The Rules for the Reckless series has contained books that always have inventive storylines, and A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT is definitely a shining example of originality. A very imaginative first chapter left me almost breathless because of how much I felt pulled into the life of a particular character. Meredith Duran managed to also grab my attention during every following scene by creating a totally intriguing premise. From political concerns affecting English citizens in the 1860’s to problems two individuals must face on their own, there is never a moment when I was not eagerly reading to see what could possibly happen next. Ms. Duran has amazed me in the past with her unique plots, and I must say that her latest Rules for the Reckless story is truly remarkable.
Even though an aunt and uncle took in Jane Mason after her parents died, these relatives were actually only interested in her large inheritance. While living in their home brings her no pleasure, news of a forced wedding is more than she can tolerate. Getting away from the estate has Jane devising a plan which will help gain control of her life. But problems cause the plot to fail, and the only person around to offer assistance is Crispin Burke. He is a political ally of her uncle, and Jane does not trust him at all.
When Crispin comes up with a way to aid Jane while also getting something for himself in return, she comprehends this is her only choice and agrees to his terms. His main reason for assisting the downtrodden woman is to further advance his own political career, but admiration for her spunk is a little extra motivation. Just when Jane is about to lose all hope of her wishes being granted, an incident involving Crispin gives her an opportunity to follow an unexpected path. Then the two are thrust into a world full of secrets and treachery.
If a relationship is based on lies, often it cannot last because guilt will tear away the foundation. With so many truths left unsaid between Jane and Crispin, either because of unintentional deceit or buried memories, I felt it would take a miracle for them to ever form a lasting bond. New facts become known to them from time to time, and I nervously waited to see how the couple would react when the information was learned. Before Crispin lives through a tragic event, his choices were all about helping himself. But afterward, his altered behavior makes him a changed man. While I did not completely despise him at the start of the story, I cannot say that I really liked him either. Jane had a rough life after the death of her parents, and her cunning strategies for making a better life caused much respect. My heart broke for this couple more than once, as Ms. Duran gave them realistic complications to overcome. A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT is overflowing with emotions that are heartfelt plus exceedingly profound.
There is much political unrest in the story, and the author let me get a sense of how people saw the same situation differently. Arguments are passionate, and responses are sincerely candid. I experienced the feelings, hopes, and dreams of numerous individuals, and I came to intimately know what stirred these people to action. Meredith Duran has written a spellbinding novel where mysteries, romance, and sharp wit are cleverly entwined.
I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher, and all comments are my honest opinion
Series: Rules for the Reckless – Book 5
Releases: February 28, 2017
Author website: http://meredithduran.com/
Rating: 5 Stars