Review: A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless #5) by Meredith Duran

Wednesday, April 26

My rating:
5 Stars…

Now I have a new author to stalk!

Synopsis:

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...

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What I loved:

Miss Jane Mason kicks ass. She's an amazing, resilient, super clever woman and I loved how she dealt with her uncle, Crispin, all Crispin's cronies - she was awesome! Since the loss of her family she has had to hide her light away, but she never let it fizzle out and I adored that so so much.

Quote…To live, day after day, as a shadow - to speak and be ignored, as though one's words made no sound.

I hated her uncle and aunt so much for making Jane feel so small.

Quote…She went on her tiptoes and smashed her mouth against his.
Astonishment felt so novel. It held him still as she rubbed her mouth against his. She bit his lip, then pushed her tongue into his mouth. Echoing what he had done to her. She mimicked his kiss so expertly that she turned it into mockery. Mockery of him.
He wrested free.
"Forgive me," she said breathlessly. "I just wanted to see how villainy was done. Child's play, it seems!"
Ha! Take that, Crispin, you twat.

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I also really enjoyed the whole story - the adventure, the intrigue, the mystery.

Meredith Duran is a new discovery for me. I read a great review of this book from a friend (yay for bookfriends!!) and thought huh. I feel I've been missing out. and now I know for sure that I was! Ms Duran paints such a colourful picture with her words - the story flowed well and the tempo was perfect, and I LOL'd so many times sitting inside Ms Mason's head. Loved it!

Quote…He shifted, and she saw the water lick at his navel. The mirror was not long enough to capture anything below his waist. A pity.

Crispin! Old Crispin, new Crispin, they were both everything I love in a regency hero - strong, sexy, and a little bit sensitive deep down.

What I didn’t love:

At times I felt like Jane was being petty. She was so afraid of being caught out that she spent a lot of time hurting Crispin when he didn't deserve it. She rained on his parade a little bit, too, which pissed me off. But she was aware that she was doing it, so I liked that we didn't have to dwell on her bitchiness for too long.

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Overall…

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