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Historical Romance Review: A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran (Rules for the Reckless #5)

Egalley thanks to Pocket Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.

The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for...

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 It was one of my favourite tropes, peeps, - an antihero in love.

Both Jane, the heiress, and Crispin, the young and already ruthless politician, are more than they seem. Jane is forced to be quiet and mousy to avoid attention and a heavy hand of her uncle who is currently going through her inheritance, while she is trying to plot an escape.

Crispin's cold ambition hides an agenda, which spurs him to a discreet investigation. Both their worlds collide, and Crispin realises he can use Jane's sharp powers of observation while she knows she can benefit from his connections and experience for her own gain. So, they start working with each other.

The initial interactions are fascinating. He is icy, devious, provocative and snarky. She gives as good as she gets, by using his own moves to get back at him. But then another trope happens, one which I really dislike - the dreadful amnesia used to bring together characters who won't fall for each other otherwise.

 Woopdidoo! She pretends he is her husband to finally escape her uncle, justifying her move by his unlikeability. And he turns into a caring, wonderful man overnight, a man she falls for while dying from guilt for using him.

There is also a mystery of his investigation and an interesting angle on his political career in which Jane manages to play a major role. 

While they are a lovely duo, and he empowers her in every way, I'd have loved for them both to fall in love despite their shortcomings and then for him to slowly reform without a convenient shortcut. Otherwise, it's a sweet book which I totally recommend. Definitely, an interesting read.

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 Это была одна из моих любимых уловок сюжета: влюблённый антигерой.

Оба, и Джейн - наследница огромного состояния, и Криспин, молодой, беспощадный политик  - не те, кем они кажутся.

Джейн вынуждена притворяться тихой серой мышью, чтобы избежать внимания и тяжёлой руки своего дяди, пока она готовится к побегу. Криспин - союзник её дяди по политическим махинациям, за своим холодным честолюбием скрывает тайную цель.

Когда их миры сталкиваются, оба осознают, что могут использовать сильные стороны друг друга для своих целей.

Первоначальный контакт между ними завораживает. Криспин холоден, язвителен и дьявольски хитёр. Джейн с её острым умом не боится давать сдачи, используя его же приёмы. Однако, как говорится, не было беды купила бабка порося...

Автор использует приём, который сводит вместе персонажей, которые в обычном порядке, друга друга бы очень долго избегали - амнезию. И вуаля! Джейн решает притворится женой, страдающего от травмы головы Криспина, а тот превращается в идеального джентельмена *закатывая глаза*, в которого она с лёгкостью влюбляется и от этого мучается страшными угрызениями совести.

Ну вот зачем надо было это делать я не знаю. Ведь гораздо было бы пикантней, если бы она влюбилась в него невольно, презирая его натуру, а он бы из-за её любви поменялся. 

Если не обращать внимание на моё ворчание, сюжет интересный. Расследование Криспина и его тайные цели, то, как он постепенно придаёт Джейн уверенность в себе, да и сама пара милая... Рекомендую.
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