Romances Reviews

How to School Your Scoundrel
How to School Your Scoundrel (Princess in Hiding, book #3)

It may be that Gray saved the best in her Princess in Hiding trilogy for last. With its smart, unconventional plot and well-developed characters, combined with Gray’s knack for sexual tension, suspense and a carefully detailed backdrop, this is another captivating novel. There’s also plenty of Gray’s biting repartée and humor as you hold your breath until the deep-sigh ending.
RT Book Reviews  (Top Pick!)

Prolific author Gray wraps up her second trilogy with the same lyrical writing, lush romance, complex plotting and emotional depth she's become known for, and we are charmed by and invested in the determined princess, her tiny monarchy and the ruthless man she tames. Another delightful, enchanting romantic adventure from the talented Gray.
Kirkus Reviews

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How to Master Your Marquis
How to Master Your Marquis (Princess in Hiding, book #2)

This entrancing and searing love story is highly recommended.
Library Journal (Starred Review)

Gray is a grand mistress at twisting and turning a plot made up of common themes — like desire in disguise — and making it so special you’ll stay up all night to reach the happily ever after. Her smart characters, snappy dialogue and ingenious literary devices turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Gray keeps readers glued to the pages in her latest Princess in Hiding installment.
RT Book Reviews (4.5 Stars)

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How to Tame Your Duke
How to Tame Your Duke (Princess in Hiding, book #1)

Emotionally electric scenes between strong characters make this one a winner.
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

..After delighting romance readers with her spectacular Affairs by Moonlight trilogy, Gray is right on target to do it again. Gray's witty writing, flawless characterization, and fanciful plotting make this Victorian-set historical romance an absolute treasure.
Booklist (Starred Review)

How to Tame Your Duke is... one of the best historical novels this reviewer has read to date. The characters took over the pages; you can almost feel the heat that Emilie and the duke created. Your heartstrings will be pulled, your senses will heighten and this reviewer could not read fast enough to find out how Ms. Gray was going to romance this couple to their final destination. Ms. Gray has become this reviewer’s go-to author when it comes to historical romance. Ms. Gray is a true historical princess!
Romance Junkies (Five Blue Ribbons)

This desire-in-disguise romance, with its fast pace, engaging characters, touching humor and near-erotic sensuality is an emotional feast — just what readers expect from a storyteller with Gray's imagination."
RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

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A Duke Never Yields
A Duke Never Yields (Affairs by Moonlight, book #3)

With this deliciously romantic, wickedly witty confection linked to the splendidly entertaining A Lady Never Lies and A Gentleman Never Tells (both 2012), Gray makes one of the best trilogy debuts in years, proving she is a literary force to be reckoned with. Readers will shout, Bravissima!
Booklist (Starred Review)

The third of a debut trilogy loosely based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost with a distinct nod to the great operatic works of Giuseppe Verdi, this is a mesmerizing, enthralling romance that starts out with a sparkling, irrepressible heroine and a brooding, damaged hero and only gets better and better page by page. Bright, witty dialogue and superb characterization are the backbones of a fun, intricate historical storyline, and you may at turns laugh out loud and wipe your eyes at this couple’s entertaining, tender path to their happily ever after.
Kirkus Book Reviews (Starred Review)

The delightful Tuscan setting, enjoyable secondary characters and the perfect blending of a triple romance that seamlessly moves from book to book will simply charm readers.
RT Book Reviews (Most Anticipated Books of 2013)

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A Gentleman Never Tells
A Gentleman Never Tells (Affairs by Moonlight, book #2)

In the second delectable addition to her elevated historical trilogy... Gray pays tribute this time to composer Verdi while again dazzling readers with scintillating wit, lusciously layered characters, and sizzling, sensual romance, proving she truly is the newest incandescent star in the romance firmament.
Booklist (Starred Review)

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A Lady Never Lies
A Lady Never Lies (Affairs by Moonlight, book #1)

Booklist names A Lady Never Lies to its top 10 Romance Fiction books of 2012: "Gray’s captivating debut portrays widowed Lady Alexandra Morley as she seeks refuge in Italy, only to find that several prominent Englishman have come to the same Tuscan castle." 

August 2012's  RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Juliana Gray's historical romance debut A Lady Never Lies. Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction and stands out from all the other books that are reviewed in that issue and on the website.
RT Book Reviews' Seal of Excellence

The charming plot, enlightening historical detail, breathtaking sensuality, and unusual 1890s Tuscan setting take a backseat to the exquisite characterizations, clever dialog, and addictive prose that make this exceptional debut stand apart. Fans will be anxious for the rest of the trilogy (A Gentleman Never Tells, Nov. 2012; A Duke Never Yields, Feb. 2013).
Library Journal (Starred Review)

Bouyed by an abundance of deliciously tart wit, spiced with a generous amount of incendiary sexual chemistry, gifted with a setting right out of Enchanted April, and graced with a cast of captivating characters, Gray's impeccably crafted debut romance (which gracefully tips its literary cap to Shakespeare) is a complete triumph.
Booklist (Starred Review)

Gray debuts with a smart, witty tale that introduces readers to a marvelously unconventional, eccentric cast of characters and an enchanting Italian setting. Here's a story that feeds readers' hearts, minds and souls and captures the spirit of the era, the beauty of the countryside and the magic of love.
RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

Witty repartee, intriguing glimpses of other couples embroiled in their own love affairs and an exciting race at the finish make this a standout story. The fresh setting and details about the development of the automobile will charm readers, leaving them primed for the next book in the trilogy. Delightful.
BookPage (Christie Ridgway) 

Shakespeare's comedy [Love's Labor's Lost] is best known for its clever conversation, and A Lady Never Lies offers a fascinating modernization of the early modern comedy of manners. It was great fun to watch articulate and yet painfully honest characters fall into a passion that they are literally unable to curb. I can't wait for the second book in the trilogy.
Barnes & Nobles Reviews (Eloisa James)

A Lady Never Lies... is a witty, passionate historical romance that readers will find hard to put down... The novel is an absolute delight and an auspicious start for Ms. Gray’s literary career. By combining humor, an intriguing plot, engaging characters, a horseless carriage race, danger, passion and love, Ms. Gray has penned a winning story.
Romance Junkies (Five Blue Ribbons)

A Lady Never Lies is a wonderful story and one of the best historical romances that I’ve read this year. The horseless carriage backstory is fascinating and quite well done. The romance is incredibly sweet and heartwarming, and it brings out the best of both Finn and Alexandra. I highly recommend this book to all romance readers.
Romance Novel News (Recommended Read!)

A romantic setting (after all, what’s more romantic than a remote Italian castle?) and intricately woven historical details, as well as interesting and compelling characters make A Lady Never Lies a terrific debut for author Juliana Gray. The attraction between Finn and Alexandra is combustible, and the information about the early development of the automobile in Europe is unique and fascinating. Readers will race through this seductive novel with nary a warning flag in sight, driving steadily toward a satisfying finish.
Reader to Reader Book Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the wonderful fun romance of Finn and Alexandra. Juliana Gray has done a wonderful job writing this book, keeping us interested almost from the start, and I look forward to the next two books...
The Reading Cafe

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Advance Praise

A Lady Never Lies is extraordinary! In turns charming, passionate, and thrilling — and sometimes all three at once — A Lady Never Lies sets a new mark for historical romance. Juliana Gray is on my auto buy list.
Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author of Scandalous Desires

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