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Historical Romance Review: Lady Be Good by Meredith Duran

Lady Be Good by Meredith Duran (Rules for the Reckless #3)


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The third searing novel in the Rules for the Reckless series by Meredith Duran, the USA Today bestselling author of sexy and evocative Regency romances in the tradition of Sarah MacLean.

Catching the Lady Red-Handed

Born to a family of infamous criminals, Lilah Marshall has left behind her past and made herself into the perfect lady. Working as a hostess at Eveleigh's, London’s premier auction house, she leads a life full of art, culture, and virtue. All her dreams are within reach—until a gorgeous and enigmatic viscount catches her in the act of one last, very reluctant theft.

Chasing One Red-Hot Passion

Christian “Kit” Stratton, Viscount Palmer, is society's most dashing war hero. But Kit’s easy smiles hide a dark secret: he is haunted by a madman’s vow to destroy anyone he loves. When his hunt for the enemy leads to Everleigh’s Auction Rooms, he compels Lilah to help him. But one tempting touch may be their undoing—for what Kit needs threatens all Lilah holds dear, and losing her may destroy Kit.
 


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9/10

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 God, I loved this book so much! I haven't read a historical for awhile, and to stumble on such little gem was everything.

Why read this one? you'd ask.

The heroine is a total badass who does not take mansplaining kindly. A former thief determined to climb out of the gutter and onto the social ladder, Lilah Marshall works as a hostess in an auction house where she manipulates guests with her refined accent, easy smiles and witty flirtations.


Her former life left her with mad skills, however. Her uncle, Nick O'Shea, the crime lord of Whitechapel, thinks she is wasting herself on a crap job and blackmails her to steal some papers from her workplace. Which she does. Damn unlucky that she is caught by one of the patrons.

Meet reason #2 for the awesomeness of this book. Not one, but TWO antiheroes! Apart from Nick O'Shea there is Christian "Kit" Stratton. A war hero, a golden boy of England, stuff of poems, full of charming smiles, he is not what he seems.

He is ruthless, slightly crazed and hell bent on saving his family from a madman who is after them and who seems to be connected to the auction house.

When he catches Lilah at her crime, he uses her without a second thought. She is pretty pragmatic about it, and there is this awesome mutual manipulation going on while they take each other's measure. What they are absolutely not happy about is their very inconvenient sexual attraction to each other.

This book, guys! It gave me all the feelz. The sparks, the chemistry and the level of understanding each other between these two was truly sublime. It was a real meeting of souls, and I loved Miss Duran so much for this.

While the villain himself was not very impressive, Catherine Everleigh, Lilah's employer as a secondary character was so engaging, she was stealing the limelight in every scene she participated.

Overall, a very atmospheric, magical book with the protagonists I couldn't help but admire. So, if you like your historicals, grab it. It can easily be read as a standalone.




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Боже мой, как же мне понравилась эта книга! Я давно не брала в руки исторический роман, и наткнуться на такое шикарное произведение - это было все!

И что в ней такого особого? вы спросите. Крутизна главной героини. *смеясь* Воровка, полная решимости вылезти из грязи, улучшить себя и вскарабкаться выше по социальной лестнице, Лайла Маршалл работает хостессой в аукционном зале, манипулируя гостями своим рафинированным акцентом, легкой улыбкой и изящным флиртом. Она чертовски талантлива и опасна в своем старом ремесле.

Ее дядя, криминальный барон Уитчапелля, считает, что растрачивает она свои таланты зря и шантажирует ее, чтобы она выкрала для него документы с места работы. Только вот неудачное совпадение означает, что она застукана на месте преступления одним из патронов.

Вторая причина кайфа от этой книги - не один, а целых ДВА антигероя. Помимо дяди Лайлы, встречайте Кристиана " Кита" Страттона, золотого мальчика, популярного, обаятельного героя Крымской войны, о котором слагают стихи. Только под звездным статусом скрывается безжалостный, расчетливый, хладнокровный и немного помешанный человек, готовый на все, чтобы остановить старого врага, охотящегося за его близкими.

Кит знает, что его немезида как-то связан с аукционом, и, когда ему в руки попадается очаровательная, извилистая воровка, он без колебаний ее использует.

И Лайла спокойно к этому относится, ведь она сама неуклюже попалась. От чего очень неуютно им обоим, так это от очень несвоевременного и неуютного сексуального влечения друг к другу.

Ах, эта книга, ребята! У меня было к ней так много чувств. Искры и уровень взаимопонимания между Китом и Лайлой были невероятно прекрасны, как будто встреча двух половинок, которых неудержимо тянуло друг к другу.

Сам по себе главный злодей меня не впечатлил, однако второстепенный персонаж Кэтрин Эверли, босса Лайлы, перетягивал на себя все внимание в каждой сцене, в которой она присутствовала, так она была хороша.

В общем, очень атмосферный, волшебный роман с превосходными главными героями. Если вы поклонник жанра, хватайте эту книгу без колебаний. Ее можно спокойно читать вне порядка серии.
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