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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.

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

An Icelandic Christmas Eve

198381-reading-by-the-fireAccording to the BBC, Iceland has more books and writers per capita than anywhere else in the world, with the Christmas traditions to prove it. In fact, it is said that one in ten Icelanders will publish a book, and their nod to the Christmas season is complete with a book festival in the days leading up to the holiday for the sole purpose of gift giving (and reading, apparently.)  Also chocolate! In Iceland, it is tradition to give a book on Christmas Eve, and then, to head to bed- with chocolate- to spend the rest of the evening reading.  We can’t imagine a better tradition.

Bravo, Iceland, and Merry Christmas from Books for Her.

 

 

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Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Available Now: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

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The founder of Nike tells you how he barely succeeded in making the biggest brand on the planet.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re an entrepreneur or business person
  • If you think building a business is easy
  • And if you’re enthralled with the mega brand called Nike

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

When you think of Nike, you don’t think of bad management, bad decisions and bad products – you think of money, brand and tons of success. In Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, the creator himself will tell you what a terrible boss he was, how many mistakes he made, and how often the company almost went broke. In fact you’ll keep wondering how he held on so long – and how his marriage survived so many company and person attacks. Which is why you’ll want to read Shoe Dogs until the end. It’s refreshingly honest into the man who created the biggest brand on the planet.

Available Now: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Season 2 Review: Outlander Series on Starz

If you expect the perfection of Outlander Season 1, you’ll be disappointed. But if you can enjoy the slower, set-up episodes from the early part of Season 2, you’ll have much more of what most people love in the second half of the season. In that way though, it isn’t much different than Outlander Book 2: Dragonfly in Amber.

The early part of Season 2 is set in Paris, as Jaime and Claire try to navigate politics, espionage and the intrigue of so many varied agendas – including their own of stopping the Jacobite rebellion and saving many Scottish lives. Their agenda is complicated from many angles – including the appearance of Jaime’s biggest foe.

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Finally the couple returns to the wilds of Scotland, where we spent the entire first season and originally fell in love with Jaime and Claire. There’s more Highlanders, fighting, direct and everything that we love about Outlander in general.

While Season 2 doesn’t have the first love passion that hooked us in Season 1, if you can wait patiently through the first few episodes, you’ll get a taste for favorite couple’s new passions and struggles after marriage. As with any book-to-movie transition, the tv series is missing some of the detail and plot from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, but the season is executed gorgeously. Costumes are believably  gorgeous in Paris – and Claire’s time-travel forward 200 years as an older mother is well done. There’s so much to love about Season 2.

Good news: Outlander has confirmed they’ll do Season 3 and Season 4.

Bad news: We don’t have a premiere date for Season 3 yet … which means it could be a while (though rumors put the next Droughtlander at less than 10 months and maybe even closer to 6 months). We’ll keep you posted.

 

Review: One Pink Rose by Julie Garwood

Available now: One Pink Rose

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Action filled with the perfect mix of romantic tension, anyone will love Against the Sky.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of Julie Garwood (because who isn’t by now)
  • Looking for good, ole’ fashioned romance (without the sex)
  • Fans of Western Romance

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:
A re-release by Pocket Star Books, One Pink Rose by Julie Garwood (see blog note below) is still fabulous and good, clean romance. Travis Clayborne gets the unlucky assignment to escort mail-order bride Emily Finnegan to her soon-to-be husband in Montana.

If I had a teenage daughter who loved to read, I’d feel good about giving her this book. I’m not sure if so much has changed in the historical romance scene since, but what the passionate build-up seems so different now in historical romance.

Blog note: This summer, Julie Garwood’s three stories of the Clayborne brothers will be available as separate EBooks. Look for One Pink Rose (POCKET Star EBooks; May 9, 2016; $1.99), followed by One White Rose (POCKET Star EBooks; June 13, 2016; $2.99) and One Red Rose (POCKET Star EBooks; July 11, 2016; $2.99). Julie Garwood “knows how to reach out and touch readers’ hearts” with this “laugh-out-loud little read…all delight, pure fun, and yummy” (RT Book Reviews on One Pink Rose).

Available now: One Pink Rose

Outlander Season 2 Premiere

The day is finally here for Season 2 of Outlander to kick off on Starz tonight. The second season follows the story line of Diana Gabaldan’s second book Dragonfly in Amber (released in 1992, one year after the first book).

Need a quick recap of Season 1? Read our reaction here.  Or browse all Books for Her Outlander info – from the book recaps to other shows for Outlander fans.

Are you ready?