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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Misdeeds indeed!

A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless #5) by Meredith Duran



                                 

Handsomely wrought story that pleases from finish to end. Jane Mason, an heiress, has been virtually held captive by her uncle and his family. Now she has come of age and her uncle intends to marry her to his despicable cousin Archibald and take control of her fortune.
Crispin Burke intends to be Prime Minister and how he gets there will be through cold manipulation and a will of iron. 
Jane's uncle and Crispin have been partners in this endeavour, intent on forcing a bill through parliament that will enhance Crispin 's reputation and bring monetary gain for those behind the scheme.
The coming together of these two is a a story of opportunity that turns into something more.
It's Jane who takes the massive step that Crispin has opened up to her. Crispin just didn't foresee the road she would take and his involvement. An attempt on his life leaves Crispin with a loss of memory, a situation Jane takes advantage of--and then she's faced with the consequences.
As Jane reflects when informed about Burke being all but dead, Burke was 'a villain, an amoral rogue [although] his vitality had all but filled a room. Had it only been turned toward good, he might have done so much. But he’d been wicked.'
A romance with an intriguing amount of danger, emotional angst and redemption.

A NetGalley ARC

*****

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