Review: Luck Be A Lady (Rules for the Reckless #4) by Meredith Duran

Tuesday, May 2
My rating:
3 Stars…

Quote…You gave yourself away too cheaply, Kitty." His voice was hoarse. "You should have asked for the moon."
Synopsis:

Romance sizzles between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord in this fourth sexy novel in the Rules for the Reckless series from the USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Twice.

The Wallflower

They call her the “Ice Queen.” Catherine Everleigh is London’s loveliest heiress, but a bitter lesson in heartbreak has taught her to keep to herself. All she wants is her birthright—the auction house that was stolen from her. To win this war, she’ll need a powerful ally. Who better than infamous and merciless crime lord Nicholas O’Shea? A marriage of convenience will no doubt serve them both.

The Crime Lord

Having conquered the city’s underworld, Nick seeks a new challenge. Marrying Catherine will give him the appearance of legitimacy—and access to her world of the law-abiding elite. No one needs to know he’s coveted Catherine for a year now—their arrangement is strictly business, free from the troubling weaknesses of love. Seduction, however, is a different matter—an enticing game he means to ensure she enjoys, whether she wishes to or not...

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What I loved:

Nick O'Shea is the hotness. I thought everything about him was sexy. He was also courageous, bold, hard working, persistent, and actually really humble considering all that he had achieved. Yeah, I have the biggest crush on this guy.
Quote…Christ. Those lips. "Say it," he ground out. "I'll put you to bed properly."
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Also sneaky, conniving, and criminal, but that was hot, too.
Quote…Your rules don't apply to me. And your blood won't look blue when I spill it. Ask me how I know."
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The humour of the story was great. The bickering and banter was great.
Quote…Come on, let's get you a brandy."
"I don't drink, Mr. O'Shea."
He snorted.
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What I didn’t love:

Catherine Everleigh. In high school I did drama, and one of the things we learned in improv was to always be open to whatever your partner is doing. You can't say no in improv, because it stunts the story, blocks the dialogue and slows down the pace.

Well, Catherine's character said no to everything, and it well and truly stunted the story, blocked the dialogue and slowed down the pace. I resorted to skimming through whole chapters because of how difficult and anti-Nick she was. Even when he was asking for a favour for a small child, she made him negotiate until she got something she wanted. Even in the end, in her big, grovelling moment - and she deserved to grovel - it was as though she didn't know him at all.

I just thought she was a difficult, negative, bland character that wrecked what could have been an exciting story.

Also, I didn't like the climax chapter that much, when Nick had to rescue her. It wasn't bad, at all, but it wasn't great for me.

Overall…

This heroine didn't fit in with what I've come to know of Ms Duran, so I was surprised. Still a great hero, though.

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