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A Lady's Code of Misconduct

(Rules for the Reckless #5)

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A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL...
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
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Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Pocket Books
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Caz
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Meredith Duran have had a fairly long time to wait between the publication of her last novel – Luck Be a Lady– and this new one, which is billed as the fifth in her Rules for the Reckless series, but I’m pleased to report that the wait, while frustrating, was well worth it. In A Lady’s Code of Misconduct, she has once again dazzled me with the beauty and focus of her writing, and her ability to craft a tightly-knit, intriguing plot and wonderfully complex, imperfect and highly intell ...more
FMABookReviews
❝...regret is the very last thing I will feel when I think of touching you.❞

A story of empowerment, redemption and unconditional love, A Lady's Code of Misconduct was beautifully written. From the first page to the last, I was captivated by not only this author's writing style but of the incredibly romantic and surprisingly mysterious story she weaved within its pages. The characters were thoroughly and beautifully developed. Each experienced growth, love, and pain. And I dare say, I
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

Surprisingly excellent, nuanced historical romance that can be completely read as a stand-alone. Don't be afraid to jump into this series at book five because A Lady's Code of Misconduct should NOT be overlooked.

I read a good deal of historical romance but Meredith Duran has a very unique writing style that stands out from the rest. There is something about her writing that does a few things to me. First, it makes me... pause. There is a way she writes that comes across at first as..
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Bubu
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, hr
I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. How to write a review I don't want to write because I know I won't be able to do this book justice?

Oh well, let's get started...
Need no one, trust no one.
is our hero's, Crispin Burke MP, motto and will become the central theme around which he and our heroine, Jane Mason, will have to find their way to happiness.

Let me be very clear: This is a romance, so a HEA is a foregone conclusion. After a vicious attack, Crispin suffers from amnesia, and I know he will r
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Sam (AMNReader)
Let me be your villain

Do you think that's swoony? Well it is. Meredith Duran once again writes a subtly crafted, beautiful, lush, and complicated romance. I'm going to ATTEMPT not to read her backlog like I sometimes binge on broccoli. I say broccoli, and not something bad for you because these books have a hell of a lot of substance. In addition, I'm really appreciating the Lockwood story arc and now I cannot wait for February 27.

The self-discovery, becoming a person worthy of another you ad
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WhiskeyintheJar
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
First off, I just want to say, I could weep for how well written this was. I didn't catch a connection to other books in this series but if you read Duke of Shadows, two names (Duke of Auburn and Lockwood) are going to be familiar to you. The story structure, characters, and how Duran interweaved them all together was just plain great story telling. Why I ended up giving this three stars (solidly liked it) is all due to just personal taste.

And so, in the very act of communicating an opinion
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Ira
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I love this series, we always get a strong character heroine and interesting story.
Oh the weakest link usually the hero, this one? A nasty politician who almost get killed by his enemy, went into coma and woke up with amnesia.
When I said nasty I mean it, he blackmailed, bribes, abused or did anything to get what he wanted.
He was simply one nasty piece of shit!!

His amnesia made him forgot his 5 years nasty character, but strange is our heroine find that he was actually having a loving family. So
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Jan
2.5 stars. I struggled with this book, and I really wanted to like it. So many have loved it, with some even naming it their fav ever HR. But for me, it's my least fav Meredith Duran. :/ I was disappointed and I'm afraid my review may be a little ranty.......oops. Please don't take offence, lovers of this book. This is just MY opinion.

I tried two or three times to get into the book, but each time just couldn't get hooked and put it aside. Finally I made the effort to push through to the end, bec
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aarya
Reread on December 29, 2020: This is Meredith’s evil/corrupt politician book and I forgot how evil/corrupt the hero is at the beginning. Meredith really made me love this trash hero. The mind boggles. He reforms, okay?! Don’t judge me too harshly. 😭

I dunno if all the Victorian political infighting works in a post-2016 context but I love this book, flaws and all. Possibly the only amnesia book I’ve ever enjoyed in recent memory.
OLT
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had almost decided not to leave a review on Amazon for this Duran book. It's brilliant and stunned me into a serious case of Review-Writer's Block. And, in addition, the book already had excellent reviews by other respected reviewers. But I finally managed to unblock myself enough to leave a few thoughts.

This novel has complex, superbly-developed characters, excellent dialogue, an unexpected plot, and clever, inspired use of that dreaded amnesia trope which I usually detest and have only real
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Lyuda
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian
4.5 stars

Because here I am. I am real. I am here, standing in front of you. And I am telling you- for the first time and the last- that if this won’t serve, you should walk away.

Intriguing and sensual, suspenseful and complex, intense and uplifting - Ms. Duran has done it again! Although part of the series, the book has no connection to any character or event in the previous installments and can definitely be read as standalone. Saying this I would still encourage anyone who love good HR to
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Lady Wesley
This book is brilliant. Heartbreakingly beautifully written. Everyone who loves serious historical romance should read it. I don't have time to compose a proper review now; perhaps later. I must say, though, that never have I thought to read a steamy love scene riddled with feminist philosophy. Excerpts:
He made a guttural noise in his throat, low and approving. His thumb stroked over the thin wool of her gown, making promises to what was concealed. She felt his other hand at her back, setting he
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Juliana Philippa
Crispin cherished her for the same reasons that his other self would have scorned her.
Bottom Line. Another fantastic Meredith Duran romance with, as always, complex characters, rich historical details, and a unique plot-line. Highly recommend! Don't know how it fits into the series (don't think it really does...?), so don't at all worry about that.

Summary. 1859-1860, Countryside and London, England
Jane Mason (23) has lived with her aunt, uncle, and cousin ever since her parents passed away s
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eyes.2c
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Misdeeds indeed!

Handsomely wrought story that pleases from start to finish. Jane Mason, an heiress, has been virtually held captive by her uncle and his family. Now she has come of age and her uncle intends to marry her to his despicable cousin Archibald and take control of her fortune.
Crispin Burke intends to be Prime Minister and how he gets there will be through cold manipulation and a will of iron.
Jane's uncle and Crispin have been partners in this endeavour, intent on forcing a bill throug
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Cogito ergo sum

Meredith Duran has amazed me once again, with a tale centered on the philosophical and political struggle between morality and corruption, villain and hero, complete with two of the most complex characters ever seen in historical romance. To follow Jane and Crispin’s journey into self-discovery, forgiveness, and love is akin to a blind man seeing a rainbow for the first time – it’s startlingly, raw, and irresistibly beautiful.

We begin with Jane Mason, a darling heiress of the mos
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Jacob Proffitt
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, steamy
This purports to be part of a series, but I could detect no trace of it. I mean, I read the others a while ago, but I still kinda remember the characters and plots and this one seemed completely unrelated. Kinda like the title is completely unrelated, come to think on it.

And what is with the titles of Historical Romances having nothing to do with the actual book? Is that a thing now? I feel like someone took the cover and title (and series, see above) and then swapped out the actual book for som
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Esther
ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review.

Jane lives with her unethical, loathsome Uncle, Aunt and cousin. She lost her parents as a teenager and came to live with her fathers brother. She's a very wealthy heriess and can't have access to her fortune until she marries. Jane has hidden her intelligence and wit from her Uncle and his family to try and survive their emotional abuse. Jane comes across as a shy, interverted, wallflower to the outside world. Her Uncle needs/wants he
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Holly
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Crispin is a ruthless man, Jane is a trapped woman, and when Crispin wakes to find himself suddenly without memories of the last five years and married to Jane, everyone is surprised by how different Crispin's personality has suddenly become. He's now a man Jane might actually love, as long as he never finds out the truth or regains his memories. This half of the plot - Jane's deceit and the revealing of Crispin's past as he discovers how he came to be such a callous individual was real
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Jane Mason has been imprisoned in her aunt and uncle's household while they slowly embezzle her fortune and plot for a marriage to her cousin in order to keep her vast inheritance in the family. Because of their work, everyone assumes she is simple and shy and safely on the shelf - but beneath her quiet demeanor, she is every inch her politician father's daughter, and betrays her fiery temper one day with an unflattering embroidery of h
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Gio Listmaker
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


When Starting a Meredith Duran Book I Prepare Myself For Subtle Sensory Experiences

You See The Hero In Your Mind And You Know Exactly What He Sees

Fairy tales tended to begin badly for women. True, being a man wasn't so much fun a few hundred years ago, either. But women in fairy tales were raped, abandoned, consumed (as in food for something else), kidnapped, and killed...this didn't seem to happen to the

“A body, he thought, was like a complex and complicated clock. Each one unique in its parts. Through study, one might discover the tricks of its mechanisms. Through trial and error, one might calibrate one’s touches on the gears and learn to make the clock tick. He drew his knuckles down her nape, along her spine. She shuddered”

“Your hair,” he said, “i
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I have read many of this authors works and they have all been very good. But this one is something special. I cannot put my finger on what the difference is, but I loved it!

From the amazing characters that Ms. Duran creates, to the growing depth of feelings that slowly creeps up on you, her writing is completely on point and captivates you.

I love that we have a female character with brains and brass ones. Not someone who is a weak fool that minces words with men, looking for her strength. But
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Petra
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Let me be your villain,” he whispered.

Oh man, hotter words were never spoken.

Crispin is a true morally ambiguous hero. He is deeply involved in British politics and is really good at their power games.
Therefore to see his “skill” being turned in favor of our heroine feels so nice (like true love 😉)

The story is tangled in amnesia, mystery and marriage of convenience.
Jane our heroine is a kick ass smartie who is pretending to be plain and simple.

“I do find my thoughts worth sharing, sir. I th
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Corduroy
I AM CONFLICTED! 3.5 stars, rounded up. Tl;dr - I never love things as much as everyone else loves them, even though I really really want to.

Meredith Duran is a great prose stylist and one of my favorite historical romance authors. She's very good, her characters are generally great. Buuuuuuuut. I have noticed in a couple of her books that there is a sort of odd pacing problem that apparently an editor doesn't seek to repair before the work is published.

In this book, the premise is that the he
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Amanda
I've been a bit stingy with my ratings so far this year. I've had a couple of books come close to 5 stars but not quite make it. Leave it to Duran to earn my first unreservedly 5-star review of the year. I find it hard to believe this book won't end up as one of my absolute favorites of 2017.

Amnesia plots are easily one of my least favorite tropes in romance and I generally won't even bother to read a book that has one. And while I trust Duran to pull off just about anything, I have found this s
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Jane Mason is an heiress who needs to marry in order to secure her inheritance. But her guardians (aunt and uncle) have stuck her in the countryside and plan to force her to marry her cousin so they can take control of her money. Crispin Burke is a rising political star who is infamous for his ruthless and heartless political strategies. Crispin is one step closer to being the prime minister and he needs information that only Jane is able to dig out for him. Poor Jane is forced to strike a deal ...more
Jultri
3.5/5. I love Duran's writing and this book started off so promisingly. I am a sucker for a dark, villainous hero and Crispin Burke fits the criteria well as epitomised by his forceful, invasive kiss of the heroine, the orphaned, oppressed-but-never-beaten Jane Moran; a kiss designed to intimidate and display his power over her and anyone else who crossed his path. And Jane, when she immediately retaliated by taking charge of his mouth and invaded him right back in her best you-ain't-got-the-bet ...more
Joanna Loves Reading
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, hr
3.5 stars rounded up.

Meredith Duran can write a five-star book for me, so the stars do indicate some reservations. This book does feature richly drawn characters, as Duran does so well. The plot includes much suspense and intrigue related to politics and the amnesia experienced by the hero. I felt greatly for the villainous hero - the way his story unfolds is well done, even though I do find the amnesia plot a bit too convenient. The heroine got on my nerves toward the latter half of the novel.
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Andree
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
2.5 stars. Midway through I started skimming.

This is one of those books where it felt like none of the sources of drama were what they should have been. Sources of drama were harped on for AGES (I HAVE LIED! WOE IS ME! I WAS A SCOUNDREL! BUT IF MY MEMORY RETURNS/NOW MY MEMORY HAS RETURNED SHE WILL NEVER LOVE ME! Lather, Rinse, Repeat times one million), and then in the end, they all just sort of... went away. And brand new ones were introduced.

I just, the character work is fairly strong, and the
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Angie Elle
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC from publisher

4.5 stars

A Lady’s Code of Misconduct is the fifth book in Meredith Duran’s Rules for the Reckless series. But have no fear; if you’ve not read this author before, you could jump in right here and not feel like you’ve missed anything. It’s clear that our heroine and hero are enemies from the very beginning of the book, and I like how intricately the author lays the groundwork for their future. There’s no doubt as to where this mutual animosity comes from. But as Jane quickly lea
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Blackjack
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Morally ambiguous characters combined with an intricate plot that encompasses a range of complex themes including the possibility of humans to reform make A Lady's Code of Misconduct one of Meredith Duran's best books.

I read in Duran's blog that she had long wanted to write a true villain who becomes a true hero. I found Crispin to be the more intriguing of the two main characters because of this overt pull-push between good and bad morality, and in this respect the book feels a bit more his th
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MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. She is the author of twelve novels, all published by Pocket Books. Her debut, The Duke of Shadows, has been translated into thirteen languages and was ranked among the top 100 romances of all time by NPR and All About Romance. Her other books include RITA award winner Fool Me Twice and her February 2017 rel ...more

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“She handed it to him. His hand closed over hers. He drew her wrist to his mouth and pressed his lips against it. A squeak came from her. She had made that noise. His lips felt hot. He spoke against her skin. “Your hair,” he said, “is a glory. Promise me you will never pin it up again.” The brush of his mouth sent static sparks along her skin. She felt flushed, shivering, light-headed. “I don’t . . . It would be a scandal.” He turned her wrist ever so slightly, finding her pulse with his tongue. Her breath caught. She heard him breathe in deeply. “Then unpin it just for me,” he whispered.” 7 likes
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