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
Length: 400 Pages
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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..
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
“A riveting story.”
—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“A masterful author of historical romances…A Lady’s Code of Misconduct takes worn threads of old tropes, like amnesia and the tortured hero, and weaves them into a lush tapestry with sophisticated, beautiful writing. Crispin seems power-mad and Jane seems saintly, but as Duran slowly unravels their characters amidst a plot of intrigue, betrayal, and dark secrets, we discover they’re more alike than they (or we) realize. The hero is swoonworthy, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Jane as his flaws shine a light on her own. The tale and characters so captivated me, that I literally couldn’t put it down.”
—Omnivoracious Amazon Book Review by Sabrina Jeffries
“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
“Extremely relevant to our current political state…I could have easily sat and devoured this in one evening as each of the chapters seemed to end on a cliffhanger that just won’t let you put the book down. Quill says: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct is the perfect book to sit in your favorite chair with and let the world pass by for a little while you get lost in the past.”
“I absolutely love this series… Meredith writes intelligent characters with a fast paced plot. Her writing is sensual, witty and totally captivating. This book has everything you would want in a Historical Romance. It is witty, sensual with a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end. Crispin and Jane are extraordinary characters in a riveting story that will leave you wanting more. The journey of Crispin and Jane to their HAE is fabulous. I will read anything that Meredith writes.”
—The Reading Wench
“A fun read. I enjoyed Duran’s characters and plot…there’s a villain who made me think of a Regency era James Bond villain.”
This was not my first read by Meredith Duran so I knew already that I would really like this new historical romance of hers. The last book of hers I read was a shorter novella and I enjoyed it, even with it’s shorter length. This book is longer, at about 400 pages, so there is plenty of depth to love and enjoy. This author writes historical romances that are believable & realistic and she threw in some suspense to help keep the readers on their toes as to what was going to happen next.
This book has many aspects to it that make it so much more than a one note romance book. The romance is there, albeit a little different than your typical love story. There is suspense and some political conspiracies that add to the well rounded-ness of the story. The main Hero Crispin has amnesia after being attacked, and Jane has to try to figure out how to help him remember who he was – or if she even wants him to remember. I have always been a big, big fan of books where there is a ‘reformed bad boy’ type Hero & I feel like that fits for this one. I don’t want to spoil too much, at least no more than I already have.
I loved the way the author wrote of the characters interactions. The struggle that Jane dealt with after Crispin’s accident is something that many people hope to never deal with or go through. Whenever amnesia comes into play it’s almost always better that the individual recover their memories but Jane had a real dilemma. Crispin’s character was almost a complete 180 after his accident so I don’t know that I can really blame Jane for wanting to keep around the new Hero. I did like that the author switched back and forth between the two main characters. It helped the reader learn more about the inner turmoil that both were going through. These characters were relatable to the readers and throughout the book I found myself wondering whose side I would be on whenever the couple would get into arguments or riffs. If you are a fan of this authors – or even if you’re not but you enjoy historical romances – you will enjoy this book for sure.
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.