Release Day of The Highland Duke


I’ve been waiting impatiently for this day so I can share my love of this book. It was so hard to put down and today you can go buy a copy of your own!

My review:

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review and I’m so glad that I was able to read it!

This book tells the tale about the Duke of Gordon who is a Jacobite in secret and shot in the thigh with a musket ball embedded while out with one of his cousins, trying to push some of the English Dragoons back. In the mix up of the fight, he’s thrown from his horse and manages to hide until a healer by the name of Akira Ayres happens upon him. Little does she know that by reluctantly pulling the bullet out of the mysterious Highlander who calls himself Geordie, it will forever change her world.

They find themselves on the run shortly after she bandages his wound though he passes out from blood loss on a horse and Akira manages to find them shelter near a cave for the night and that starts just the beginning of an interesting alliance and two people from different worlds soon realize that sometimes you can find love in the most unlikely places.

Despite the fact that Gordon started out as being a grumpy man with quite the colorful vocabulary who grew up privileged but also aware of those less fortunate, I loved the fact that he didn’t care that Akira had Gypsy blood and soon became fiercely protective of her. He did bumble his way through things at times but eventually soon realizes what is really important or rather who is and that sometimes the impossible is possible if you just have faith and a bit of Gypsy magic.

Akira grew up poor with a Mother and three sisters, all of whom only have a home due to the kindness of a widow, living in a windowless cottage and just barely scraping by. Akira learned from a young age how to heal and the payments she receives goes a long way in helping her family. Due to their Gypsy heritage, many of the villagers have been distrustful of her family and her Mother was attacked years ago which left her with scars and a permanent limp. Despite the hard times, Akira has developed a kindness for those in need and tries to heal people who need her help.

At first, it seems as though these two are completely wrong for each other, but as the story progresses, love proves that it doesn’t care about status in life, money or heritage but wants to bring two people together who really balance each other out. Akira isn’t afraid to speak her mind to Geordie and he finds himself intrigued by the spirited healer. They go on quite the interesting adventures on the way to Geordie’s home, find allies in unlikely places, and realize that sometimes fate knows the way of hearts before two stubborn people do.

It was such a pleasure to read this book and was hard to pull myself way from. Full of a fascinating mixture of adventure, humor, close calls, the power of love, steamy scenes, friendship, family and just a dose of magic, I highly recommend this book. There are also hints of sexy Scottish men in kilts which is always a plus in my book and the loyalty of clans more than willing to protect their allies.

This book was my first taste of Amy’s writing and I look forward to reading not only the next book in the series when it’s released but as well as other works by her. She has been put on my list of authors to buy without reading the synopsis on the back!

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As you can see, I’m really enthusiastic about this book and impatiently waiting for a chance to get my hands on the second book. There’s just something about highlanders, kilts and Scotland that’s hard to resist!

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and stay tuned as I’ll be posting again with quite the long list of reviews I’ve had on recent books. Remember to always have a book with you just in case you might have an urge to read!



Blog Tour Schedule for A Lady’s Code of Misconduct

Good evening,

I am so excited to be talking about Meredith Duran’s latest book (#5) in her Rules for the Reckless series which was released February 28th. My first time reading one of her books in this series but not my first experience with this talented author.

I’m so lucky to have a physical copy in my hands and the cover is so pretty. It’s hard to compare with that fresh book smell too. I will be posting a review soon so be sure to stop on by and in the meantime, check out the variety if blogs Meredith is touring and there’s a chance to win some of her books!





Fifth in the Rules for the Reckless Series

By Meredith Duran

Pocket Books

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

ISBN: 9781501139024

Price: $7.99


Praise for A Lady’s Code of Misconduct:

“Political intrigue and conspiracies abound in Duran’s engrossing fifth Rules for the Reckless Victorian romance (after Luck Be a Lady), which boasts plot twists galore…Duran is at the pinnacle of her craft as she weaves together humor, forgiveness, and love in a flawlessly executed plot. Jane, Crispin, and the rest of the characters are all well drawn, and the love scenes strike the perfect balance of steamy and sweet. Each layer in the story is suspenseful and delightful, making this the best installment so far.”

Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW


“A sham marriage, political intrigue, and a case of amnesia provide a backdrop for this absorbing Victorian romance. Although Duran (Luck Be a Lady, 2015, etc.) has written a novel as layered as an onion, the characters are well-drawn and the plot flawlessly executed. Add in some very steamy sex, and the fifth installment of Duran’s Rules for the Reckless series can’t help but delight. This book weaves its spell so thoroughly that the most fortunate reader will be the one who has time to read the entire thing in one sitting. A masterful tale of suspense, forgiveness, and love.”



“Political intrigue drives a captivating historical romance…This Regency romance, part of the Rules for the Reckless series, is a smart love story, peopled with complex and absorbing characters.”



“A riveting story.”

—Heroes and Heartbreakers


“A masterful author of historical romances…A Lady’s Code of Misconduct takes worn threads of old tropes, like amnesia and the tortured hero, and weaves them into a lush tapestry with sophisticated, beautiful writing. Crispin seems power-mad and Jane seems saintly, but as Duran slowly unravels their characters amidst a plot of intrigue, betrayal, and dark secrets, we discover they’re more alike than they (or we) realize. The hero is swoonworthy, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Jane as his flaws shine a light on her own. The tale and characters so captivated me, that I literally couldn’t put it down.”

—Omnivoracious Amazon Book Review by Sabrina Jeffries


“Thoughtfully written and the story creates not just a simple story of two people but an entire world for them to inhabit. If you like your historicals to have some meat to them, I highly recommend this one.”

—All About Romance


“Extremely relevant to our current political state…I could have easily sat and devoured this in one evening as each of the chapters seemed to end on a cliffhanger that just won’t let you put the book down. Quill says: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct is the perfect book to sit in your favorite chair with and let the world pass by for a little while you get lost in the past.”

—Feathered Quill


“I absolutely love this series… Meredith writes intelligent characters with a fast paced plot.  Her writing is sensual, witty and totally captivating.  This book has everything you would want in a Historical Romance.   It is witty, sensual with a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end. Crispin and Jane are extraordinary characters in a riveting story that will leave you wanting more.  The journey of Crispin and Jane to their HAE is fabulous.  I will read anything that Meredith writes.”

—The Reading Wench


“A fun read. I enjoyed Duran’s characters and plot…there’s a villain who made me think of a Regency era James Bond villain.”



About the book:

USA TODAY  bestselling author Meredith Duran’s A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT is the fifth sizzling novel in the Rules for the Reckless series—a sexy and evocative Regency romance between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord.


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…


About the author:

Meredith Duran is the author of ten previous novels, including The Duke of Shadows(winner of the 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, on Twitter@meredithduran and FacebookAuthorMeredithDuran.


Reckless Reward:

The twenty starred blogs (*) below will giveaway one set (Reckless Reward!) of three autographed copies in the Rules for the Reckless series: Fool Me Twice, Lady Be Good, and Luck Be A Lady. You can enter on all participating sites, but you can only win once. To celebrate the fifth in the series, there will be five Reckless Reward giveaways per day beginning publication day, Tuesday, February 28th – Friday, March 3rd. U.S. only.


Blog Tour:



Sunday, February 26th

Nikbooklovers Blog


Monday, February 27th

Books for Her


Tuesday, February 28th

*The Romance Dish

*Canadian Book Addict

*Just Another New Blog

*Top 10 Romance Books

*Unabridged Chick

Buried Under Romance

Dear Author

Toot’s Book Reviews – Feature

Il Profumo delle Pergamene

Marvelous Things

My Book Addiction and More


Wednesday, March 1st

*Book Nerd

*Reviews by Crystal

*All About Romance

*Booktalk with Eileen

*We So Nerdy

Roses Are Blue

In the Hammock

Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews – Spotlight

Romance Book Reviews for You


Thursday, March 2nd

*I am, Indeed

*A Midlife Wife

*Literary Gossip

*Undeniably Book Nerdy

*Dew On The Kudzu

Books and Beauty Are My Bag

Ebook Obsessed

Abigail Books Addiction

Dirty Girl Romance – Spotlight

Bookhounds – Q&A

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – An Interview with The Librarian, 9:00 pm ET

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – Facebook Event


Friday, March 3rd

*Black ‘N Gold Girl’s Book Spot

*JoJo the Bookaholic

*Sportochick’s Musings

*The Reading Wench

*Got Fiction Book Blog

Cup of Tea and Book

The Reading Addict

Nicely Phrased

Ladeetda Reads

Silvatrend8553 Book Blog

Night Owl Reviews – Author Guest Post



Saturday, March 4th

Passionate Encounters


Sunday, March 5th

My Little Book Corner


Monday, March 6th

Reading Frenzy – Spotlight

Bookish – Giveaway

Foreign Circus Library

Poof Books


Tuesday, March 7th

I Love Romance

Bookworm2bookworm – Spotlight, Excerpt, and Review

Dirty and Thirty

Wild Wordy Women

Polished Bookworm

Sammi’s Bookish Reality

Passionate Reads

Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh my!

Everyday Gyaan

Celtic Lady’s Reviews – Spotlight


Wednesday, March 8th

Moonlight Rendezvous

One More Chapter

Poof Books

All Things Bookaholic

Fresh Fiction – Spotlight


Thursday, March 9th

Happy Ever After Romance Book Reviews

The Book Junkie Reads

Three Boys and an Old Lady blog


Friday, March 10th

Smitten by Books

Celtic Guardian

Reader Girls

Jathan & Heather

All Things Bookaholic

Fresh Fiction – Spotlight




So I hope you’ve developed a taste for this book and a curiosity that will only be satisfied by having this book in your arms!

My bookish ramblings have come to an end but not to fear because they will return soon. Until then, hope you’re enjoying life as a bookworm and keep an eye out for my next blog post.



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