The Duke's Guide to Behaving Badly
[November 25, 2014]
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All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .
[June 30, 2015]
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He was once happily bedding and boxing, but in the newest Duke's Behaving Badly novel, Nicholas Smithfield has inherited a title and a bride . . .
To keep his estate afloat, the new Duke of Gage must honor an agreement to marry Lady Isabella Sawford. Stunningly beautiful, utterly tempting, she's also a bag of wedding night nerves, so Nicholas decides to wait to do his duty—even if it means heading to the boxing saloon every day to punch away his frustration.
Groomed her whole life to become the perfect duchess, Isabella longs for independence, a dream that is gone forever. As her husband, Nicholas can do whatever he likes—but, to Isabella's surprise, the notorious rake instead begins a gentle seduction that is melting every inch of her reserve, night by night . . .
To his utter shock, Nicholas discovers that no previous exploits were half as pleasurable as wooing his own wife. But has the realm's most disreputable duke found the one woman who can bring him to his knees— and leave him there?
I read a lot of romance novels. They're really great for me when I'm stressed out and just want something light, fun, and addicting. They're also really great slump breakers for me (I've been in a pretty massive slump this month, which is terrible timing, so I've been binging romance novels). I rarely rate them or have really strong feelings either way on them, but Megan Frampton books? This series, honestly, has been a revelation.
Both books feature slightly unique twists on common plots. Rutherford isn't a widower and he didn't just learn about a kid he had. Nicholas and Isabella don't have your typical arranged marriage and Nicholas didn't just suddenly acquire the dukedom. While these stories are perfectly fun and I'll read the hell out of them, it's always nice to see a twist on them.
Megan Frampton also has a hell of a talent with banter. The conversations between her characters are amazing and funny and just a delight to read. Frampton doesn't just fall into the idea that these characters are meant to be together because it's the story, she builds up chemistry for them. And that really made a difference for me in this series.
A lot of romance novels don't stand out to me, but this series really did. They were fun, sexy, and funny and I'm definitely going to pick up the third book in the series and I can't wait to see what else she does!