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Conquise... jamais soumise

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,430 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Phineas Granville était géographe quand on l'a forcé à s'engager dans les services secrets britanniques. Dix années de missions périlleuses ont laissé en lui des stigmates indélébiles. Devenu comte d'Ashmore, il entend enfin profiter de la vie lorsque Mlle Mina Masters lui demande de l'aider à retrouver sa mère, kidnappée. Impossible de refuser, le comte a une lourde dette ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by J'ai Lu (first published July 28th 2009)
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Barbara M.
5 Stars...I LOVED it!!!

..."He had a great deal of potential, and her body wanted to realize it all for herself. He seemed to feel it as well, for his hand began to linger and his expression grew sober, despite the merriment all around. When the fiddle slowed, his hands did not release her. In the small space between their bodies, a current was building that brought her closer to him; she could not move away even if the world rushed in between them. A warm breeze scudded through the crowd, perfum
Jane Stewart
90% of the book felt like filler - ponderings, and descriptions. Plot developments not shown. Weak vague dialogue.

Mina’s stepfather Collins was doing something illegal in Hong Kong. Phin was working undercover to catch Collins. Someone poisoned Phin’s drink and he collapsed. Mina took him to a room to recover and helped him escape. Phin worked for Ridland at that time. Four years later Collins escaped British authorities. Ridland imprisons Mina in a locked hotel room thinking she can
Life in a golden cage has worn thin for Mina Masters as she forced into a unwanted marriage, thinking to disgrace herself enough to avoid matrimony she sets her sights on the american Mr.Monroe who also happens to be a British spy Phin Granville. Phin charged to go after an arms dealer who happens to be Mina stepfather, but when he’s poisoned, it’s up to Mina to save him. After getting away, four years later, Phin has a title to rid himself and getting out of the game of espionage, but when a l ...more
My expectations are very high when it comes to a Meredith Duran books. The romances she pens do not have a simple storyline where boy meets girl, they go on an adventures and their happily ever is pretty much a given. Written on Your Skin is a gut retching journey, not only for the two main characters but for the reader. I hardly ever cry while I read and I did with Written on Your Skin. *Shakes fist at Meredith*. Written on Your Skin is a beautiful, all encompassing experience. Meredith makes s ...more
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I hate to give this book two stars but it was really hard to get through. While it is well written and the author clearly knows what she is talking about it, it was boring. I don't know if it is because I read so many good reviews that I hyped it up too much in mind or what. I couldn't feel the romance in the book. It took too long for me to understand why the characters should be together. There was also alot of inner dialogue. I love to know what the characters in a story is thinking about but ...more

This one was a tough one. Something about it just sits not-quite-right with me. I think part of it is that the author tried too hard to integrate this story with Bound by Your Touch. The timelines don't quite mesh. I actually grabbed BbYT right after I finished this one, to reread the scene where Lydia (the heroine of that book) met Mina (the heroine of this book). And the timeline is just all kinds of off. Their conversation would imply that Mina was still a prisoner in Phin's house, b
Kim H
While I ultimately enjoyed this book, it's another one that I find difficult to categorize. I think Meredith Duran is a brilliant writer, but once again, I feel like she's holding back. I hate to keep harping about it, but Duke of Shadows was such an amazingly unique & original book, and as was (IMO) the case with Bound by Your Touch, Duran appears to squandering her talents on stories she should be able to write in her sleep.
I don't have a problem with spy romances per se. Certainly, I hav
Aug 01, 2009 Nisha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are looking for more from a romance novel
The writing is amazing and the characters are deep and plot is definitely unique. It's a great novel, if you are in a mood for something angsty and deep. Mina is hard to actually relate to, considering her thoughts and background, but she is quite likable, considering that she fought to be where she is but still has a heart. Phin, in all ways but one, is the perfect brooding man. His demons linked with his opium addiction. It is a theme that I would never consider workable, but obviously it did. ...more
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Suzie Quint
Oct 13, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
I read a review of this that made me hesitant to read it. I should have just ignored the review. I love this book. I love that the heroine isn't the typical feisty heroine who gets in over her head and needs the hero to rescue her. She actually fights the hero to play an active role in her life because she doesn't want to be "protected." By the end, they see each other clearly and love each other not just for their strengths, but for their faults as well. That's damned seductive. The best Meredi ...more
I was quite disappointed with this book, considering the high rating it currently has. I liked the 2 main characters but the other characters were totally undeveloped. The plot was quite convoluted and for most of the book I could not figure out what the characters were doing or why they were doing it. Things that should have been explained early on were finally mentioned near the end of the book (e.g. why Phin hated the dreaded spymaster). Way too many loose ends, non-sequiturs and red herrings ...more
Noura Ariz
It is seldom that you get a historical romance heroine that is intelligent, wily, determined, and so contemporary in her thinking without painting her as an annoying, over the top character that bulldozes her way through the males in the story. This story features such a heroine and i just love her! Mina Masters is very beautiful society miss, practical in her ways and cunning in getting what she wants underneath her fluffy-flighty exterior (It's refreshing to read a story that features a woman ...more
Duran's books have two elements I've come to expect from her and have quite enjoyed: first, she travels well beyond European shores (in this case, the book begins with the expat community of Hong Kong), and secondly, the mood of her stories tends to be a little darker than you might expect from the typical historical spy-romance. In this story, we have Phin-- a spy with a natural flair for his work who never wanted to be in the Game (he is not at all proud to know he has a talent for killing and ...more
Sandy Williams
I cannot say enough about this author. She's brilliant. Her stories are sweet, exciting, and excruciating and her writing is brilliant. I don't usually notice an author's writing unless it's bad. I'm the kind of reader who just wants to know the story. I want the words to disappear when I read. Meredith Duran's words don't disappear: they come alive. I can open to almost any page in her book and find a line or two of brilliance.

I'll be honest. When I began reading this book, I didn't think I'd
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Written On Your Skin is the second book by Meredith Duran to be published in less than two months and it is equally as good, if not more, as its predecessor, Bound By Your Touch.

At its core Written On Your Skin is a simple story with a simple plot. Four years ago, in Hong Kong, A woman helps a man to escape certain death. He is indebted to her. Four years later, now in London, she requires his help in finding her mother.

What is complex is the characterisation of these two people.
In brief: Hong Kong, 1880: Mina Masters is young, beautiful and utterly trapped by convention and social expectation. Her abusive step father, Collins, is involved in some illegal dealings. British spy and former mapmaker Phineas Granville is there to provide evidence and throw Collins behind bars ... Four years later the scene switches to England and Mina is again in danger from Collins. Phin reluctantly steps up to help her. Distrust and deception abound as these two try to reconcile their att ...more
Sara ♥
Oh, gosh. Mina and Phin. I remember liking them. I know I jotted down some notes about this book, but I can't find the scrap of paper! Grrr! Let me brainstorm a bit.

- Mina is white-blonde and acts like a ditz so people won't suspect how intelligent she is. She has an evil stepfather. They were in Hong Kong, for some reason, and Phin was pretending to be an American working undercover (he's a mapmaker-turned-spy-assassin) trying to get step-dad..... And he gets found out and almost dies (poison).
This one just didn't do it for me. It rambled way too much, was confusing, and kept the reader in the dark for too long. I felt like it was trying to be smart, sophisticated, and witty, but fell far short of this lofty goal. Instead it was confusing, and well, rambling. The copy I had stated on the back that it was the sequel to "Bound by Your Touch," but really, Sanburne only show up a few times and it seems as though they are parallel in time, rather than this one taking place after BBYT, whic ...more
Kristen Lacons
I could not, for the life of me, get into this book. I found myself drifting as I read sentence after boring, eventful sentence that once it finally got to an "action" scene I found it, at best, to be mildly gripping, however I had no idea what happened to cause the actions. The plot was lost on me (as I said I could not focus!!!) and considering all the fantastic reviews I'd heard about Duran and her writing, I was highly disappointed.
Jill Myles
Another success from Meredith Duran. Initially I had misgivings on Phin (who we knew to be an opium smoker) and Mina (who we thought was an idiotic flirt). But both characters are not what we assume them to be, and they are intense. Loved this. I thought this was a fair shot closer to the deep emotionalism of Duke of Shadows that Duran seems to do really well.

It really was a lovely read.
This is the first book I've read by this author. Set in Victorian Hong Kong and London, this romance is between a British spy and an American businesswoman. An interesting premise, but choppy in parts, and I wasn't convinced that these two characters would ever fall for each other, let alone end up together. The showdown at the end and the neat resolution were a bit forced.
Emma Hillman
DNF. I've been struggling for days now and I just don't want to pick it up again and finish it. I don't care what happens to the characters...and how bad is that?
I don’t normally like spy romances but the characters were so well written I didn’t mind all the spy stuff. I’ll definitely be reading Meredith Duran’s next book.
Sometimes Duran's prose is a little over the top for me but most of the time I find it really beautiful, engaging, and intense. I've read 3 books and a novella by her now; her heroes and heroines are very well drawn and she brings the tension. I'm a sucker for a spy story and I quite liked the spy games in Written On Your Skin. I actually wish we could have seen more of the hero and heroine's backstory in Hong Kong. I really like when this author ventures outside of England.

Anyway...get it, Mer
Unlike others I surprisingly liked Mina, the heroine, a ton more than Phin. Despite being a morsel, Phin was kind of a selfish jerk. I just can't get past that he gave zero fucks what happened to Mina after she rescued his life and put herself in danger. Like he literally did not think of her once again and never tried to find out if she was okay. That was not cool, never mind if she was the heroine. It's a shitty way to think about anyone that did you such a favor regardless of how tortured you ...more
May 04, 2010 willaful marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bye
Can't complain about the quality of the prose, which is vivid and original, but the story did not engage me.
Heidi Hart
Reading This Book Was Like Pushing Molasses Up A Sandy Hill Despite being constantly tempted to DNF this, I pushed through and finished it, only because I like Meredith Duran and I held out hope until the very end that she'd turn this around. She didn't. Although well-written and featuring sympathetic main characters, this book totally fell flat for me. Though the plot has plenty of action and drama -- poisonings, international intrigue, thrilling rescues, daring escapes, kidnappings, spies, hos ...more
I don't actually remember if I wanted to give this four or five stars, but what I do remember is that I thought it was super hot, I loved the power struggles between Mina and Phin and that he found her to be genuinely threatening at times (a gender relationship that flat out DOES NOT HAPPEN in romances ever), and I was really impressed at the equitable relationship they worked out. I really really really liked that it rejected the "male protectiveness goes along with love and women just have to ...more
Incredible mother/daughter conversation in the first chapter. I really felt for both of them and could see both sides of the argument. There were a lot of insightful and very thought provoking comments in that conversation. The author's writing was very intense and spectacular.

This story definitely had a darker tone and may not be for everyone. I personally enjoyed the underbelly of human psyche aspect of the book.

This book was infused with intelligent humor and it was a treat to read a fresh,
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 05, 2015 10:29AM  
  • Indiscreet
  • His at Night
  • The Spymaster's Lady (Spymasters, #1)
  • Black Silk
  • Revealed (The Blue Raven, #1)
  • Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
  • Proof by Seduction (Carhart, #1)
  • If His Kiss Is Wicked (Grantham, #3)
  • Your Scandalous Ways (Fallen Women, #1)
  • Lady Of The Knight (Knights, #3)
  • The Dream Hunter
  • Libertine's Kiss (Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration, #1)
  • To Have and To Hold (Wyckerley Trilogy, #2)
MEREDITH DURAN grew up enamored of British history. At thirteen years old, she made a list of life goals that included writing romance novels, trying sushi, and going to London to see Holbein’s portrait of Anne Boleyn. Now she is happy to report that all three goals have become her favorite things to do. When not studying, doing fieldwork in India, or working on her next novel, Meredith can be fou ...more
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