Lovely Little Liar
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Abandoned at the altar, ruined and destitute, Abigail Westcoate has a new start, a new name, and a new life as a governess…with the sister of the handsome marquess responsible for destroying her livelihood, and he seems intent upon stripping away more than her lies.
She was warned. Falsehood upon falsehood would follow if she fibbed about her identity, but what else is Abigail Westcoate to do? Abandoned at the altar, ruined and destitute, her only chance is a new name. She has obtained position as a governess…with the sister of the very man responsible for her plight.
So Abby Wells will accept the position at Bennington Vale, brave Countess Castweill, whose sole purpose seems to be keeping servants in their place, and brave a return to London, in a lesser role, to the very society that cast her out. But hardest of all will be her proximity to the Marquess of Ravensgaerd, a man whom she should hate but whose very presence makes her blood burn with desire. Those hazel eyes hold a power to which she must surrender, a power that shall tear away all her heart’s protections and lies
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an artist/writer and also write poems. When I'm not writing or painting I'm either with my husband, watching tv, visiting with my family: our three adult children and six grand-children or doing something in my main hobbies, which are reading, gardening and cooking. I recently had a solo art exhibit at the Bonita Museum, Bonita, California.
I'm looking forward to the publication of my fifth Regency romance, LOVELY LITTLE LIAR, was issued by Boroughs Publishing Group on January 20, 2014.
I write very early in the morning or in the evening before I read either a Regency or a suspense novel.
I'm working on a Regency romance and a romantic mystery. I have finished a time-travel romance. I like to work on several projects at once. Even in painting I always have a few paintings going because I get stuck in something and start another one! Not a recommended way of painting or writing but that's the way I am.
I'm an avid reader, often unable to let go of a mystery until I reach the end.
I read romantic suspense, mysteries, Regency romances and once in a while a mainstream novel or classic.
I'm new here but eventually will built up my library with a heavy dose of the above books.
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Lovely Little Liar by Gloria Gay is a 2014 Boroughs Publishing Group release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Abigail, ( Abby) and her aunt are left practically destitute when Abby's father passed away and left their investments with the Marquess of Ravensgaerd. Now the only choice Abby has is to become a governess. As fate would have it she accepts the position offered by the Raven's sister, the Countess of Castweill.
Neither Raven or his sister realize who Abby really is and so in order to keep her position Abby builds a dangerous house of cards by telling one lie after another. To complicate things Abby may find herself face to face with the man that jilted her at the alter a couple of years ago. Keeping her identity a secret becomes more and more difficult and her relationship with Raven becomes more and more heated causing the Countess to try and come between them.
I liked the setup in this regency period historical romance. The penniless girl going to work for the family that caused her financial ruin and trying to keep her job without anyone finding out who she really is while moving in the social circles she once belonged to is great storyline. Abby is a very sweet girl, but a little too naïve and perhaps a little unrealistically forgiving. The suspense comes from having the Countess observing every little thing Abby does and being very suspicious of her and from knowing that sooner or later someone was bound to recognize Abby and tell Raven. There were a few kinks in the story though. One is the romance lacked chemistry and a few make out sessions were all that really happened until the very end of the book and that just happens to be one of my little pet peeves. The other issue I had was that Raven was so careless with the finances of others. He never checked on Abigail and her aunt although it is made clear Raven was otherwise engaged for a long period of time. He has no idea that Abby's money had all but disappeared and really didn't go to any great lengths to investigate their well being. I wasn't all that impressed with him as a result and found him a little dull as well.
Although I had a few issues with Raven and the very slow moving romance, I still found the book to be enjoyable and the author did a great job of putting a unique spin on the regency romance novel.