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Counterfeit Lady (The Lady Trilogy #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  4,023 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Return to the New York Times bestselling Jude Deveraux’s James River series with this passionate, enchanting, and breathtaking romance classic!

Nicole Courtalain—a passionate French beauty—finds herself the victim of a case of mistaken identity when she is kidnapped by mistake and swept across turbulent seas to eighteenth century Virginia. There, she discovers the lush land
ebook, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Pocket Books (first published 1984)
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Sophie ♥
Rate: 3.5 stars

My third book from Jude Deveraux and she's definitely growing on me. I wasn't particularly taken by her Montegomery series but Twin of Fire was absolutely perfect. This was one was... Let's say I had mixed feelings about it. The ending just didn't sit well with me. I'm not even certain if the hero died or survived? Definitely not the ending the rest of the book (which was very impressive) seemed to build up to.

One thing I have come to love about this author is that she builds up t
Apr 30, 2010 Bree rated it liked it
Shelves: sexy-romance
I have read a lot of Jude Deveraux in the past. I don't remember reading this book so I gave it a chance this past week. Everything was good. Not enough romance..they spent a lot of time apart fighting. The ending was bad just stopped. I had a library copy and I checked to see if it really was the last page or if someone ripped the last chapter out.
Jun 29, 2013 Salena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writing style in this book was juvenile, at best. There was no elegance to it at all. I don't ask for much from a book, honestly, but I'd like it if I didn't get thrown off so much by how much it felt like something a pre-teen had written.

Also, "OMG, Bianca is so totally a fat slut. Like, she's fat so obviously she's bad. And look at her eat. She eats like a pig. How could she eat so much food. She should die." I swear, there wasn't a time Bianca made an appearance that somebody didn't have
Mar 09, 2011 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Not one of Deveraux's best. I didn't care for Clay, and I thought Nicole should have taken up Wesley on his offer of marriage. That's never a good sign for a romance, is it?

Despite all that, I did enjoy the first half of this book. A case of mistaken identity resulting in Clay marrying the wrong woman was a nice setup, and the ensuing drama was good. But about halfway through they both declared their love to one another, and as I noted the number of pages still left, I set it down and started r

3.5 stars

Because I don’t like the ending. The ending is just like simple without perfect scene. I want something more, maybe HEA scenes.

"Clay!" she protested.

He leaned back on the grass, with the unicorn free at last. "You once said I thought you weren't worthy to touch what Beth had touched. What you didn't understand was it was I who was unclean." He lifted himself on one elbow--he had little strength after smashing the glass-and dropped the unicorn down the front of her dress. He gave her
May 28, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I have a bag of romance novels because I want to make a craft with the covers, but I actually read (most of) this one, and it was just awful. The plot was the everlovin' worst, the romance wasn't romantic, and the sexytimes weren't sexy. The male main character was whiny and failed to take care of business... I couldn't understand why the girl liked him. Also, I found it really disturbing that the moment he decides he has the hots for her is the same moment in which he thinks she looks like a ...more
Oct 30, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book, but it didn't end right. It's also part of a series so that could be the reason that it didn't end exactly right.
Kristy Depierro
Feb 01, 2014 Kristy Depierro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy is what got me hooked on Jude Deveraux. Ive loved her books ever since!!! The best romance author in my opinion.
Counterfeit Lady - A turbulent unexpected romance with the hero having plenty of absurdly stupid moments and a manipulative wretch trying to ruin everything for Nicole and Clay. The book is full of emotions and takes place in a lovely setting. You won't be able to put it down!

Lost Lady - Many highs and lows. Regan has to grow from a frightened and sheltered lady to a confident and passionate woman. Travis is a larger than life character who is willing to do anything to protect Regan. The right a
Aug 26, 2015 Mandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here, again, Ms. Deveraux makes the villain an overweight woman who seems to gain weight in proportion to how mean she is to everyone. Gone are the early days of Ms. Deveraux's career when the antagonist might be a strikingly beautiful woman (Alice in The Velvet Promise, for example).

I don't know what happened after the earlier books in her career. Perhaps it was that fame and/or money exposed her to a shallower pool of friends, but she clearly, and maliciously, began body-shaming women, be the
May 29, 2013 Candice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping! I really enjoyed reading this book, more for the fact that it was well written and always had a surprise around the corner then for the storyline. There were too many sex scenes which I skipped. But in the end third of the book Judy brushed past them which I preferred.

There were a few story line faults, which had me yelling at the characters to simply communicate!! And a but of back and forthing - will I, won't I, stuff.

I always enjoy learning some non-fiction in my fiction for some br
Christina Strause-stalkfleet
While on a trip to England, Clayton Armstrong falls for the beautiful Bianca and asks her to marry him. Clayton returns to America but Bianca refuses to join him there. Clayton then hires men to kidnap Bianca, marry her to him by proxy and bring to her America. The problem there is these men don't know Bianca and it results in Clayton being married to Nicole, Bianca's maid, and Nicole finds herself now married and in America with a husband that doesn't want her.
Geo Marcovici
Sep 13, 2016 Geo Marcovici rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte mai veche a autoarei, dar care si astăzi te face sa oftezi. Superba!
Maria Sanigan
Aug 18, 2013 Maria Sanigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The truth is that I hate the hero which I think is a very different point to start with, but indeed very satisfying and positive as well. Miss Jude Deveraux wanted her readers the same way I am feeling and she was and is successful in doing it! But then again, Miss Jude has her way of making the reader fall in love with the hero as well -which is insane actually; nevertheless, I loved the fact that I am once again, in awe of everything in the story -in awe of how greedy people can be, how much t ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Angieleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicole Courtalain is hiding out in Britain during the French Revolution, which claimed the lives of her parents and grandfather, to avoid being beheaded when she is kidnapped while driving the young woman she tends to. Bianca is more than happy to tell the kidnappers that Nicole is actually Bianca, afraid of being raped or actually touched by one of the men as she has a very confusing fear of men in general. Nicole finds herself on a ship set for America with a boisterous blonde woman named Jani ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Bunnys rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really, really bad book. Had I utterly hated it, I wouldn't have finished it. But this book was by no means "ok."

So poorly written. So clichéd. Author had absolutely no feel for antebellum Southern society. Obviously she'd done no research--including completing 11th grade US History. I live in Virginia very near the setting of the book. This was preposterous.

The characters were one dimensional. Nicole--perpetually horny, noble and pure. Clay--weak coward who can't function without his heroine--
Nov 17, 2014 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-chic-lit
Nichole Courtlain is a French refugee who has been working as a maid for Bianca in England. When Clayton Armstrong sees Bianca he has to have her for his own, but she refuses to come to America. Clay decides to take matters into his own hands. He arranges to kidnap her and marry her by proxy so once she arrives in America, she can't leave him. Clay's plans go awry when the kidnappers take Nichole and not Bianca. However; Clay gets lucky in that Nichole is an amazing, passionate, loving woman and ...more
3.5 Stars

I really liked the beginning of the story; the plot was intriguing and not very complicated. After that I feel that too much is happening to the H and h. It left me bewildered and not very pleased. I feel like the story would have been better if the plot would be shortened to cut out some of the conflicts toward the second half of the novel.

I really liked both Nicole and Clay when the story started but as the story goes on, I became impatient with those two. Nicole felt in love with h
Anne Marie
Feb 15, 2014 Anne Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I surprisingly really liked this book, even though it got frustrating like the previous book, Sweet Briar, I read by this same author. I don't like it when people don't communicate and tell each other what's going on! In love or not, people can't read minds! I also feel these "historical romance" books are frustrating because of the time periods. In this particular book, just the fact that it takes so long to travel and get messages across leads to frustration. Clay, the main character, could ge ...more
Nov 26, 2011 Gen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
god I hated this book so much- which is really weird cause I love love love Deveraux- of the 20 or so books I have read of hers so far I've loved everyone- except for this one. It had everything that I hate in romance books that i usually don't find in Deveraux books. Misunderstandings that would clear up if people would just talk and people being so stupid and taking the high road to protect someone else by sacrificing themselves. I hated everyone in the book so much it made me want to abandon ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were some great points to this - attention to detail, a realistic setting, a nod to historical issues, engaging characters. There were some awful points to this - Clay is a big, dumb, self-pitying ox but, you know, I could just about stomach it even when he hit his lowest point... EXCEPT the line that made me want to kick him square in the googlies. How dare he place any of the blame on Nicole when she bent over backwards for him (I love how the other characters repeatedly tell her she's c ...more
May 19, 2011 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Truth be told, I didn't like it. The first half, yeah I did and I started loving Clay and Wes too but then, Bianca came in the scene and I started hating it. And another truth is, this is my most hated book of Jude Deveraux. It's so full of drama at the end and I just put it down once I started hating it. Up until know, I'm still contemplating if I should read it again or not.

I recommend for you to read A knight in Shinning Armor cause it's one of my personal favorites. If you like romance and a
This story had my attention once Nicole was kidnapped. The author has a way of getting you cheering for some characters and hissing others--just like in the old movies and plays of the villian, the hero and the damsel.

I really could feel the emotions of the characters, and the ride was a good one. The twists and interactions were very believable. You could tell from the beginning the attraction that Clayton and Nicole had for each other, and their passion and love kept drawing them together.
Dec 05, 2011 Mona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Utter waste of time. Total junk. I've been reading Deveraux's books by the order in which they were published, and was starting to think perhaps she was evolving a bit as a writer. She has quite a following, who say her later works are quite good. It's recommended that you start with the early books, because many of her books are intertwined and there's a lot of back-story. But after this one I don't know if I can keep reading, hoping eventually to find the good book(s). After 9 books without a ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Ai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i read the lost lady then the river lady and theb this one book and of the 3 THIS IS THE WORST,the plot it barely hofing up toghether, there is no depth at all in the caracters she has created, it is as if jude deveraux, sat one morning on her desk and said ok i'm gonna write somthing, and she started adding up the ingredients without paying attention was she was actually writing, the only thing i likes is it had given me some insight into leah simmons childhood which more than explains some of ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
An historical romance, a kidnapping with mistaken identity working out better than anyone could think until the real intended turns up =/
Fluff, love and angst that didnt resolve until the last page *gasp* (i wanted to strangle that piglet Bianca more times than i want to admit) 3,75 Stars (when it continues to get worse even if you think its impossible .. . ) I would have loved to see more happy times for Natalie and Clay
Eve Espinosa
Empecé este libro con muchas expectativas. Y aunque la historia es buena, no logró conquistarme del todo.
Siento que la presencia de Adele y Gerard en la última quinta parte del libro, pudo haber sido imprescindible, además de que al final olvidan completamente a Wes, mi sin duda personaje favorito junto con Janie, los mellizos e Isaac.
Feb 03, 2016 Reinalyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James River Book 1- it's mislabeled as Book 3

I miss her historical romances. The subject matter is darker than her more modern books- the characters are more flawed, the males have more asshole tendencies, and kidnapping, rape and murder are part of the plot line. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Sep 22, 2013 laurenpie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-past
I liked the part about chocolate!

An interesting and enjoyable read, with a particularly spunky and engaging heroine. The culture-shock between French, British and American (revolutionary-era) cultures was fun.

If I remember correctly, I think this novel was tied for my favorite romance when I was young.
May 09, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book. Enjoyed the scenery of Virginia plantations on the river, very similar to my Wellington series. I really liked Nicole's character the best, such a sweet selfless person. Loved it when she and Clay were together and how they fell in love. I got a little aggravated with some of the twists and turns towards the end, but it had a great ending.
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo
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