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A Lady’s Code of Misconduct: Blog Tour

Books for Her is one of the first stops in A Lady’s Code of Misconduct blog tour- and we are honored and thrilled! If you read our review of Fool Me Twice, you’ll know that Meredith Duran is one of our favorites and made our Top 10 Historical Romance Authors List.  After getting a digital copy this weekend, we jumped right in (already taking every spare moment to get some more pages in) – so here’s our pre-review about 100 pages in and we’re already guaranteeing it’s a great read.

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Another winner with fabulous characters and a refreshing story … it’s everything you expect from Meredith Duran, one of top 10 favorite romance authors.

Recommended readers:

  • If you love a strong, independent heroine
  • If you love mystery tied into your romance

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4.5/5 for characters
  • 4.5/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall

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

Pocket Books

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

ISBN: 9781501139024

Price: $7.99

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.”

—Feathered Quill

“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.”

—Bookfan

About the book:

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…

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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.

 

Check back to see the full review – and read our previous review of Fool Me Twice and Top 10 Favorite Historical Romance Authors.

Top 10 Historical Romance Authors

One of my favorite genres for many reasons, Historical Romance is obviously a popular option if you look at the shelves of booksellers (big and small). (They are also widely known for the embarrassing covers … muscly men and damsels with low-cut dresses. Just look at what a Google image search turned up!). There’s so many great hist-rom authors it’s hard to pick.

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Here’s Books for Her’s top 10 picks (at least those written in modern times). Feel free to leave us a comment with any you think we missed.

  1. Kathleen Woodiwiss – With plots spanning continents and travel, Woodiwiss carves beautiful, passionate characters into her action-filled plots.
  2. Stephanie Laurens – If you’re looking for series and then another series, Laurens has many family series with strong women and fierce men. You’ll love them all.
  3. Meredith Duran – A newcomer to the scene, but her novel Fool Me Twice got me hooked!
  4. Brenda Joyce – For the best Scottish/Highland romance, check out some of Brenda Joyce’s series.
  5. Rosemary Rogers – Maybe its that the first historical romance I read was Sweet, Savage Love – but Rogers’s novels have the classic stubborn woman and prideful man.
  6. Susan Wiggs – Weaving in historical details with her plot and characters, Wiggs’s Irish-English romance novels are almost saga material.
  7. Mary Balogh – The mark of this great historical romance writer is the depth of her characters and her ability to give them prominent flaws.
  8. Diana Gabaldon – A wizard of history, romance, action, time-travel and more … while her famous Outlander Series spans several genres, she’s a wizard of romance. (Bonus: Her Outlander Series is now Starz TV Series hitting it’s 10th season.)
  9. Paula Quinn – A master at weaving political intrigue with passion … typically with strong female and Scottish Highland setting.
  10. Beatriz Williams – Often with parallel storylines across different war times, Williams weaves challenging plots of love and heartbreak during War.

Did we miss any of your favorite historical romance authors? Let us know in the comments below.

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Guest Blog for Sinful Deception

ibradford-blogtourThis guest blog is by Sinful Deception Author Isabella Bradford and discusses the heroine Serena Carew from the book. Thank you Isabella for the time to share your insights into writing this novel.

By Isabella Bradford

Keeping Secrets

I’m so excited for the release this week of my newest historical romance, A SINFUL DECEPTION. This is a story that’s been in my head for a long time, and I’ve always wanted to write a book that includes not just Georgian England, but the farthest corners of the British Empire. My heroine, Serena Carew, was born in India, the daughter of a English nobleman stationed there. While Serena has spent most of her life as an English lady, her Indian heritage is impossible for her to forget – and it’s also one of the things that Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy comes to love most about her.

But however distant Serena’s childhood in India may seem, there are secrets in her past that she fears she can never escape. In many ways, such secrets were much easier to preserve in the 18th century, long before modern internet searches, DNA testing, and background checks.

India was literally half a world away in 1770. Letters and news took months to arrive between London and Calcutta, and that was if the ship carrying them survived storms, wars, and pirates. The bureaucracy of the British Empire was still in its infancy, and record-keeping was sporadic. Few, if any, of the Englishmen who knew her secrets would have survived. The Indian climate was notoriously unhealthy for Europeans, with the average life-span for an Englishman there considered only “two monsoons” – two years. A tropical fever killed all of Serena’s family, and nearly claimed her as well.

Yet secrets can be tenacious – especially ones with serious consequences. Just when Serena dares to hope her secret is safely buried and her future happiness with Geoffrey is secure, unexpected faces from her past reappear, and only the truth can at last set her free to love.

I hope you’ll enjoy A SINFUL DECEPTION. For more about what inspires me, check out my website www.isabellabradford.com and on my Isabella Bradford Facebook page, plus my blog (written with writer BFF Loretta Chase) www.TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.com, Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls, and Pinterest: TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.

Read Books for Her’s review of A Sinful Deception here.

Author: Carolyn Meyer

 

Carolyn Meyer is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels include Mary, Bloody Mary—an ABA’s Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults—and Marie, Dancing, a Book Sense Pick. She is also the author of Cleopatra Confesses and Victoria Rebels. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and you can visit her at ReadCarolyn.com.
Carolyn Meyer: Author for historical novels, teens. Photo (c) Stephen Cussen

Carolyn Meyer: Author for historical novels, teens. Photo (c) Stephen Cusse

My life in 8 words: seriously funny, focused, fruitful, fanciful, fascinated, fortunate.

Here Books for Her reviews:

Victoria Rebels

 

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Best Romantic Series

Got an extended vacation planned? Or a quiet summer schedule? Or are you just looking for a long-term commitment? It’s time to dig into a good romantic series. Here’s a list of some of my favorite series:

  1. Stephanie Laurens: Cynster series. Is there anything sexier than siblings with travel, fight for their country and love accidentally? Travel the world and fall in love …. Buy here from iBooks.
  2. Stephanie Laurens, Black Cobra Quartet. OK, I know I’m overdoing my Steph Lau series here, but I couldn’t leave the Black Quartet off the list. I got my dad to read the series … So that’s proof it’s got a good dose of action in it. Plus I love the travel from the Middle East! Buy Brazen Bride here.
  3. Cynthia Wright, Raveneau and Beauvisage Series. Who doesn’t love a little US history mixed in with their romance. In this series, you’ll meet strong men and woman who travel by sea and sea of love as America and Britian fight. Order all three books of the Raveneau for only $7.99. Order all four books of the Beauvisage for only $9.99.

Mary Balogh The Huxtable Series