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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...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Political intrigue and conspiracies abound in Durans engrossing fifth Rules for the Reckless Victorian romance (after Luck Be a Lady), which boasts plot twists galore. At the center of the complex love story is heiress Jane Masons sham marriage to Crispin Burke, one of the most ruthless men in Englands House of Commons. Crispin is bewildered when he wakes up from a coma after a brutal attack and doesnt remember anything from the past five yearsnot his career or his brand of political machinations, and not why he secretly married Jane, the niece of one of his cronies. Jane, who lied about being married to Crispin in order to escape her odious uncles plans for her money, is terrified of what her husband will do when he regains his memory, but she is also falling in love with the new, kinder Crispin. 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. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary. (Mar.)
Romance: Loving and learning
Three women discover new versions of themselves as well as romance in A Million Little Things, part of Susan Mallery’s Mischief Bay series. Zoe Saldivar is dissatisfied with her single life. She needs a big change, but what to do? Her best friend, young mother Jen Beldon, offers no help. Jen is obsessed with her toddler, neglecting her health and her husband, and although she knows her marriage is suffering, she feels powerless to make adjustments. Her own mother, widow Pam Eiland, tries to gently point out the problem, but that causes trouble between mother and daughter. Meanwhile, new romantic possibilities arise for both Pam and Zoe. Complications come fast on the heels of kisses, however, and soon all three women are forced to re-examine who they are and what they want. Readers will find new friends in these sympathetic heroines and root for them to solve their very believable problems.
Both adventure and romance sizzle in Cherry Adair’s Stormchaser. With pride, family and fortune on the line, Jonah Cutter hires acclaimed marine archaeologist Dr. Calista West for his latest underwater salvage project. There’s treasure off the coast of Greece—perhaps a bounty beyond measure if Jonah’s suspicions are true—and he needs the beautiful doctor to help him prove it. Calista comes aboard his ship with goals of her own, however. She’s there to aid her brother-in-law in getting revenge on the Cutters by scooping this prize from their hands. But she couldn’t have foreseen her wild attraction to handsome Jonah, and the fire between them is mutual. As they explore the mysteries of the Mediterranean Sea, their passion explodes. When a menace threatens their lives, can the two find a way to save themselves and find a way to forever? Adair’s latest is filled with fast-paced, imaginative fun.
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In Meredith Duran’s A Lady’s Code of Misconduct, political intrigue drives a captivating historical romance. Crispin Burke, a member of Parliament, awakens after a devastating head injury to find he’s lost five years of his memory and gained a wife—a rich wife named Jane. But as he struggles to learn about this stranger and their relationship, he discovers that during those lost years he was ruthless and manipulative, supporting laws and colleagues for financial gain and power, not for good. News about his marriage is no better—Jane tells him they married for convenience and not for love. None of this sits well with Crispin, and as he traces back through his life, he comes to a better understanding of his family and of his failings. In doing so, he falls for his lovely wife, whom he knows will prove a perfect partner in life and love—if they can survive the danger that stalks them. This Regency romance, part of the Rules for the Reckless series, is a smart love story, peopled with complex and absorbing characters.