Luck Be a Lady

Meredith Duran


Luck Be a Lady

Luck Be a Lady

  • Title: Luck Be a Lady
  • Author: Meredith Duran
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  • Page: 115
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Romance sizzles between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord in this fourth sexy novel in the Rules for the Reckless series from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Fool Me TwiceE WALLFLOWER They call her the Ice Queen Catherine Everleigh is London s loveliest heiress, but a bitter lesson in heartbreak has taught her to keep to herself All she wants is her biRomance sizzles between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord in this fourth sexy novel in the Rules for the Reckless series from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Fool Me TwiceE WALLFLOWER They call her the Ice Queen Catherine Everleigh is London s loveliest heiress, but a bitter lesson in heartbreak has taught her to keep to herself All she wants is her birthright the auction house that was stolen from her To win this war, she ll need a powerful ally Who better than infamous and merciless crime lord Nicholas O Shea A marriage of convenience will no doubt serve them both THE CRIME LORD Having conquered the city s underworld, Nick seeks a new challenge Marrying Catherine will give him the appearance of legitimacy and access to her world of the law abiding elite No one needs to know he s coveted Catherine for a year now their arrangement is strictly business, free from the troubling weaknesses of love Seduction, however, is a different matter an enticing game he means to ensure she enjoys, whether she wishes to or not


Recent Comments "Luck Be a Lady"

4.5 starsLoved Nick, his Irish-ness, his rebel side, his heart, his vulnerability, his gruffness, his humor, his well, EVERYTHING. Loved how Catherine and him interacted, fell in love. Loved this book :)

It's been over a year since I read a book by Meredith Duran which was not a re-read. And I missed you, Ms. Duran, how I missed you.How I missed your rich prose, the complexity of your characters, your intricate storytelling and the vivid imagery of the late 19th century London. And because it's been so long since I read a Duran book, and because Luck Be A Lady was such a joy to read, and because Nicholas O'Shea is Nicholas O'Shea, this will be a rather long winded review. The short version is: 5 [...]

I've given this an A at AAR. But instead of writing a regular review, Dabney and I had a bit of a squeefest in a Pandora's Box feature, which you can find HERE.

“Now, that's what I like about cards, right there. You learn something about the person you're playing with, regardless of the game."Well Written Expressive WritingStarchy Independent Heroine UnstarchedSexy Charming Underworld HeroPolitical Blackmail and BargainingDirty TalkSexual TensionWordplayInteresting Plot TwistIf You Like Julie Anne Long or Elizabeth Hoyt

After reading Lady Be Good, I was certainly interested in two of the secondary characters, the beautiful but icy Catherine Everleigh and the ruthless ruler of Whitechapel, Nicholas (Nick) O’Shea. Neither came off as particularly likeable in that book and I was intrigued to see how Ms Duran could not only change my mind about them, but also create a believable romance between two such dissimilar characters both in temperament and social standing.I like Ms Duran’s effective use of the Prologue [...]

I got a couple of chapters in and just . . . couldn't. I don't buy Nick as the noble savage trying to "do gud" and I buy Catherine as the hard-nosed businesswoman even less. The thing is, in both cases I'm being asked to swallow a non-trivial paradox.In Catherine, she supposedly has a passion for her auction house and literally nothing else at all, ever. That's not passion, that's obsession and that degree of obsession has a price and Catherine shows zero sign of either emotion beyond the motiva [...]

This book, fourth in the series, is not as good as my favorite in the seriesFool Me Twice but a definite improvement over the last one Lady Be Good in which we were introduced to the characters of this story. They intrigued me even then and I was eagerly anticipated their story. Miss Catherine Everleigh, aka the "Ice Queen", is desperate to save her family’s auction house from her gambling sabotaging brother. The action house is her life, her identity but as a single woman in the Victorian tim [...]

Nick made this book for me, I need to find a real life Nick for myself. All I have to say about Catherine is that her nickname really fits her.

It was in Lady Be Good (Rules for the Reckless) that I developed my crush on Nick O'Shea, the H of this HR. He and Catherine Everleigh were such strong secondary characters in that book that I can't imagine it without them in it. And I'm not even sure that this Nick crush I have could have developed just from reading this new release. So I'm giving 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 to this beautifully romantic story but perhaps it's really a rating based on the reading of both books.Catherine, the heroi [...]

A wonderful commentary on poverty and Victorian women's rights (the wealthy and the poor alike, at the hands of less than scruplous relatives) I LOVED Nick his gruffness, his protective instincts about 'his people', his twisted sense of justice and generosity , his vulnerability And Oh how I wish the romance was given space to breathe and blossom. More often than not, Catherine ' s "ice princess" personality took center stage. And the reader was thoroughly distracted when even she couldn't immer [...]

I was so eager to devour this book after reading the last in the series. I loved the "Ice Queen" Miss Everleigh, and I loved how friendship and a bottle of wine opened her up into a completely likeable person. Meredith Duran doesn't disappoint with this foray deeper into her character. She's not so much icy as shrewd, clever, and an excellent business woman living in a world that doesn't reward women for those traits. Learning the back story of Nick was just as pleasing. He had previously been p [...]

I'm giving a Meredith Duran book 5 stars for the first time since reading Duke of Shadows. The reason? Nick O'Shea. He is definitely going on my list of favorite book boyfriends and historical romance heroes. He made me laugh, he made me swoon, he made me cry. He's a wonderfully complex, endearing character -- a man who came up from the streets and has led the life of a criminal, but who is such a good person at heart. A man who had no formal education and struggles to read, but who is brilliant [...]

Read the Tempting Teaser on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews: fictionvixen/tempting-teasFull review to come on Fiction Vixen.But wow. This was good.

This was a very enjoyable read. Nick O'Shea, of Irish descent but raised in poverty in London's notorious East End. He has pulled himself up by his bootstraps and is now a local crime lord, rich and powerful. But although he has been involved in many a shady deal, and he makes much of his money from running a gambling house, Nick comes across as a good person at heart. He found ways to survive the brutality of his childhood and make something of himself in a tough and unforgiving world. And he's [...]

4.5 stars!!! I liked this even better than Fool Me Twice! A new favorite, I think."I won't keep you trapped. Not even for five years. You burn that book, and nobody can say this marriage ever happened. You're free as a bird, Kitty. and I won't beg you to come back to me, even if I want to. And I do. That's the hell of it. You almost made me beg. Instead, I'll speak plainly. I want you. I love you. But you'll come freely, of your own choice. Or you won't."I was reading Lady Be Good, the next entr [...]

I've read such great things about Meredith Duran, but this book didn't make it any justice.I reckon it had potential, but everything was overshadowed by the huge irritating mess that was Catherine, the heroine.When I hear a woman depicted as an 'ice queen' I automatically translate it into "I've been through horrors in my life or I was badly hurt and I'm afraid to be hurt again, so I'm trying to distance myself, but I really want to love you and to be loved back".Not Catherine. That woman was a [...]

3.25 stars.The lower rating results from a case of It's not you, It's me.I can understand why so many people loved it, I just had hard time connecting emotionally with either character so the romance didn't really work for me. I actually ended up enjoying the non romance part of this book more.

The cold and stand-offish Catherine Everleigh has always dreamed of spending her life as an independent career woman and owner to the Everleigh Auction House. She's good at her job and passionate about art and antiques. But her elder brother Peter is destroying the company she works hard to keep by embezzling money and getting her out of the picture by promising her hand in marriage to a slimy politician. So she cooks up a bizarre plan of getting herself married to the one man she thinks would m [...]

The heroine: I love heroines with actual flaws and Catherine is definitely flawed. She was such a cold-blooded mess for the first half of the novel that I’m sure many readers may never manage to warm to her. (view spoiler)[ She wore a funeral dress to her wedding, brought a white sheet to the wedding bed so she could prove that she was a virgin should the marriage ever be contested, and drew up an 18 page contract for the hero to sign. When it came time to consummate the marriage, she was not [...]

I have to admit, I was dragging my feet a bit when it came to opening up this book. I did not care for Catherine in the prior novel and this was her story. Ice Queen is right! But once I got into this, even from the first chapter, I was hooked. Dare I say I enjoyed it more than Lily's story from the last book?This storyline offered so much more in terms of interest and romance, I thought. I just love Nick. He is a sweet bad ass that is both surprising and so loveable. Catherine grew on me quickl [...]

Genre: Late VictorianSeries: Book #4 (but I didn't read the previous 3 bks and it was fine)This was my first Duran in 5 yrs and she delivers a fine elegant novel, as expected. And as usual, I felt no emotional connection with her characters or story whatsoever.Perhaps I will revisit her in another 5 yrs. Or perhaps not.

original post at: ramblingsfromthischickspoThis is my second novel by Meredith Duran. I am absolutely blown away by her! It’s not every day that I am completely absorbed in a story and can’t put it down. The first novel of hers that I read was “Fool Me Twice” which I loved. I find her to be a very creative and inventive author. I never know where her story is going and her hero and heroine are always so raw and filled with flaws. I just want to sit and binge on all her books. I’ve requ [...]

Catherine Everleigh marries Nicholas O'Shea on the down-low in order to blackmail her brother for rights to her half of the Everleigh Auction House. Except now Nicholas is hell bent on melting the Ice Queen using the Power of Lust--will it be enough to keep them together? 1. I wanted to like this just a bit more than I actually did--which was A LOT in both cases. But because of that small deficit, my review may be a bit overly critical. Because I really, really, really wanted to like this and in [...]

Being a huge fan of Meredith Duran I was super excited to have received an ARC (from NetGalley) of her latest book "Luck be a Lady". This book was everything I expected from a Meredith Duran book and more. The hero and heroine and their witty banter absolutely did it for me, I didn't even mind reading about them fight, so perfect was the dialogue when they did. I was apprehensive about Catherine Everleigh, the so dubbed "Ice Queen" from Lady be Good, but getting to know her, understanding the re [...]

I enjoyed this one more than the previous book in the series (Lady Be Good), especially the character of the hero, Nick O'Shea, a gangster with a heart of gold and scrumptiously sexy to boot. The heroine, Catherine Everleigh, known as the "Ice Queen", is less appealing and her transformation from ice queen to a very hot wife for Nick seems inconsistent in places. The plot involving Catherine's nasty and corrupt brother Peter became a little too dense as the book progressed - the book has detai [...]

I love Meredith Duran, and overall this book was excellent. My major problem with it comes towards the end of the book, and as such, is a spoiler.(view spoiler)[ I felt like Nick and Catherine were a great couple by the end, but he did lock her up "for her own safety" which was a deal-breaker for Catherine's character. It wasn't in Nick's character to grovel, and Catherine understood that. But I felt like she needed to be confident that he wouldn't do that again, and I don't feel like they reach [...]

Great relationship building, quirky plot, interesting settings, sex scenes with depth, some well-researched tips on art evaluation, and characters that actually developed over the course of the book. Another quality offering from Ms. Duran.

You gave yourself away too cheaply, Kitty." His voice was hoarse. "You should have asked for the moon."Romance sizzles between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord in this fourth sexy novel in the Rules for the Reckless series from the USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Twice.The WallflowerThey call her the “Ice Queen.” Catherine Everleigh is London’s loveliest heiress, but a bitter lesson in heartbreak has taught her to keep to herself. All she wants is her birthright—the au [...]

While I powered through Lady Be Good, I lost some of my steam with Luck Be A Lady.The reason? I didn't think the characters lived up to their potential.Catherine and Nick had so much more bite as secondary characters that I've been really looking forward to their story.However, once they became a hero and a heroine of their own love story, they reverted to more conventional interactions you would expect from a romance novel, and that deflated me a bit.Saying all that, it's an extremely enjoyable [...]

After finishing Lady be Good, I immediately picked up this book. I was oh-so-curious as to how Duran was going to make Nick, Lilah's uncle and a really terrible, terrible person, be the hero of this book. Duran softened him up just a tiny bit at the end of Lady, but he was a crime lord. He was mean to Lilah, and you know he had to kill and do really awful things to get to where he was. He was basically the villain in Lady Be Good, so how the heck could I fall for him?I wondered this same thing a [...]


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