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Reread 11 18 I buddy read this with Joanna and Gaufre and was super annoying as usual Again next year, guys Buddy Read Thread I take back that part below where I said I would reread it 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 there aren t tropes I don t like there are just authors who can and cannot execute Meredith Duran executed.First and foremost, I d like to thank the many fans who apparently asked for this book I can t believe it wasn t all part of the plan Since I have only been reading Meredith Duran and historical romance for a very short time, I m so thankful she listened to your pleas I was absolutely riveted by Lockwood from the first introduction in The Duke of Shadows A strange, dark charmI actually didn t realize till late in the book that her new release was to be about him, and I was so happy to hear it Now onto the review of this book It s almost not fair What kind of brilliance does it take for an author to understand the human condition, make us understand and empathize with both characters nearly in equal measure, hurt and hope with them, 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 books are instant classics with their meaty plots, incredible but not miraculous character development, and beautiful words Which I ll share upon a second reading I am realizing my reviews of her books are far less than adequate I intend to reread and 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 and creates a little fissure that eventually becomes something you can identify with Though I still favor Duke of Shadows, this is equally poignant She s taken flawed characters and made us love them for it I shall stop with the gushingwell through writing, I still have a lot going on my up in my brain over this stunner of a book Thanks to Netgalley publisher for the advanced copy of this book. Oh, I m so happy now for giving this book a chance Wonderful writing, great dialogues, great story, great hero, even greater heroine I loved all about this book Even the switching between the past and present was excellent It explained many, many things about both of them and their story I appreciated the fact that everything that happens and everything they do and say is absolutely coherent and logical I could get Liam s shame at what was done to him and what he did in order to save lives and to survive I could get he didn t want Anna s pity, or what he thought would be Anna s pity for him.I also could get Anna s anger She thought Liam has abandoned her and was wandering idly around the world So, even when Liam tells her the truth she doesn t believe him it s too incredible to be true But, after she sees with her own eyes the proof, everything changes She becomes a she bear And what was wonderful, instead of wallowing in self pity because she was harsh with Liam, she confronts him and challenges him until he opens completely Soooo very well done A fantastic book The first MD books I rate 5 shining stars 4.5 stars A truly excellent historical romance Strong woman, strong man, STRONG chemistry I wasthisclose to lighting up that elusive 5th star for The Sins of Lord Lockwood by one of my favorite and very underrated historical romance authors, Meredith Duran If it wasn t for my hatred of flashbacks, I would have done it in a heartbeat I ve actually read a couple of historical romances that have vaguely similar themes to this one, heroes with complicated pasts and PTSD from unspeakable things done to them However, this story still really shone The plot was beautifully constructed with layers and layers of interest, and two MCs who felt like fully fleshed out characters I adored the female MC, Anna, who was all fire and pride and just made of strong stuff She is a woman to admire, and I wish I was as strong as her in my life I was inspired by her confidence and her willingness to grow and learn The male MC, Liam, was also a man of many facets He was so much than a bored aristocrat, and I loved getting to know all of his sides, as dark and sad and resiliant as they were He and Anna made a glorious couple, and I loved how the book really took its time making the romance develop slowly and naturally It wasn t rushed, and it was extremely compelling If you like historical romances that make you FEEL and root for revenge, redemption, and second chances at love, than The Sins of Lord Lockwood is for you Actually, I d encourage you to read the whole Rules for the Reckless series, and Meredith Duran is an author to watch Copy provided in exchange for an honest review Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestAfter reading Maire Claremont s THE DARK LADY, I needed a palate cleanser to wash down the angst I looked at my virtual to read pile and selected THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD by Meredith Duran because the title promised sexy times and the cheeky lady on the cover promised saucy adventures Well, I was right about the sexy times, but wrong about the saucy adventures this book turned out to be just as dark and angsty as THE DARK LADY, if not so I was tricked, gosh darn it Tricked Dastardly tricks aside, however, I really enjoyed reading THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD, in no small part because it revolves around a dark revenge plot that appears inspired by THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Liam and Anna were engaged to be married On paper, it was a union of convenience he is an impoverished earl, and she is a rich countess heiress who wants to keep her freedom and her properties However, they had an understanding and affection for one another that transcended what they were bringing to the table Or at least, that s what Anna thoughtuntil he ditches her on their honeymoon.As it turns out, Liam was held captive and tortured in unspeakably cruel ways for reasons that become clear as the plot unravels Scarred and stricken with PTSD, he is no longer the naive and untouched rake his wife fell in love with, and he s rather cruel to her in his efforts to push her aside and keep from opening up to her in his feverish attempts to destroy the person who would have destroyed him, if he hadn t been able to fight his way out of hell and return back to England.Once I realized what kind of story I was reading note not a light hearted frothy wallpaper historical , I quickly got on board I love me a good tortured hero, and Liam was exceptionally well done Sometimes I roll my eyes at tortured heroes in romance novels, because their misery is entirely manufactured and completely idiotic, i.e 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 at all, and while Big Misunderstandings often have me wanting to jump ship, it actually worked here because Liam was suffering and slow to trust and Anna was stubborn and prideful.If you re a romance reader, you re probably nodding along impatiently and thinking to yourself, Yes, that s all well and good, but what about the chemistry What about the sexy times As a romance reader myself, I salute you Also, you won t be disappointed The sexy times aren t only steamy, they re a little kinky, as well and the heroine s WTF IS GOING ON reaction was priceless.A lot of historical romances coming out these days feel interchangeable but Meredith Duran has a signature style that I really enjoy and is quickly becoming a fast favorite with me The stories I ve read from her pack an emotional wallop and she s not afraid to take the narrative down a few dark alleys to keep things interesting Thanks to Netgalley the publisher for the review copy3.5 stars A man is what he makes of himself, she said softly Not what is done to him And so, too, a womanFor a year now since March 4, 2017 precisely , this has been my most anticipated book of 2018 Period I know I would ve been excited and impatient for a new Duran s book but to have Lockwood as a hero This took it to another level of expectancy Ever since I first read The Duke of Shadows, I was intrigued by Lockwood, his secrets, and his relationship with his estranged wife Then came A Lady s Code of Misconduct early last year which only reinforced the question I had Where is Lockwood s story But when the day had finally came and I saw the book magically appeared on my kindle I got scared to open it Would my high expectations hinder my enjoyment Would they be met Would I be disappointed as I ve been with a number of the authors I loved in the past Well, I should ve have faith in Duran and her magic is all I can say now.This is a powerful story that explores fragility and resilience of human spirit, despair and renewal, light and darkness, revenge and forgiveness It s a compelling love story between two strong multilayered characters who must overcome tremendous barriers on the road to their HEA.Liam and Anna My heart was breaking for them In the hands of a lesser author the story could ve been easily turned into a melodrama feast with dreaded misunderstandings Not here Every time I felt the deep emotional buildup would crescent into an overflowing territory, the author pulled me in with the flashbacks of their initial courtship almost four years before, the courtship full of lightness, humor, witty banter and loveliness At times when I thought, oh, no, just explain yourself, don t torment each other, I either got my wish or the characters gave me a reason to wait I don t necessary like stories with flashbacks but non linear storytelling works here so much better in my opinion than the linear would It provides contrast between light and darkness, between who Liam and Anna were before and what their relationship could ve been if Liam s kidnapping and imprisonment didn t happen It made me understand both characters better, their motivations, their actions, their hurt, their disappointments The dual POV was masterfully employed for the 360 degree view of their relationship.I want to say so much about their relationship but words are failing me They seem inadequate to express how deftly, for example, Duran characterized Liam s PTSD In fact, I believe it s the best portrayal of the disorder I ve encountered in fiction Claustrophobic, hunted, unable to escape himself There were moments that left me breathless and I had to step away.And Anna I love her strength, her independence historically appropriate I may add , her determination, her fighting spirit to win Liam s soul and save him from his demons no matter how much he attempted to push her away This book is the storytelling at its finest. 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 and A Lady s Code of Misconduct It can be read as 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 been abducted and taken to a penal colony We also knew that his marriage was supposedly a love match and that society thinks he and his wife were on a grand tour during his absence A question fore front in my mind was why a recently married wife would not have raised the alarm 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 a little underdeveloped This was, thankfully not the case here While a majority of the chapters focus on the book s present day, it does feature chapter flashbacks to their courtship The flashbacks are clearly marked and not confusing.The time of their original courtship was full of hope and promise and 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 and grow together as husband and wife They didn t, and the wrong words are said Misunderstandings occur and opportunity is given for a clean abduction One thing I thought striking was that their story would have been compelling and read worthy without the separation and misunderstandings, BUT their eventual HEA is all the sweeter because of it.Knowing some of the background, it is interesting seeing Anna s indignation and hurt when they reunite In her mind, he left her with no word Her feelings are real and true, and the way the story unfolds and progresses is very well paced and told I relished reading this every second, and I finished reading with a smile on my face It is going down as one my absolute favorites, and I can definitely recommend I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I freely admit 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 a proper review, when all I want to say is, This book is great Read it Our esteemed editor here at Romantic Historical Reviews, however, insists upon , so I shall try my bestQuite right Ed Liam Devaliant, fifth Earl of Lockwood, who has appeared as a secondary character in previous books, is every young lady s ideal handsome, charming, honorable, and full of life Except for one thing he needs to marry for money Fortunately for him, he falls in love with Anna,, a wealthy woman who holds the Scottish title Countess of Firth in her own right In earlier books, Lockwood s four year absence from England and his fraught relationship with Anna have been mentioned but not explained Now, we find out what happened, and it is a heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting, story of love, determination, and victory over one s demons Some characters from earlier books Lord Lockwood s friends make an appearance, but this book works quite well as a standalone Four years earlier, Lockwood disappeared without a trace on his wedding night, leaving Anna so confused, angry, and embarrassed that she fled to her home on the Isle of Rawsey One day she is shocked to learn from the newspapers that her husband had returned to London eight months earlier without a word to her Barely containing her fury, she shows up at the Lockwood town house to find it full of a strange assortment of servants and a Lord Lockwood whom she barely recognizes Lockwood is not best pleased to see her and thinks he can drive her away, but he has seriously miscalculated Anna is staying, and she is determined to be a wife to Lockwood in every way, mainly because she wants a legitimate child to inherit her title Anna and Lockwood once had been madly in love with one another, although they never confessed it and pretended that theirs was a marriage of convenience Anna struggles to understand what has happened to the happy, charming man she married She had assumed that he was larking about, but slowly she comes to realize that something awful happened to him and that his only goal in life is to wreak revenge on the perpetrator The identity of the villain is no secret to the reader it is Lockwood s cousin and heir Stephen, who arranged to have Lockwood kidnapped and put on a convict ship to New South Wales so that Stephen could inherit upon Lockwood s death I won t go into the details of what happened during Lockwood s four year absence, other than to say that he suffered horribly and has returned with what we would now call PTSD He is so traumatized and ashamed of what happened to him that he goes to great lengths to conceal the truth from Anna, until finally he confesses all and she can t believe him.This is a beautiful, complex story of two damaged but lovely, and loving, people finding one another again, with some mystery and adventure along with a lovely story of devotion and courage Meredith Duran is an outstanding writer, and she is at the top of her game here As with many of her books, there is great angst, and it is sometimes difficult to read A reader s perseverance will be rewarded though because, as I said at the beginning, This book is great Read it &FREE BOOK ↲ The Sins of Lord Lockwood (Rules for the Reckless, #6) ↿ Steamy Romance Sizzles Between A Resurrected Earl And His Repentant Bride In USA TODAY Bestselling Author Meredith Duran S Latest Historical RomanceCK FROM THE DEAD, AN EARL SEEKS VENGEANCELiam Devaliant, Lord Lockwood, Was Born Into A Charmed Life Charismatic, Powerful, And Wild, He Had The World At His Feet And One Woman As His Aim His Wedding To Anna Was Meant To Be His Greatest Triumph Instead, In A Single Moment, A Wicked Conspiracy Robbed Him Of His Future And FreedomBUT WILL HIS LONG LOST COUNTESS PAY THE PRICE Four Years Later, Liam Has Returned From Death With Plans For Revenge Standing In His Way, Though, Is His Long Absent Bride Once, He Adored Anna S Courage Now It Seems Like A Curse, For Anna Refuses To Fear Or Forget Him If She Can T Win Back Liam S Love, Then She Means At Least To Save His Soulno Matter The Cost Rese a completa Meredith Duran es especialista en crear protagonistas marcados con un pasado duro, nada que ver con tonter as como en algunos NA y aqu , con Liam, no se queda corta.Me han gustado los dos y tambi n me ha gustado es narraci n a dos tiempos.En el pasado vemos a dos personas que quieren un contrato matrimonial pero que terminan enamor ndoseY en la segunda, como los dos, enfadados y con motivos, se vuelven a enamorar.He disfrutado de su relaci n, y de esa vuelta a despertar de un amor que estaba dormido.Tiene escenas duras aunque la autora nos las matiza en exceso, y se agradece pero te haces una idea y la piel de gallina.Ella me ha encantando, en serio, qu car cter y resoluci n, con la libertad que le da el ser escocesa.La escena final con Stephen me ha parecido, sencillamente, genialLiam no llega a ser Crispin pero esta mujer me est convenciendo muchoLectura recomendable, a ver si me animo con rese a 4.5 stars This 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 and misunderstanding between these characters that it seems like there might not be a solution to it all But Meredith Duran not only made me feel invested in Liam and Anna s story, she also convinced me that these two belong together therefore their love can overcome whatever obstacles they would face in the future.The Sins of Lord Lockwood is another fabulous addition to Rules for the Reckless Ms Duran continues to write vivid and complex characters you can t help but root for I was completely sucked into the story and its characters I highly recommend this author, and this series to anyone who reads or wants to read historical romance An ARC was provided by the publisher for this review.