From the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of Fool Me Twice, the 2015 RITA Award Winner for Historical Romance
AND Luck Be a Lady, an RT Book Reviews Nominee for Best Book of 2015 Historical Novel
Title: A Lady’s Misconduct Rules for the Reckless Series, Book 5
Title: Meredith Duran
Published by: Pocket Books
Published Date: February 28, 2017
Praise for A Lady’s Code of Misconduct:
“Political intrigue and conspiracies abound in Duran’s engrossing fifth Rules for the Reckless Victorian romance (after Luck Be a Lady), which boasts plot twists galore…Duran is at the pinnacle of her craft as she weaves together humor, forgiveness, and love in a flawlessly executed plot. Jane, Crispin, and the rest of the characters are all well drawn, and the love scenes strike the perfect balance of steamy and sweet. Each layer in the story is suspenseful and delightful, making this the best installment so far.” —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
“A sham marriage, political intrigue, and a case of amnesia provide a backdrop for this absorbing Victorian romance. Although Duran (Luck Be a Lady, 2015, etc.) has written a novel as layered as an onion, the characters are well-drawn and the plot flawlessly executed. Add in some very steamy sex, and the fifth installment of Duran’s Rules for the Reckless series can’t help but delight. This book weaves its spell so thoroughly that the most fortunate reader will be the one who has time to read the entire thing in one sitting. A masterful tale of suspense, forgiveness, and love.” —Kirkus STARRED REVIEW
“Political intrigue drives a captivating historical romance…This Regency romance, part of the Rules for the Reckless series, is a smart love story, peopled with complex and absorbing characters.” —BookPage, TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
About the Book:
USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran’s A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT is the fifth sizzling novel in the Rules for the Reckless series—a sexy and evocative Regency romance between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord.
A DEAL WITH the DEVIL…
Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.
…NEVER GOES TO PLAN.
The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for…
My Thoughts: Intense, riveting, painful and delightfully readable!
I haven’t read all of this series, but I’ve read enough that I knew I’d not be disappointed. When a story and writing style make me stop and reread certain thoughts, I’m on my way to being entrenched. Here are some of the quotables:
A man cannot alter his very nature.
The machine of progress should not crush those most desperate for its boons.
Love does not last. Life steals it away.
Bravery can’t be purchased. … So where, then, should one look for it?
Throughout the story, Jane Mason is seeking out. Out from the tyranny of an uncle who lives off of Jane’s inheritance. Six years is a long time of cowering, denying the essence of who she is. She needed to make them believe her docility, that she be beaten and totally manipulative. But when cornered, the time right, she embarks on her escape.
Jane’s existence when her parents lived, made her an intelligent, wise and driven woman. Her mother, with her passionate charity work helped shape Jane. Her father’s work in parliament and his sincere desire to see a better society for all, also greatly influenced Jane. Her life with her uncle has taught her the duplicity of man, political manuvering for gain of power, and an astute understanding of man’s hidden agenda. She’s full of grit, determination and aspires to escape. Her moment of decision comes, she takes it, and her journey to be truly free begins. But can she attain it?
Crispin Burke is her vehicle, albeit unbeknownst to him. He is a man who wants power and she freedom. Both do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.
Jane has a hard time defining what freedom, however. Crispin and Jane both live by the motto, trust no one. Will they be able to learn to trust each other? Survival may very well demand it.
“I won’t run away from this,” she said slowly. “That wasn’t what I dreamed of. That isn’t…freedom.”
“There are many degress of freedom.” His glance fell to the paper. “I expect one doesn’t realize that until all of them are stripped away.”
This is a story perfectly plotted, a page-turner in every respect, characters intensely real with challenges seemingly insurmountable. Duran uses hook after hook to pull you into this captivating read. Her turn of phrase, often poetic in its imagery, makes a delightful, entertaining and emotional read. A highly recommended series with this particularly book being fantastic!
About the author: Meredith Duran is the author of ten previous novels, including The Duke of Shadows (winner of the Gather.com First Chapters Romance Writing Competition); Wicked Becomes You (included on the Woman’s World List of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010), and the USA TODAY bestseller and RITA Award Winner Fool Me Twice. She blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history, and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after. She enjoys collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. Visit her at MeredithDuran.com, on Twitter @meredithduran and Facebook AuthorMeredithDuran.
The twenty starred blogs (*) below will giveaway one set (Reckless Reward!) of three autographed copies in the Rules for the Reckless series: Fool Me Twice, Lady Be Good, and Luck Be A Lady. You can enter on all participating sites, but you can only win once. To celebrate the fifth in the series, there will be five Reckless Reward giveaways per day beginning publication day, Tuesday, February 28th – Friday, March 3rd. U.S. only.
For a chance to win this great giveaway on my blog, please tell me what you like about my Booktalk with Eileen and what you think could use improvement! If you haven’t visited my blog before, and unable to answer this question, then let me know what draws you to reading books of the Regency period. Good luck to all participants! Giveaway stays open for two weeks from date of posting.
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