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A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2017
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"A Lady’s Code of Misconduct is chock-full of emotional depth, passion and compassion. Duran delivers a wonderfully crafted romance with an intriguing historical backdrop, and characters readers will hold in their hearts." (RT Book Reviews)
"Duran is at the pinnacle of her craft as she weaves together humor, forgiveness, and love in a flawlessly executed plot. … 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)
"A sham marriage, political intrigue, and a case of amnesia provide a backdrop for this absorbing Victorian romance. … Although Duran 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 Reviews)
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.
A Lady’s Code of Misconduct is the story of two complete opposites in every single sense of the word. Crispin Burke is a dark-hearted political operative who is completely indifferent to the world at large unless it can further his goals. Jane Mason is the invisible woman – left orphaned and wealthy, she has zero control of her destiny, but it doesn’t stunt her goodness or stop her from seeking her freedom. It is after their paths cross that Crispin and Jane’s circumstances change in (very) dramatic fashion.
At first glance Crispin Burke is a lout of the highest order. Everything about this man screams BAD. But those circumstances? They allow us a second look at Mr. Burke and it makes for a fascinating, complex story of a man who purposely chose a thornier path.
Do not for one moment pity Jane Mason. her situation may seem bleak, this woman is a powerhouse and while she may be underestimated or ignored by those around her, she is everything they are not. Jane is savvy and smart with a heart that is filled with compassion for her fellow man. But while it is easy to confuse that for softness, it is what makes this woman far better politician than those around her.
The relationship between Crispin and Jane is a veritable tango. Through the layers of intrigue, these two are drawn together on a level so deep that fate felt compelled to drawn them together. Their connection is what kept me glued to this book – I loved their dynamic so very much. They were equally sharp witted and it only served to add fuel to their white-hot chemistry.
A Lady’s Code of Misconduct really was just a fantastic read for me. I love to get lost stories and this book carried me away. Whether you read historical romance or not, but this book is a wonderful addition to the top of your TBR.
Laurie’s Rating: 5+++++++++ STARS
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