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...
Surprisingly excellent, nuanced historical romance that can be completely read as a stand-alone. Don't be afraid to jump into this series at book five because A Lady's Code of Misconduct should NOT be overlooked.
I read a good deal of historical romance but Meredith Duran has a very unique writing style that stands out from the rest. There is something about her writing that does a few things to me. First, it makes me... pause. There is a way she writes that comes across at first as... formal? Stiff? Overly intricate? I'm not sure how to describe it. It isn't typical, that's for sure. But what starts off as feeling a little cumbersome quickly transforms, and I always find that her words end up holding a ton of power. Her books transfix me. This book transfixed me.
I always love a great enemies-to-lovers trope, and this book takes that to the next level. It is also an amnesia-trope book, which can bit hit or miss for me. The author took a few concepts that could have come across as cheesy or overdone and really turned it into something grand. Something really powerful.
I loved that the romance was slow-burn. It really needed to be for the story to make sense, though I wish there was a little more page-time devoted to after these two finally make it happen. It felt a little abrupt towards the end, though I didn't really mind in the grand scheme of things. What Meredith Duran did perfectly was build-up true feelings and emotions between her MCs. It felt organic and very well done.
The plot was also very interesting with just enough intrigue and scheming for it to keep me on my toes. It was also a rather feminist historical romance with a smart, independent female MC, and though it felt more historically accurate than most of the historical romance I've been reading recently, it also felt relevant to modern readers.
A extremely well-plotted, smart historical romance, Meredith Duran really outdid herself with A Lady's Code of Misconduct. You shouldn't pass this one up.
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