I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless, #5) by Meredith Duran
Series: Rules for the Reckless #5
Published by Pocket Books on February 28, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Victorian
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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...
Author Meredith Duran takes readers on an exciting, and extremely satisfying, journey through love and Victorian politics with her fifth book in the Rules for the Reckless series, A Lady’s Code of Misconduct.
It’s hard to imagine something more reckless than faking a marriage to a cold, calculating, irritatingly handsome, MP — who also happens to be comatose. Heiress Jane Mason manages to amp up her reckless behavior by falling for the reawakened, and seemingly rehabilitated, politician Crispin Burke.
Following a vicious attack, a serious head injury robs Crispin of the memories of the last five years of his life but the one thing he is certain of is his lovely and intelligent new bride. Even without his memories, Crispin instinctively trusts — and desires — Jane.
“Perhaps . . . I’m the luckiest of men. To be allowed to discover my bride twice; to have the chance to fall in love all over again.”
This gentler, kinder Crispin both scares and fascinates Jane. She worries about his wrath should his memories return while falling more in love every day. His trust, support, and partnership are all that have been missing in her life. Having been valued as nothing more than a “Golden Goose” by her embezzling ogre of an uncle, Jane has had to suppress her natural intelligence and wit as she faded into the background.
Somewhere in the past few years, she had stopped laughing. The only jokes she’d overheard were made at somebody else’s expense, designed to produce a snicker, not genuine mirth. But it seemed she had more laughter left in her than she’d guessed. Once she had relaxed her guard and begun speaking without a care for how she might sound, jokes had tumbled out. And Crispin had enjoyed them. She was funny; she’d forgotten that.
She’d forgotten so many things. How many times today had she surprised herself?
As Crispin helps Jane rediscover herself, he is also faced with the disturbing task of relearning about himself. The backroom political deals and calculating machinations he discovers he’s partaken in are inconsistent with the man he remembers being. What happened to make him so power hungry and indifferent to others? Is that the real Crispin? Or is the man who has fallen in love with Jane and seeks reconciliation his true self?
The evolution of Crispin and Jane and their relationship unfolds amid mystery and Victorian-era political intrigue. The parliamentary proceedings and maneuvering are integral to the plot, rather than just serving as a vague backdrop to the romance. Women’s rights, education, poverty, crime, punishment, and governmental corruption are all part of Crispin and Jane’s tale — topics still highly relevant today.
Love, laughter, sex, and personal growth by well-developed characters — must be a Meredith Duran novel. A Lady’s Code to Misconduct is an intelligent and thought-provoking romance not to be missed. It is certainly one I’ll be revisiting time and again.