A Willful Woman…

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TBR Challenge: Bound By Your Touch by Meredith Duran

on November 24, 2017

The theme: A recommended read. I remember reading blog reviews of this one, though I probably would have bought it after Duke of Shadows anyway.

Why this one: On my list of “DNFs by really good authors.”

To read this, I had to overcome my aversion to European historicals with a) archeology b) mystery elements and 3) spinster/rake combos. And I did have some difficulty pushing past where I stopped before. Once the romance heated up though, I found a lot to enjoy.

Our heroine is Lydia, who lost the man she loved to her younger sister and is now pretty much resigned to spinsterhood. A college graduate — so not a bluestocking, thank you very much! — she works for her father and promotes his archeological theories. Her specialized knowledge unwittingly draws her into a feud between wastrel Viscount Sanburne and his father.

Lydia works hard to be a proper lady; James works equally hard to be a family disappointment. But as they uneasily combine forces to investigate a forgery, they find they’ve both been living with less than the full truth.

The “starchy heroine getting unstarched” trope is well done here, with Lydia learning to embrace the wilder sides of  her nature in dramatic, exciting scenes. There are also intense themes around loyalty and — although of course the term isn’t used — codependency. It was worth having to put up with some stolen ancient relics, in the end.

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2 responses to “TBR Challenge: Bound By Your Touch by Meredith Duran

  1. Bona says:

    I liked this book and gave it three stars. I found it was a character-driven story more than a plot-driven one, and both characters were quite interesting and intelligent. It was kind of enemies-to-lovers at the beginning. I particularly enjoyed the hero as somebody interesting that supported any radical cause just to annoy his father.

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