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Lady Be Good: Rules for the Reckless 3 Paperback – 28 Jul 2015
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Here's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of love (Romantic Times)
This author is one of the best writers in the romance genre (Heroes and Heartbreakers)
Top-notch romance (Publishers Weekly)
Everything a great historical romance should be (Romance Junkies)
In modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they feature (The Washington Post)
Meredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable characters (Buried Under Romance)
A powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to read (The Romance Dish)
Wildly romantic (Dear Author)
Witty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapade (Library Journal)
Sexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to read (All About Romance)
The third glittering Rules for the Reckless novel. Sharp, clever dialogue; a love story laced with humour; a tale with depth and passion - hallmarks of a Meredith Duran historical romance.See all Product description
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Why read this one? you'd ask.
The heroine is a total bada*s who do not take mansplaining kindly. A former thief determined to climb out of the gutter and onto the social ladder, Lilah Marshall works as a hostess in an auction house where she manipulates guests with her refined accent, easy smiles and witty flirtations.
Her former life left her with mad skills, however. Her uncle, Nick O'Shea, the crime lord of Whitechapel, thinks she is wasting herself on a crap job and blackmails her to steal some papers from her workplace. Which she does. Damn unlucky that she is caught by one of the patrons.
Meet reason #2 for the awesomeness of this book. Not one, but TWO antiheroes! Apart from Nick O'Shea there is Christian "Kit" Stratton. A war hero, a golden boy of England, stuff of poems, full of charming smiles, he is not what he seems.
He is ruthless, slightly crazed and hell bent on saving his family from a madman who is after them and who seems to be connected to the auction house.
When he catches Lilah at her crime, he uses her without a second thought. She is pretty pragmatic about it, and there is this awesome mutual manipulation going on while they take each other's measure. What they are absolutely not happy about is their very inconvenient sexual attraction to each other.
This book, guys! It gave me all the feelz. The sparks, the chemistry and the level of understanding each other between these two was truly sublime. It was a real meeting of souls, and I loved Miss Duran so much for this.
While the villain himself was not very impressive, Catherine Everleigh, Lilah's employer as a secondary character was so engaging, she was stealing the limelight in every scene she participated.
Overall, a very atmospheric, magical book with the protagonists I couldn't help but admire. So, if you like your historicals, grab it. It can easily be read as a standalone.
We have a young woman, Lily, who has worked very hard to escape a life where she was a member of a family where crime was the order of the day. One could say her Uncle Nick was the godfather of the neighborhood mafia in and around Whitechapel. When Lily goes against the "family" grain following the death of her beloved sister, she takes it upon herself to fulfill the dreams that had belonged to her sister - that of beginning a new life with modest goals that didn't include crime. But, even those modest goals included re-educating herself enough to be able to become one of the "Everleigh" girls - young, pretty women who serve as hostesses at the famed Everleigh Auction House.
When Uncle Nick demands that Lily steal one last item for him, Lily has no way of knowing this theft will result in her running straight into the arms of Christian Stratton, Viscount Palmer, aka the famous war hero all of London is toasting. But... the darkness that surrounds Christian is deep and has begun to intrude upon the members of his family to the point he feels nearly helpless to protect them. For there is a villain that haunts Christian's every waking step - a madman - the former Russian general who captured and tortured Christian during the war and blames Christian for the supposed murder of his family. His get back - he will kill all the members of Christian's family and in fact, has already been successful in bringing about the death of Christian's older brother, Geoff.
To this end, Christian will use whomever he must to keep his family safe and to have an end of the terror that besets his days and nights. Unbeknownst to Lily and to the other beautiful lady in this story - Catherine Everleigh, Christian will try to draw out the villain by using whatever means are at his disposal, including Catherine and Lily. Along the way, something happens he didn't expect. He regains enough of his sensitivity and feelings to fall hard for Lily. I found some of the writing during the time Christian, Catherine and Lily spent at Buckley Hall to be literally amazing. The dialogue between Christian and Lily when they finally decided they could be honest with one another was very moving. For about two-thirds of the book, I detested Catherine. After she ate the chocolate, she became more human. There must have been something sweet in the chocolate along with whatever else was there. But... sorry folks - I know some of you will not agree with me, but to me - Catherine is only a piece of furniture in the room to add weight to the real goings on here and that would be the sweet, fluid, eventually honest relationship between Christian and Lily. Yes, a spicy, beautiful piece, but you must admit that she was just nasty for so much of the book. Oh well, enough of that.
***SPOILER** I didn't like one part in the book. In fact, I was more than a little upset when Christian's and Catherine's engagement was announced. I felt this was truly cold and inexcusable on Christian's part. He knew Lily cared for him. He owed her big time after what he so willingly took from her, knowing that the "butcher" would find her wanting when the time came for her to choose a husband. You'll have to read the book to understand that comment. Badly done, Christian! This very nearly ruined the book for me. Lily was too forgiving - she should have never spoken to him again. Well, at least until he grovelled a lot.
END OF SPOILER: Now for the neat part. I'm on pins and needles to see what Ms. Duran comes up with in Catherine's and Uncle Nick's book. I. Can't. Wait!!
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