Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Review: A Lady Never Lies

A Lady Never Lies
by Stephanie Burkhart


GENRE: Steampunk Romance



Jocelyn Dunkirk is not your typical Victorian lady. She dresses in leather, wears goggles, and is not afraid to get a little grease under her fingernails. Gentlemen avoid her like a dirty rivet.

Richard Windsor, the Prince of Wales, travels through time to claim Jocelyn's heart, but if it isn't one challenge, it's another. He determines to be a constant, steady presence in her life, hoping to prove he'd make a worthy husband.

Jocelyn's facing a bucket full of problems. The prime minister wants her to assist in ending a coal strike before it cripples the nation while her father attempts to recover from a serious injury. Will Jocelyn's dedication to her country and family ruin the one chance she has at love?


Excerpt One:

She swatted her hand next to her head like she was swatting a fly. Love could flitter away from her heart like a hummingbird for all she cared. Who needed it? Love hurt.

A knock rapped on the door, but before she could voice a reply, Richard walked in. He crossed the room, raw concern splayed over his face and he knelt before her. "What's wrong?"


"You look annoyed."

"A lady never cusses," she replied.

His lips tipped in amusement. "What else does a lady never do?"

"They never wear the same dress twice."

He pulled up a chair and sat in front of her. "I believe that."

"And a lady never lies," she said.

He slid his hand over hers and laced their fingers together. A sweet jolt pulsed up her arm and she smiled despite herself.

"So what's bothering you?" he asked.

Review:  This is a fabulous steampunk series. A Lady Never Lies is book 3 in the Windsor Diaries series. I don't often stray much from contemporary novels, but when it comes to Stephanie Burkhart's series, I am always on board. If you've never tried this genre, her books are a wonderful place to start.

I recommend reading Victorian Scoundrel and A Gentleman and A Rogue before tackling this one, even though this can be read as a stand alone novel, especially if you are a fan of continuity. If that kind of thing doesn't bother you, by all means go ahead and read this one, you'll enjoy it either way.

In this book the usual cast of characters are present from the other books, but the main focus is on Jocelyn Dunkirk (from the past) and Richard, the Prince Of Wales (from the present).  An accident at the beginning of the book shapes the actions here, and results in a terrible injury for a focal character.

Jocelyn is a woman ahead of her time. She's definitely out of place in Victorian times, and it is her close relationship with her father that keeps her from jumping through time to be with Richard Windsor, the Prince of Wales.

It is a ring that Richard gave her that caused the accident at the beginning of the book that sets the ball rolling.

More time travel causes more problems in the future, especially when one of the time travelers tries to change history which will leave readers anxious for the next book to see what is going to happen next.

These books are short but the pacing is fast and never slows down. Once you are involved in the story it is hard to put it down.

Rating: 5 stars

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.









AMAZON KINDLE: http://amzn.com/B00KX6FD12  



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Thank you so much for having me here today. I'm so glad you enjoy the book. :) Jocelyn is one of my favorite heroines. Here's a link to the book trailer for Victorian Scoundrel, the first book in the series.BOOK TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IUYj2d7ZeY

Question: When it comes to time travel, would you prefer to "fall back," or "spring forward?"

Steph Burkhart
Romance Under the Moonlight

Unknown said...

Great review and could persuade me to stray from my normal reading too! I think I'd go with fall back - enjoyed Outlander. Angela Britnell

Tina Pinson said...

Good review. Great Job, Steph. I think time travel is fun. Thinking of all the places you could visit and what you could do in history always piqued my imagination.

Melissa Keir said...

Congrats on another wonderful review. I would rather fall back for the extra hour of sleep but I love the spring forward because it is lighter and summer is coning!

Betty Woodrum said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you!

Betty Woodrum said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you!