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The Sins of Lord Lockwood

(Rules for the Reckless #6)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,661 ratings  ·  318 reviews
Steamy romance sizzles between a resurrected earl and his repentant bride in USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran's latest historical romance.


Liam Devaliant, Lord Lockwood, was born into a charmed life. Charismatic, powerful, and wild, he had the world at his feet—and one woman as his aim. His wedding to Anna was meant t
Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Pocket Books
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I've given this an A at AAR.

It’s been a decade since Liam Devaliant, the Earl of Lockwood, stepped onto the pages of Meredith Duran’s début novel, The Duke of Shadows. Handsome, charming and enigmatic, Lockwood immediately captured my attention, the mention of his mysterious four year absence from society and his obvious discomfiture at the presence of his estranged wife clearly hiding a story begging to be told – and now here it is.  The Sins of Lord Lockwood is an intense, angsty story that is
Sam (AMNReader)
Reread 11/18: I buddy-read this with Joanna ( and Gaufre and was super annoying as usual. Again next year, guys?
Buddy Read Thread:

Also, I take back that part below where I said I would reread it and update. I much prefer just basking in this feeling that this book is perfection for me. And I'll say one more thing that occurred to me while reading--there aren't tropes I don't
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

A truly excellent historical romance. Strong woman, strong man, STRONG chemistry!

I was *this* close to lighting up that elusive 5th star for The Sins of Lord Lockwood by one of my favorite (and very underrated) historical romance authors, Meredith Duran. If it wasn't for my hatred of flashbacks, I would have done it in a heartbeat.

I've actually read a couple of historical romances that have vaguely similar themes to this one, heroes with complicated pasts and PTSD from unspeakable th
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ by: Sam (AMNReader)

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After reading Maire Claremont's THE DARK LADY, I needed a palate cleanser to wash down the angst. I looked at my virtual to-read pile and selected THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD by Meredith Duran because the title promised sexy times and the cheeky lady on the cover promised saucy adventures. Well, I was right about the sexy times, but wrong about the saucy adventures - this book turned out to be just as dark and angsty as THE DARK LADY, if n
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Oh, I’m so happy now for giving this book a chance!

Wonderful writing, great dialogues, great story, great hero, even greater heroine!!!! I loved all about this book!

Even the switching between the past and present was excellent! It explained many, many things about both of them and their story!

I appreciated the fact that everything that happens and everything they do and say is absolutely coherent and logical.

I could get Liam’s shame at what was done to him and what he did in order to save lives
Joanna Loves Reading
Buddy reread Nov. 2018. Still loved it. As Sam put it, “damn near perfect.”

Unreservedly 5 Stars for this wonderful historical romance. I will say that I think this one benefits from the groundwork laid in The Duke of Shadows and A Lady's Code of Misconduct. It can be read as a standalone, but you would be missing the full impact of this story, in my opinion.

Coming into this story, we knew that the very recently married Lord Lockwood had been abducted and taken to a penal colony. We also knew th
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian

“A man is what he makes of himself,” she said softly. “Not what is done to him. And so, too, a woman.”

For a year now (since March 4, 2017 precisely), this has been my most anticipated book of 2018. Period. I know I would’ve been excited and impatient for a new Duran’s book but to have Lockwood as a hero? This took it to another level of expectancy. Ever since I first read The Duke of Shadows, I was intrigued by Lockwood, his secrets, and his relationship with his estranged wife. Then came A
Lady Wesley
I freely admit that not every Meredith Duran book has been my cup of tea, but in the Rules for the Reckless series she has impressed me beyond words. Literally. I find it difficult to write a proper review, when all I want to say is, “This book is great. Read it!” Our esteemed editor here at Romantic Historical Reviews, however, insists upon more, so I shall try my best. [Quite right – Ed.]

Liam Devaliant, fifth Earl of Lockwood, who has appeared as a secondary character in previous books, is eve
Geri Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

This is one of those books where you start to seriously doubt whether or not the two main characters would even end up together. There were just too many issues, so much hurt and misunderstanding between these characters that it seems like there might not be a solution to it all.

But Meredith Duran not only made me feel invested in Liam and Anna's story, she also convinced me that these two belong together therefore their love can overcome whatever obstacles they would face in the futu
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
It seems like I was waiting Lockwood’s story forever!

So, was it up to my expectations?
Yes it was, well then, why didn’t I give 5 stars then?

As some of you know, I don’t like past and present settings in my book.
I don’t mind if the story break down into two parts, where part one in the past and part two in present. But to mixing up like this? Nah...

Here how I feels about Liam and Anna story, I totally love their present time ❤️.
However, just like someone trying to reach the finished line, all the
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, historical
I started this book a few months ago, but it wasn't really gripping me so I took a fairly long hiatus before finally finishing it. It turned out to be a little disappointing. Not my fav Duran, although not my least fav, either. (That honour goes to this book's predecessor, A Lady's Code of Misconduct)

I did like both H and h of this one. Lock was likeable and a man of integrity. Anna was an appealing h, with her independent streak but her willingness to give herself over to love when she found it
A solid 3.5 stars because Duran writes really well (except for having no "truck" with something- that is a definite Americanism, but it is the only one). But for me, a disappointing book to follow one of my absolute favourites, A Lady's Code of Misconduct.

Honestly, I didn't really warm to either of the MCs. He was a very damaged man (PTSD) who had been tortured and only wanted revenge. Fair enough. But he was still married and owed his wife at least some sort of explanation. He treated her callo
ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review


A little late in the review, but here it is.

Alexander Earl of Lockwood married wealthy heiress Anna Wallace. More a marriage of convince for both. Alexander was without funds, hence marrying a heiress. Anna, was not able to inherit her beloved island Rawsey until marriage. The two met, got along well and were attracted to each other as well. So they married, but on their wedding night a spat ensued and Alexander disappea
Beautifully written sequel to The Duke of Shadows. Duran has over the years since her first book explored the damaging effects of trauma to a person, particularly violence against women. In her new release though, it is her hero who is the victim and it is the heroine who finds ways to help her partner counter the consequences of violence and find a way back from darkness. This may be one of the best books, if not the best, I've read on coping with PTSD. Many of the ideas explored here about how ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a "wow" of a book. Full of angst, pain, anguish, hatred and self-hatred, shame, fear, guilt and regret. A story that has you thinking "if only he/she had..." or "why didn't he/she...", all the while knowing that Duran used all these human fears, mistakes, omissions, misinterpretations and misunderstandings to allow this story its full impact.

In 1857 Liam Devaliant, Lord Lockwood, is handsome and charming but in need of funds. Anna, Countess of Forth, needs to marry so that she has full c
Gio Listmaker

Bickering Couple


Grumpy Hero

Petty Heroine

I Enjoyed It Because It Was Written By Meredith Duran

Although I Put It Down And Was A Bit Bitter When Picking It Back Up. LOL
Jul 03, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: hr
Update 12/10

An excerpt.


It has a cover! Roll on February 27th 2018!
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m glad the Monte Cristo angle took a back seat. Another Duran quality release that is definitely worth the time.

Don’t expect a mood boost though. This was a difficult read, mostly because of the pain the character was dealing with, but that in itself means it was conveyed well.

Great use of language, lovely well meaning people all around, occasional humour and a good balance of Monte Cristo revenge machinations that didn’t overpower the romance.

I generally intensely dislike flashbacks but th
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Thinking they both wanted a marriage in name only, Liam and Anna start to find themselves more than attracted to one another by the time their marriage actually happens.
Thinking Liam is just another person abandoning her, Anna finally believes that his disappearance on their wedding night was all according to his plan. However, Liam was kidnapped and t
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liam Devaliant, Lord Lockwood, flirts with and marries a fiercely independent Scotswoman named Anna. Except the night of their wedding they have a spat and he wanders off and gets his dumb ass kidnapped and goddamned transported and disappears for three or four years. Anna assumes it was consensual and therefore gives no external fucks but ALL the internal fucks.

When she hears Liam is returned to London, she rolls into town to THROW DOWN and get KNOCKED UP.

1. Yep: the first time they do it she
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an immensely pleasing story. Well done, Ms. Duran, well done!

The book starts with a glimpse of what Liam has suffered. A few chapters are set in 1857, when Anna and Liam first met, and show their dizzyingly fast courtship. Most of the book is a mix of 1857 chapters and 1861 chapters; I believe this weaving is a first for this author and it is done well. The scene immediately prior to their wedding is delightful and sadly foreboding, and I wanted to scream “bad luck, bad luck, don’t look at
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
Meredith Duran is an ambitious writer and always interesting. I loved some of her books; I hated more of them. In the end I appreciate that she takes risks because when the plot work, the story is amazing.

Lord Lockwood (Liam) had been kidnapped the day he got married and sent to a penal colony in South Wales for three years. He is back bent on revenge - very Count of Monte Cristo like. All the time he was gone, his wife thought he abandoned her and decided to travel the world on his own. Their
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had read a few other titles by this author and I liked the synopsis, so here we go.

I straight up loved Anna. She’s strong and sassy and she doesn’t back down. I loved that she spoke her mind. Lockwood has quite a backstory and that definitely comes into play here. He’s so good and loyal and I really enjoyed seeing him and Anna argue and banter. Plus their chemistry is insane.

Plot wise, it was clever to to have the snippets of their past. Very effective way to show us what happened instead of
Four years earlier, the very wealthy Scottish Countess of Forth in search of a husband found one in the English Earl of Lockwood, handsome and charismatic and in desperate need of funds. A marriage of convenience of sort was agreed upon, sweetened by attraction and lust and complicated unpragmatically by the possibility of some tender emotions. But alas, the bride was left without her groom on their wedding night, and when she next laid eyes on him, gone was the affable, charming young man she m ...more

Mostly England & Scotland 1857, 1861, 1857, 1861 and
so on. Could be read as a standalone.

Liam, an indebted English earl, sought a MOC heiress.
Scottish heiress Anna considered marriage to own out-
right a Scottish isle willed to her (w/ conditions) & to
become a mom. Liam didn't expect to be attracted to
Anna's clever mind, wit, beauty, (especially when she
smiled), boldness & scientific avocation.

These 2 wed, were at the dock on a ship bound for their
Paris honeymoon, they argued, h
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delicious. Glad Lockwood finally got his book. Every time I read a new Duran historical I'm tempted to reread them all. She's that good.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with rating this book... I’m a reader with simple tastes and while this book troupe seemed straightforward enough “tortured hero, strong heroine” it didn’t feel that straightforward to me. There were so many elements that didn’t suit me, so many things I wished were different (all due to personal preferences) but the author’s writing skills definitely are superior and I applaud that.

Below are my musings as I read. I couldn’t/can’t quite make up my mind about how I felt about the bo
Debbie DiFiore
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Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Great story about a tortured Hero and his strong heroine. I loved both of them, and they were both quite tragic. She thought he had left her, and when she learns what happened to him by her not trying to find him, she's horrified. He's wonderfully complex, smart and definitely a hero but so very fragile. The writing was wonderful, not a hint of telling with the story carefully unwrapped. Loved it.
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Ahhh, the next Meredith Duran book has a plot and cover! I was so ever glad when Jane and Crispin and the duke helped him get back to England. Need to go back to the Duke of Shadows to get that part of his story ^_^
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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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