from him. He didn’t know how he would go on with his broken heart so he poured his energy into rebuilding the family grist mill in ….what?…the same town in which Sir Barty lives!
This is truly a delight of a novel. We see Letty arriving at Sir Barty’s estate confident, content at ease and ready to make friends with Sir Barty’s daughter, and the town’s people. She is a Countess after all. And then she sees John Turner and the contented Countess slowly becomes a scrambling hamster-on-a-wheel. But she is intelligent and she does devise several delightful plans. And as if that’s not enough we have a villain thrown into the soup.
Well written, lots of sexual tension, lots of twists and turns thrown into Letty’s plans, a good look at Dr Rhys Gray the hero of the next book in the trilogy and a hint at who the heroine might be. I could not put this book down. Hooray for Kate Noble!