Steamy romance sizzles between a resurrected earl and his repentant bride in USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran’s latest historical romance.
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.
The wronged hero seeking revenge, is a very common trope in romance. Just off the topic of my head I can think of at least two other books I’ve read that shared this theme. It’s a trope I like quite a bit. I blame the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo for that. I have probably watched that movie way too much. That aside though, I am always willing to read a book that has this trope.
However, to be blunt about it a lot of them are kind of (okay, really) bad.
The Sins of Lord Lockwood though wasn’t halfway bad. I mean, there were parts that I got annoyed with the book but as far as this trope goes it actually handled itself pretty well. The hero didn’t go in full blown jerk mode like many heroes do after they’ve been wrongfully imprisoned and then make erroneous claims about what their wife/significant other had been up to while they were away . Still though, it didn’t quite get into perfect territory for me.
I think one of the things that annoyed me about The Sins of Lord Lockwood were the flashbacks. On one hand, I do appreciate them. On the other hand they felt out of place and I was so engaged in the present storyline I really didn’t care to read them. It probably would’ve been better-for the story-if they had just been inserted prior to the present events.
I also had some issues with how Lockwood escaped and really the entire plot against him. I felt like a lot of things were slopped over. Again, the bones for a good story were there and I enjoyed it, but I was left with a lot of questions.
From looking at other reviews for the book, apparently a lot of the meat of the plot is in Duke of the Shadows which I have ordered in part because I am curious to have some of these questions resolved. So, I guess as many holes in the plot as there are, at least Duran holds my interest…
The leads both were decently formed. You can clearly see that Liam was altered and shaken up by his ordeal. I will say that as illy placed as the flashbacks were, they did a good job showing Before Liam to the audience. And I will also give Liam points for not being a total jerk like some heroes who suffer a similar ordeal (cough, Jordan from Some Kind of Wonderful, cough).
As for Anna, I liked her. Honestly, she did seem a little forgettable to me. But I liked that Duran had created a character that was fairly independent for the time period. I wish that her interest in the sciences was dabbled into further.
Really, the biggest complaint I have with this book is that there were a lot of things about the plot that I wanted developed more. I guess as far as complaints go that’s a lot better than hating the characters or finding the plot outright stupid, but still it leaves me a little disappointed.
If you’re a fan of this trope, you probably will want to pick this one out. It does a fairly decent job with the plot line and I did learn a couple of things about the penal colonies in Australia during the period. However, it wasn’t fully a wow read for me.
Overall Rating: A solid B.