Having been unlucky in love, Lydia Boyce devotes herself to
managing and promoting her father's Egyptian antiquity
business. It has cemented her reputation as a bluestocking
with no marital prospects. When a forgery appears who is
connected with her father, Lydia investigates with the
objective to erase any possibility of his involvement.
Unable to enlist her sisters' aid, Lydia aligns herself
with an unlikely cohort, the dastardly rogue Viscount
Sanburne. Lydia enjoys bantering with him and ignores his
flirting. She knows the pain of humiliation and refuses to
give him ammunition. However, there is some aspect in
James' character that intrigues her.
The past consumes James and it clouds his vision of the
present and future. The war between James and his father
began with his sister's confinement in an insane asylum.
The nightmare of his sister haunts James and he wages an
all-out assault on his father's precious reputation and
title. James arrives at the lecture hall determined to
embarrass his father with a rare artifact. His plan goes
awry when a bluestocking deems it a fake. Normally a
spinster would not interest him, but Lydia fires back at
his biting remarks.
James aligns himself with Lydia as they search for answers.
They believe they know the facts, but when truths are
revealed, their faith in each other and others is severely
tested. The exposure of both families' pasts creates
terrible truths they must endure.
BOUND BY YOUR TOUCH is only her second book and Ms. Duran
makes quite an impression with a story that carries a
powerful punch. Her fully developed characters pull readers
into their disillusionment and despair as they navigate
through complicated and perilous relationships with
families and the potential for unexpected love. Readers
need to make room on their keeper shelf for the books of
the talented Ms. Duran.
Silver-tongued Viscount Sanburne is London's favorite
scapegrace. Alas, Lydia Boyce has no interest in being
charmed. When his latest escapade exposes a plot to ruin
her family, she vows to handle it herself, as she always
has done. Certainly she requires no help from a too-
handsome dilettante whose main achievement is being
scandalous. But Sanburne's golden charisma masks a
sharper mind and darker history than she realizes. He
shocks Lydia by breaking past her prim facade to the
woman beneath...and the hidden fire no man has ever
recognized. But as she follows him into a world of
intrigue, she will learn that the greatest danger lies
within -- in the shadowy, secret motives of his heart.