One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild book review

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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?

 

 

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No Groom at the Inn book review

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Are marriage of convenience stories your cup of tea? If so, you will love No Groom at the Inn, a novel by Megan Frampton that she calls number 2.5 in her Dukes Behaving Badly series. Actually, the title is inaccurate. There is a groom at the inn; he just doesn’t know it yet.

Poor Lady Sophronia has been left penniless by her father. He was so busy collecting expensive books and playing erudite word games that he forgot to set money aside for her future. Now she’s on her way to become an unpaid children and chicken keeper for a distant cousin.

Enter James Archer. He needs a fiancée and quick to get his mother and a housepartyful of hopeful misses off his back.

Charmingly, Frampton starts each chapter off with obscure words and their made up and real definitions that underscore what is happening in the plot.

As the holiday season unfolds, so too does the love between this twosome. The plot is short and as sweet as c cup of hot chocolate. Perfect holiday fare.

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Excerpt

“Excuse me, miss,” a gentleman said in her ear. She jumped, so lost in her own foolish (fowlish?) thoughts that she hadn’t even noticed him approaching her.

She turned and looked at him, blinking at his splendor. He was tall, taller than her, even, which was a rarity among gentlemen. He was handsome in a dashing rosy-visioned way that made her question just what her imagination was thinking if it had never inserted him—or someone who looked like him–into her dreams.

He had unruly dark brown hair, longer than most gentlemen wore. The ends curled up as though even his hair was irrepressible. His eyes were blue, and even in the dark gloom, she could see they practically twinkled.

As though he and she shared a secret, a lovely, wonderful, delightful secret.

Never mind that all those words were very similar to one another. Her word-specific father would reprimand her—if that gentle soul could reprimand someone, that is—if he heard how cavalierly she was tossing out adjectives that all meant nearly the same thing.

But he wasn’t here, was he, which was why she was here, and now she was about to find out why this other he was here.

Far too many pronouns. Her attention returned to the tall, charming stranger.

Who was talking to her. Waiting for her response, actually, since she had spent a minute or so contemplating his general magnificence. And words, and her father, and whatever other non-chickened thoughts had blessedly crossed her mind.

“Can I help you, sir?” Sophronia asked. He was probably lost on his way to the Handsome Hotel where they only allowed Exceedingly Handsome guests.

That he might think she’d know where the Handsome Hotel was gave her pause. Because she was not handsome, not at all.

But what he said was next was even more unexpected than being asked to provide directions to some establishment where one’s appearance was the only requirement for entry.

“Would you marry me?” he said in a normal tone of voice as though he hadn’t just upended Sophronia’s entire world.

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Author Info

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.

Author Links: 

Website:  http://meganframpton.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/meganframptonbooks

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/meganf

GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/686916.Megan_Frampton

Put Up Your Duke Review

I just loved Put Up Your Duke by Megan Frampton, Dukes Behaving Badly Book Two. Nick is in the midst of an evening’s pleasure with not one, not two, but three “ladies” of ill repute when he learns he has become a duke. Along with the dukedom, he acquires a fiancée.

Said fiancée Isabella has been corseted physically and emotionally to within an inch of her life to become a perfect duchess. The only time she can let down her guard is with her sister Margaret behind bedchamber doors.

The inner monologues as these two try to figure each other out are as entertaining as they are revealing of character.  So are the clever excerpts before each chapter from the imaginary serial that mirrors the plot. Watching Izzy at last have an opportunity to come into her own is great fun. And the title is oh so apropos.

I don’t know how I missed Book One of this series, but I am making it my business to find it.  I hope  Margaret gets a book of her own too.

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