Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Straight Reading from the Library: A Lady Never Lies by Stephanie Burkhart

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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?


This book is the third book in the Windser Diaries series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

Steampunk is one of my favorite genres, along with time travel, and this book fits both bills.  It's the book just before the book we featured here, A Princess is Always Right, and it's made me want to read that one all the more, because it ends on a decided leaning to that book (it's not exactly a cliffhanger, because the primary relationship in this book is resolved-but it is definitely leading to the next book in the series).

The best part of this book is the characters and their relationships with each other.  The story is primarily about Richard and Jocelyn, but the secondary characters are well-drawn as well.  These are people that are just fun to hang out with!

If you want a fun read, and you enjoy steampunk time-travel romance as much as I do, I recommend you give this series a chance.  Even though it can be read as a standalone, I think you would have a richer experience should you start with the first book in the series.

4 stars.

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.


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.

WEBSITE: http://www.stephanieburkhart.com
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  1. What was the last book you read without skipping through anything?

  2. Great review and excerpt, thank you.

  3. This was a very good review. This book sounds wonderful.

  4. Thanks so much for having me here today! I'm glad you enjoyed the story! Mai, the last book I read - and then re-read was "Queen of The Tearling." And I re-read to see if I missed something the first time. lol!! The book was fantastic and I read it rather fast.

    Becky, I do like fantasy, I'm going to start "Invasion of the Tearling," and I'm also reading "Lean Mean 13," in the Stephanie Plum series. I like Janet Evanovich's cozy mysteries. I also like the Bill O'Reilly "Killing" series.

    Steph Burkhart
    Romance Under the Moonlight

  5. Sounds like a great read. Entering under the name of Virginia

  6. I enjoyed the review & excerpt, thank you!

  7. Thanks for sharing your honest review, I enjoyed reading it :)

  8. I enjoyed the review, thank you! Great title! This has been a terrific book tour!