Friday 31 July 2015

Review - Lady Be Good by Meredith Duran

Title: Lady Be Good
Series: Rules for the Reckless #3
Author: Meredith Duran
Release Date: July 28, 2015

Lady Be Good is the third riveting novel in the Rules for the Reckless series—a sexy and evocative Regency romance that will captivate from beginning to end—one summer trip not to be missed!

Catching the Lady Red-Handed

Born to a family of infamous criminals, Lilah Marshall has left behind her past and made herself into the perfect lady. Working as a hostess at Everleigh’s, London’s premier auction house, she leads a life full of art, culture, and virtue. All her dreams are within reach—until a gorgeous and enigmatic viscount catches her in the act of one last, very reluctant theft.

Chasing One Red-Hot Passion

Christian “Kit” Stratton, Viscount Palmer, is society’s most dashing war hero. But Kit’s easy smile hides a dark secret: he is haunted by a madman’s vow to destroy anyone he loves. When his hunt for the enemy leads to Everleigh’s Auction Rooms, he compels Lilah to help him. But one tempting touch may be their undoing—for what Kit needs threatens all Lilah holds dear, and losing her may destroy him.

I really needed this book in my life. It was just so much fun to read! I never get tired of strong women in my historicals, and the men forced to tame them. I love watching a woman bend society's rules, and this book gave me not one, but two strong women! 

Lily is such a good heroine, strong-willed and jaded but with just enough innocence to make her seduction fun. Kit, the arrogant yet troubled war hero, was a bit on the rakish side. I loved it! He had no qualms about flirting with her, or taking what he wanted. He respected her yes's and her no's alike, none of that refusing on principle stuff. When she wanted him, he delivered! The way Lily matches wits with him, or surprises him, is hilarious. A particular scene with a throwing knife had me laughing out loud! 

The other stubborn - I mean, strong-willed - lady, Miss Everleigh was a delight and watching a begrudging friendship bloom between her and Lily was so funny. The wine incident was perfect! I loved the ending, how clever under pressure Lily and Miss Everleigh were, and the bar scenes. 

Then, of course, the happily ever after I really needed was such a lovely change from so many of the darker books I've read lately. It was just perfect. Such a fun ride this book was! I really can't wait to read Miss Everleigh's story next.
~ Review by George

MEREDITH DURAN is the author of eight previous novels, including The Duke of Shadows (winner of the 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 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.

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