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A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2017
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About the Author
Meredith Duran is the USA TODAY bestselling author of ten previous novels. 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.
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As ugly as Uncle Phillip is, there's an uglier character who is more powerful than her uncle. That would be the handsome, somewhat brilliant and absolutely hardcore driven Crispin Burke. Although Jane has learned she must be a quiet shadow against the backdrop of the drawing room where evil men plot, she has big plans - in which she will escape with her money and try to do some good for those who live less privileged lives even as her parents did before their deaths.
When Crispin suddenly realizes Jane Mason has some intelligence and spirit, not hitherto noticed by him, he begins to try and deal with her - he's a user plain and simple. Since her plans for escape have failed, she must needs make a deal with the devil. But, nobody counts on Crispin having a total turnaround, due to near death caused by a head injury. If you've seen the movie "Regarding Henry," you'll better understand the type of transformation head injuries often have on the injured person. Crispin awakens to a world where the last few years simply don't exist in his mind. Those were formative years for Crispin, in which he had turned into a cold, calculative, domineering, motivated person who planned to become Prime Minister.
The Crispin who has awakened without the "ugly" part of himself is a very likeable person. Through his eyes, we see the hurts, disappointments and perhaps even a learning disability that led him to make the choice to go down a dark path. Misunderstood by his parents, he was never given the love and acceptance he deserved. Now, he has another chance to make it right - hopefully with Jane Mason at his side. But, Jane has practiced a deception of her own. Will Crispin be able to forgive her once he learns the truth?
Bonus: The Duke of Auburn, The Duke of Shadows, has a minor role along with enough references to Lord Lockwell for those interested in his character to hope for an upcoming book that will feature him in the primary role.
I found the story fascinating. Duran is quite the writer.
This novel has complex, superbly-developed characters, excellent dialogue, an unexpected plot, and clever, inspired use of that dreaded amnesia trope which I usually detest and have only really appreciated in one other HR: Sherry Thomas's TEMPTING THE BRIDE. Both Thomas and Duran make use of the trope to allow the victims of that amnesia to push a reboot or reset button on their life. In this case, it's Duran's hero, who loses any recollection of the last five years of his life, allowing him to reflect on his past and observe himself from the viewpoint of those around him.
And at the same time the hero's dilemma is the catalyst for the heroine to do some examining of her own behavior and attitude towards others. She had known and disliked the hero in those 5 years he has forgotten. Now new circumstances in their relationship give her a new perspective on him and on herself.
In addition, Duran's story has a compelling political plot-line and a mystery. The hero's memory loss was caused by an attempt on his life, so we have to find out what that's all about. All in all, I give this very complete and well-written (really well) story a resounding 5 stars. It makes me want to go back to my most recent reviews of other HRs and deduct a star from each one of them. Do I sound like I'm gushing? Well, so be it.
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