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The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda (Summersby #3)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
William finally meets his match in the latest Summersby Tale from Sophie Barnes, author of How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back.

Lucy Blackwell is desperate, reckless, and maybe a little bit crazy. That's the only possible explanation for tricking a man she doesn't know into a dance, a kiss, and an engagement—all in the middle of the biggest ball of the year! But Lord Wi
ebook, 384 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda is the third book in Sophie Barnes' Summersby series. It's a charming, romantic, sexy story full of mystery, adventure, humor, and some burn up the sheets lovin'.

Lady Lucinda Blackwell has a secret - and a deadly mission - and she'll do whatever it takes to see it through, even if it means tricking the only man who can help her avenge her parent's deaths into marriage - which she does! After-all, as Lucy surmises, it's not like they'll have to stay married for l
Nov 20, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Lord William Summersby has decided to marry a nice, quiet young lady, one that is proper enough for a future earl and will provide the requisite heir. So when he suddenly finds himself engaged to one bold Lucy Blackwell, a woman he doesn't even know until they share a dance, he knows his duty and will marry Lucy but will not be happy about it! The only thing he asks of her is to have no secrets... Lucy has her own reasons for trapping William into marriage. She needs the former spy to help her f ...more
Oct 22, 2012 LibraryDanielle rated it did not like it
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I did it again. I thought the first two in this series was terrible and I wasn't going to read the their, but it was in my files, so of course I did. and it was even worse than the first two. giant gaping plot holes, details that don't make sense and are never explained, and characters you just can't relate to or like. Mary and Alex are in this as well, though Mary barely features. Alex is as grating and annoying as in her book though.
Lady Lucy traps Lord William (Alex's brother and Mary's broth
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Jun 03, 2013 Cocktails and Books rated it liked it
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I believe the first sound I made when I started reading this book was ""squee!"" Why? Because I thoroughly love a book that involves: Headstrong ladies debuting in society; wayward Viscounts, Dukes, Lords, etc. and engagements by trickery. Sophie Barnes' latest installment of the Summersby series had all of those things and thus the makings of the perfect guilty pleasure.

Barnes tells this story from the differing points of view of both Lucinda and William. Something she does successfully, I neve
Dec 06, 2012 Farrah rated it it was amazing
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The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda was a wonderful romance. Secrets, betrayals, and romance combine in this book to create a great read.

Lucinda was a very likable heroine. She has been through a lot and still manages to stay strong. Not only that, but she remains determined to fight back. During the time when William was angry with her for forcing him into marriage, she was understandably remorseful but still held her gr
Apr 06, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it
This is one story that grips you from the prologue and keeps you enthralled to the end. Lady Lucinda, or Lucy as she is called is a woman with a mission. She knows that she needs help and has picked the person to help her, William Summersby. Only upon meeting him she has to do something very drastic- and they end up engaged. William knows that Lucy wants something from him, and he is not happy with her at all for changing his plans and forcing marriage on him. So these two have to dance around e ...more
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Nov 26, 2012 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Summersby Tale series and I know that you can read them out of order as this was the first one I read. It can stand on its own with no trouble.

The two main characters are really fun. William is willing to just settle for a bride and has made up his mind to marry Lady Annabella, the best of the really bad choices. Lucy Blackwell needs help in finding the man who murdered her mother and father. William is the perfect choice. Lucy stages a kiss and then announces their
Mar 24, 2013 Annah rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I see that it only has a 3 star rating which is a surprise to me. I thought Lucy was a strong willed and delightful character. Actually, I enjoyed all of the characters especially Lord Moorland. The plot moved along really well. There was action and conflict and humor, not to mention romance. The ending was great with a travel expedition and foreign help. I thought it made for a very interesting resolution to the story and a great book altogether. Sophie Barnes is a v ...more
I enjoyed reading the story of William and Lady Lucinda and couldn't put down my e-reader.
Dec 03, 2012 Mona rated it liked it
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I liked The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda much better than the first Sophie Barnes book I reviewed. It started out strong and interesting, promising us a daring heroine in Lady Lucinda. After the first few chapters, though, Lady Lucy became reticent and almost fragile. Thankfully, the other characters came together to save the day and add spice to the story.

The tale begins with twelve-yea
Ash Ash
Dec 24, 2012 Ash Ash rated it liked it
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this book is good, but found the heroines character annoying why cant she just come clean in the first instance to the hero about her problems instead of luring him into marriage and then saying she did have ulterior motive but she wont come clean until they get to know each other, the hero is a paragon of virtue to wait patiently until she confesses her reason for trapping him into marriage.. Again instances point that the heroine keeps hiding things from the hero like how the masked man who ki ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Maya rated it liked it
The beginning of the book flowed well but the plot had too many holes and soon I found myself bored.
Many things did not made sense, other just left me with a big question mark.

Lucy tricks William into marring her. What is very strange is that his whole family treats her very nice. By what I learn from other books, they should be wayyyy more suspicious. He did not even know "who" she really was, and only thought about having her investigate after the weeding.

Lucy being kidnapped and sold at Con
Jun 18, 2014 Melanie rated it did not like it
Have you ever found an author you just couldn’t read? I just did. I honestly gave it my all, but I’m just not willing to spend time on books that are not giving me enjoyment.

If I thought the other two were lacking that ‘something’ special, than this one was flatter than Keira Knightley’s boobs.
.... thanks for jumping to b2b to finish my review ...

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
Joanne Caldwell
Nov 29, 2014 Joanne Caldwell rated it liked it
The machinations Lucy goes through to get herself married to William is so incredible. Also the speed with which she finds herself in love with her husband stretches believability. However there is an interesting plot once you get through the above issues.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 02, 2015 06:39AM  
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Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to th
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