Meredith Duran writes books that stick in my head long after I’ve closed the covers or turned off my e-reader. Now, after just finishing LUCK BE A LADY, Nick and Catherine, who he lovingly calls Kitty, are still fresh in my mind, and I only wish Duran had written more of their story. LUCK BE A LADY is one of those don’t-want-it-to-end novels. That’s how much I love her characters. That’s how well her stunning writing pulls at readers’ heartstrings.
I loved the first book in her Rules for the Reckless series, LADY BE GOOD, but this one. Oh my. Take Catherine Everleigh, one strong, determined wallflower heroine with a reputation as an “Ice Queen,” and match her with charming, delicious crime lord Nick O’Shea, and you have a romance to savor. Every moment of their budding relationship is a treasure—the attraction, the awkwardness, the uncertainty, and the amazing discovery that two such different individuals are precisely what the other needs.
It is one thing to say Duran creates characters with depth, but she does more than that. After lifting my head from this book, I expected to see Kitty and Nick walking down the street. Assuming I was transported to Victorian England. She focuses on flaws. She celebrates her characters’ fears, and she explores each facet of their emotional journey with exquisite skill.
The plot of LUCK BE A LADY is intriguing, especially the conflict with Catherine’s corrupt brother, who forces her to make the choice of entering into a strictly-business marriage with Nick. The portrayal of a woman in business in the 19th century and the difficult balancing act she must manage, between societal expectations and practical necessities, is always fascinating. Duran does a fantastic job of exploring it through Catherine. Nick’s East End background and political maneuverings were interesting too, but I have to admit that the chapters that held me spellbound were those moments between Nick and Catherine.
I loved this novel. It has more than earned a place on my keeper shelf. I can’t recommend Duran’s books enough to anyone who craves emotional, beautifully written historical romance.
Catherine Everleigh has only ever wanted to make her father proud and take over the running of his highly successful auction house. Unfortunately, her father’s will stipulates that she cannot assume equal partnership in Everleigh’s until she marries. But marriage seems confining. What husband would wish his wife to conduct business rather than take her place as angel in the home? Unless…she concocts a marriage of convenience, in which she holds all the cards and dictates the rules. Crime lord Nick O’Shea seems a perfect candidate for a strictly-business marriage, as long as she can ignore an attraction to him that could overturn all her best laid plans.
Romance sizzles between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord in this fourth sexy novel in the Rules for the Reckless series from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Fool Me Twice.
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.
THE CRIME LORD
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...