The Sins of Lord Lockwood (Rules for the Reckless #6) by Meredith Duran
Series: Rules for the Reckless #6
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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BACK FROM THE DEAD, AN EARL SEEKS VENGEANCE...
Liam Devaliant, Lord Lockwood, was born into a charmed life. Charismatic, powerful, and wild, he had the world at his feet—and one woman as his aim. His wedding to Anna was meant to be his greatest triumph. Instead, in a single moment, a wicked conspiracy robbed him of his future and freedom.
...BUT WILL HIS LONG-LOST COUNTESS PAY THE PRICE?
Four years later, Liam has returned from death with plans for revenge. Standing in his way, though, is his long-absent bride. Once, he adored Anna's courage. Now it seems like a curse, for Anna refuses to fear or forget him. If she can't win back Liam's love, then she means at least to save his soul...no matter the cost.
Four years ago he married a Anna. It was supposed to be a marriage of convenience but they had each fallen in love. They never got to tell each other, however, as he was kidnapped, put on a ship and sent to Australia to live through starvation and torture. He managed to escape, while getting all the others in the camp out as well, and now he’s back in London and ready for revenge on the man who had him kidnapped.
Anna knew that it was a marriage of convenience but she thought that feelings had been involved. When her husband disappears right before they’re supposed to set sail to Paris on their honeymoon, Anna’s unfortunately, not surprised. Her whole life people had been leaving her and while she expects it, it still hurt. Not knowing where her husband has run off to, she returns to the island she inherited in Scotland and stays there for the next four years. When she hears that her husband is back in London, and has been for the past nine months, Anna is pissed. He’s there spending her money and she’s ready to give him a piece of her mind. She also demands an heir but what Anna thinks of as Liam’s sexual deviancy is actually Liam protecting them both from, what he believes, are the horrors of his body.
Liam was a good man. He’d not always been so but when he married Anna he intended to be a good husband, especially after falling head over heals for her. After his horrific ordeal he is a changed man. He has some of the convicts he freed working for him in his house as he has a kind heart, but his brain is stuck on revenge. When Anna shows up he tries to get rid of her, for her own good. She refuses and then demands a child. Still in love with her he agrees but wants to tie her up and blindfold her so that she can’t see or feel the scars on his body from years of torture. This creates issues, of course. Despite his thoughts of revenge he still loves Anna and in now way wants her around to get hurt.
Anna is stubborn to the core! That woman knew her mind and wasn’t afraid to speak it. I loved that about her! She wasn’t shy and retiring and wouldn’t put up with Liam’s shit and that’s exactly what he needed to get himself out of his own head. I loved the way she went about matters in the book and was proud of the woman that she became after all was said and done.
I admit it’s been a long time since I’ve read a Duran book so after finishing this one I decided it was the perfect book to be reintroduced to her writing. The love, heartache and revenge that play the biggest roles in this story were written so well and I thoroughly enjoyed the book because of it.
Rules for the Reckless Series
Rating: 4 out of 5