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?
About the Author
Kate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of historical romances, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series and the Winner Takes All series. Her books have earned her numerous accolades, including comparisons to Jane Austen, which just makes her giddy. In her other life as Kate Rorick, she is an Emmy-award winning writer of television and web series, having written for NBC, FOX, and TNT, as well as the international hit YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and is hard at work on her next book. You can find Kate online at KateNoble.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Leticia “Letty” Price wanted it all. Being the daughter of a miller wasn’t going to get her anywhere fast. She did manage to become Lady Churnzy until an unfortunate accident made her a widow. The Earl of Ashby had won her heart and her body literally throbbed with desire for the man. It was everything Letty had ever dreamed of...everything, but she hadn’t counted on one thing. That thing was John Turner. Turner was nothing more than one big lie, a man who’d won a bet. The wager was a foolish one, but he’d played the part of the Earl so well the Countess had believed him. The title, the money, the life of luxury was dashed in a moment’s time in her boudoir. The Lie had begun and undoubtedly Letty would have trouble living this one down. Through no fault of her own, she would be disgraced should anyone find out. There was nothing to do, but take flight, far away from anyone who knew. Paris. It would be a wonderful place to start her life anew, but selling her remaining bits of jewelry would have to sustain her. No one would ever learn about the Lie, least ways Sir Bartholomew Babcock wouldn’t. There was no falling in love, yet she lusted after the life he had to offer her. Sir Barty was so much older than Letty was, but was it of any concern to her? No. She would marry once again and would even have a stepdaughter, Margaret to dote on. Letty admitted to Barty that “the man in question was playing me false.” All her cards were on the table with the admission of her past sins. Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it? It could and it would. Letty had “fallen into disfavor with the women of Helmsley in less than a sentence.” Her relationship with Sir Barty’s daughter, Margaret, fared little better. There were secrets and lies in Helmsley, but the Lie was a well-known fact to some there, including the miller. Helen Braithwaite Turner was a good friend to her fiancé as well as mother to none other than John, the man whose passionate touch set her very being on fire. The banns were being read in St. Stephens, a place her past could come back to haunt her. John Turner was a man who ignited her soul, but there was yet another who could burn it. Palmer Blackwell knew everything. The secrets, the Lie, and the lies... This is the type of romance that can keep anyone captivated from the first page to the last. I haven’t read a romance in years, but would definitely pick up one by Kate Noble again. There’s a lot more than meets the eye in The Lie and the Lady, a romance that actually kept me wondering what would happen to Letty next. The coincidences were plentiful, but ones that were totally unexpected. Letty, of course, was a gold digger that could rival Sister Carrie. It was onward and upward, but with each turn of the page there seemed to be yet another obstacle in her way. The characters were quite well-developed and I became interested in the subplot with Margaret and the swirl of attention surrounding her. There wasn’t enough steam in the book to power up John Turner’s grain mill, but plenty of intrigue and mystery to make this tale a winner. Quill says: If you want a romance with substance, subterfuge, and oh-so-sexy undertones, Kate Noble has penned a romance with all of those qualities plus some!
The Lie and the Lady by Kate Noble Countess Letitia is at the end of her funds and the end of her rope when chance brings her to the notice of Sir Barty, notable country nobility. His kindness may erase all her problems begun with the Lie. The book looks into the idea of nobility, and the placement and outward appearance of the regency era of the English society. Letitia is a young woman over shadowed by her past, and the mistakes of other that causes her to run to the edges of society to find safety from rumors. Luck would not be with her as she is returned into a world of conflicting aspects that will change her view of the world, and what she wants to become in life. She learns the nature of love, and desire. And through her adventures finds that hope and love are not opposing powers. This is a book about life and finding your way. A great read, not only for the young at heart but for those who think that history is an easier time.
5 Stars | Some Hot Steam THE GAME AND THE GOVERNESS fans rejoice! The second installment of Kate Noble’s superb Winner Takes All series, THE LIE AND THE LADY, has arrived, and it is glorious! Our collective longing, high anticipation and excitement for Letitia and John’s momentous HEA has been heartily rewarded with an extraordinary romance so original, ingenious, enchanting, beautiful, spectacularly thrilling and utterly unforgettable that you’ll be shouting its praise from every rooftop and street corner! Truly, Letitia and John’s incomparable journey is absolute perfection. Surprising, stirring and spellbinding perfection. The singular kind of perfection that has you bargaining with higher spirits to never let it end. And, when it does, you find yourself clutching the epic wonder tightly to your chest as happy/sad tears run down your broadly smiling cheeks. I began THE LIE AND THE LADY with weighing uncertainty. How was Kate Noble going to successfully transform flagrantly wealth-and-title-chasing Lady Letitia from THE GAME AND THE GOVERNESS into an admirable, sympathetic and redeeming heroine? Furthermore, I questioned sensible John Turner’s swift and blinding love for a woman so seemingly superficial, scheming and inscrutable as Letitia. However, by the end of chapter one of TL&TL, any lingering doubts with her character were speedily replaced with understanding, appreciation, affection, sympathy, trust and an infallible faith that Letty was indeed worthy, deserving and in dire need of her own overdue happiness—and I simply couldn’t wait for her to have it! Letty is a heroine for the ages—regal, seasoned, smart, strong, pragmatic, industrious, kind and positively resplendent! By the end of the novel, like John, she became my Letty too. I just adored her and sincerely missed her when I had to say goodbye. John Turner. Leave it to Kate Noble to write a stellar hero so ideal, layered, hardworking, uncompromising, sensitive, sexy, loyal and infinitely lovable that he ruins you for all other men. (Ashby who?) Her fabulous heroes have always left a heated imprint in my naughtiest fantasies but, oh my goodness, John Turner is one of her very best! Sigh… That man is so very delectable! Not only was I completely captivated by Letty and John’s rocky path to forever, I was equally taken by the amusing town full of remarkable secondary characters whose own motivations—some good, others nefarious—prod and pull the story in unexpected, delightful and endlessly entertaining directions. I especially savored Rhys's bookish and hilariously bumbling presence. His endearingly awkward and sweetly kindred friendship with young Margaret simply melted my heart. With the release of THE LIE AND THE LADY, Kate Noble has delivered a crowning achievement in romance as well as a career-defining novel, propelling her Winner Takes All series from great to legendary and solidifying her name on countless new readers’ shortlists of auto-buy authors. Bottom line: Letty and John’s story is a must-read gem that will take center stage on your prized keeper shelf—just as soon as you can bear to part from it. :) Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.