One-Eyed Dukes are Wild is the second book I’ve reviewed recently whose author, Megan Frampton, I’m guessing is a Days of Our Lives fan just as I am. The afore-mentioned duke wears a black eye patch as does Stephen Nichols in his role as Steve “Patch” Johnson. The similarity, however, ends there. This one-eyed man doesn’t play a mean harmonica like Steve. That would be fun, and this man has no concept of what having fun might be.
Instead, Lasham is a lot like many of the men in our real lives, hardworking but uncomfortable talking about emotions. Into his conscientious but dull life bounces Maggie, sister of Isabella from Frampton’s earlier Dukes Behaving Badly book. Maggie has caused a scandal by refusing to marry the man her odious parents chose for her and been disowned. Now she earns a living besting gentlemen at cards and writing serial fiction.
Besides her own upkeep, Maggie needs the money to help other women to escape from abusive husbands and find gainful employment. That requires her to visit some dangerous neighborhoods. Lasham is too upstanding to allow her to go unprotected (except by her bossy maid.) He’s also the proverbial tall, dark, and handsome hero, so she can overlook his stuffiness.
Being an oldest child myself, I really relate to Lasham’s need to be perfectly correct and how stifling that can be. Luckily, I found an adventurer in my husband, just as he does in Maggie.
Don’t you love a HEA?
I am a long time viewer of Days of Our Lives, and I suspect Debbie Mason, the author of Snowbound at Christmas is too. What tipped me off? The name of the diva who stars in the soap opera in her novel is Chloe just like one of the characters on Days.
And what a diva Mason’s Chloe is. She is totally self-centered and treats her sister Cat like a serving wench. Cat has been protecting her sister since childhood. Even more so now that someone is threatening Chloe’s life.
The sisters are identical twins, leaving room for all kinds of mistaken identity. Then along comes an FBI agent to uncover the would-be murderer’s identity while pretending to be a British lord and joining the cast as Chloe’s new love interest. In real life, however, he falls for Cat. He has to bring his grandmother along on the investigation, since nobody else is willing to watch her. She’s a cross between the Dowager Countess of Grantham and an elderly Elizabeth Taylor. Throw in a gay hair and makeup artist, Cat’s BFF, and the fun commences.
We get to meet the delightful citizens of small town Christmas, Colorado, when the soap cast comes to film. Their reactions, particularly to the faux British-almost royalty, are hilarious. The plot is clever; the dialogue is witty.
This is the fifth book in this series. Maybe Chloe gets to star in book six.
Do you like books about small towns as much as I do?
Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.