Meredith Duran is the kind of writer I like to suggest to friends who are willing to give historical romance a try and ask for recommendations. Her writing is bold and complex, completely enthralling, and she creates such dynamic characters that I never want their stories to end.
The third book in her Rules for the Reckless series, LADY BE GOOD, is a perfect combination of passionate romance, vivid historical setting, and a suspense-driven plot. Set in late Victorian England, LADY BE GOOD features a wonderfully complicated heroine, Lilah Marshall, and a sexy hero, Kit Stratton, Viscount Palmer, a man with secrets, hidden wounds, and a dangerous agenda.
I love how Duran’s historicals take me to unexpected places, and I particularly enjoyed the darker aspects of Victorian London and the auction house setting explored in LADY BE GOOD. Most of all, I liked that both Lilah and Kit had darkness in their pasts, and that neither character was perfect or innocent. While attraction sparks between them instantly, the former lady thief and famous war hero aren’t the sort to trust or lose their hearts easily. In Duran’s deft hands, their journey from clever, wily opponents to allies in a common cause and then to lovers make LADY BE GOOD an exquisite read from the first page to the last.
Lily has left her old life behind and transformed herself into Lilah Marshall, a fashionable hostess at London’s premier auction house. She has plans for her future, but all of them come crashing down when she encounters Kit Stratton, Viscount Palmer, a man with secrets of his own. When he witnesses Lilah commit a desperate act and compels her to help him with his scheme, will Kit’s past threaten them both?
The third searing novel in the Rules for the Reckless series by Meredith Duran, the USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy and evocative Regency romances in the tradition of Sarah MacLean.
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 smiles hide 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 Kit.