Meredith Duran Ò 2 CharactersIt seems like I was waiting Lockwood s story foreverSo was it up
to my expectationsYes it was well then why didn t I give 5my expectationsYes it was well
THEN WHY DIDN T I GIVEwhy didn t I give thenAs some of you know I don t like past and present settings in my bookI don t mind if the story break down into two parts where part one in the past and part two in present But to mixing up like this NahHere how I feels about Liam and Anna story I totally love their present time However just like someone trying to each the finished line all the excitement and the spirit there and so looking forward to each the end then someone pull you bac 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 eview 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 best uite ight EdLiam 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 ight In earlier books Lockwood s four year absence from England and his fraught elationship 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 uite 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 eturned 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 ecognizes 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 ealize that something awful happened to him and that his only goal in life is to wreak evenge on the perpetrator The identity of the villain is no secret to the eader it is Lockwood s cousin and heir Stephen who arranged to have Lockwood kidnapped and put on a convict ship cousin and heir Stephen who arranged to have Lockwood kidnapped and put on a convict ship 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 eturned 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 himThis is a beautiful complex story of two Steamy omance sizzles between a esurrected earl and his epentant bride in USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran's latest historical omanceBACK FROM THE DEAD AN EARL SEEKS VENGEANCELiam Devaliant Lord Lockwood was born into a charmed life Charismatic powerful and wi. Amaged 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 ead A eader s perseverance will be ewarded though because as I said at the beginning This book is great Read it Buddy eread Nov 2018 Still loved it As Sam put it damn near perfect Unreservedly
5 Stars for this wonderful historical omance I will say that IStars for this wonderful historical omance I will say that I this one benefits from the groundwork laid in The Duke of Shadows and A Lady s Code of Misconduct It can be ead 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 ecently married Lord Lockwood had been abducted and taken To A Penal Colony We Also Knew That His Marriage a penal colony We also knew that his marriage supposedly a love match and that society thinks he and his wife were on a grand tour during his absence A uestion fore front in my mind was why a ecently married wife would not have aised the alarm of her husband s disappearance While I have found every story I have ead of Duran s interesting there have been times that the omance 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 confusingThe 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 ead worthy without the separation and misunderstandings BUT their eventual HEA is all the sweeter because of itKnowing some of the background it is interesting seeing Anna s
and hurt they eunite In her mind he left her with no word Her feelings are eal and true and the way the story unfolds and progresses is very well paced and told I elished eading this every second and I finished eading with a smile on my face It is going down as one my absolute favorites and I can definitely ecommendI eceived an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest eview Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestAfter eading Maire Claremont s THE DARK LADY I needed a palate cleanser to wash down the angst I looked at my virtual to ead 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 ight 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 TrickedDastardly tricks aside however I eally enjoyed eading THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD in no small part because it evolves around a dark evenge 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 ich countess heiress who wants to keep her freedom and her properties However they had an under. Ld 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 obbed him of his future and freedomBUT WILL HIS LONG LOST COUNTESS PAY THE PRICEFour years later Liam has eturne.indignation and hurt
Standing and affection for one another that transcended what they were bringing to the table Or at least
that s what anna thoughtuntil he ditches hers what Anna thoughtuntil he ditches her their honeymoonAs it turns out Liam was held captive and tortured in unspeakably cruel ways for easons 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 "the naive and untouched ake his wife fell in with and he s ather 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 eturn back to EnglandOnce I ealized what kind of story I was eading note not a light hearted frothy wallpaper historical I uickly got on board I love me a good tortured hero and Liam was exceptionally well done Sometimes I oll my eyes at tortured heroes in omance novels because their misery is entirely manufactured and 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 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 pridefulIf you e a Reread 1118 I buddy ead this with Joanna and Gaufre and was super annoying as usual Again next year guysBuddy Read Thread I take back that part below where I said I would eread 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 eading there aren t tropes I don t like there are just authors who can and cannot execute Meredith Duran executedFirst 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 eading Meredith Duran and historical omance for a very short time I m so thankful she listened to your pleas I was absolutely iveted by Lockwood from the first introduction in The Duke of Shadows A strange dark charmI actually didn t ealize till late in the Book That Her New Release Was To that her new elease was to about him and I was so happy to hear it Now onto the eview 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 eual measure hurt and hope with them and fall in love with them A Meredith Duran level of brilliance I know I haven t been eading omance long but having ead 1 5 6 from this series I unreservedly say that she is the one of the best that omance 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 eading I am ealizing my eviews of her books are far less than adeuate I intend to eread and heavily eview these ich examples of omance 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 eually 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 Netgalleypublisher for the advanced copy of this book. D from death with plans for evenge Standing in his way though is his long absent bride Once he adored Anna's courage Now it seems like a curse for Anna efuses 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.