Romance

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.

Mogul by Joanna Shupe

Available Jan. 31: Mogul by Joanna Shupe

****3.5/5 stars- loved itjshupe-mogul

Mogul is another great Gilded Age historical romance.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of not-your-typical setting: Gilded Age
  • if you like Candace Camp, Jane Feather and others
  • and if you like a super-quick read

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Two star-crossed lovers have fought themselves for years to forget their love – and when Lillian Davies needs help finding her missing brother, she knows there’s one person, the man who she’d least like to ask for help. Calvin Cabot is a self-made newspaper mogul, and seems to try to help all those around him, even at his own expense. One of my new favorite historical romance authors, Joanna Shupe’s The Knickerbocker Club Series has been refreshing and quick-reading. Though not my favorite in the series, Mogul is excellent. Shop the full series: The Knickerbocker Club.

Available Jan. 31: Mogul by Joanna Shupe

The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

Available now: The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

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Another Scottish-English romance from Grace Burrowes, you’ll like The Trouble with Dukes.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Scottish romances.
  • If you like historical romances.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall
  • Note: 2/5 some steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A rumored violent war history and Scottish manners make the London Season something Hamish MacHugh would rather avoid, but he’s sticking around for his sisters’ sake. And Megan Windham sees more than an ominous war hero in him. While Hamish fights the battle of London’s society, Megan has her own battles to fight. The Trouble with Dukes is an enjoyable read, and it’s obvious that Grace Burrowes has many great novels up her sleeve. She’s a must-read for any historical romance fan. Make sure you add The Trouble with Dukes to your historical romance reading list.

Available now: The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

Coming January 10th: The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Coming in January: The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

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A young bride accused of murder must fend for herself and her farm during the Civil War.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like letter format novels,
  • and if you like romantic and historical suspense, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 4/5 steaminess, including violence

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

Inspired by a true event, The Second Mrs. Hockaday uses the convention of letters, court inquests, and journal entries to tell the story of a woman accused by her husband of murdering a child conceived while he was away at war. This unusual format grabbed and held my attention from the start, as I tried to determine through perspectives of multiple characters what really happened. A stunning debut.

Available on Amazon January 10th:  The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Christmas in America: Historical Romance Anthology

Available now: Christmas in American: Historical Romance Anthology

****3.5/5 stars: Liked itChristmas in America

History, romance and some quick reading stories from interesting American eras.

Recommended readers:

  • If you can’t commit to a full novel
  • If you enjoy historical romances set in America

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Quick reads for some holiday downtime, Christmas in America is a collection of short stories set in different eras in American history. I was drawn to this collection by my latest favorite historical romance author Joanna Shupe, and her story was fabulous and quick reading. Two stories are great, one good, and one just OK. So enjoy!

Available now: Christmas in American: Historical Romance Anthology

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Available tomorrow: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

****4/5 stars

With everything you love about historical romance, Duke of Pleasure is action-packed and fun.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a historical romance, especially with sword-fighting heroines
  • If you’re a fan of a come-back story in your romance
  • If you like Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas, and Mary Balogh

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The whooping 11th book in the Maiden Lane Series, Duke of Pleasure is a fabulous historical fiction with action, romance and a little mystery. A Duke on a mission, Hugh Fitzroy is about to be killed when he’s strategically attacked. But a masked hero appears and helps him fight for his life. Only he discovers that hero is a her. As he continues his mission – on the streets of London and another mission at home with his two sons – the Duke finds an unlikely friend and ally who was raised on the streets.

One of my first Elizabeth Hoyt books, Duke of Pleasure is exactly what I love about historical romance – witty characters, come-back stories and overcoming the odds. And bonus: If you like Duke of Pleasure (which you probably will), you’ve got a slew of other Maiden Series books to pick from. I haven’t read one I didn’t like. Shop all Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Series on Amazon.

Available tomorrow: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

 

The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble

Available this month: The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble

****3.5/5 stars: Liked it

Fun and witty, if you love Regency Romance and a tomboy English lady, The Dare and the Doctor are for you.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Karen Hawkins
  • If you enjoy historical romances especially Regency Period

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Long-time penpals, Dr. Rhys Gray and Miss Margaret Babcock have been friends since he treated her father. Now he’s excited to help Margaret introduce her rose hybrids to the elite society of botanists in London. Though she’s not a traditional society lady, Margaret goes to London to present her prize plants. A quick-reading and fun historical romance, it had some of my favorite elements: A tomboy lady and set in the Regency Era.

Available now: The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble

November 29th: Heather Graham’s Ondine

Available November 29th: Heather’ Graham’s Ondine

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Recommended readers:

  • fans of romance novels

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

First published in 1988 under her pen name, Shannon Drake, Ondine is now being re-released as Heather Graham. A play on the mythological tale of a mermaid given life by a man, this Ondine is a real-life 17th century duchess in hiding, saved from the gallows by a passing nobleman who has reasons of his own for taking a bride. This is stock entertaining historical romance novel, with a massive twisty plot, miles of dialogue, and, I must say, a somewhat excessive use of the exclamation point.
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Available November 29th: Ondine

 

Just for funsies, check out the original cover (!):

Available November 29th: To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Available November 29th: To Capture What We Cannot Keep

****4/5 stars

25901561A fictional portrayal of a man who designed and built the Eiffel Tower

Recommended readers:

  • Lovers of Paris
  • Parisian lovers
  • Francophiles

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Someday, perhaps, I will be able to resist an enigmatically-titled historical fiction novel with a misty picture of the Eiffel Tower on the cover. Alas, today is not that day.  To Capture What We Cannot Keep explores the romantic entanglements of Émile Nouguier, an architect and engineer who built the Eiffel Tower, and the initially disdainful Parisian reaction to the “modern” tower. Though only intended to last through the World’s Fair Exhibition of 1890, Eiffel’s tower became a marvel of modern engineering, a new form of art, and the symbol of France. This is a novel full of beautiful historical detail and discussions of class and modernity, a wonderful way to escape to a Paris on the cusp of great change.

Available November 29th:  To Capture What We Cannot Keep

 

October 18th: The Girl from Venice

Coming October 18th: The Girl From Venice 

****4/5 stars- loved it!

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From thriller series writer Martin Cruz Smith , a standalone action-adventure-romance about a Venetian fisherman who decides to help the Jewish girl he encounters in his lagoon at the very close of World War II.

Recommended readers:

  • fans of historical fiction
  • fans of mystery and suspense
  • fans of action-adventure romance…this one’s got it all!

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a World War II story at least partially about Jews on the run that I would classify as an action adventure romance, and I have to say while taking on a serious topic, this one was quite a bit of… fun.  Somehow Martin Cruz Smith manages to successfully impart historical information in a compelling, plot driven thriller not unlike the modern political sort. Doesn’t make any sense?  Try it yourself.

Available on Amazon on October 18th: The Girl From Venice