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@Read Book à The Sins of Lord Lockwood ¹ Steamy romance sizzles between a resurrected earl and his repentant bride in USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran s latest historical romanceCK FROM THE DEAD, AN EARL SEEKS VENGEANCELiam 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 freedomBUT 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 soulno matter the cost It seems like I was waiting Lockwood s story forever So, was it up to my expectations Yes it was, well then, why didn t I give 5 stars then As some of you know, I don t like past and present settings in my book.I don t mind if the story break down into two parts, where part one in the past and part two in present But to mixing up like this NahHere how I feels about Liam and Anna story, I totally love their present time.However, just like someone trying to reach the finished line, all the It seems like I was waiting Lockwood s story forever So, was it up to my expectations Yes it was, well then, why didn t I give 5 stars then As some of you know, I don t like past and present settings in my book.I don t mind if the story break down into two parts, where part one in the past and part two in present But to mixing up like this NahHere how I feels about Liam and Anna story, I totally love their present time.However, just like someone trying to reach the finished line, all the excitement and the spirit there and so looking forward to reach the end, then someone pull you back and offer you a nice drink before let you carry on your journey Gosh I feel deflated and it happened few times Yes, yes their past story are sweet too and worthy to read too, but I don t really bother much because I just in hurry to find out what will happen with them next not what was happening before So yeah, I skimmed the past reading a bit.So there you go, it was a fabulous story and Liam s character is so good, Anna needs to do a better job to catching up Also, I kind of disappointed with her little bit, what kind of a woman is that who will marry a guy who she thought capable to left her behind just like that Seriously She didn t even bother to report about him missing Her selfpity aren t pretty to read but other than that she was ok.And Liam made up all the story weakness for me I just read Lockwood and Anna part in The Duke of Shadow, again Sigh.I just wonder, is that before or after their 4 years separation I ve given this an A at AAR.It s been a decade since Liam Devaliant, the Earl of Lockwood, stepped onto the pages of Meredith Duran s d but novel, The Duke of Shadows Handsome, charming and enigmatic, Lockwood immediately captured my attention, the mention of his mysterious four year absence from society and his obvious discomfiture at the presence of his estranged wife clearly hiding a story begging to be told and now here it is The Sins of Lord Lockwood is an intense, angsty story that is I ve given this an A at AAR.It s been a decade since Liam Devaliant, the Earl of Lockwood, stepped onto the pages of Meredith Duran s d but novel, The Duke of Shadows Handsome, charming and enigmatic, Lockwood immediately captured my attention, the mention of his mysterious four year absence from society and his obvious discomfiture at the presence of his estranged wife clearly hiding a story begging to be told and now here it is The Sins of Lord Lockwood is an intense, angsty story that is sometimes hard to read, but is nonetheless a compelling tale of a man s struggle to find his place after having his life ripped away from him, and a painful portrait of a marriage rent asunder by hatred and greed.Anna, Countess of Lockwood and Countess of Forth a Scottish title she holds in her own right has learned, second hand, of the return to England of the husband who deserted her on their wedding night four years earlier and she s furious Furious that she was stupid enough to fall for him all those years ago, furious that he abandoned her, furious she s heard nothing of him for four years and furious he hasn t bothered to tell her he s back and she s had to learn of it from the newspapers.When his wife arrives unexpectedly at his their London town house, Liam realises he s seriously miscalculated He had thought he would have at least another month before news of his return could have reached her at her home on the Isle of Rawsey where she retreated after his disappearance a month in which he could bring to fruition his plan to have his revenge upon the man responsible for having him kidnapped on his wedding night and bundled aboard a ship taking convicts to New South Wales That man is Liam s cousin, Stephen, the man with whom he d grown up and played as a boy, and who he d looked out for all their lives but with no direct evidence against him, Liam has to play a careful, devious game behind the scenes With the help of his friends Julian, Duke of Auburn, and Crispin Burke MP, Liam is putting an end to Stephen s fraudulent businesses and strategically and systematically bringing his cousin to the brink of financial ruin.Anna s sudden appearance in London doesn t simply make a ripple in the pond of Liam s careful existence it throws a large rock into the middle and almost drowns him in the resulting explosion of spray He doesn t want to be reminded of the feelings he d had for her or the man he had been, and he certainly doesn t want her in harm s way but she s having none of it Anna will remain in London for as long as she wishes she will live in their house, she will do as she pleases and Liam can go or, rather return to the devil but not until after he has given her the only thing she wants from him an heir to the earldom of Forth Lockwood might not want an heir to his title, but she wants one for hers, and he s the only means by which she can obtain legitimate progeny.It s a nice piece of role reversal to have it be the woman need of an heir historical romance is littered with stories in which the man marries in order to do his dynastic duty, but rarely have I read a story in which it s the woman in that situation, so that makes for a refreshing change But Sins of Lord Lockwood is so muchthan a novel in which an alienated couple find each other again because of the need to procreate It s the story of two people who still care for each other, but who have been damaged in very different ways and must learn to accept themselves as they are and to allow themselves to love and be loved Liam s scars are dreadfully deep, both physically and emotionally he has taken to hiding behind a variety of different fa ades in order to prevent those around him from seeing how truly and irrevocably broken he is, and he can t bear the thought of enduring anyone s pity least of all his wife s And Anna, an independent, outspoken and no nonsense young woman, whose pedigree and wealth mean that her eccentricities are viewed benignly by society, carries emotional scars of her own that are buried so deeply that nobody could ever guess at them.The story is, of course, based on a major misconception Anna s belief that Liam left her by choice and he takes no action to contradict that assumption He constantly evades Anna s questions, letting her believe him to be nothingthan the heartless gold digger she has clearly convinced herself he was all along, but Ms Duran brilliantly counteracts that in a series of carefully placed flashback chapters that chart the development of Liam and Anna s romance four years earlier Anna, a great heiress and peeress in her own right needs to find a husband in order to secure the access rights to the Isle of Rawsey and the future of its inhabitants An impoverished English earl is nowhere on her list of suitable husbands, yet the handsome, charming Earl of Lockwood somehow manages to disarm her and breeze past her defences For his part, Liam has never met anyone like the Countess of Forth, and even though he knows he can have no chance with her she s far too shrewd to allow herself to be wooed for her money he is very soon smitten with her intelligence and her indomitable spirit as well as her smile and lush figure These chapters are simply beautiful as they show the younger, unburdened or less burdened Liam and Anna falling in love almost against their better judgements and entering into what they tell each other is a marriage for the sake of expediency and which is clearly anything but.Both principals are strong, stubborn, flawed characters you can t help but root for, even at those times you itch to bang their heads together Anna is independent and strong willed, but never in an over the top, look at me, I m unconventional way she s a woman of her time who is able to bend the rules a little because of her wealth and status and because she can afford not to give a damn what anyone else thinks When she finally discovers the truth of what happened to Liam she comes out fighting, her fierce championing of him catching him off guardYou tried to hide them his scars Why, you should walk naked in the street to boast of what you survived Other men would learn then what it means to be a man to survive all that, and to come home triumphant You are mine and I am keeping you Liam is complex and tormented, so much so that at times it s difficult to believe he will ever be able to recover from the brutalisation and humiliation he endured at the hands of his captors The intensity of Anna s belief him and her unwavering support go some way towards helping Liam to find his way back to his true self, and he is further aided by his great friend Julian Sinclair The Duke of Shadows , a man who has battled demons of his own, and whose advice, when it comes, is relevant and very much borne of experience The relationship between the two men, previously glimpsed in the earlier book, is superbly done, and Julian s presence is thus integral to the story rather than one of those remember me cameo appearances so often found in sequels and series books.As I said at the beginning, The Sins of Lord Lockwood who, surely, issinned against than sinning is an angst laden story filled with moments of such intensity and raw emotion that it almost hurts to read them I recognise that it might not suit those who prefer their historicals to be light and fluffy, but angst is my catnip and I enjoyed every single moment of this complex, deeply sensual and beautifully written novel Ten years is a long time to wait, but when the result is as good as this one maybe the wait is justified And when one takes into account all the wonderful novels Ms Duran has given us in the intervening years, I, for one, don t feel the least bit short changed Reread 11 18 I buddy read this with Joanna and Gaufre and was super annoying as usual Again next year, guys Buddy Read Thread I take back that part below where I said I would reread it and update I much prefer just basking in this feeling that this book is perfection for me And I ll say onething that occurred to me while reading there aren t tropes I don t Reread 11 18 I buddy read this with Joanna and Gaufre and was super annoying as usual Again next year, guys Buddy Read Thread I take back that part below where I said I would reread it and update I much prefer just basking in this feeling that this book is perfection for me And I ll say onething that occurred to me while reading there aren t tropes I don t like there are just authors who can and cannot execute Meredith Duran executed.First and foremost, I d like to thank the many fans who apparently asked for this book I can t believe it wasn t all part of the plan Since I have only been reading Meredith Duran and historical romance for a very short time, I m so thankful she listened to your pleas I was absolutely riveted by Lockwood from the first introduction in The Duke of Shadows A strange, dark charmI actually didn t realize till late in the book that her new release was to be about him, and I was so happy to hear it Now onto the review of this book It s almost not fair What kind of brilliance does it take for an author to understand the human condition, make us understand and empathize with both characters nearly in equal measure, hurt and hope with them, and fall in love with them A Meredith Duran level of brilliance I know I haven t been reading romance long, but having read 1, 5, 6 from this series I unreservedly say that she is the one of the best that romance has to offer Her books are instant classics with their meaty plots, incredible but not miraculous character development, and beautiful words Which I ll share upon a second reading I am realizing my reviews of her books are far less than adequate I intend to reread andheavily review these rich examples of romance I can tell you in so many ways this book pushes you to the edges of your capacity to understand and creates a little fissure that eventually becomes something you can identify with Though I still favor Duke of Shadows, this is equally poignant She s taken flawed characters and made us love themfor it I shall stop with the gushingwell through writing, I still have a lot going on my up in my brain over this stunner of a book Thanks to Netgalley publisher for the advanced copy of this book 4.5 stars A truly excellent historical romance Strong woman, strong man, STRONG chemistry I wasthisclose to lighting up that elusive 5th star for The Sins of Lord Lockwood by one of my favorite and very underrated historical romance authors, Meredith Duran If it wasn t for my hatred of flashbacks, I would have done it in a heartbeat I ve actually read a couple of historical romances that have vaguely similar themes to this one, heroes with complicated pasts and PTSD from unspeakable th 4.5 stars A truly excellent historical romance Strong woman, strong man, STRONG chemistry I wasthisclose to lighting up that elusive 5th star for The Sins of Lord Lockwood by one of my favorite and very underrated historical romance authors, Meredith Duran If it wasn t for my hatred of flashbacks, I would have done it in a heartbeat I ve actually read a couple of historical romances that have vaguely similar themes to this one, heroes with complicated pasts and PTSD from unspeakable things done to them However, this story still really shone The plot was beautifully constructed with layers and layers of interest, and two MCs who felt like fully fleshed out characters I adored the female MC, Anna, who was all fire and pride and just made of strong stuff She is a woman to admire, and I wish I was as strong as her in my life I was inspired by her confidence and her willingness to grow and learn The male MC, Liam, was also a man of many facets He was so muchthan a bored aristocrat, and I loved getting to know all of his sides, as dark and sad and resiliant as they were He and Anna made a glorious couple, and I loved how the book really took its time making the romance develop slowly and naturally It wasn t rushed, and it was extremely compelling If you like historical romances that make you FEEL and root for revenge, redemption, and second chances at love, than The Sins of Lord Lockwood is for you Actually, I d encourage you to read the whole Rules for the Reckless series, and Meredith Duran is an author to watch Copy provided in exchange for an honest review