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A Kiss of Lies

(The Disgraced Lords #1)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  813 ratings  ·  157 reviews
In Bronwen Evans’s Loveswept debut, a pair of damaged souls ignite each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.

Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face
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ebook, 320 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Loveswept
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Having read just one of Bronwen Evans's books in the past, I came to this book without expectations. And it surprised me, in a very good way. There is an overlying mystery coursing through her Disgraced Lords series, and while the plot of this book introduces that overarching mystery, it never strays from telling a moving love story between two people in need or redemption and love.

Christian Trent, the Earl of Markham, was wrongly accused or raping the daughter of the duke, and forced to flee f
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*MariaA*
Where do I begin *sigh* You know that feeling when you read the entire book with a dreamy look on your face, your visual brain is so active ,you actually start believing like you're watching a movie and these are real people in front of you not just fictional characters!! Well that and much more was what I felt!

I have been a BIG fan of Bronwen Evans, ever since I read "To wager the marquis of Wolverstone" and now with "A kiss of lies", she's my new fav HR author on the block!!

I don't want to giv
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Elizabeth
Actual rating: 1.5

This was one of those books that looks good on paper and would have worked in the hands of another more careful, and, perhaps, more imaginative writer. Ms Evans seems not to be in possession of an ear for the 19th c., nor does she have any interest in recreating a 19th c. setting (references to carriages, gowns and cravats actually reveal how painfully incapable the writer is of conveying some sense of the past. These are mere props among which her contemporary mores and charac
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Brooke
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, favorites, re-read
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

HOLY. FUCKING. SHITBALLS!!! My entire body is coursing with adrenaline, happiness, and impatience as I finish this book! I NEED MORE!!! I NEED to know what happens next, how this story will play out!!! It's not often a story grips me pretty much from the very first page and never loosens its grip! The only reason I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 (GOD! I wanted SO BADLY to give it 5 stars as it TRULY is FUCKING AMAZING!!!),
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Ruth
This one, provided by the publisher through netgalley, was OK for me, and had some redeeming features, but felt too much like a contemporary transplanted into the Regency era for me to feel completely comfortable with it.

What did I like?

- When I think of a "Loveswept" historical, this is exactly the kind of story I'd think of. If you know you want to read a Loveswept then you could comfortably choose this book and not be disappointed, and this is incredibly useful for readers when they are selec
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Farrah
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely brilliant historical romance, full of secrets and dark pasts, A Kiss of Lies was a fantastic read. I completely and totally loved this book! Every bit of it, from start to finish, was wonderful. Loved it, just loved it!

Sarah was a lovely heroine. She had been through horrors in her marriage, but she survived and kept her strength. She definitely proved herself a worthy heroine in that regard. But, she was also kind and genuinely likable. I thought she was wonderful and I really lik
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Michelle
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

I really enjoyed this story. I really felt the characters and I was strongly rooting for their happily ever after. There is so much to this book than romance. Both of our main characters have a lot of business to settle before they can be together so I enjoyed the thrill of watching them put their lives back together.

This book may be a little darker than I prefer. The topics of rape and abuse are used in relation to a couple of the characters. There is nothing wrong with these two top
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Pixelfish
Jul 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
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Shauni
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

While Regency Romance remains the favored genre for historical writers these days (ok their publishers) it seems the Regency World has gotten a whole lot darker. Instead of all is beautiful and light.. now we have dark and broody. Dangerous souls with tortured pasts and honestly that seems a bit more realistic. Sure there was an air of je ne sais quoi surrounding this era. After all it was a time of change, a golden era so to spea
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Dianne
Was it fate that interceded in the lives of two damaged souls, bringing them together just when they needed to be loved, protected and vindicated? A scarred war hero, once a rake of a man, is falsely accused of rape and is unceremoniously shipped off to Canada, picking up the pieces of his life and finding himself guardian to a young orphaned girl. A beautiful woman running from her brutal past becomes the young girl’s governess. Their lives have crossed before, among the wealthy in London, but ...more
Emma
Apr 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: those who gush over bad writing
Recommended to Emma by: friends, who also hated it, were reading it
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Jennifer
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I think I repeated this phrase several times will reading this book. This was my first time reading one of Bronwen’s books and I have now added all her books to my TBR pile! Kiss of Lies is a book that has everything you could want in a story…a tragic hero, a strong heroine and a story that just doesn’t stop.

Sarah Cooper (know to the ton as Lady Serena Castleton) is fleeing England and a truly horrible marriage. She hopes to hide away as a governess for the Earl of Markham. Christian, the E
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Nicole Laverdure
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Magic of his Touch 7 stars
I just finished a breathtaking novel set in the Regency era which filled me with beautiful emotions. What an excellent passionate love story of two tortured souls who will have a second chance to finally find peace, love and happiness in their lives. I strongly recommend Bronwen Evans’s book A KISS OF LIES, her first one, in The Disgraced Lords series, the story of 6 men part a group named the Libertine Scholars and the women who will change their lives forever. The
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Ermione Pickwick
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This romance is amazing!

The story is surprisingly catching, I had to know how the plot would have been developed since the beginning and most definitely I NEED to know how the mystery (which I believe is going to be the common factor of all this series romances) is going to evolve.
Speaking of the mystery, I love it; it is so amazingly presented and orchestrated, I can't explain how much I want to know more about it!
This last aspect, the magnificent and touching love story and the protagonists' b
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
A KISS OF LIES by Bronwen Evans is a fast paced Historical Romance. What an exciting beginning to a new series, "The Disgraced Lords" #1. I absolutely loved this title. It is fast paced and filled with passion, adventure, mystery, suspense, danger, and love. Although, it leaves you holding your breath for the next installment, what a story! The sins of the fathers are visited or forced upon the sons. Someone is trying to kill Christian and Sarah, as well as the other renowned Libertine Scholars, ...more
Desere
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A brilliantly crafted romance set in a world historical fans can only dream of truly experiencing. With this read it is as close as it gets.

Whilst being taken from London to Jamaica and Canada, I was swept away by the authors very vivid descriptions on surroundings that today you can view with the click of a button and not even come close to how stunning it all is or how amazing it was back in 1815.

The romance in this read was blazing hot! The mystery of the thugs on Sarah's trail just made the
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Christian Trent, was once well known as a scholar and a lover of women everywhere. Then he came back scarred from the war, and one fateful evening, was wrongfully condemned for a crime he would never commit, and was removed from England, and ended up in Canada, biding his time, to come back to England to have his name cleared and find the one that is behind it all. While in Canada, he takes in a ward, a young girl who recently just lost her parents, and ha
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Les Romantiques
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Reviewed by Rinou
Review Copy from the Publisher

Bronwen Evans is a contemporary and historical romance author I didn’t know yet, and A kiss of lies is the first volume in her new historical series The disgraced Lords, which will follow a group of friends nicknamed the Libertine Scholars.
Even if I wasn’t entirely thrilled, probably because of some points that seemed too fast, I had a good time with this book all the same.

Mrs. Sarah Cooper is a young wido
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Amy Alvis
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for: Historical Romance Lover blog

This is book one in the Disgraced Lords series.

Christian Trent, the Earl of Markham, has been run out of England after being wrongly accused of a rape. In Canada, he suddenly finds himself the guardian of a young girl. Hoping to go back to England to clear his name, he need a governess for his young charge.

Sarah Cooper, running from an abusive marriage, disguises herself as a governess in hopes of finding a way out of the country and away fr
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Sheila Melo
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
FINAL DECISION: Intriguing premise and I liked the characters, but I thought the execution of the story was uneven. Parts of the story did not hold my interest and the romance was resolved too quickly with only external things keeping them apart.

THE STORY: Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, is determined to return to England after having been shanghaied to Canada by a duke who accused Christian of raping his daughter. Christian will return to England and repair his name. While in Canada he acquir
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Linda Adams
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome

This was an absolutely wonderful book it had every element of romantic enduring love it had all the elements for a true romance reader laughter crying suspense adventure damsel in distress hero coming to the rescue. This was absolutely wonderful book I thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed it everything. Ms Evans is one of my favorite authors buy her books she will never disappoint you she is a phenomenal writer I don’t know where she dreams of the stories but they’re all wonderful for me anyway
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Jody
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of continuing story arcs in books, I found this first book in the Disgraced Lords series a fast-paced and compelling read that sets up an intriguing mystery of revenge amidst a group of immensely appealing and honorable men forced to suffer for the sins of their fathers. In this story two scarred souls come together under the guise of a lie but find love with the truth and ultimately heal each other's damaged souls.

Christian, Lord Markham, grew up the son of a violent and vile man whose
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Pat
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it

Christian Trent, Earl of Markham is scarred physically and emotionally. He was horribly burned fighting the war in France, and returns to England a very changed man. He is in unbearable pain and suffers the piteous and horrified looks of people he thought were his friends. He survives by burying himself in alcohol and women he can pay to ignore his scars. One night in his usual drunken state he is accused of a terrible crime he has no memory of committing. An argument with his accusers renders h
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Elizabeth
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Elizabeth by: no one
Shelves: recently-read
A Kiss of Lies is a great beginning to a great new series!

No spoilers here!

In this book we have Sarah who has seen her share of hurt at the hands of her husband. Thinking she is a murderess she flees the Americas and heads to Canada where she meets up witht he hero. Christian is looking for a governess and Sarah arrives to apply for the position. Not knowing who she is, he hires her as governess for his ward Lily.

Lily is a cute little girl who seems more modern than the times, but it's refreshi
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Myrt
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Terrific Start to a New Series

Kiss of Lies is a a compelling story of two emotionally and physically scarred people who come together under unusual circumstances and while fighting to overcome the damage caused to each of them by Regency society's rigid rules and expectations explore a deep passion that leads to an enduring love which helps each to heal the other's hidden scars. Whew -a long sentence I know but I hope it captures the deep emotions running through this book. The characters were
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NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews
I'm a sucker for broken souls and historical romances. This story gave me both and I loved it!

Christian is a wounded war hero who once had his choice of any lady he wanted. He was horribly burned during the war, and it has left him scared both inside and out. Lady Serena was sold into marriage to pay off her father's gambling debts to a cruel and brutal man. In fear for her life, she goes into hiding posing as a governess to Christian's ward, Lily. The romance builds between Christian and Seren
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AerinLuvs
Overall rating: 4.5 stars
Plot rating: 4 stars
Hero rating : 5 stars
Heroine rating: 4 stars
Erotic tension rating: 5 stars
Erotic descriptiveness : 5 stars
Sex frequency: 4 stars
Writing style/flow/grammar: 5 stars
Denouement: 4 stars

This is the first HR that I read by Bronwen Evens and I like her writing and would not hesitate to read another of her books and have put more of her titles on my TO READ list. I just noted that she was born in NZ, wow that is interesting, I would love to read a CR set in
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Nakeesha
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not for me. The author head hops every few paragraphs. That's really difficult for me to follow as a reader. A couple times I think the POV shift happened within the paragraph. I wasn't sure whose inner monologue I was reading. Also the heroine dances two steps forward and three backwards with the hero. That's another pet peeve of mine. I like a woman who knows her own mind and stands by her convictions from page to page.

The plot was intriguing though. Had it not been for the hopping about I wou
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Lori Meehan
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This was my first book from Bronwen Evans and I enjoyed it very much it defiantly won't be my last. Christian was a scarred hero and Serena a scared woman on the run after killing her abusive husband. Serena needs a place to hide and Christian needs a governess for his ward Lily. What begins as a working relationship quickly becomes an affair of the heart. There's some really good suspense and an intriguing mystery. I can't wait for Sebastian's book.
Megan
Jun 23, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
This writing doesn't work for me at all. I hate all the characters. I got to 34% and I just decided that I don't want to waste my time on characters that do nothing for me at all. I literally don't care what happens to them.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 08, 2015 10:11AM  
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USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duk ...more

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The Disgraced Lords (8 books)
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  • A Taste of Seduction (The Disgraced Lords, #5)
  • A Night of Forever (The Disgraced Lords, #6)
  • A Love to Remember (The Disgraced Lords, #7)
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