Published by Pocket Star Books on February 28, 2017
Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical, Romance
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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...
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
A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT
Fifth in the Rules for the Reckless Series
By Meredith Duran
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Whenever I need a break from traditional romances, I turn to either paranormal or historical. I’m so very glad I did. This is my first by Meredith Duran and definitely not my last. It often takes me some time to acclimate to the genre. Not this time. I was completely swept away by strong characters, political intrigue, attempted murder, and an unlikely couple. This was a story to be savored.
I was immediately caught up in Duran’s eloquent prose. I felt myself enamoured by Victorian England, the etiquette, the scandal, even the decor all brilliantly laid out as a powerful suspenseful romance. I usually get frustrated by the lack of conversation in historical romances. I just want them to talk it out. Clear the air, but the time period, doesn’t lend kindly to those. Women have their place. Men have their place. Usually it’s a tug of war to get a fully developed thought out to one another. Not in this one. Yes there are some jilted conversations but they’re deserved of the plot.
I love strong female characters and Jane is definitely strong. I would even be so bold as to call her pioneering for her time. She’s in a terrible position of needing a husband. She longs to change her life and those less fortunate for the better. She believed in education for women and longs to see women schooled the same as men. It was fascinating seeing her character come into herself. I really felt like she grew as the story progressed. When faced with challenges she found herself stronger than I think even she realized.
Crispin is not whom she wanted for a husband. In fact she didn’t think he would be her husband for long. But this new Crispin is one she finds herself liking. The old Crispin was a scoundrel, a maverick, someone she could easily use as a means to an end. I don’t think she ever counted on helping the new Crispin or falling in love with him. He’s got one heck of a mess on his hands, he doesn’t know who tried to kill him or why. The plot is thick, the secrets closely guarded.
I cannot wait to run back and read all the previous books in this series. A Lady’s Code of Misconduct can be read as a standalone quite easily. However now that I’ve had a taste, I want all the rest!
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *
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
“Thoughtfully written and the story creates not just a simple story of two people but an entire world for them to inhabit. If you like your historicals to have some meat to them, I highly recommend this one.” —All About Romance
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