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The lie and the lady
First Pocket books paperback edition.
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372 pages ; 18 cm.
After commoner John Turner wins her love while posing as his noble friend for a bet, humiliating her in the process, Countess Letitia is determined to avoid him, but has trouble resisting his advances when they become neighbors.


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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?

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Publisher's Weekly Review

With a delightfully daring, tongue-in-cheek sense of both humor and romance, Noble continues where The Game and the Governess left off, this time following the exploits of Letitia, the widowed Countess Churzy, and John Turner, a commoner she thought was the Earl of Ashby, in 1820s England. Letty embarked on a somewhat controversial first marriage to an Austrian count, followed by an even more scandalous escapade in England (during which she met John) after her husband's death. Now she has only her title and wedding ring to her name. After some time abroad, she returns to England as the fiancée of a somewhat older, titled widower-only to find out that her new home is right in John's backyard. Building on the strength of the main plot, Noble's secondary characters almost steal the show with their vulnerability and quirks. The relationship between John and Letty feels, at times, contrived and almost Shakespearean, and the book starts painfully slowly, but the addition of an over-the-top villain is just enough to tie the tale into a heartwarming whole. Agent: Annelise Robey, Jane Rotrosen Literary Agency. (Jan) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* John Turner had very nearly ruined Letty's life. The widowed Countess of Herzog thought she was falling in love with the Earl of Ashbury, but what she didn't realize at the time was that John, who was employed as the earl's personal secretary, had switched places with his friend on a bet. Now, a year later, Letty has finally found Sir Bartholomew Babcock, a nice widower willing to marry her, and she is hell-bent on closing the deal before Sir Barty finds out about her earlier romantic mishap with John. Letty arrives in Helmsley all set to charm her fiancé, his daughter Margaret, and other residents of the small village, only to discover that the owner of the village mill just happens to be John. With her usual witty writing and exquisite flair for characterization, Noble offers readers the second, splendid book in her Winner Takes All series. The effortless manner in which she wrote The Lie and the Lady as a separate love story while at the same time gracefully connecting it to The Game and the Governess (2014) and cleverly hinting at what is to come in the series is nothing less than brilliant.--Charles, John Copyright 2015 Booklist