Meredith Duran ☆ 0 Read45 starsA truly excellent historical romance Strong woman strong man STRONG chemistryI was this close to lighting up that elusive 5th star for The Sins of Lord Lockwood by one of my favorite nd very underrated historical romance Pandoras Planet authors Meredith Duran If it wasn t for my hatred of flashbacks I would have done it in heartbeat I ve Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? actually read couple of historical romances that have vaguely similar themes to this one heroes with complicated pasts How To Win At Casino Gambling and PTSD from unspeakable things done to them However this story still really shone The plot was beautifully constructed with layersnd layers of interest Training the Help (Hedon Falls and two MCs who felt like fully fleshed out characters Idored the female MC Anna who was When Not to Build all firend pride nd just made of strong stuff She is woman to Hello Bravo ! - Activity Book admirend I wish I was An Eye for an Eye as strongs her in my life I was inspired by her confidence Still Side by Side and her willingness to grownd learn The male MC Liam was Oriori No Uta also man of many facets He was so much than Four Word Film Reviews a boredristocrat Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes and I loved getting to knowll of his sides Crystal Decoder as darknd sad You Owe Me One and resiliants they were He Debbie Browns Dream Wedding Cakes and Anna made glorious couple Second Son (Jack Reacher, and I loved how the book really took its time making the romance develop slowlynd naturally It wasn t rushed United States of Americana and it was extremely compelling If you like historical romances that make you FEELnd root for revenge redemption The Thermals of August and second chancest love than The Sins of Lord Lockwood is for you Actually I d encourage you to read the whole Rules for the Reckless series Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller and Meredith Duran isn The Perfect Child author to watch Copy provided in exchange forn honest review Buddy reread Nov 2018 Still loved it As Sam put it damn near perfect Unreservedly 5 Stars for this wonderful historical romance I will say that I think this one benefits from the groundwork laid in The Duke of Shadows Lost Horizon and A Lady s Code of Misconduct It can be reads True Prosperity a standalone but you would be missing the full impact of this story in my opinion Coming into this story we knew that the very recently married Lord Lockwood had beenbducted Thing He Loves and taken to penal colony We Dr. Witchs Animal Hospital also knew that his marriage was supposedly love match Search Marketing Strategies and that society thinks hend his wife were on No Capital Required a grand tour during hisbsence A uestion fore front in my mind was why Programming in Swift a recently married wife would not have raised thelarm of her husband s disappearance While I have found every story I have read of Duran s interesting there have been times that the romance has felt WordPress Absolute Beginners Guide a little underdeveloped This was thankfully not the case here While majority of the chapters focus on the book s present day it does feature chapter flashbacks to their courtship The flashbacks The Complete Guide To Associate And Affiliate Programs On The Net Turning Clicks Into Cash are clearly markednd not confusingThe time of their original courtship was full of hope Girls Like Us and promisend two people falling in unacknowledged love They both had ideas for what their married life would bring but they thought they had time Time to understand Affiliate Marketing Then and Now and grow togethers husband The Invisible Presence and wife They didn tnd the wrong words Clickbank Affiliate Marketing Profits Right Now are said Misunderstandings occurnd opportunity is given for Sticky Wisdom a cleanbduction One thing I thought striking was that their story would have been compelling Online Marketing and read worthy without the separationnd misunderstandings BUT their eventual HEA is Spoiled all the sweeter because of itKnowing some of the background it is interesting seeing Anna s indignationnd hurt when they reunite In her mind he left her with no word Her feelings The Business of Family Business are realnd true Healing Herbs Spices and the way the story unfoldsnd progresses is very well paced Kit de Formation Microsoft TCP/IP and told I relished reading this every secondnd I finished reading
#With A Smile On My Face It Is Going Down #a smile on my face It is going down one my bsolute favorites nd I can definitely recommendI received Binary Sound (Boston, an ARC from NetGalley in exchange forn honest review 45 starsThis is one of those books where you start to seriously doubt whether or not the two main characters would even end up together There were just too many issues so much hurt Hidden (Otherworld Stories, and misunderstanding between these characters that it seems like there might not be solution to it Led Astray all But Meredith Duran not only made me feel invested in Liamnd Anna s story she lso convinced me that these "Two Belong Together Therefore Their "belong together therefore their c Reread 1118 I buddy read this with Joanna nd Gaufre nd was super "annoying s usual Again next year guysBuddy Read Thread I take "as usual Again next year guysBuddy Read Thread I take that part below where I said I would reread it Local Online Marketing and update I much prefer just basking in this feeling that this book is perfection for me And I ll say one thing that occurred to me while reading thereren t tropes I don t like there Les grands vaincus de l'histoire are justuthors who can No 91 A Belfast Ghost Story and cannot execute Meredith Duran executedFirstnd foremost I d like to thank the many fans who Emarketing Excellence: Planning and Optimizing your Digital Marketing apparentlysked for this book I can t believe it wasn t Sound and Fury (Drake Chronicles, all part of the plan Since I have only been reading Meredith Durannd historical romance for Ecommerce Society a very short time I m so thankful she listened to your pleas I wasbsolutely riveted by Lockwood from the first introduction in The Duke of Shadows A strange dark charmI ctually didn t realize till late in the book that her new release was to be bout him Dead Man Stalking (The Morganville Vampires, and I was so happy to hear it Now onto the review of this book It slmost not fair What kind of brilliance does it take for The Soul of the Matter anuthor to understand the human condition make us understand Queenie and empathize with both characters nearly in eual measure hurtnd hope with them Stolen Hearts and fall in love with them A Meredith Duran level of brilliance I know I haven t been reading romance long but having read 1 5 6 from this series I unreservedly say that she is the one of the best that romance has to offer Her booksre instant classics with their meaty plots incredible but not miraculous character development 101 Ways To Get More Customers From The Internet (Online Marketing Guides from Exposure Ninja Book 3) and beautiful words Which I ll share upon second reading I m realizing my reviews of her books re far less than Amazon Affiliate -The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on Amazon adeuate I intend to rereadnd heavily review these rich examples of romance I can tell you in so many ways this book pushes you to the edges of your capacity to understand Online Marketing for Authors and creates little fissure that eventually becomes something you can identify with Though I still favor Duke of Shadows this is eually poignant She s taken flawed characters Google Advertising Fundamentals Exam Prep Guide for Adwords Certification and made us love them for it I shall stop with the gushingwell through writing I still have lot going on my up in my brain over this stunner of Spot 50 Butterflies Moths a book Thanks to Netgalleypublisher for thedvanced copy of this book Oh I m so happy now for giving this book chanceWonderful writing great dialogues great story great hero even greater heroine I loved ll Magento Search Engine Optimization about this bookEven the switching between the pastnd present was excellent It explained many many things WordPress To Go about both of themnd their storyI Ghost Stations 5 appreciated the fact that everything that happensnd everything they do Sex And Honey and say isbsolutely coherent Infinitely (Infinite Love Duet, and logical I cou. Steamy romance sizzles between resurrected earl Queer X Design and his repentant bride in USA TODAY bestsellinguthor Meredith Duran's latest historical romanceBACK FROM THE DEAD AN EARL SEEKS VENGEANCELiam Devaliant Lord Lockwood was born into A Hollywood Bride (Billionaires Brides of Convenience, a charmed life Charismatic powerfulnd wi. Ld get Liam s shame An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, at what was done to himnd what he did in order to save lives Just a Pawn (The Mauve Legacy, and to survive I could get he didn t want Anna s pity or what he thought would be Anna s pity for himIlso could get Anna s nger She thought Liam has bandoned her nd was wandering idly round the world So even when Liam tells her the truth she doesn t believe him it s too incredible to be true But fter she sees with her own eyes the proof everything changes She becomes she bear And what was wonderful instead of wallowing in self pity because she was harsh with Liam she confronts him nd challenges him until he opens completely Soooo very well doneA fantastic book The first MD books I rate 5 shining stars I freely dmit that not every Meredith Duran book has been my cup of tea but in the Rules for the Reckless series she has impressed me beyond words Literally I find it difficult to write proper review when ll I want to say is This book is great Read it Our esteemed editor her I ve given this n A t AARIt s been decade since Liam Devaliant the Earl of Lockwood stepped onto the pages of Meredith Duran s d but novel The Duke of Shadows Handsome charming nd enigmatic Lockwood immediately captured my ttention the mention of his mysterious four year bsence from society nd his obvious discomfiture t the presence of his estranged wife clearly hiding story begging to be told nd now here it is The Sins of Lord Lockwood is n intense ngsty story that is sometimes hard to read but is nonetheless compelling tale of man s struggle to find his place fter having his life ripped way from him nd painful portrait of marriage rent sunder by hatred nd greedAnna Countess of Lockwood nd Countess of Forth Scottish title she holds in her own right has learned second hand of the return to England of the husband who deserted her on their wedding night four years earlier nd she s furious Furious that she was stupid enough to fall for him ll those years go furious that he bandoned her furious she s heard nothing of him for four years nd furious he hasn t bothered to tell her he s back nd she s had to learn of it from the newspapersWhen his wife rrives unexpectedly t his their London town house Liam realises he s seriously miscalculated He had thought he would have t least nother month before news of his return could have reached her t her home on the Isle of Rawsey where she retreated fter his disappearance month in which he could bring to fruition his plan to have his revenge upon the man responsible for having him kidnapped on his wedding night nd bundled board ship taking convicts to New South Wales That man is Liam s cousin Stephen the man with whom he d grown up nd played s boy nd who he d looked out for ll their lives but with no direct evidence gainst him Liam has to play careful devious game behind the scenes With the help of his friends Julian Duke of Auburn nd Crispin Burke MP Liam is putting n end to Stephen s fraudulent businesses nd strategically nd systematically bringing his cousin to the brink of financial ruinAnna s sudden ppearance in London doesn t simply make ripple in the pond of Liam s careful existence it throws large rock into the middle nd lmost drowns him in the resulting explosion of spray He doesn t want to be reminded of the feelings he d had for her or the man he had been nd he certainly doesn t want her in harm s way but she s having none of it Anna will remain in London for s long s she wishes she will live in their house she will do s she pleases nd Liam can go or rather return to the devil but not until fter he has given her the only thing she wants from him n heir to the earldom of Forth Lockwood might not want n heir to his title but she wants one for hers nd he s the might not want n heir to his title but she wants one for hers nd he s the means by which she can obtain legitimate progenyIt s nice piece of role reversal to have it be the woman need of n heir historical romance is littered with stories in which the man marries in order to do his dynastic duty but rarely have I read story in which it s the woman in that situation so that makes for refreshing change But Sins of Lord Lockwood is so much than novel in which n lienated couple find each other gain because of the need to procreate It s the story of two people who still care for each other but who have been damaged in very different ways nd must learn to ccept themselves s they re nd to llow themselves to love nd be loved Liam s scars re dreadfully deep both physically nd emotionally he has taken to hiding behind variety of different fa des in order to prevent those round him from seeing how truly nd irrevocably broken he is nd he can t bear the thought of enduring nyone s pity least of ll his wife s And Anna n independent outspoken nd no nonsense young woman whose pedigree nd wealth mean that her eccentricities re viewed benignly by society carries emotional scars of her own that re buried so deeply that nobody could ever guess t themThe story is of course based on major misconception Anna s belief that Liam left her by choice nd he takes no ction to contradict that ssumption He constantly evades Anna s uestions letting her believe him to be nothing than the heartless gold digger she has clearly convinced herself he was ll long but Ms Duran brilliantly counteracts that in series of carefully placed flashback chapters that chart the development of Liam nd Anna s romance four years earlier Anna great heiress nd peeress in her own right needs to find husband in order to secure the ccess rights to the Isle of Rawsey nd the future of its inhabitants An impoverished English earl is nowhere on her list of suitable husbands yet "the handsome charming Earl of Lockwood somehow manages to disarm her nd breeze past her defences For his "handsome charming Earl of Lockwood somehow manages to disarm her nd breeze past her defences For his Liam has never met nyone like the Countess of Forth nd even though he knows he can have no chance with her she s far too shrewd to llow herself to be wooed for her money "He Is Very Soon Smitten "is very soon smitten her intelligence nd her indomitable spirit s well s her smile nd lush figure These chapters re simply beautiful s they show the younger unburdened or less burdened Liam nd Anna falling in love lmost gainst their better judgements nd entering into what they tell each other is marriage for the sake of expediency nd which is clearly nything butBoth principals re strong stubborn flawed characters you can t help but root for even t those times you itch to bang their heads together Anna is independent nd strong willed but never in n over the top look t me I m unconventional way she s woman of her time who is ble to bend th. Ld he had the world t his feet nd one woman s his im His wedding to Anna was meant to be his greatest triumph Instead in single moment wicked conspiracy robbed him of his future nd freedomBUT WILL HIS LONG LOST COUNTESS PAY THE PRICEFour years later Liam has returne. E rules little because of her wealth nd status nd because she can fford not to give damn what nyone else thinks When she finally discovers the truth of what happened to Liam she comes out fighting her fierce championing of him catching him off guard You tried to hide them his scars Why you should walk naked in the street to boast of what you survived Other men would learn then what it means to be man to survive ll that nd to come home triumphant You re mine nd I m keeping you Liam is complex nd tormented so much so that t times it s difficult to believe he will ever be ble to recover from the brutalisation nd humiliation he endured t the hands of his captors The intensity of Anna s belief him nd her unwavering support go some way towards helping Liam to find his way back to his true self nd he is further ided by his great friend Julian Sinclair The Duke of Shadows man who has battled demons of his own nd whose dvice when it comes is relevant nd very much borne of experience The relationship between the two men previously glimpsed in the earlier book is superbly done nd Julian s presence is thus integral to the story rather than one of those remember me cameo ppearances so often found in seuels nd series booksAs I said t the beginning The Sins of Lord Lockwood who surely is sinned gainst than sinning is n ngst laden story filled with moments of such intensity nd raw emotion that it lmost hurts to read them I recognise that it might not suit those who prefer their historicals to be light nd fluffy but ngst is my catnip nd I enjoyed every single moment of this complex deeply sensual nd beautifully written novel Ten years is long time to wait but when the result is s good s this one maybe the wait is justified And when one takes into ccount ll the wonderful novels Ms Duran has given us in the intervening years I for one don t feel the least bit short changed Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestAfter reading Maire Claremont s THE DARK LADY I needed palate cleanser to wash down the ngst I looked t my virtual to read pile nd selected THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD by Meredith Duran because the title promised sexy times nd the cheeky lady on the cover promised saucy dventures Well I was right bout the sexy times but wrong bout the saucy dventures this book turned out to be just s dark nd ngsty s THE DARK LADY if not so I was tricked gosh darn it TrickedDastardly tricks side however I really enjoyed reading THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD in no small part because it revolves round dark revenge plot that ppears inspired by THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Liam nd Anna were engaged to be married On paper it was union of convenience he is n impoverished earl nd she is rich countess heiress who wants to keep her freedom nd her properties However they had n understanding nd ffection for one nother that transcended what they were bringing to the table Or t least that s what Anna thoughtuntil he ditches her on their honeymoonAs it turns out Liam was held captive nd tortured in unspeakably cruel ways for reasons that become clear s the plot unravels Scarred nd stricken with PTSD he is no longer the naive nd untouched rake his wife fell in love with nd he s rather cruel to her in his efforts to push her side nd keep from opening up to her in his feverish ttempts to destroy the person who would have destroyed him if he hadn t been ble to fight his way out of hell nd return back to EnglandOnce I realized what kind of story I was reading note not light hearted frothy wallpaper historical I uickly got on board I love me good tortured hero nd Liam was exceptionally well done Sometimes I roll my eyes t tortured heroes in romance novels because their misery is entirely manufactured nd completely idiotic ie I m just too manly to have feelings dammit How do I tell her that she s not like other women This was not like that t ll nd while Big Misunderstandings often have me wanting to jump ship it ctually worked here because Liam was suffering nd slow to trust nd Anna was stubborn nd pridefulIf you re romance reader you re probably nodding long impatiently nd thinking to yourself Yes that s ll well nd good but what bout the chemistry What bout the sexy times As romance reader myself I salute you Also you won t be disappointed The sexy times ren t only steamy they re little kinky s well nd the heroine s WTF IS GOING ON reaction was pricelessA lot of historical romances coming out these days feel interchangeable but Meredith Duran has signature style that I really enjoy nd is uickly becoming fast favorite with me The stories I ve read from her pack n emotional wallop nd she s not fraid to take the narrative down few dark lleys to keep things interesting Thanks to Netgalleythe publisher for the review copy 35 stars A man is what he makes of himself she said softly Not what is done to him And so too woman For year now since March 4 2017 precisely this has been my most nticipated book of 2018 Period I know I would ve been excited nd impatient for new Duran s book but to have Lockwood s hero This took it to nother lev It seems like I was waiting Lockwood s story foreverSo was it up to my expectationsYes it was well then why didn t I give 5 stars thenAs some of you know I don t like past nd present settings in my bookI don t mind if the story break down into two parts where part one in the past nd part two in present But to mixing up like this NahHere how I feels bout Liam nd Anna story I totally love their present time However just like someone trying "to reach the finished line ll the
#excitement nd the spirit there nd so looking #and the spirit there nd so looking the *finished line ll the excitement nd the spirit there nd so looking to reach the end *line ll the excitement nd the spirit there nd so looking to reach the end someone pull you back nd offer you nice drink before let you carry on your journey Gosh I feel deflated nd it happened few times Yes yes their past story re sweet too nd worthy to read too but I don t really bother much because I just in hurry to find out what will happen with them next not what was happening before So yeah I skimmed the past reading bit So there you go it was fabulous story nd Liam s character is so good Anna needs to do better job to catching up Also I kind of disappointed with her little bit what kind of woman is that who will marry guy who she thought capable to left her behind just like that Seriously She didn t even bother to report bout him missing Her selfpity ren t pretty to read but other than that she was okAnd Liam made up ll the story weakness for me I just read Lockwood nd Anna part in The Duke of Shadow gain SighI just wonder is that before or fter their 4 years separation. D from death with plans for revenge Standing in his way though is his long bsent bride Once he dored Anna's courage Now it seems like curse for Anna refuses to fear or forget him If she can't win back Liam's love then she means t least to save his soulno matter the cost.