Vanity Fare Review

Megan Caldwell. Megan Frampton. Tomato. To-mah-to. Equally delicious no matter what the name.

I finished Megan Caldwell’s Vanity Fare almost in a single sitting. In fact, I got so caught up in it that I nearly missed dinner. And I never miss dinner. I was inspired to seek out the contemporary version of  Megan after I read the regency Megan’s Put Up Your Duke.

An English major myself, I got many a chuckle from the outrageous literary puns that the book’s heroine Molly concocts to market a bakery that is to open a stone’s throw from the New York Public Library.

For a woman who has been dumped by her husband, Molly certainly is surrounded by gorgeous men. The celebrity baker has an ego that fits his status and looks. His business partner is almost too good to be true, what with taking a shine to Molly’s six-year old.

Molly’s two BFFs, not to mention her therapist, are both loyal and honest. Her son is adorable. Even the scrapbooking party is fun.

I can’t resist a novel in which the heroine learns to stand up for herself. I only wish I could tell people off as skillfully.

Megan Caldwell
Megan Caldwell
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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.

Megan Frampton
Megan Frampton