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Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,090 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits—and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family’s past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She’ll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information.

Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live
Mass Market Paperback, 365 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Pocket Books
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Head in the clouds I read it independently and fell head over heels in love with it. I never felt lost in any part of the book and I didn't feel a need to know the…moreI read it independently and fell head over heels in love with it. I never felt lost in any part of the book and I didn't feel a need to know the backstory of any of the secondary characters. I haven't got around to reading the others either...(less)

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Mary C. *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
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
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
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
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
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
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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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
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
"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 "We're on
Rose Lerner
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
May 06, 2014 Lyuda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
What a good historical !!
So much happened in this book. It all starts with a beast of a man, living recluse and antagonizing everyone. Enters Olivia, the new housekeeper. She's mouthy and fights him at every turn. But she is not your regular dogooder. She has a secret and a plan.
Very enjoyable romance.
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

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
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
After a shaky start with some of Meredith Duran's previous books, I am happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed Fool Me Twice. After a very intriguing set-up in That Scandalous Summer (Alastair de Grey, The Duke of Marwick in an uncharacteristic decline after the betrayal of his wife and secretary, Olivia Mather on the run after stealing some papers from her employer) Olivia now manages to infiltrate the Duke's household as the Housekeeper. She needs some more evidence to expose the shadowy Lord Bertra ...more
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
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
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
4,5 stars!

It's a refreshing to know that we can have a badass heroine from historical romance.
And Olivia is one hell of a badass heroine.
I think I have a girl crush on her.

And Alastair ... sigh..a not so alpha Duke...just like an adorable submisive to her.

I loved how Olivia came to his house and made a chaos and ruin everything that settled in the house and Alastair just let it happen.

She's my kind of girl!

Very entertaining and adorable at the same time. I couldn't ask for more.

Although the tortured hero thing is not my catnip, I really appreciate Meredith Duran's writing. Witty conversation, well fleshed out characters, complex situations - she is an auto buy author for me. Highly enjoyable reading!
Regan Walker
Unusual Victorian Romance with a Deranged Duke

If, like me, you discovered Meredith Duran with her first novel, DUKE OF SHADOWS, and loved it and gobbled up her next ones, just know this one, book 2 in the Rules for the Reckless series (and perhaps the entire series) is quite different. Not so much historical, and not even a good glimpse of London.

Set in 1885, much of the story takes place in the home of Alastair de Grey, Duke of Marwick where the heroine, Olivia Mather takes the position as hou
3.5 stars.

This book sucked me in and I found myself weirdly fascinated. I didn't really like the characters much, but their situation and interactions were so bizarre that I just kept on flipping pages through to the end.

When the book opens, the Duke of Marwick has ensconced himself in his rooms following the death of a wife who, he discovered after the funeral, had betrayed him time and again. He hasn't emerged for months. His servants are terrified of him and don't dare to do more than bring h
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1. When Politics Meet Virtue

Perhaps the most spellbinding feature of Meredith Duran’s Fool Me Twice is its two central characters: Olivia Holladay and Alastair, the Duke of Marwick. Despite being jilted by life in various ways, Olivia is a girl of remarkable talents and indestructible optimism. Left to her own devices at a vulnerable age with little venues available to her, Olivia picks up the reins and forces life to heel. The Duke of Marwick is the other s
3.75 stars rounded up to 4
Noura Ariz
Oh how i love MD's historical romance - the heroes are never really stereotypical in nature and the heroines have spine made of steel!!!

We pick up from the previous book where Olivia Mather/Johnson/Holladay (yes...she has many aliases) comes into the employment of the Alistair de Grey, Duke of Marwick so that she could steal some incriminating documents from his keeping. It's a story of how plans don't seem to go as it should when the heart is involved. It's also a story of a woman's bravery and
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
It seems like romance novels have changed since I was a teenager. Back then, they were either long, rapey historicals or slim and poorly written, with the font a touch too large, maybe.

I'm glad to see authors have found, or are at least trying to find, a happy medium between the hero being perceived as bad—maybe actually being bad—and being completely misunderstood (hint: I'd rather the author actually redeem a bad guy than just throw everything away on misunderstanding). Also, I am SO happy tha
Ermione Pickwick
Wow, this romance is intense, strikingly so!
Fool me twice absorbed me so much that I couldn't put it down until I read the last line.

However this novel strength, in my opinion, is not given only by the force and power of the plot; what truly hit me is how controversially, unusually and magnificently portrayed is the hero. He gave me the most contrasting sensations; some of his actions, feelings and attitudes are everything but what you would expect from a classical hero, sometimes they are pecul
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 26, 2015 09:14AM  
  • The Luckiest Lady in London
  • Sweet Disorder (Lively St. Lemeston, #1)
  • The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister, #4)
  • A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green, #7)
  • Song For Sophia (Rougemont, #1)
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
  • Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6)
  • Let It Be Me (The Blue Raven, #5)
  • The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #3)
  • Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers, #3)
  • The Lady's Secret
  • Rogue Spy (Spymasters #5)
  • The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels #1)
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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Rules for the Reckless (5 books)
  • Your Wicked Heart (Rules for the Reckless, #0.5)
  • 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)

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“So you hate me now,' she said quietly. 'How convenient for you. As though everything I did for you no longer counts, because I deceived you.” 4 likes
“He had worlds in his eyes; they were magnetic. He was a force of gravity, and his presence, even in this blackest moment, could not be confined to the small, dark space he had made here for himself.” 1 likes
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