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Bound by Your Touch

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,230 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Silver-tongued Viscount Sanburne is London's favorite scapegrace. Alas, Lydia Boyce has no interest in being charmed. When his latest escapade exposes a plot to ruin her family, she vows to handle it herself, as she always has done. Certainly she requires no help from a too-handsome dilettante whose main achievement is being scandalous. But Sanburne's golden charisma masks ...more
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Published (first published June 30th 2009)
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AMAZING! That's the word that came to my mind when I finished this book. I'm always a bit wary when I start reading a book that's been highly praised by "everyone", as sky-high expectations can turn an otherwise excellent read into a "somewhat disappointingly good" read, so I didn't know what to expect from Bound by Your Touch when I picked it up. Well, I'm glad to say that "everyone" was right and I'm joining the chorus. I loved everything about this book: James, Lydia, the secondary characters ...more
Viscount Sanburne, James Durham lives to be a rebel, to live life on the edge but mostly to be the torn in his father’s side. When he purchases a Egyptian artifact only find out it’s fake, he finds it leads back to a well known expect in the Egyptian field and the expect’s daughter Lydia Boyce. Lydia not only supports her father with his works and discoveries of Egypt but it a well known study of it as well, but when she finds out that someone maybe trying to tarnish her father’s good name, she ...more
Lydia Boyce is a spinster and firmly on the shelf at twenty-six. She loved a man once, but he married her sister instead. With Lydia’s father in Egypt finding priceless artifacts, she is the matriarch of her family. She wishes she could be in Egypt with her father, but has much responsibility in England. Lydia will try to find funding for the Egypt Exploration Fund which will enable her father to continue his excavations. But things go badly when her father is accused of trading fraudulent piece ...more
Girly porn time!!

I was slightly disappointed with this one. It didn't do what I wanted it to do.

And Mariel gave it 4 stars, and she is like my Bible, so I thought I couldn't go wrong.

Anyway, it started off nicely. The premise was almost realistic and the characters acted almost like normal people. We had a bookish, no nonsense heroine who still does like a good shag (well, that's totally me), and this libertine, self-destructive hero who is not a complete idiot (just has issues with his father).
♡Karlyn P♡
Hands down one of the best historicals I've read this year. I am a sucker for a good historical romance read, and I couldn't ask for more with this book. Wonderful writing, interesting characters, a good dose of sexual tension and steamy sex, and a captivating plot. There was some cute funny moments, but mostly it is a tender and intellengent story of two opposites finding they have more in common than they first realized. This book is much better than her debut book from last year (Duke of Shad ...more
Lydia Boyce is a spinster. Her father is an archaeologist (always away from home) and she is in charge of relating his newest findings and securing financial support so he can continue with his projects. She considers herself smart, but not beautiful like her 2 sisters. She's already been burned once (thinking herself in love, but the man choose to marry her younger sister)and now has no desire to get involved with any man.

Viscount Sanburne (very handsome and a rebel) hates his father and is al
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I'm not going to put this on my made-me-weep shelf because it didn't. But almost. I got a little teary ok? I've read another book by Duran and I like her style.

I wouldn't call Sanburne a rake, really, he was just a...mess. Haunted. Party Animal. Wounded.

As for Lydia, no I-need-a-man attitude for her. Oh, no, she was smart, articulate and when you got past her hoidy-toidy exterior she was someone Sanburne could not resist.

They were both not necessarily meant for each other but they certainly di
An excellent book! Not as good as Wicked Becomes You, which I had just finished a few days before, but still very, very good. I think this is the only historical romance that has ever actually caused tears to fall from my eyes - one or two have caused me to tear up, but the scene between James and his sister was so powerful that I was actually crying a little (to my shame, lol).
Wow, what can I say about this book that hasn’t already been written. This was my first novel by Duran and I admit that at first I could not seem to get into the story. There are times when, whether due to being too tired, too rushed, or too something, I just need a light read. Maybe this is what I thought this book would be. For whatever my reason, I had put this one aside for a better day.

I'm so glad I picked it up again, for this is a wonderful story, full of emotion that will draw you in un
Sara ♥
3.5 stars. I had the same issue with her dialogue or something that I had last time, only worse. There wasn't enough explanation to back up the character's words and actions, and so I found myself getting lost. I'd go back and be like, "Did I skip something?" But no, I hadn't. Some parts were just kinda confusing. And some of the dialogue sounded too modern... and I did NOT appreciate the f-bomb (or was it 2?). Is that necessary in the 1880s? Really?

Anyway, this book was about Lydia Boyce, who i
Many people have raved about this book, I am merely one of them. This was probably the most anticipated book - for me - of the summer.

***SOME SPOILERS POSSIBLE - read at your own risk***

Lydia is a bookish spinster, a "bluestocking", who assists her father in raising funds for his archaeological expeditions. Society alternately pities and scorns her. But James, Viscount Sandburne, is intrigued by what lays beyond her stiff exterior - because he finds himself very very attracted to Lydia, even tho
Kim H
An emotionally powerful & engrossing effort by Meredith Duran, but it lacks some of the punch, and much of the originality, of Duke of Shadows. Duran is a brilliant, gifted writer, but this book felt somewhat like watching an immensely talented aerialist opt to use a safety net. Where DOS was daring & innovative, Bound by Your Touch felt all too familiar. However, it's almost petty to quibble about something so clearly exceptional, simply because it wasn't what I expected, and this story ...more
Suzie Quint
Early in the book, I thought I wasn't going to like this as well as other books I've read by Ms. Duran. When will I learn? I was wrong. I loved these two characters. The heroine managed to be vulnerable even while she was being strong, and I loved the way the hero kept discovering things about her that were counter to the image she projected--and then rediscovering them later when she'd lulled him again into believing the image. The emotional content of this story is as deep and satisfying as ev ...more
Barbara M.
5 Stars...I LOVED it!

First off I have to say that I'm quickly becoming a very big fan of Durans. This is only the second book I've read by her, and Bound was a 5 Star also. This (new?) author just has a way of bringing her characters and stories to life.

I would for sure recommend this novel (and this author) to all my goodreads friends!
Amanda Westmont
This book was so well crafted and beautifully written that it will go down as one of my all-time favorites. The writing was just... exquisite. For example:

"She pursed her lips. The movement exposed a hit of dimple. In conjunction with her starchy manner, it seemed wholly incongruous. A mere anatomical fluke, he told himself, just a trick of her tightened lips. Nevertheless, he found himself staring at it, wondering what he might do to make it deepen. Breathy gasps, flashing dimples: the idea cam
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I am not sure what happened with me and this book. I just finished The Duke of Shadows by Duran and it was awesome. I was hoping for the same with this book. It just didn't happen. Lydia was a self righteous, annoying, wordy prig. I couldn't take her. Her unwavering faith in her father was just too much. I made myself finish this book to find out what happened with James but Lydia could have been dropped off a roof and I wouldn't have cared.
Jane (PS)
This is not a simple straight forward historical romance. The storyline is quite simple, but the writing style and emotions complicate and blend to create quite an interesting read. The focus is almost wholly on the two protagonists and their interaction and how they learn to understand each other as they face circumstances (together). It is a refreshing change and well worth the time.
Jill Myles
I *loved* this book. I think it's my favorite read of 2009 so far. The language is beautiful, the story smart. For those of you that thought Duke of Shadows was depressing, this is a lighter (but equally beautiful) side of Duran. James (Viscount Sanburne) is the rakiest rake that ever raked, and I loved LOVED his character. Best rogue since Lord of Scoundrels? Maybe.
This book could have easily irritated me but it didn’t. The rake hero and the bookish spinster heroine is a character combination that has been done to death but Meredith Duran’s versions of these familiar characters seemed fresh. I particularly liked the dialogue between the characters. Their verbal sparring was very amusing. I’ll be reading more by this author.
Excellent historical romance set in late Victorian/early Edwardian England. It was slow to get my attention (in spite of the overwhelmingly glowing reviews), but I stuck with it and oh-wow! what a great book. Two messed up, strong willed people who were soooo right for each other. Great stuff. And there is the promise of a spin-off.
I HATE the cover which implies the book is a run-of-the-mill romance/bodice-ripper, because the book is anything but. It's a very well written, well characterised romance.
Stella Riley
I loved this book and think it is possibly Ms Duran's best to date. Sanburne is a sensational hero and the book is both well-written and well-paced.
Blurb: Lydia, 26-year-old scholar/spinster/assistant to an Egyptologist father, becomes entwined in a mystery about fake Egyptian artifacts. Naturally there is a handsome young lord to become entwined along with her.

I think Meredith Duran may be a genius.

This book is GREAT - far above ordinary historical romances (and even above a number of good ones - but if it has a problem, it's that a book that is honest about the emotional realities a strong-minded spinster without any money of her own fa
This book was sweet! It's a little classic in its tropes, bookish spinster meets rake, gets disheveled and falls in love, but it's one of my favorite storylines in general (I like smart heroines), and it was done really well.

Lydia was spurned in love at an early age when her love interest married her sister instead. This not only pushed her further into bluestocking spinsterhood, but also ruined her relationship with her sister. She's found happiness in helping her father with his archaeological
This one was a lot of fun! Though strangely, I kept envisioning the heroine as Evie, the heroine from The Mummy. But whatever, it worked for me.

The odd thing is, despite the fact that I'd guess 65% or so of the book was told from the heroine's POV, I felt more involved in the hero. His life just seemed to have so much more depth. Hers was... I don't know. Dutiful. She really had never strayed outside of her role. And I know that's not atypical of HR, but usually the heroine has some thing - a qu
Willow Brook
There is a lot to like in this book, starting with the hero. It is fun to watch the decadent Viscount Sanburne respond, often with delight, to the proper and often disapproving spinster Lydia Boyce. The two team up to address Ancient Egyptian forgeries and jewel smuggling that Lydia's father seems to somehow be caught up in.

For some reason, I thought there was going to be more action in the book but the forgery subplot moves at a fairly leisurely pace. The real story is Sanburne and Lydia falli
I really like Meredith's writing style. I would say she is going to be added to my favorite author list. She develops her character very well with intelligence and depth. I loved how she managed inner dialogue for her main characters. Normally, I grow tired of that style quickly and in most books it becomes redundant, but not so in Bound By Your Touch. MD illustrated the character's complete thought process in an almost poetic manner but with complexity of intellect, from concept to epiphany. I ...more
The scene that hurt my eyes was the one between James and his sister Stella. I still had the salt from the sea on my face so I felt that one tear burning, coming to surface. Duran is a very ominous writer, she stretches her people and they linger somewhere between anguish and self-resentment. There is always a lot of grief and guilt and self-infliction as well.

I loved reading it and returning to it after I did my summer duties, aka eat, sleep, swim, yawn, not think and party, but it didn’t grip
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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 a doctoral student in anthropology, 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 ...more
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“He smiled. "How kind of you to confirm what I already know. Perhaps next you will introduce me to myself. I hear I am quite popular.” 52 likes
“Canada is lovely," she breathed against his lips. "And you are lovely."

His laughter ghosted into her mouth. "That's my line, Lyd. You are supposed to think me handsome”
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