AOTM August 2015

Meredith Duran chats about her deliciously dark heroes...

 

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your two magnificent back-to-back Rules for the Reckless novels?

My next two books in the Rules for the Reckless series emerged from a game of ‘What if?’

What if the golden boy – England’s hero, the man whom everyone adores, and who can do no wrong – actually has a very dark secret driving him, which threatens to corrupt him entirely?

And what if the absolute villain – a dark, dangerous underworld crime lord – actually hides a heart of gold beneath his fearsome façade?

Once I’d dreamed up these two opposites – the Prince of Light and the Prince of Darkness, as it were – their respective heroines also came to mind, fully and vividly realized. These next two books are their tales.

 

LADY BE GOOD and LUCK BE A LADY are set at Everleigh’s Auction Rooms in London. What made you choose such a glamorous location for the heart of these stories?

The art world has long been steeped in money, power, scandal, glamor, and corruption. Add a hefty dose of globe-spanning danger, and I cannot think of a more gripping setting for an unfolding romance!

 

Your heroes are deliciously, irresistibly dark – what do you think it is about twisted bad boys heroes that readers seem to love?

A dark heart, dirty mind, and dangerously sharp intellect: this recipe always makes a complex, swoonworthy man. As for his appeal  – is there anything more romantic than a man who, by virtue of falling in love with a woman, comes to hold himself to a higher standard in order to be worthy of her? The sexiest bad boys don’t get reformed; they are inspired, by love, to reform themselves.

 

Have you always wanted to be a writer? What do you love most about your job?

I announced that I wanted to be a writer at age three or four, shortly after I persuaded my mother to take dictation of a poem I composed impromptu. It was by no means an impressive showing, but I did manage to craft a few rhyming lines, which so astonished her that she made the mistake of showering me with praise and then showing the poem to her friends. They, in turn, made the appropriate admiring noises, and I do believe I never got over that first heady taste of reader approval.

There are innumerable aspects to my job that I love, but above all, I am continuously amazed that I make my living by doing precisely what I would be doing on holiday and weekends, were I working in an office. That is a rare and wondrous privilege that I never take for granted.

 

Do you have the most fun creating your heroes or your heroines?

I have a soft spot for deeply imperfect characters, both male and female. I’ll confess a soft spot for writing my favourite kind of hero, though – a man with a dark heart, a dirty mind, and utterly indecent intentions.

 

What do you love most about writing romance and historical romance in particular?

I was first drawn to historical romance as a reader. I’ve always been fascinated by the question of what it would have felt like to be alive in different periods in history, and those everyday details – what I would have eaten, how I would have dressed, what customs and exigencies would have structured my everyday life – are precisely the kind of details that prove so richly abundant in historical romances.

That said, the first novel-length story I ever wrote, at the age of thirteen, was high fantasy – and it, too, had a romance at the center of it. I suppose I’ve always been riveted by the notion that an accidental meeting, an unexpected and thoroughly unpredictable rapport, can ultimately change the course of one’s life. Romantic love is one of the most powerful forces on earth; some of the oldest surviving manuscripts attest to that (for instance, The Iliad – had Paris not fallen in love, history would have unfolded very differently!). It magnifies our lives greatly, and it deserves attention and reflection and deep respect and celebration.

 

Who are the authors you read for pleasure?

Rose Lerner, Cecilia Grant, and Sherry Thomas are my favourite historical romance writers. They are such masterful wordsmiths. Outside of romance (but for the very same reasons), I’m a giant fan of Maggie Shipstead, Emily St. John Mandel, and Amy Bloom.

 

If you could take only three essentials with you to a desert island what would they be?

An e-reader, Japanese sunblock (you will pry my Hada Labo UV Creamy Gel out of my cold, dead, un-freckled hands), and my husband. He’s always so wonderfully willing to stand just where required in order to block the glare. ;)

 

There’s so much interest and excitement around romance fiction right now. What do you think that romance readers are looking for in the romances they read today?

As children, we all find it very easy to believe in magic, fantastical outcomes, and impossibly happy endings. Sadly, that faith often erodes as we grow up and are bruised by the vicissitudes of life. Yet one fairytale does, in fact, remain able to speak to us, since it sometimes unfolds in fact, in our own lives: namely, true love.

Celebrating romantic love returns us to that elemental sense of wonder we knew as children. It allows us to revisit, affirm, and even strengthen our crucial capacity to have faith in what is beautiful about life. Love is a vital and renewing and extraordinary force, and romance fiction connects us to it, no matter who we are or where we find ourselves. That is no small role for a genre to play, and I’m dearly proud to be a part of it.

 

The third in Meredith's gorgeous Rules for the Reckless series,

LADY BE GOOD,

is out now in ebook and paperback!

Look out for the fourth, LUCK BE A LADY, out on 25th August!

 

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Your Wicked Heart: A Rules for the Reckless Novella 0.5

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance in this Rules for the Reckless novella. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

Amanda Thomas is stranded a thousand miles from home. Jilted by a viscount and abandoned without a penny, she'll do whatever it takes to secure a berth on an England-bound ship. But when the anchor lifts, she's not the only impostor on board - for the stranger in her bed claims to be the real viscount. Can she trust this devastatingly attractive scoundrel? Or is his offer of friendship only a pretext for seduction...and revenge?

Want more Rules for the Reckless? Don't miss That Scandalous Summer or Fool Me Twice.

A sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readTop-notch romanceWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readHere's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveWill enchant romance readers who yearn for a clever taleFool Me Twice is a smart, well written, fun and highly entertaining read, one I recommend to all historical romance fansThe more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreAn irresistible Rules for the Reckless novella. Sharp, clever dialogue; a love story laced with humour; a tale with depth and passion - hallmarks of a Meredith Duran historical romance.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.
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That Scandalous Summer: Rules for the Reckless 1

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with, That Scandalous Summer, a witty, humorous and smart romance beginning her Rules for the Reckless series. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

One daring widow meets one reluctant suitor ...

In the social whirl of Regency England, Elizabeth Chudderley is at the top of every guest list, the life of every party, and the belle of every ball. But her friends and admirers would be stunned to know the truth: that the merriest widow in London is also the loneliest. Behind the gaiety and smiles lies a secret longing - for something, or someone, to whisk her away . . .

Raised in scandal, Lord Michael de Grey is convinced that love is a losing gamble - and seduction the only game worth playing. But when duty threatens to trump everything he desires, the only way out is marriage to a woman of his brother's choosing. Elizabeth Chudderley is delightful, delicious - and distressingly attractive. With such a captivating opponent, Michael isn't quite sure who is winning the game. How can such passionate players negotiate a marriage of necessity - when their hearts have needs of their own?

Want more Rules for the Reckless? Don't miss Your Wicked Heart, Fool Me Twice, Lady Be Good and Luck Be A Lady.

A sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readTop-notch romanceWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readHere's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveWill enchant romance readers who yearn for a clever taleFool Me Twice is a smart, well written, fun and highly entertaining read, one I recommend to all historical romance fansThe more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreThe first stunning Rules for the Reckless novel. Sharp, clever dialogue; a love story laced with humour; a tale with depth and passion - hallmarks of a Meredith Duran historical romance.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.
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Fool Me Twice: Rules for the Reckless 2

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance in the second book of her Rules for the Reckless series, and winner of the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits - and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realises that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family's past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She'll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information.

Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance. More beautiful than Lucifer, twice as feared, and thrice as cunning, he'll use any weapon to punish those who fooled and betrayed him - even an impertinent maid who doesn't know her place. But the more fascinated he becomes with the uppity redhead, the more dangerous his carefully designed plot becomes. For the one contingency he forgot to plan for was falling in love...and he cannot survive being fooled again.

Want more Rules for the Reckless? Don't miss Your Wicked Heart or That Scandalous Summer.

A sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readTop-notch romanceWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readHere's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveWill enchant romance readers who yearn for a clever taleFool Me Twice is a smart, well written, fun and highly entertaining read, one I recommend to all historical romance fansThe more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreThe second gorgeous Rules for the Reckless novel, and winner of the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction. Sharp, clever dialogue; a love story laced with humour; a tale with depth and passion - hallmarks of a Meredith Duran historical romance.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.
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Lady Be Good: Rules for the Reckless 3

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance in the third book of her Rules for the Reckless series. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

Born to a family of notorious criminals, Lilah Marshall has long abandoned her past. A hostess at Everleigh's, London's premier auction house, she leads a virtuous life of art and culture. Lilah has almost transformed into the perfect lady - until an enigmatic viscount catches her in the act of one last, reluctant theft.

Christian 'Kit' Stratton, Viscount Palmer, is society's most dashing war hero. But his charming façade masks a dark secret: he's haunted by a madman's vow to destroy anyone he loves. When Kit catches Lilah red-handed, he strikes a bargain she can't refuse. Their attraction is instant, but as their very lives hang in the balance, one tempting touch could be their undoing...

Want more Rules for the Reckless? Don't miss That Scandalous Summer or Fool Me Twice.

Here's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreTop-notch romanceEverything a great historical romance should beIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readThe third glittering Rules for the Reckless novel. Sharp, clever dialogue; a love story laced with humour; a tale with depth and passion - hallmarks of a Meredith Duran historical romance.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by BooklistHEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.
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Luck Be A Lady: Rules for the Reckless 4

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance in the fourth book of her Rules for the Reckless series. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

Enter Eveleigh's Auction Rooms at your own risk. Prepare to part with your fortune...and lose your heart.

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 desires is her birthright - the auction house that was mercilessly stolen from her. To win this war, she'll need a powerful ally. Who better than infamous crime lord Nicholas O'Shea? A marriage of convenience will serve them both.

Having conquered the city's underworld, Nick seeks a new challenge. Marrying Catherine will give him the guise of legitimacy and access to her elite world - no one need know he's coveted her for a year now. Their arrangement is strictly business, free from the weakness of love. Seduction, however, is an altogether different matter - an enticing game that he's determined she'll play, and what's more, enjoy...

Want more Rules for the Reckless? Don't miss Your Wicked Heart or Fool Me Twice.

Here's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveSo adorable and witty . . . The more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreTop-notch romanceEverything a great historical romance should beIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readTop-notch romanceA sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionThe fourth dazzling Rules for the Reckless novel. Sharp, clever dialogue; a love story laced with humour; a tale with depth and passion - hallmarks of a Meredith Duran historical romance.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.
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The Duke Of Shadows

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

From exotic sandstone palaces...

Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiance's betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn.

To the marble halls of London...

In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous - and that a single decision can alter one's life forever.

Destiny follows wherever you run.

A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned...and some passions never die.

Looking for more Meredith Duran novels? Try Written On Your Skin or her Rules for the Reckless series.

A sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readTop-notch romanceWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readHere's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveWill enchant romance readers who yearn for a clever taleFool Me Twice is a smart, well written, fun and highly entertaining read, one I recommend to all historical romance fansThe more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreAn exquisite Meredith Duran historical romance: sharp, clever dialogue, a love story laced with humour, and a tale with depth and passion.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.
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Bound By Your Touch

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

Lydia Boyce is a spinster with sophisticated interests, for she knows that an unblemished reputation is the only protection in a judgmental world. But when a mysterious forgery threatens to sully her family and her father's legacy, she finds her only hope for salvation in a man who has no use for the rules of good society - or those who follow them.

The Viscount Sanburne is a society darling, but a dark past has left him aimless and uninterested in anything but self-destructive amusement. He has no interest in a bluestocking bent on justice - until she flashes a dimple, and he realizes that corrupting her might prove as pleasurable as scandalizing her does.

Looking for more Meredith Duran novels? Try Wicked Becomes You or her Rules for the Reckless series.

A sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readTop-notch romanceWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readHere's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveWill enchant romance readers who yearn for a clever taleFool Me Twice is a smart, well written, fun and highly entertaining read, one I recommend to all historical romance fansThe more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreA enchanting Meredith Duran novel: sharp, clever dialogue, a love story laced with humour, and a tale with depth and passion.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.
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Written On Your Skin

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

The society beauty who saved his life...

Beauty, charm, wealthy admirers: Mina Masters enjoys every luxury but freedom. To save herself from an unwanted marriage, she turns her wiles on a darkly handsome stranger. But Mina's wouldbe hero is playing his own deceptive game. A British spy, Phin Granville has no interest in emotional entanglements...until the night Mina saves his life by gambling her own.

The jaded spy who vowed to forget her...

Four years later, Phin inherits a title that frees him from the bloody game of espionage. But memories of the woman who saved him won't let Phin go. When he learns that Mina needs his aid, honor forces him back into the world of his nightmares.

In lives built on lies, love is the darkest secret of all...

Deception has ruled Mina's life just as it has Phin's. But as the beauty and the spy match wits in a dangerous dance, their practiced masks begin to slip, revealing a perilous attraction. And the greatest threat they face may not be traitors or murderous conspiracies, but their own dark desires...


Looking for more Meredith Duran novels? Try The Duke of Shadows or her Rules for the Reckless series.

A sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readTop-notch romanceWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readHere's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveWill enchant romance readers who yearn for a clever taleFool Me Twice is a smart, well written, fun and highly entertaining read, one I recommend to all historical romance fansThe more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreA mesmerising Meredith Duran novel: sharp, clever dialogue, a love story laced with humour, and a tale with depth and passion.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.
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Wicked Becomes You

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

She's been burned not once but twice by London's so-called gentlemen . . .

Gwen Maudsley is pretty enough to be popular, and plenty wealthy, too. But what she's best known and loved for is being so very, very nice. When a cad jilts her at the altar - again - the scandal has her outraged friends calling for blood. Only Gwen has a different plan. If nice no longer works for her, then it's time to learn to be naughty. Happily, she knows the perfect tutor - Alexander Ramsey, her late brother's best friend and a notorious rogue.

So why won't a confirmed scoundrel let her be as bad as she wants to be?

Unbeknownst to Gwen, Alex's aloof demeanor veils his deepest unspoken desire. He has no wish to see her change, nor to tempt himself with her presence when his own secrets make any future between them impossible. But on a wild romp from Paris to the Riviera, their friendship gives way to something hotter, darker, and altogether more dangerous. With Alex's past and Gwen's newly unleashed wildness on a collision course, Gwen must convince Alex that his wickedest intentions are exactly what she needs.

Looking for more Meredith Duran novels? Try Bound By Your Touch or her Rules for the Reckless series.

A sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readTop-notch romanceWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readHere's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveWill enchant romance readers who yearn for a clever taleFool Me Twice is a smart, well written, fun and highly entertaining read, one I recommend to all historical romance fansThe more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreAn intoxicating Meredith Duran novel: sharp, clever dialogue, a love story laced with humour, and a tale with depth and passion.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.
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A Lady's Lesson In Scandal

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE MUST TO SURVIVE...

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl's house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man - one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he's a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he'll help her escape the slums and right a grave injustice. Not a bad bargain. All she has to do is marry him.

A NOTORIOUS LADIES' MAN COULD TAKE HER FROM POVERTY TO OPULENCE...BUT AT WHAT PRICE?

A rake of the first order, Simon St. Maur spent his restless youth burning every bridge he crossed. When he inherits an earldom without a single penny attached to it, he sees a chance to start over - provided he can find an heiress to fund his efforts. But his wicked reputation means courtship will be difficult - until fate sends him the most notorious missing heiress in history. All he needs now is to make her into a lady and keep himself from making the only mistake that could ruin everything: falling in love...

Looking for more Meredith Duran novels? Try Wicked Becomes You or her Rules for the Reckless series.

A sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readTop-notch romanceWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readHere's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveWill enchant romance readers who yearn for a clever taleFool Me Twice is a smart, well written, fun and highly entertaining read, one I recommend to all historical romance fansThe more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreA seductive Meredith Duran novel: sharp, clever dialogue, a love story laced with humour, and a tale with depth and passion.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.
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At Your Pleasure

By Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!

By candlelight, she lures him...

Glittering court socialites and underworld cutpurses alike know that Adrian Ferrers, Earl of Rivenham, is the most dangerous man in London. Rivenham will let nothing - not the deepening shadow of war, nor the growing darkness within him - interfere with his ambition to restore his family to its former glory. But when tasked by the king to uncover a traitor, he discovers instead a conspiracy - and a woman whose courage awakens terrible temptations. To save her is to risk everything. To love her might cost his life.

At swordpoint she defies him...

Lady Leonora knows that Rivenham is the devil in beautiful disguise - and that the irresistible tension between them is as unpredictable as the dilemma in which Nora finds herself: held hostage on her own estate by Rivenham and the king's men. But when war breaks out, Nora has no choice but to place her trust in her dearest enemy - and pray that love does not become the weapon that destroys them both...

Looking for more Meredith Duran novels? Try Wicked Becomes You or her Rules for the Reckless series.

A sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper and uncover great depth as well as grand passionIn modern romance, there is still room for the hero that Byron described as "that man of loneliness and mystery" ... It's possible that no one writes him better than Meredith Duran, whose books are as dark and dangerous as the heroes they featureMeredith Duran unceasingly delights ... as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that connect complex, genuine, and lovable charactersA powerful story with emotional punch ... A joy to readTop-notch romanceWildly romanticWitty, often hilarious, sensuous, and breathlessly paced ... An engaging mystery-enhanced escapadeSexy, inventive, and riveting, it's hard to put down and a joy to readHere's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the reader to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion . . . and a better understanding of humanity and the power of loveWill enchant romance readers who yearn for a clever taleFool Me Twice is a smart, well written, fun and highly entertaining read, one I recommend to all historical romance fansThe more I read Meredith Duran books, the more I become fascinated and enthralled with her voiceThis author is one of the best writers in the romance genreAn enthralling Meredith Duran novel: sharp, clever dialogue, a love story laced with humour, and a tale with depth and passion.

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

The Duke Of Shadows and Bound By Your Touch ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll, and the USA Today bestselling Fool Me Twice won the 2015 RITA for Historical Fiction.

For more on Meredith visit her website www.meredithduran.com, and connect with her on Twitter @meredithduran, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMeredithDuran.

HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.SOPHISTICATED HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Meredith receives great acclaim for her captivating, highly original and accomplished writing. Every book is unique, but always filled with intense emotion, strong characters, sensual romance and absorbing plots which make them utterly memorable.AWARD-WINNING: Meredith Duran's first two novels were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll; her fourth was a Romantic Time Top Pick. Meredith's won 'Best Romance Couple' and 'Best Romance Heroine' awards, and was named one of 'the rising stars of historical romance' by Booklist.