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Bound by Your Touch

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,368 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
Beauty is as beauty does...

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 San
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Pocket Books
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May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
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
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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).
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
♡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
Ana Maria
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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
Fani *loves angst*
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May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was not sure when I started this book, as the H was really annoying and indulged in childish and self-destructive behaviours, (hence only 4.5 stars) but as the story progressed I became deeply invested in the main characters and the outcome. Not just the H/h relationship, but also the relationships between fathers and their children were explored, and the issue of domestic violence was sensitively handled. Complex characters and Meredith Duran's usual, brilliant research and fascinating histor ...more
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Juliana Philippa
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).
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
A very highly rated book and on a few ‘best’ lists as well but it didn’t stand out that much for me. Oh there are definitely swathes of brilliance with some really amazing prose and turn of phrase that I had to go back and read again, but there was equally tedious and meaningless meandering around some same old things.

The mcs are well etched as opposable characters – the curt ‘dried-up’ bluestocking and the lazily charming rake – bound for a definite showdown, but at the same time are very simi
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
The book was of all over the place and hard to follow at first. Luckily I got the gist of it and I started to enjoy the story. A little to late for a 4 or 5 star rating sadly.
This is my first Meredith Duran book. While I didn't love it I also didn't hate it. I'll give her work another try and hope I'll get swept off my feet.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kim H
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper
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
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars. Like Duran's other books, an emotional and complicated read. I did like the depth of feeling that developed between Sanburne and Lydia. Sanburne was struggling with personal guilt over not being able to save his loved sister from a madhouse. A few years earlier, his sister had been the victim of regular domestic abuse (by her spouse), and after in desperation she killed her husband, she was committed to an asylum. Sanburne now drowns his sorrows in alcohol, and hates his father w ...more
Sara ♥
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, historical, romance
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
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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James, Viscount Sandburne, lives to embarrass his father, so when he gets the chance to one-up his father in public, he jumps at it. Unfortunately, he does so in the middle of Lydia Boyce's talk at the Archaeological Institute. She's so mad at him for causing a scene, that she lets him know the artifact he's holding and lording over his father, is a fake.

James figures she's on his father's payroll. There's no way this piece is fake. He bought it from someone very
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
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Suzie Quint
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
Stella Riley
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
me ha gustado mucho!!!
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
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Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished the first book and continued with this one. I have to say that the M Duran's stories is far from a romp or a run of the mill historical romance.

If you are looking for a histo-rom with a bit more bite and flavour, this book is worth a taste. Although the MCs fits the typical stereotype of a histo-rom hero and heroine: heroine, a smart, bookish spinster and the hero is a titled bum who has physical pursuits but plagued with ennui, they are made more refined with the dialogues and thoughts
I would agree with most reviews that this is a really well written historical romance. I mean to say, compared with the multitude of historical romances, Meredith Duran was able to build a solid setting that featured some complicated characters without making this book ridiculously long.

And while I enjoyed reading this book, I gave it 3 stars because I didn't enjoy it that much. I appreciated the story and characters for what they were, but, as a reader, I couldn't really connect with them emot
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5/5. Strangely uninvolved book for me despite its potentially emotive content. Spinster bluestocking heroine, with past disappointment in love, tried to save her beloved Egyptian expert father's reputation. She was joined reluctantly by the even more emotionally messed up viscount hero, who had a less than loving relationship with his own papa. Too much baggage was brought along for the ride by both. The writing sometimes reflected too well the utter chaos and confusion in their minds and hear ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jan 15, 2016 06:36AM  
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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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