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Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  3,123 Ratings  ·  355 Reviews
In the vein of Sarah MacLean, a sexy and evocative Victorian romance between a vengeful duke and a fiery redhead from an author who is a veritable tour de force in the genre.

A Lady With a Secret

Running for her life, exhausted and out of options, Olivia Holladay wants nothing more than the chance to make a home for herself. So when she realizes that the infamous Duke of Mar
Mass Market Paperback, 365 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Pocket Books
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Kat I'm not sure why the first books didn't get good ratings, as I personally enjoyed them greatly. You don't need to read those books before this one.…moreI'm not sure why the first books didn't get good ratings, as I personally enjoyed them greatly. You don't need to read those books before this one. However, Olivia appeared in both of those books, which added more depth to this one.(less)

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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Meredith Duran unceasingly delights me as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that concoct complex, genuine, and lovable characters.

There is nothing for Olivia and Alastair but the darkness of their pasts and the need to escape them. The intense loneliness as a result of their respective missions is the exact force that exerted a magnetic pull among the two -- Olivia's amazing capacity for love and understanding desperate her own desperate situation, and Alastair's futile att
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I'm getting more and more into historical romance these days and branching out to try new-to-me authors, so I was excited to take a chance on this story. If you can get past the VERY slow start, you are in for a real treat. I found this book to be emotional, sexy, and smart, and the further I read the more I couldn't put it down.

I think part of the reason that this book was SO hard for me to get into was that I haven't read the first in the series. This book works well as a stand-alone, but it w
Duchess Nicole
First off, what a gorgeous cover...such a stand out, it's initially what caught my eye. And what's in the pages of this little gem is just as good.

The story itself is a bit slow to take off. As Olivia Mather infiltrates Alistair Grey, the Duke of Marwick's home, we discover that each of them has secrets and neither has a a happy past. Alistair is a widower, but instead of mourning the death of his beloved wife, he has secluded himself away in his London home, attempting to recover from the disc
 ❀ Minesha ❀

His shoulders jerked. She glanced up and discovered him silently laughing at her. “Your face,” he said. “So shocked. Does ducal hair feel like some strange new variety?”
“Sit still,” she snapped—and then frowned. “There’s a pun in that somewhere, but I can’t find it.
Ducal hair, ducal heir . . .”
“Oh, but I’m not an heir,” he murmured. “I’m the genuine article, I assure you.”

A few days ago, I asked for a recommendation on goodreads:
"Recommend a romance novel to a romance-novel addict who is really
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
*** 3,25 less enthusiastic than I expected stars ***

Don't get me wrong, this book was thoroughly enjoyable, better than the average fare for sure and worth a try in any case no matter what I'm going to say, as I recognise that the quibbles I had were totally of a "personal tastes" quality and are not true objective flaws at all but, alas, I mainly rate according to my subjective enjoyment. In other words, where I saw a shortcoming some of you might see a merit and it would be a pity for the ge
Oh, this was good. I didn't expect too much from it, despite the high ratings, likely because the set-up seemed doomed from the start but, this book. It's a difficult one to explain, only because it doesn't sound good--Olivia, an intelligent young girl, is on the run from a powerful duke who, for a reason unknown, wants Olivia dead. A poor orphan, completely alone in the world, Olivia is tired of running every time she begins to settle down. When she uncovers a secret that the Duke of Marwick ha ...more
Oct 28, 2013 Caz rated it it was amazing
Alastair de Grey, Duke of Marwick was one of the most important political masterminds in the country, a man tipped as a potential prime minister, as well one whose power and connections behind the schemes earned him the moniker of “kingmaker”.

Following the sudden death of his wife, Margaret, Alastair discovered that what he had considered to be the perfect marriage was nothing but a sham. His wife was not only regularly unfaithful to him, but the men she chose to betray him with were his politi
May 16, 2016 Gio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Love A Anti-Hero
Normally I Don't Enjoy The Recluse Story But Meredith Hooked Me With A Teaser And I Could Not Put It Down.

“Was it her imagination, or did the townhouse loom? All the other mansions on this street looked polite and elegant, neatly confining themselves within rows of trimmed hedges. This house, on the other hand, sprawled. She spied a gargoyle lurking above one cornice, glowering at her. Of course the Duke of Marwick would have a gargoyle carved into his house!"


Depressed Recluse Anti-Hero Duke Of
RomReader❤️Spoiler Giver❤️
25y.o heroine becomes the new housekeeper of the house of 35y.o master statesman Hero.

Hero hasn't left his bedroom since after his wife died about 10 months ago. The rest of the household staff are astonished at heroine's boldness in challenging him to step out of his room. She is secretly motivated to do so due to her desire to search for papers in his possession that would give her the freedom she's been seeking for the past 8 years. Their consequent affair ends as soon as he discovers her de
Feb 19, 2014 Nefise rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nefise by: Bubu
4.5 stars

Review to come...
Oct 02, 2015 Bubu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hr, fav-authors
I actually have to re-read this one to write a review. I loved it when I first read it but I wonder how I'd read it now.
Jul 22, 2015 Daniella marked it as hr-purgatory
Welcome to my HR Purgatory shelf !

In Roman Catholicism, the purgatory is where the souls of the dead wander in an indefinite state. They stay in such a state unless they "become fit for heaven" at some point. Similarly, this shelf is where books that I am warned about stay—untouched and unread—unless a very compelling reason forces me to read them.


Reason(s) for putting Fool Me Twice in this shelf:
The hero needs to take an anger management class, apparently. I hear he throws a bottle at the
Esta novela reúne todos los requisitos para resultarme fabulosa: unos personajes con fuerza y perfectamente construidos que evolucionan a la par que la historia. Ciertos detalles con los que juega la autora para crear un poco de intriga, unos diálogos divertidos, chocantes y con desparpajo, irónicos en algún momento y un estilo que te invita a seguir leyendo apenas sin darte cuenta.
Mi única pega, un final demasiado precipitado que le ha robado las 5 estrellas
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 17, 2017 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is the second in a series and both main characters first appear there in some detail. So I recommend reading in order, even though this is a much better story.

I'm going to get this out of the way because it's all the negative I have to say about this story: Alastair's reaction to finding out his dead-of-opium-abuse wife was cheating on him and deliberately undermining his political goals is all of the self-pity in the world wrapped into a single, egotistical package and lit on fire by the h
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
Feb 17, 2015 Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog) rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
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Fool Me Twice started off with a lot of potential. I loved the idea of a maid searching the house of a rich Duke to clear her name; however as the novel quickly started to take on darker tones the less I started to like it. Though the writing itself was good I just couldn't get my self into the story because of how much I ended up hating the characters and lackluster plot.

The number one thing I disliked about this novel was our h
Laura Renee
This book was the first of Duran's I really didn't like the preview put out in advance. Unfortunately, it turns out the big issue in the preview (crazy unsexy power imbalance) wasn't very much remedied in the rest of the book.

I have no fault with the heroine's spine; she refuses to be intimidated by him, even when he often scares her with violent behavior (red flag!). What really got to me, though, was his narration, how he thought about her and their relationship. On the positive side, it was
Jan 18, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

I started a Meredith Duran book some time ago and stalled out early on for reasons I can no longer quite remember. I know it wasn't the writing, which definitely struck me as adept. I think it was more to do with the setting and I not clicking. Also the sense I was getting that the characters were going to hurt each other—possibly at some length—before they found any middle ground. Either way, I wasn't up for it at the time. And then I'm fairly certain I went
Feb 15, 2017 Andree rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
SO, I feel like it's been a while since I read a straight up romance novel, and I was super into this one. It was a pleasant surprise.

I just really enjoyed it. Motivations for deception were developed well. I mean, obviously some things could have been avoided if the characters had confided in each other (mostly over any existing schemes/desire for revenge re: a common enemy), but it also made a lot of sense why it did not happen.

Also, the chemistry and relationship development side of things is
twelvejan [Alexandria]
4 entertaining stars!

*Thank you Pocket Books and Netgalley for the ARC!*

Olivia Holladay/ Mather/ Johnson is a criminal. She assumed new identities and changed names like one does outfits. She stole from her previous employer, and now, intends to steal from her current one, the Duke of Marwick. But don't mistake her for a petty thief. It's not gold or diamonds that she intends to steal, but secrets of her family's past. And she does it with great mettle and vivacity - qualities that had kept her
May 06, 2014 Lyuda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyuda by: Caz
Shelves: favorites, victorian
Wow, what an amazing book! Bravo Ms. Duran!
We first met the main characters in the previous book “That Scandalous Summer” where Lord Alastair, Duke of Marwick was truly down brought to his knees by his deceased wife betrayals. He was not a sympathetic character in the first book but something about him touched me. I am so glad the author decided to make him a hero of her next book. The slow and beautiful transformation of Alastair was truly breathtaking. The person who was responsible for it was
Jul 31, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
I wish I would have read this not in the middle of my annual romance binge (which I think is almost over now). Its charm was a bit overwhelmed in my head by all other more mediocre romance books I've read over the past month. Still, I own a hard copy, so it's easy to revisit in the future, and it was good enough that I will want to. Loved the central characters, no weird side stuff, even some good twists and turns, which almost never happens in romance. This is a good one.
3.5 stars

"You were never afraid."
"I knew you would never hurt me."
"I was a perfect villain."
"Never, not really."
His head tilted as he studied her."I wanted your courage," he said quietly.
"And I, your brilliance." She thought of all those speeches, half written, pearls that history would treasure. "Your insight." She hesitated. "The way you look at me, Alistair. You see me."

I love the "You see me" (better than anyone else) trope in books MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD. That's what my shelf
I got sick of reading how golden and beautiful and angel-like Alastair is pretty much after the very first time I read it. He was such a rude, unnecessarily cruel and wrist-grabbing vat of angry that I couldn't even pretend to like him or try and overlook some negative aspects of his character (that, admittedly, I've done with some other characters).

Honestly, at what point was I expected to start liking him? First he's just an ass and throwing bottles and fists against walls and being a recluse.
Jan 18, 2014 Farrah rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.5/5

A wonderful romance, full of secrets, betrayals, and emotions. Fool Me Twice was a fantastic read. I really liked this book. It definitely managed to take me by surprise.

Olivia was a good heroine. She was very strong and survived in a difficult situation. And, when she cared about someone, she was fiercely loyal. I had a few issues with her, though. She was a bit shrewish at times, and came off as self-righteous more than once. It bothered me a little, but it was more of an annoy
Rose Lerner
Apr 28, 2014 Rose Lerner rated it it was amazing
I was super excited for this book because I adored Olivia in the prequel and was excited about another of my favorite trope: h/h goes undercover in a job they don't care about and then cannot bear to do the work in a subpar manner. In this case, Olivia goes undercover as agoraphobic Alastair's housekeeper and then can't help but get his household straightened out. OMG. I could not stop reading this book once I started. As I mentioned in my previous review, Meredith Duran is one of the best auth ...more
Nov 04, 2013 kris rated it really liked it
Olivia is Desperate, and so she applies to work as a maid at Alastair's house. Except because she has some learnin', they promote her to housekeeper! And she sets about rousting Alastair from his bedroom for reasons, those being: 1. The papers she needs! ARE IN THERE WITH HIM. 2. He's kind of smokin'? And also gives her tingles? 3. For serious, though: that room got stank.

So Alastair beings to improve! And befriends Olivia! And stuff happens, BUT THAT'S SPOILERS.

1. The ending was, as stated by
Nov 28, 2015 P. rated it really liked it
When a duke falls head over heels for the illegitimate daughter of his worst enemy and marries her [after getting her out of prison] you might wonder. OTOH the character of the duke is well written and while the heroine is not what you would wish, he makes for a good read. I didn't quite believe his 'I'm going to dial it back just watch me' attitude. Didn't seem like the type.
3.5 Sweet Stars it is ...

I really liked this novel , with its character development & fresh start . Its not the usual historical romance , where duke meets the lady in ballroom dance & they are so beautiful & perfect for each other that they instantly fall for each other... NO ... its more inclined towards how two people from so very different background meet , yet what brings them close is their characteristics rather than their outer appearance .

I adore Olivia s character .... She
Rika Kali
May 24, 2014 Rika Kali rated it it was amazing

Olivia, Olivia, I love you Olivia!

And I do too.

She bearded the lion in his nest after all.

Alastair, the Duke of Marwick, had been cuckolded.

And something fierce at that.

His wife, the one that he hoped to love someday, would lie with him and then his rivals and dish out all the schemes and such that the Marwick would use for the upcoming debates at the Parliament to hopefully get a bill passed. As a result, he failed rather spectacularly. Ten months ago said wife died of opium overdose and
It's 1885, and Olivia is on a mission to save her life, she disguises herself and applies for a maid position in The Duke of Marwick town house, her purpose is to steal something from him, only he has shut himself in his rooms and turned into some kind of a devil who hurls things at the staff and drinks too much. Olivia might know the reason for his behavior and needs to get him out in order to complete her mission. As the weeks go by and these two try each other's patience and their iron will, ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 26, 2015 09:14AM  
  • The Luckiest Lady in London
  • Unraveled (Turner, #3)
  • Sweet Disorder (Lively St. Lemeston, #1)
  • It Started With a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green, #10)
  • Song For Sophia (Rougemont, #1)
  • Let It Be Me (The Blue Raven, #5)
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
  • Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6)
  • Untie My Heart
  • Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers, #3)
  • The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, #1)
  • Rogue Spy (Spymasters #5)
  • Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasures, #3)
MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. She is the author of eleven novels, all published by Pocket Books. Her debut, The Duke of Shadows, has been translated into thirteen languages and together with her sophomore book (Bound by Your Touch) was ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll. Her other books incl ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Rules for the Reckless (5 books)
  • That Scandalous Summer (Rules for the Reckless, #1)
  • Lady Be Good (Rules for the Reckless, #3)
  • Luck Be a Lady (Rules for the Reckless, #4)
  • A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless, #5)

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