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Fool Me Twice [Kindle Edition]

Meredith Duran
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Running for her life, exhausted and out of options, Olivia Holladay wants nothing more than the chance to make a home for herself. So when she realizes that the infamous Duke of Marwick might hold the key to her freedom, she boldly disguises herself as the newest and bravest in a long line of the duke’s notoriously temperamental housekeepers. Little does she know that the wickedly handsome Alastair de Grey has very different plans for her. . . .


As his new employee, Olivia is a fearless upstart. As a woman, the daring redhead is just what Alastair needs to rouse him from darkness to the siren call of revenge. He has suffered a betrayal so deep that he will use whatever means necessary to destroy his enemies—even his brazen and beautiful domestic. But his vengeful plan fails to account for his single weakness: an irresistible and growing passion for the enigmatic Olivia.

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About the Author

Meredith Duran 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 spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. Visit her website at

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  • File Size: 6531 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476741352
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPM7U1M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing March 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Meredith Duran unceasingly delights me as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that concoct complex, genuine, and lovable characters.

There is nothing for Olivia and Alastair but the darkness of their pasts and the need to escape them. The intense loneliness as a result of their respective missions is the exact force that exerted a magnetic pull among the two -- Olivia's amazing capacity for love and understanding desperate her own desperate situation, and Alastair's futile attempt to erase all the purity and goodness from his heart.

Olivia has set out to rob Alastair of certain letters to escape her own pursuers, but ends up stealing the precious remains of Alastair's near-frozen heart. He, unwilling to trust and love after the betrayal of his deceased wife, reluctantly opened his heart to the intelligent, dear Olivia, whose unadulterated soul saved him from the depths of despair.

There is a certain brilliance in the minds and hearts of both Olivia and Alastair. He, a shrewd politican with the soul of a true scholar, first enchanted Olivia with his beautifully articulate writings on every scholarly subject there is. She, a former secretary, wanted to harden her heart towards the man from whom she intended to rob, yet stayed on to knock life into him.

The summation of Alastair's grief is revealed - the perfection he strove as a result of his parents' scandals, and when he had thought he held the world in his was all a mere illusion.

And in Olivia, his light returned.

"He gave her a gentle smile. "Humor and wit, in the quirk of your lips. And in your eyes..." His smile faded. "Hope."" (Loc 3369)

Yet, in the way that Alastair dominates the first half of the book, Olivia dominates the second.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars plus 5 more stars March 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I think I will characterize this book as a “Historical Romantic Suspense” rather than just a Historical Romance. There are so many delightful surprises and twists just when we think that we have things figured out. Olivia’s history unfolds slowly throughout the book and I couldn’t help but make some totally unfounded assumptions that proved to be totally incorrect. Alastair is such a broken shell that it is magic the way Ms. Duran brings him back to life through Olivia. There is an evil villain that drives the story and the revenge that Alistair seeks and Olivia’s desperation.
The plotting of this novel is superb, the characterization is superb, the dialog is believeable and the setting of Victorian England is brought to life. This book deserves 5 stars and 5 more stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restores my interest in the genre March 25, 2014
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This novel is a refreshing piece of storytelling and should not be overlooked. Those readers who are tired of the historical romance template of shallow, helpless heroine and dissolute, bored hero need look no further for an emotional, yet cerebral read.

The main characters are very well fleshed out and the story is told from of their points of view, giving us a real connection to their actions and the motives behind them. I found myself re-reading passages - not because I didn't understand what was being said or described, but because the writing was that engrossing. Ms. Duran is indeed a true wordsmith and makes me want to slow down and absorb the way the story unfolds instead of chasing the last page.

Another Amazon reviewer, Mary Chen, said it best, "...My diction is insufficient to express the intangible grip with which these characters held my heart. Set in the rich and opulent Victorian era, Duran nonetheless showcases the darkness of the era in its class differences, a duality of the historical era reflected through the opaque eyes of Alastair and Olivia. The dichotomy between light and darkness; the morality of man vs. the purity of darkness, are both written in an astoundingly sublime manner within this story...."

Brava, Ms. Duran.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Romance March 25, 2014
By Farrah
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A wonderful romance, full of secrets, betrayals, and emotions. Fool Me Twice was a fantastic read. I really liked this book. It definitely managed to take me by surprise.

Olivia was a good heroine. She was very strong and survived in a difficult situation. And, when she cared about someone, she was fiercely loyal. I had a few issues with her, though. She was a bit shrewish at times, and came off as self-righteous more than once. It bothered me a little, but it was more of an annoyance that a deal-breaker. I still really liked her character.

Alastair was a wonderful hero. After being repeatedly betrayed by his wife, he shut himself away and became a hermit. He fell from his position of power in Parliament and stepped out of the public light. But, don't let that fool you. He was still strong-willed, clever, perceptive, and a force to be reckoned with. I had a couple of issues with him. Mainly that he could really be an ass sometimes. But, for the most part, I thought he was great and I adored him.

The romance was complicated, to say the least. In between how Olivia and Alastair felt for each other were lies, secrets, betrayals, and it definitely didn't make things easy. But, I thought it was sweet how, despite all that, they still fell for each other. And the sparks were flying between them constantly, whether they were arguing (again) or...something else...

The plot was well paced. I wasn't completely hooked, because there were a few parts where the plot slowed down, but I was kept interested the entire way through. There were tons of secrets that blew me away. They definitely took me by surprise and kept things interesting. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great.

Fool Me Twice was a lovely historical romance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book as me interested in historical's again!
I absolutely love this book! I used to read historical romances quite a lot, but over the past few years have tired of them. Read more
Published 3 days ago by E. Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fool me twice
Good book. Had a hard time putting it down. I will be sure to look for more books from this author. The story had humor, romance, and lots of intrigue. Read more
Published 4 days ago by By Jana DeLeon
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, a bit fooled
Novel was great 1/2 way thru, but after ch 12, story felt rushed. I didn't find "the secret" that Olivia carried that climatic, I just felt like,"that's it. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Rewa
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite delight
This was my first exposure to Ms. Duran's work but it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed this book & finished it in less than 24 hours.
Published 8 days ago by Pamela B. Boxley
4.0 out of 5 stars I was engaged and couldn’t wait to see where things would end up
I’m in an admitted historic romance kick – and while I have some favorite authors already in the genre, Meredith Duran is a new author for me. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Gaele
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Read!
A good combination of story, characters, romance, and passion! I would definitely recommend purchasing this book to while away an afternoon.
Published 10 days ago by Deborah F Jura
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This book was very cleverly written. It kept me interested. As a matter of fact I liked this book so much I purchased the brother's story and the female friends novella. Read more
Published 10 days ago by J. Yung
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really well written
Many books these days fall back on plot alone. However, this book had really well worded dialogue, a cast of likable and very interesting characters as well as a plot that kept me... Read more
Published 10 days ago by A. M. Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Only because it made me reread some of author's previous works
Didn't care for this at all, but revisited That Scandalous Summer to remind myself why I would be interested in these characters. Read more
Published 14 days ago by DeborahLynn
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 entertaining stars!
*Thank you Pocket Books and Netgalley for the ARC!*

Olivia Holladay/ Mather/ Johnson is a criminal. She assumed new identities and changed names like one does outfits. Read more
Published 14 days ago by twelvejan
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More About the Author

MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. She is the author of four novels, all published by Pocket Books. The Duke of Shadows has reached a worldwide audience by being translated into seven languages and was the winner of the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. The Duke of Shadows and her second novel, Bound by Your Touch, were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll. Her other books include Written on Your Skin and Wicked Becomes You, which was a Romantic Times Top Pick and was included on Woman's World list of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010. Her next novel, A Lady's Lesson in Scandal, will hit the shelves in July 2011.

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