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doc Þ A Ladys Code of Misconduct 400 pages Download à A DEAL WITH THE DEVILTrapped 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 masA DEAL WITH THE DEVILTrapped 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 Fans of Meredith Duran have had a fairly long time to wait between the publication of her last novel – Luck Be a Lady– and this new one which is billed as the fifth in her Rules for the Reckless series but I’m pleased to report that the wait while frustrating was well worth it In A Lady’s Code of Misconduct she has once again dazzled me with the beauty and focus of her writing and her ability to craft a tightly knit intriguing plot and wonderfully complex imperfect and highly intelligent characters who very uickly take on lives of their own in the mind of the readerThe story centres around the political career and machinations of Mr Crispin Burke MP the second son of Viscount Sibley and most definitely the black sheep of his family With ambitions to become Prime Minister Burke has steadily drawn many in the Commons to his side by means of threats blackmail and bribery; his name is a byword for corruption in parliamentary circles and it seems as though he is about to achieve his goal His Penal Reform bill a punitive unfair piece of legislation has enough support to defeat the government and unseat PalmerstonBurke’s closest ally is Philip Mason a man with as black a heart and as few principals and who is currently supporting himself and his family at the expense of his niece Jane whose father left his considerable fortune to her at his death Mason is unable to touch the principal amount but has been syphoning off everything he could for years and intends to marry her to his son in order to keep the money in the family Jane is twenty three but has never had a season and is not allowed to go beyond the gates so she has in effect been a prisoner for the past six years But worse than all that is the fact that she has had to pretend to be a brainless ninny for all of that time Her late parents were progressive so she was well educated and brought up to think for herself and not to be afraid to express her opinions – but her uncle believes women should be seen and not heard and Jane has had to suppress that side of herself while she has bided her time and waited for an opportunity to escapeFinally that opportunity has arrived – only to be thwarted by the odious Crispin Burke Even though Jane has encountered him numerous times over the years this is the first time she has really talked to him or even been close to him and she is simultaneously surprised and repelled to discover that he holds a strange fascination for her He’s a beautiful man no uestion but he's ruthless amoral and rotten to the core and his methods disgust her but he offers her some advice and a way of avoiding her uncle’s wrath in exchange naturally for something he wants information on something involving Mason Jane has no alternative but to agree to do as he asksNot long after this and shortly before the final reading of his bill Burke is attacked and left for dead on the London streets Having taken his advice and inveigled her uncle into bringing her to London Jane hatches an audacious plan one that was also suggested to her by Burke albeit with a different outcome in mind She uses a fraudulently obtained – but legitimate marriage certificate and announces that she and Burke were recently – and secretly – married She will shortly be a widow according to the doctors and her marriage will release her father’s fortune into her hands meaning that she can finally achieve her dream of travelling to New York and making a new life for herselfOf course things don’t go according to plan and Crispin survives – although there are big gaps in his memory and he can remember little of what happened over the past five years Now caught in a lie Jane feels guilty and unsure but decides that she needs to play along with the fake marriage at least until the legalities surrounding the release of her inheritance are completed I’m normally a little sceptical about amnesia plots but didn’t blink when I learned that this book used one because I knew that Meredith Duran would make it work She does that and then some; the way she transforms Crispin from a ruthless conscienceless politician to a man of honour and sound principles who genuinely wants to make the world a better place is brilliant but importantly it’s believable There are still facets of the old Burke remaining – the keen mind the devilish sense of humour the aura of implacability and sense of his being a dangerous man but the he finds out about his old self the determined he becomes to face the demons of his past eradicate them and move onBecause he can’t afford others to see how much his injuries have affected him Crispin asks for Jane’s help in navigating his way through all his political alliances and connections She can’t deny that being able after so long to use her brain and have her opinions listened to and respected is incredibly flattering and freeing or that the 'new' Crispin is compassionate thoughtful unexpectedly vulnerable and incredibly attractive Jane is just as satisfyingly complex a character as Crispin and her story of self discovery is eually compelling Her situation as the virtual prisoner of her uncle evokes sympathy and her character is set up as a kind of representation of truth and justice yet as the story progresses she is shown to have been as deceitful and secretive in her way as Crispin has been in his The way that she comes to understand herself and also to understand what drove Crispin to take the path of blind conscienceless ambition is superbly done as is Crispin’s conviction that no matter what he can or cannot remember his feelings for Jane won’t change I loved that Jane tries to spare him learning the worst of himself and that when he does it just makes him stronger and all the determined to become a better manThe chemistry between the protagonists is intense and their romance develops believably and at a realistic pace Jane gradually overcomes her suspicions and opens herself to the attraction she realises she has long felt for Crispin even though she can’t uite let go of her fear that the ‘old’ him could return at any moment And I loved that Crispin never uestions his marriage; for him Jane is his rock from the moment he awakens building on the hints of interest she sparked in him even before his attack and showing clearly but subtly that his feelings for her run deepA Lady’s Code of Misconduct is a must read for fans of this author and of historical romance in general The political background is interesting well researched and smoothly incorporated so the reader never feels as though they are being given a history lesson and the plot which gradually emerges – relating to the information the ‘old’ Crispin was seeking from Jane – is intriguing and suspenseful Add in the wonderful romance and two compelling but vulnerable and flawed protagonists and you’ve got an un put downable book which I’m already sure will go down as one of my favourite books of the yearHistorical romance really doesn’t get better than this

A Ladys Code of Misconduct Rules for the Reckless #5 A DEAL WITH THE DEVILTrapped 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 Fans of Meredith Duran have had a fairly long time to wait between the publication of her last novel – Luck Be a Lady– and this new one which is billed as the fifth in her Rules for the Reckless series but I’m pleased to report that the wait while frustrating was well worth it In A Lady’s Code of Misconduct she has once again dazzled me with the beauty and focus of her writing and her ability to craft a tightly knit intriguing plot and wonderfully complex imperfect and highly intelligent characters who very uickly take on lives of their own in the mind of the readerThe story centres around the political career and machinations of Mr Crispin Burke MP the second son of Viscount Sibley and most definitely the black sheep of his family With ambitions to become Prime Minister Burke has steadily drawn many in the Commons to his side by means of threats blackmail and bribery; his name is a byword for corruption in parliamentary circles and it seems as though he is about to achieve his goal His Penal Reform bill a punitive unfair piece of legislation has enough support to defeat the government and unseat PalmerstonBurke’s closest ally is Philip Mason a man with as black a heart and as few principals and who is currently supporting himself and his family at the expense of his niece Jane whose father left his considerable fortune to her at his death Mason is unable to touch the principal amount but has been syphoning off everything he could for years and intends to marry her to his son in order to keep the money in the family Jane is twenty three but has never had a season and is not allowed to go beyond the gates so she has in effect been a prisoner for the past six years But worse than all that is the fact that she has had to pretend to be a brainless ninny for all of that time Her late parents were progressive so she was well educated and brought up to think for herself and not to be afraid to express her opinions – but her uncle believes women should be seen and not heard and Jane has had to suppress that side of herself while she has bided her time and waited for an opportunity to escapeFinally that opportunity has arrived – only to be thwarted by the odious Crispin Burke Even though Jane has encountered him numerous times over the years this is the first time she has really talked to him or even been close to him and she is simultaneously surprised and repelled to discover that he holds a strange fascination for her He’s a beautiful man no uestion but he's ruthless amoral and rotten to the core and his methods disgust her but he offers her some advice and a way of avoiding her uncle’s wrath in exchange naturally for something he wants information on something involving Mason Jane has no alternative but to agree to do as he asksNot long after this and shortly before the final reading of his bill Burke is attacked and left for dead on the London streets Having taken his advice and inveigled her uncle into bringing her to London Jane hatches an audacious plan one that was also suggested to her by Burke albeit with a different outcome in mind She uses a fraudulently obtained – but legitimate marriage certificate and announces that she and Burke were recently – and secretly – married She will shortly be a widow according to the doctors and her marriage will release her father’s fortune into her hands meaning that she can finally achieve her dream of travelling to New York and making a new life for herselfOf course things don’t go according to plan and Crispin survives – although there are big gaps in his memory and he can remember little of what happened over the past five years Now caught in a lie Jane feels guilty and unsure but decides that she needs to play along with the fake marriage at least until the legalities surrounding the release of her inheritance are completed I’m normally a little sceptical about amnesia plots but didn’t blink when I learned that this book used one because I knew that Meredith Duran would make it work She does that and then some; the way she transforms Crispin from a ruthless conscienceless politician to a man of honour and sound principles who genuinely wants to make the world a better place is brilliant but importantly it’s believable There are still facets of the old Burke remaining – the keen mind the devilish sense of humour the aura of implacability and sense of his being a dangerous man but the he finds out about his old self the determined he becomes to face the demons of his past eradicate them and move onBecause he can’t afford others to see how much his injuries have affected him Crispin asks for Jane’s help in navigating his way through all his political alliances and connections She can’t deny that being able after so long to use her brain and have her opinions listened to and respected is incredibly flattering and freeing or that the 'new' Crispin is compassionate thoughtful unexpectedly vulnerable and incredibly attractive Jane is just as satisfyingly complex a character as Crispin and her story of self discovery is eually compelling Her situation as the virtual prisoner of her uncle evokes sympathy and her character is set up as a kind of representation of truth and justice yet as the story progresses she is shown to have been as deceitful and secretive in her way as Crispin has been in his The way that she comes to understand herself and also to understand what drove Crispin to take the path of blind conscienceless ambition is superbly done as is Crispin’s conviction that no matter what he can or cannot remember his feelings for Jane won’t change I loved that Jane tries to spare him learning the worst of himself and that when he does it just makes him stronger and all the determined to become a better manThe chemistry between the protagonists is intense and their romance develops believably and at a realistic pace Jane gradually overcomes her suspicions and opens herself to the attraction she realises she has long felt for Crispin even though she can’t uite let go of her fear that the ‘old’ him could return at any moment And I loved that Crispin never uestions his marriage; for him Jane is his rock from the moment he awakens building on the hints of interest she sparked in him even before his attack and showing clearly but subtly that his feelings for her run deepA Lady’s Code of Misconduct is a must read for fans of this author and of historical romance in general The political background is interesting well researched and smoothly incorporated so the reader never feels as though they are being given a history lesson and the plot which gradually emerges – relating to the information the ‘old’ Crispin was seeking from Jane – is intriguing and suspenseful Add in the wonderful romance and two compelling but vulnerable and flawed protagonists and you’ve got an un put downable book which I’m already sure will go down as one of my favourite books of the yearHistorical romance really doesn’t get better than this

book ´ Rules for the Reckless Æ Meredith Duran

A Ladys Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless, #5) ☆ 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 This book is brilliant Heartbreakingly beautifully written Everyone who loves serious historical romance should read it I don't have time to compose a proper review now; perhaps later I must say though that never have I thought to read a steamy love scene riddled with feminist philosophy ExcerptsHe made a guttural noise in his throat low and approving His thumb stroked over the thin wool of her gown making promises to what was concealed She felt his other hand at her back setting her free of all the small tokens of decency which great factories in the north pressed into buttons clasps and hooks that women fastened dutifully knowing their place knowing their role Covered bound laced wrapped bundled away from the world like objects to be kept on a shelf Put away from this kind of honesty and the revelations it might bring Men’s buttons were not designed as armor They wanted to be loosened Up up up her fingers trailed the buttons yielding eagerly My heartfelt advice is read this book book ´ Rules for the Reckless Æ Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran Æ ePub

Meredith Duran Æ ePub Knows a rising star in politics whose dark good looks mask an even darker heartNEVER GOES TO PLANThe bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress provided she pays I'm in a bit of a dilemma here How to write a review I don't want to write because I know I won't be able to do this book justice?Oh well let's get started Need no one trust no one is our hero's Crispin Burke MP motto and will become the central theme around which he and our heroine Jane Mason will have to find their way to happiness Let me be very clear This is a romance so a HEA is a foregone conclusion After a vicious attack Crispin suffers from amnesia and I know he will remember eventually Jane has been under her uncle's thumb ever since her father's death silenced forgotten and I know we will see her self empowerment Further Crispin is the embodiment of a corrupt politician blackmailing pressuring his way to the prime ministership a proper anti hero and I know he will be redeemed Why am I mentioning all this? Because despite the predictability of the genre and the tropes A Lady's Code of Misconduct never does the predictable At every stage of this wonderful book I was surprised at the route the author took Or should I say the route Crispin and Jane took? And that is my main theme for this review surprise I could tell you how beautiful and sophisticated Meredith Duran's narrative and style are but we know that already And I'm not going to surprise you but I'm going to tell you that this book surprised me than I thought it ever wouldFrom the moment the story takes off till the very end Ms Duran's approach on how to redeem an anti hero is so very different that I couldn't tell what would come next However the biggest surprise is actually Jane Those who like Duran's work know that she always writes multi layered characters But the portrayal of Jane goes further than that In order to escape an arranged marriage with her despicable cousin and her uncle's clutches we see Jane put herself in a position that will leave her in a moral dilemmaExpecting Crispin a political friend of her uncle's to die she acuires a forged marriage certificate that is air tight and finally gives her freedom from her uncle Too bad then that Crispin doesn't die He wakes up only to find out that he can't remember the last five years of his years Of course it is a convenient plot move to make him lose exactly that time in which he undergoes a personality change It is exactly that time where Crispin after years of trying gives up on being a decent human being He becomes this Bribery intimidation threats betrayals—he dealt them expertly then slept peacefully through the night He made men weep by reciting the secrets that they’d imagined well hidden; he watched from a cold remove as they begged him to think of their livelihoods their families I will lose my seat I made promises to constituents My good name will be ruined I’ll lose contracts; I’ll be bankrupted Think of my daughters My own borough will turn against me But that was politics Men entered the game willingly It was not Crispin’s fault if they failed to play well He never felt a moment’s anxiety over breaking an opponent whatever it took There were no rules Not at the top His conscience his nerves did not bother him So it's no wonder and after having been blackmailed by Crispin herself only fair that Jane takes advantage of Crispin's situation and makes the world believe that they're married He's despised and feared for his opportunism and ruthlessness but when he's reverted back to the Crispin he was before entering politics Jane sees a completely different Crispin An honourable man; a man she could come to need and trust if she let herself go But what when his memory comes back if it comes back at all? What when he remembers that he never married Jane in the first place that the marriage is a sham?Whoops At first it's the fear of the conseuences that keeps Jane uiet But the she gets to know this new Crispin the blurrier the lines become Crispin was never meant to survive and now this growing attraction and oh how wonderful the execution of change from fear to love So who is the villain? The old Crispin? The new Jane? In the end though it becomes clear that it isn't simply black and white It's a bit of a cat and mouse game subtle and tender but oh so deliciousIt's also obvious however that Jane can be every bit of an opportunist as Crispin used to be Not as malicious and destructive but if need be Jane will not shy away from doing what is necessary to find her own way My kind of heroine right there And Crispin? He gradually comes to the conclusion that the old Crispin must have been a rather unpleasant person He obviously can't remember the particulars but how can he keep this highly intelligent and intriguing woman by his side? How can he convince her that he wants than a marriage of convenience where both go their separate ways as initially agreed? That's what Jane has told him about their marriage arrangement anywayOh man these two are fascinating From their first conversation before his memory loss to the very end I was engrossed and captivated by their dynamic And I'm not joking when I say I was fanning myself when all they were doing was talking about politics That's another thing that I found remarkable about A Lady's Code of Misconduct It's sensual but very subtly so and the build up took me by surprise One moment I was still in the middle of Jane's moral dilemma and then boom the heat turns up out of almost nowhere And it is my favourite uote that describes the new Crispin the best in my opinion which is why I'm going to uote it again “You are my wife” he growled “And whatever reason you had for wedding me whatever man you thought you married I am the man in front of you now I am bloody sick of hearing about the other one—about what you thought of him what he expected of you Do you understand?” He stepped toward her “ His reasons” he gritted “ his feelings mean nothing to me Do you hear? I am not that man” It also describes Crispin's deep commitment towards Jane that is unwavering almost from the moment he opens his eyes after the attack Crispin is a different kind of yummy Not like Nick from Luck Be A Lady but still yummy The better he gets to know Jane the harder he falls And he has no issue letting her and anyone else know about his growing feelings As if all of this wasn't enough already Ms Duran built a story around English politics that was almost eually fascinating Crispin's role as a politician works hand in hand with his new role as a husband and the precise execution of them both is breathtakingly done It's only March but one look at the notes I made while reading this book and I already know that A Lady's Code of Misconduct will at least be in my top 10 of the 2017 releases There's so much that I'm leaving out that I feel like not posting this review at all I've only scratched the surface