Series: Rules for the Reckless #5
Published by Pocket Books on February 28, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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The next steamy historical romance in USA TODAY bestselling and RITA award-winning author Meredith Duran’s “wonderfully indulgent” (Publishers Weekly) Rules for the Reckless series.
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 one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for...
Jane Mason is in dire straits. She’s an heiress, but her uncle controls her fortune. After several years, he’s decided it’s time to marry her off. To his son.
Crispin Burke is not a nice guy. He’s pretty much the villain of the piece until Jane, whom he’s ignored for the past several years, the mouse who quietly sews in the corner any time he comes to visit her uncle, until Jane finally does something worth noticing. And boy does he take notice.
But remember how I said he’s the villain? Well, he’s nearly killed. With the head injury comes amnesia. He can’t recall the past five years. And he can’t recall his lovely wife, Jane.
Their marriage was not a love match, but Crispin begs to differ, because he’s smitten the second he sees Jane, er, the first time after he wakes from his week-long coma that is. How could it not be a love match, when he sees all of the best qualities in her?
Jane is a fraud. She and Crispin aren’t really married, but she needed a husband, and fast. Her upcoming marriage to her cousin was nearly strangling her with its impending doom. The doctors had all said that Crispin would die from his head injury, so what was the harm in marrying him, securing her fortune and freedom all in one swoop?
Well, the harm was to her own heart, as it seemed. This new Crispin was wonderful and someone who she could definitely love for all time. If only she hadn’t lied to him. If only he had his memories in tact. If only once he remembered her, he wouldn’t hate her forever.
But with so much between them to overcome, and Crispin’s would-be killer still on the loose, what can they do?
This story is so much bigger than that, though. I’m not an amnesia fan, but I loved this. And it turns out Crispin has risen to aspirations of becoming the next Prime Minister. But when he finds out his methods were less than honest, how can he continue. How can he not?
While Jane and Crispin delve into his recent past, and get closer to the killer, they need to pull in any friends Crispin might have. And it turns out he doesn’t have many. There was a man, the Duke of Auburn, who Crispin went to for help. Is he the same man from The Duke of Shadows? I really need to know this. *
*I asked Ms. Duran and she says that Duke of Shadows takes place over the span of several years, and this happened during that time frame.
***ARC courtesy of Pocket Books
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About the author:
Meredith Duran is the author of ten previous novels, including The Duke of Shadows (winner of the Gather.com First Chapters Romance Writing Competition); Wicked Becomes You (included on the Woman’s World List of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010), and the USA TODAY bestseller and RITA Award Winner Fool Me Twice. She blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history, and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after. She enjoys collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. Visit her at MeredithDuran.com, on Twitter @meredithduran and Facebook AuthorMeredithDuran.