Title: The Duke’s Guide To Correct Behavior: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel (book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Megan Frampton
Publisher: Avon, Nov. 2014
Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from the Back of Book Blurb:
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…
Lilly Russell, along with friends Annabelle and Caroline, has opened an employment agency to help women of unfortunate circumstances to find respectable employment as household servants. The day that a footman shows up at the agency she is alone and he is making a request for a governess for a child at his employer’s home. The employer is the Duke of Rutherford, Marcus, and he needs someone immediately. Lily has no governess on the books so she decides to take the job herself because if the agency can say they successfully placed someone at a duke’s home than it would bode well for future opportunities.
That is how this delightfully, light and breezy love story gets it’s start. Ms. Frampton gives us a newly minted Duke who knows how to sound autocratic like a Duke but he is really insecure about the manners of society. He has suddenly become a father and his only way to learn society’s ways is through the help of the governess. According to all of society’s dictates he should not be lusting after the help and falling in love with the help is even worse. Ms. Frampton imbues this enjoyable story with humor and sexual tension. She also adds in a charmingly astute child in four year old Rose.
The ending seemed a bit contradictory to the previous assertions of the characters but all in all this was a quick, witty escapist read.
Dukes Behaving Badly Series:
1. The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior (Nov. 2014)
1.5 When Good Earl’s Go Bad (Novella, Feb. 2015)
2. Put Up Your Duke (June 2015) pre-order available