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Written on Your Skin

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,884 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews

Beauty, charm, wealthy admirers: Mina Masters enjoys every luxury but freedom. To save herself from an unwanted marriage, she turns her wiles on a darkly handsome stranger. But Mina’s wouldbe hero is playing his own deceptive game. A British spy, Phin Granville has no interest in emotional entanglements...until the night Mina save
ebook, 368 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Pocket Books
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Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars...I LOVED it!!!

..."He had a great deal of potential, and her body wanted to realize it all for herself. He seemed to feel it as well, for his hand began to linger and his expression grew sober, despite the merriment all around. When the fiddle slowed, his hands did not release her. In the small space between their bodies, a current was building that brought her closer to him; she could not move away even if the world rushed in between them. A warm breeze scudded through the crowd, perfum
Jane Stewart
Feb 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
90% of the book felt like filler - ponderings, and descriptions. Plot developments not shown. Weak vague dialogue.

Mina’s stepfather Collins was doing something illegal in Hong Kong. Phin was working undercover to catch Collins. Someone poisoned Phin’s drink and he collapsed. Mina took him to a room to recover and helped him escape. Phin worked for Ridland at that time. Four years later Collins escaped British authorities. Ridland imprisons Mina in a locked hotel room thinking she can
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian-era
Life in a golden cage has worn thin for Mina Masters as she forced into a unwanted marriage, thinking to disgrace herself enough to avoid matrimony she sets her sights on the american Mr.Monroe who also happens to be a British spy Phin Granville. Phin charged to go after an arms dealer who happens to be Mina stepfather, but when he’s poisoned, it’s up to Mina to save him. After getting away, four years later, Phin has a title to rid himself and getting out of the game of espionage, but when a l ...more
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My expectations are very high when it comes to a Meredith Duran books. The romances she pens do not have a simple storyline where boy meets girl, they go on an adventures and their happily ever is pretty much a given. Written on Your Skin is a gut retching journey, not only for the two main characters but for the reader. I hardly ever cry while I read and I did with Written on Your Skin. *Shakes fist at Meredith*. Written on Your Skin is a beautiful, all encompassing experience. Meredith makes s ...more
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I hate to give this book two stars but it was really hard to get through. While it is well written and the author clearly knows what she is talking about it, it was boring. I don't know if it is because I read so many good reviews that I hyped it up too much in mind or what. I couldn't feel the romance in the book. It took too long for me to understand why the characters should be together. There was also alot of inner dialogue. I love to know what the characters in a story is thinking about but ...more
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Kim H
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
While I ultimately enjoyed this book, it's another one that I find difficult to categorize. I think Meredith Duran is a brilliant writer, but once again, I feel like she's holding back. I hate to keep harping about it, but Duke of Shadows was such an amazingly unique & original book, and as was (IMO) the case with Bound by Your Touch, Duran appears to squandering her talents on stories she should be able to write in her sleep.
I don't have a problem with spy romances per se. Certainly, I hav

This one was a tough one. Something about it just sits not-quite-right with me. I think part of it is that the author tried too hard to integrate this story with Bound by Your Touch. The timelines don't quite mesh. I actually grabbed BbYT right after I finished this one, to reread the scene where Lydia (the heroine of that book) met Mina (the heroine of this book). And the timeline is just all kinds of off. Their conversation would imply that Mina was still a prisoner in Phin's house, b
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are looking for more from a romance novel
The writing is amazing and the characters are deep and plot is definitely unique. It's a great novel, if you are in a mood for something angsty and deep. Mina is hard to actually relate to, considering her thoughts and background, but she is quite likable, considering that she fought to be where she is but still has a heart. Phin, in all ways but one, is the perfect brooding man. His demons linked with his opium addiction. It is a theme that I would never consider workable, but obviously it did. ...more
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meredith-duran
I was quite disappointed with this book, considering the high rating it currently has. I liked the 2 main characters but the other characters were totally undeveloped. The plot was quite convoluted and for most of the book I could not figure out what the characters were doing or why they were doing it. Things that should have been explained early on were finally mentioned near the end of the book (e.g. why Phin hated the dreaded spymaster). Way too many loose ends, non-sequiturs and red herrings ...more
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As I write, I just finished this book and I'm already planning a second fix. I made the mistake of starting it this morning and there went my whole day. I managed to distractedly gulp down a breakfast cum lunch at dinner time. Finally I find a book that I’m not ashamed to mention in the same sentence as 'the Duke of Shadows'. Seriously, I was beginning to give up on Meredith Duran after 3 previous failed attempts. I was inclined to think that the first love had just been a fluke. So it feels gr ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is seldom that you get a historical romance heroine that is intelligent, wily, determined, and so contemporary in her thinking without painting her as an annoying, over the top character that bulldozes her way through the males in the story. This story features such a heroine and i just love her! Mina Masters is very beautiful society miss, practical in her ways and cunning in getting what she wants underneath her fluffy-flighty exterior (It's refreshing to read a story that features a woman ...more
Suzie Quint
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
I read a review of this that made me hesitant to read it. I should have just ignored the review. I love this book. I love that the heroine isn't the typical feisty heroine who gets in over her head and needs the hero to rescue her. She actually fights the hero to play an active role in her life because she doesn't want to be "protected." By the end, they see each other clearly and love each other not just for their strengths, but for their faults as well. That's damned seductive. The best Meredi ...more
I liked her a very great deal. I love a female entrepreneur (wish we had seen more of that part of her life) and adore a woman who gets ahead in part by playing just as dumb blonde as men automatically assume her to be. Clever girl.

He was all right, but I did not see any very great difference between him and several other of her heroes.

As always, there a few little bits of historic research woven into the story that were riveting. In this case, see page 80 in the paperback on what people in Th
Celestita Giron
Si me dan a escoger entre la lírica de sus libros históricos y los libros contemporáneos, me inclino ante los historicos. ¡Amo! como los narra, profundos y sentimentales. Esta autora describe la personalidad como si realmente hubieran existido personajes así. Y la lírica esta en su medida justa, ni exagerada, ni pobre.
Jill Myles
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another success from Meredith Duran. Initially I had misgivings on Phin (who we knew to be an opium smoker) and Mina (who we thought was an idiotic flirt). But both characters are not what we assume them to be, and they are intense. Loved this. I thought this was a fair shot closer to the deep emotionalism of Duke of Shadows that Duran seems to do really well.

It really was a lovely read.
Really high quality historical romance. Not surprisingly, both the characters and the story were well drawn out and developed. And even though the characters themselves had personalities and qualities that I couldn't relate to, they were both understandable and they felt real.
Emma Hillman
Jun 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on-it
DNF. I've been struggling for days now and I just don't want to pick it up again and finish it. I don't care what happens to the characters...and how bad is that?
Taylor Sorenson
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Duran's writing, and Written on Your Skin is no exception. The tension is real and fierce, the danger titilating, and the passion intense. Mina is such a strong female heroine, and Phin pairs with her perfectly. Loved it!
This is the kind of heroine I love. And I couldn't help but imagining Phin as a James Bond-type character, so that really didn't hurt. Meredith Duran has become one of my favorite regency writers; her smut is fantastic.
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Written On Your Skin is the second book by Meredith Duran to be published in less than two months and it is equally as good, if not more, as its predecessor, Bound By Your Touch.

At its core Written On Your Skin is a simple story with a simple plot. Four years ago, in Hong Kong, A woman helps a man to escape certain death. He is indebted to her. Four years later, now in London, she requires his help in finding her mother.

What is complex is the characterisation of these two people.

Not dire but pretty close - unusual for Meredith Duran, I normally love her novels
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duran's books have two elements I've come to expect from her and have quite enjoyed: first, she travels well beyond European shores (in this case, the book begins with the expat community of Hong Kong), and secondly, the mood of her stories tends to be a little darker than you might expect from the typical historical spy-romance. In this story, we have Phin-- a spy with a natural flair for his work who never wanted to be in the Game (he is not at all proud to know he has a talent for killing and ...more
Incredible mother/daughter conversation in the first chapter. I really felt for both of them and could see both sides of the argument. There were a lot of insightful and very thought provoking comments in that conversation. The author's writing was very intense and spectacular.
This story definitely had a darker tone and may not be for everyone. I personally enjoyed the underbelly of human psyche aspect of the book.
This book was infused with intelligent humor and it was a treat to read a fresh
Sandy Williams
I cannot say enough about this author. She's brilliant. Her stories are sweet, exciting, and excruciating and her writing is brilliant. I don't usually notice an author's writing unless it's bad. I'm the kind of reader who just wants to know the story. I want the words to disappear when I read. Meredith Duran's words don't disappear: they come alive. I can open to almost any page in her book and find a line or two of brilliance.

I'll be honest. When I began reading this book, I didn't think I'd
Sara ♥
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical, 2011
Oh, gosh. Mina and Phin. I remember liking them. I know I jotted down some notes about this book, but I can't find the scrap of paper! Grrr! Let me brainstorm a bit.

- Mina is white-blonde and acts like a ditz so people won't suspect how intelligent she is. She has an evil stepfather. They were in Hong Kong, for some reason, and Phin was pretending to be an American working undercover (he's a mapmaker-turned-spy-assassin) trying to get step-dad..... And he gets found out and almost dies (poison).
Oct 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
In brief: Hong Kong, 1880: Mina Masters is young, beautiful and utterly trapped by convention and social expectation. Her abusive step father, Collins, is involved in some illegal dealings. British spy and former mapmaker Phineas Granville is there to provide evidence and throw Collins behind bars ... Four years later the scene switches to England and Mina is again in danger from Collins. Phin reluctantly steps up to help her. Distrust and deception abound as these two try to reconcile their att ...more
Okay so I quite enjoyed this and I found it really compelling and wonderfully written overall, but I just want to say: can authors collectively stop using "moon faced" as a descriptor for Chinese women. It's a throwaway line at the beginning of the book but it almost made me drop the entire thing. I'm glad I didn't, but the whole "wow asian women have huge faces ha-ha" thing is a huge racial stereotype (other terms include "butterface") and one that has been used against me and many of my friend ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one just didn't do it for me. It rambled way too much, was confusing, and kept the reader in the dark for too long. I felt like it was trying to be smart, sophisticated, and witty, but fell far short of this lofty goal. Instead it was confusing, and well, rambling. The copy I had stated on the back that it was the sequel to "Bound by Your Touch," but really, Sanburne only show up a few times and it seems as though they are parallel in time, rather than this one taking place after BBYT, whic ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 05, 2015 10:29AM  
  • Black Silk
  • His at Night
  • Untie My Heart
  • Indiscreet
  • The Forbidden Rose (Spymasters, #3)
  • If His Kiss Is Wicked (Grantham, #3)
  • Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven, #3)
  • To Have and To Hold (Wyckerley Trilogy, #2)
  • Proof by Seduction (Carhart, #1)
  • Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
  • The Dream Hunter
  • Lady Of The Knight (Knights, #3;  The Brocade #4)
  • As You Desire (Braxton, #1)
MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. She is the author of eleven novels, all published by Pocket Books. Her debut, The Duke of Shadows, has been translated into thirteen languages and together with her sophomore book (Bound by Your Touch) was ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll. Her other books incl ...more
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