Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2) by Meredith Duran

Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2)

In the vein of Sarah MacLean, a sexy and evocative Victorian romance between a vengeful duke and a fiery redhead from an author who is a veritable tour de force in the genre.A Lady With a SecretRunning for her life, exhausted and out of options, Olivia Holladay wants nothing more than the chance to make a home for herself. So when she realizes that the infamous Duke of Marwick might hold the key to her freedom, she boldly disguises herself as the...

Details Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2)

TitleFool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2)
Release DateMar 25th, 2014
PublisherPocket Books
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2)

  • Christina ~ Brunette Reader
    *** 3,25 less enthusiastic than I expected stars *** Don't get me wrong, this book was thoroughly enjoyable, better than the average fare for sure and worth a try in any case no matter what I'm going to say, as I recognise that the quibbles I had were totally of a "personal tastes" quality and are not true objective flaws at all but, alas, I mainly rate according to my subjective enjoyment. In other words, where I saw a shortcoming some of you mi...
  • Mary - Buried Under Romance
    Meredith Duran unceasingly delights me as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that concoct complex, genuine, and lovable characters. There is nothing for Olivia and Alastair but the darkness of their pasts and the need to escape them. The intense loneliness as a result of their respective missions is the exact force that exerted a magnetic pull among the two -- Olivia's amazing capacity for love and understanding desperate her ...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    I'm getting more and more into historical romance these days and branching out to try new-to-me authors, so I was excited to take a chance on this story. If you can get past the VERY slow start, you are in for a real treat. I found this book to be emotional, sexy, and smart, and the further I read the more I couldn't put it down.I think part of the reason that this book was SO hard for me to get into was that I haven't read the first in the serie...
  • Duchess Nicole
    First off, what a gorgeous cover...such a stand out, it's initially what caught my eye. And what's in the pages of this little gem is just as good. The story itself is a bit slow to take off. As Olivia Mather infiltrates Alistair Grey, the Duke of Marwick's home, we discover that each of them has secrets and neither has a a happy past. Alistair is a widower, but instead of mourning the death of his beloved wife, he has secluded himself away in hi...
  •  ❀ Minesha ❀
    His shoulders jerked. She glanced up and discovered him silently laughing at her. “Your face,” he said. “So shocked. Does ducal hair feel like some strange new variety?”“Sit still,” she snapped—and then frowned. “There’s a pun in that somewhere, but I can’t find it.Ducal hair, ducal heir . . .”“Oh, but I’m not an heir,” he murmured. “I’m the genuine article, I assure you.”A few days ago, I asked for a recommendat...
  • Ursula
    This was a difficult book and I cannot say I enjoyed it as such. It was beautifully written, as Duran books always are. But the hero, Marwick, was very problematic for me. And that significantly diminished my pleasure as I read the book.Here's the thing: I am all for the tortured hero or heroine (although in HR it is usually the hero....why is that, I wonder?). I get that life damages people and everyone is flawed. But this hero- boy, he was one ...
  • Gio Listmaker
    Normally I Don't Enjoy The Recluse Story But Meredith Hooked Me With A Teaser And I Could Not Put It Down. “Was it her imagination, or did the townhouse loom? All the other mansions on this street looked polite and elegant, neatly confining themselves within rows of trimmed hedges. This house, on the other hand, sprawled. She spied a gargoyle lurking above one cornice, glowering at her. Of course the Duke of Marwick would have a gargoyle carved...
  • Caz
    Alastair de Grey, Duke of Marwick was one of the most important political masterminds in the country, a man tipped as a potential prime minister, as well one whose power and connections behind the schemes earned him the moniker of “kingmaker”. Following the sudden death of his wife, Margaret, Alastair discovered that what he had considered to be the perfect marriage was nothing but a sham. His wife was not only regularly unfaithful to him, bu...
  • Keertana
    Oh, this was good. I didn't expect too much from it, despite the high ratings, likely because the set-up seemed doomed from the start but, this book. It's a difficult one to explain, only because it doesn't sound good--Olivia, an intelligent young girl, is on the run from a powerful duke who, for a reason unknown, wants Olivia dead. A poor orphan, completely alone in the world, Olivia is tired of running every time she begins to settle down. When...
  • Lady Wesley
    Even though I dislike revenge plots, I must get finally got around to reading this one, which won the 2015 RITA for long historical romance.Unlike some revenge-based stories, this one is cleverly done, as one would expect from such a talented author. The romance between Olivia and the duke builds gradually, and the cross-class nature of their relationship is not glossed over. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Alison Larkin. Now, on...
  • Bubu
    I actually have to re-read this one to write a review. I loved it when I first read it but I wonder how I'd read it now.
  • Nuria Llop
    Me encantado la relación de pareja: cómo se conocen, cómo se va desarrollando y cómo culmina. Las personalidades de ambos, además, son dispares y muy bien construidas y atrayentes para la lectora de romántica. Solo puedo encontrarle a ella un pequeño fallo en un momento dado, pero quizá es cosa mía y la incoherencia que le veo no lo sea tanto. Personajes profundos, un romance muy creíble en el que el buen diálogo se interrumpe a menudo...
  • Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
    Read more reviews like this at!Fool Me Twice started off with a lot of potential. I loved the idea of a maid searching the house of a rich Duke to clear her name; however as the novel quickly started to take on darker tones the less I started to like it. Though the writing itself was good I just couldn't get my self into the story because of how much I ended up hating the characters and lackluster plot.The numb...
  • Jacob Proffitt
    This is the second in a series and both main characters first appear there in some detail. So I recommend reading in order, even though this is a much better story.I'm going to get this out of the way because it's all the negative I have to say about this story: Alastair's reaction to finding out his dead-of-opium-abuse wife was cheating on him and deliberately undermining his political goals is all of the self-pity in the world wrapped into a si...
  • Pepa
    4.5Esta novela reúne todos los requisitos para resultarme fabulosa: unos personajes con fuerza y perfectamente construidos que evolucionan a la par que la historia. Ciertos detalles con los que juega la autora para crear un poco de intriga, unos diálogos divertidos, chocantes y con desparpajo, irónicos en algún momento y un estilo que te invita a seguir leyendo apenas sin darte cuenta. Mi única pega, un final demasiado precipitado que le ha ...
  • Nefise
    4.5 starsReview to come...
  • sraxe
    I got sick of reading how golden and beautiful and angel-like Alastair is pretty much after the very first time I read it. He was such a rude, unnecessarily cruel and wrist-grabbing vat of angry that I couldn't even pretend to like him or try and overlook some negative aspects of his character (that, admittedly, I've done with some other characters).Honestly, at what point was I expected to start liking him? First he's just an ass and throwing bo...
  • Ira
    The Hero was suicidal.Have you read that type of hero in Historial Romance yet? He is really suicidal, I mean don't let him hold a gun because he will smash his brain out with it, not just behaving stupidly and end up killing himself.And the heroine is so special, thats why I like this one so much, she is awesome.Today, I found there are two more books in the series and I don't have a clue who are they.Perhaps I need to read this book again...
  • Jultri
    She has a way with words, Duran. This is a beautifully written book, heart-wrenching in it's honest documentation of a range of emotions - grief, rage, guilt, joy, fear. The author excelled, especially in the beginning, in capturing the hero's emotional black-hole, his shutout of the world as his defence mechanism following the death of his esteemed wife and revelations of her multiple betrayals of his trust and their marital vows. Alastair, the ...
  • Lyuda
    Wow, what an amazing book! Bravo Ms. Duran!We first met the main characters in the previous book “That Scandalous Summer” where Lord Alastair, Duke of Marwick was truly down brought to his knees by his deceased wife betrayals. He was not a sympathetic character in the first book but something about him touched me. I am so glad the author decided to make him a hero of her next book. The slow and beautiful transformation of Alastair was truly b...
  • Addie H
    4.5 stars (Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Disguise, Work Relationship, Forbidden Love, Unstarched (hero), Scar (mental)Oh wow. Just oh wow. Where has MD been all these years, and how have I failed to pick up her books? ***** What a terrible thing it was to wish to be known, to be seen, when one’s life depended on remaining unnoticed.*****Two very flawed characters, some very witty scenes, and some dark paths we’re forced to stroll. It’s not all...
  • Laura Renee
    This book was the first of Duran's I really didn't like the preview put out in advance. Unfortunately, it turns out the big issue in the preview (crazy unsexy power imbalance) wasn't very much remedied in the rest of the book. I have no fault with the heroine's spine; she refuses to be intimidated by him, even when he often scares her with violent behavior (red flag!). What really got to me, though, was his narration, how he thought about her and...
  • Aly is so frigging bored
    This one was 100 times better then the 1st one! I'm kind of loving this series :D
  • A (Is For Awkward)
    Second re-read. Still not a fan. Like most Duran this was an interesting plot that was undermined by a secondary kidnapping/murder plot line in the last 25% and in this case also by abusive behaviour from the hero on a handful of occasions throughout the book. The hero is a duke, and the heroine is his house keeper, aka boss/employee romance plotline, and the relationship was undermined by plain old asshole behaviour including the typical "you ha...
  • Jan
    3.75 stars. I probably should have read Book 1 in this series first, because when I started this one I found it a little confusing. Who were these people and how did they relate to each other? And what were all of these stolen letters? Who were they stolen from? etc. But I warmed to it as I read further and began to understand what was happening. By the end I really liked it - it would have been 4 stars except for the lack of sufficient clarity a...
  • Ashley
    I wish I would have read this not in the middle of my annual romance binge (which I think is almost over now). Its charm was a bit overwhelmed in my head by all other more mediocre romance books I've read over the past month. Still, I own a hard copy, so it's easy to revisit in the future, and it was good enough that I will want to. Loved the central characters, no weird side stuff, even some good twists and turns, which almost never happens in r...
  • Angie
    Originally reviewed here @ AngievilleI started a Meredith Duran book some time ago and stalled out early on for reasons I can no longer quite remember. I know it wasn't the writing, which definitely struck me as adept. I think it was more to do with the setting and I not clicking. Also the sense I was getting that the characters were going to hurt each other—possibly at some length—before they found any middle ground. Either way, I wasn't up ...
  • Ekaterin
    Un coup de cœur pour le héros, dès les 1ères pages du tome 1. Et je n'ai pas été déçue. Bizarrement alors que Michael son jeune frère était sur le papier beaucoup plus original et intéressant, en définitive sur le rendu j'ai préféré Alaister d'une facture beaucoup plus classique. Syndrome du Darcy je pense^^ Et une histoire également assez banale et déjà plus d'une fois utilisée, entre le noble et sa gouvernante. Mais quand c'e...
  • Natalie
    3.5 stars"You were never afraid.""I knew you would never hurt me.""I was a perfect villain.""Never, not really."His head tilted as he studied her."I wanted your courage," he said quietly."And I, your brilliance." She thought of all those speeches, half written, pearls that history would treasure. "Your insight." She hesitated. "The way you look at me, Alistair. You see me."I love the "You see me" (better than anyone else) trope in books MORE THAN...