BOOK BLURB: A Deal With the Devil…
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.
…Never Goes to Plan.
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…
“But if our connection means anything to you.” He pushed out a ragged breath. “If you meant those tears you shed when I told you of Jonathan. If your laughter was real, and your smiles. If you feel, as I do, that you could wish for no better partner — in politics, as much as in life. If all of that is true, and not simply an act, a mask to cover your indifference — then tell me so now. Because I am finished with this stalemate. I will not endure a wife who tells me to go back to a mistress. I will not have a wife who refuses to demand explanations.”
REVIEW: This is an author I try to never pass me by. She can do characters that are very relatable and extremely complex. They are never good or bad, rather they tend to be both. And so are the two leads in this story.
Jane Mason is an heiress that is biding her time under her uncle’s roof and putting on a meek indifference while secretly planning to bolt as soon as she can find a husband, and not of her uncle’s choosing. Hiding her true nature, letting her greedy uncle assert his control over her, is something she must get away from and she needs an out quickly.
Crispin Burke is an MP and a political ally of Jane’s uncle and someone she comes to despise as she finds him to be underhanded, ruthless and power hungry. He’s goal of becoming the next prime minister at any cost, she finds abhorring.
I bet I wasn’t the only one struggling to like the hero at the start of this story. But as the story developed and I got to know who these two really were, I felt that the struggles they confronted and choices they made, made them better persons and better partners.
If you’re in a mood for a serious, intriguing and complex romance, this is it.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
AUTHOR BIO: Meredith Duran is the author of ten previous novels, including The Duke of Shadows (winner of the Gather.com First Chapters Romance Writing Competition); Wicked Becomes You (included on the Woman’s World List of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010), and the USA TODAY bestseller and RITA Award Winner Fool Me Twice.
She blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history, and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after.
She enjoys collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. Visit her at MeredithDuran.com, on Twitter @meredithduran and Facebook AuthorMeredithDuran.
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