Friday 28 August 2015

Review - Luck Be A Lady by Meredith Duran

Title: Luck Be A Lady
Series: Rules for the Reckless #4
Author: Meredith Duran
Release Date: August 25, 2015

LUCK BE A LADY in this fourth sexy novel in the Rules for the Reckless series!

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.

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...

I was so eager to devour this book after reading the last in the series. I loved the "Ice Queen" Miss Everleigh, and I loved how friendship and a bottle of wine opened her up into a completely likeable person. Meredith Duran doesn't disappoint with this foray deeper into her character. She's not so much icy as shrewd, clever, and an excellent business woman living in a world that doesn't reward women for those traits. 

Learning the back story of Nick was just as pleasing. He had previously been presented as harsher, more of a rogue. Reading about the childhood of this man made my sympathies fly to him, so amazed at what he managed to overcome. As we learn more and more about Nick's good deeds, he just keeps growing on you! And it grew on Miss Everleigh as well... 

The two of them together were obviously perfect! Who else could respect the under-appreciated skills they had mastered, despite adversity? Then, the simmering attraction. Ahh, I spent the bigger part of the book on edge, just waiting for it to boil over. 

Luck Be A Lady was just so good! There was enough intrigue to give this a little more than the usual historic flair, which I was grateful for. Kept me frantically turning the pages, wondering if they would pull off their schemes and when the two idiots would just admit their feelings! Never a dull moment in this read, I definitely recommend it! 
~ 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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