When Good Earls Go Bad: Dukes Behaving Badly # 1.5 by Megan Frampton with Excerpt and GIveaway

Welcome to my stop for  a Victorian Valentine’s Day Novella from Megan Frampton.  Read on for an excerpt, please be sure to check out the other tour stops , and don’ t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Three Digital Copies of WHEN GOOD EARLS GO BAD.

When Good Earls Go Bad

Picking up with Frampton’s Victorian series, When Good Earls Go Bad has several clever moments for readers to enjoy.  Frampton does not rigidly adhere to behavioral conventions / societal norms of the time in her stories, giving a more modern twist to her characters and their attitudes that fits perfectly in this series.

Annabelle has struck out to make a life as the partner in an employment agency that provides staffing for the households of the Tonne. Determined to make this venture a success, when a request comes in for a temporary housekeeper for a newly arriving Scottish earl in his London townhouse, she decides to take the position in the hopes of furthering the agency’s reputation.

When Matthew, Earl of Selkirk arrives at the townhome late at night and earlier than expected, he chooses a bedchamber that looks prepared, but he missed the occupant.  Awakened in the middle of the night is not a great first impression, but Annabelle carries that off fairly well.

Slowly but surely the two come to see how much they have in common: Annabelle is friendly and charming with a voracious appetite for books and an insatiable curiosity about the world.  While Matthew is a bit more reserved, relying on logical thinking and is a very literal thinker: his learning to joke and soften under Annabelle’s influence and easy, friendly and warm openness was endearing.

Soon the two are talking about more than the household or their latest read, and their connection becomes physical and playful. Annabelle’s curiosity and history of reading anything and everything allows for a bit more experimentation, while still taking care to discuss and avail themselves of contraception, a surprising addition to the story.

Frampton has made a lighthearted and fun story of two hearts finding one another based on their common interests, rarely considering the differences in their societal positions and limiting dramatics in favor of developing a relationship.  The perfect quick escape read that should encourage your reading the first book in the series if you haven’t already.

When Good Earls Go Bad: Dukes Behaving Badly # 1.5 by Megan Frampton with Excerpt and GIveaway

Title: When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine’s Day Novella
Author: Megan Frampton
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062380303
Published on: 3 February, 2015
Format:ARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 133
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series is back, though this time it’s an earl who’s meeting his match in this delightfully fun and sexy novella!

What’s a lovely young woman doing asleep in his bed? Matthew, Earl of Selkirk, is shocked to discover it’s his new housekeeper! She’s a far cry from the gray-haired woman he expected. Matthew is no fan of surprises, and Annabelle Tyne is pure temptation. Perhaps he shouldn’t have had her hired sight unseen.

Annabelle, co-owner of the Quality Employment Agency, is no housekeeper, but she wasn’t about to lose a potential client simply because there was no one to fit the bill. Imagine her shock when the Earl arrives at his London townhome and she’s awoken in the night by the most attractive man she’s ever seen.

Matthew is a man who lives life by the rules, but sometimes rules are made to be broken…and being bad can be very, very good.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

“While it’s not precisely true that nobody is here, because I am, in fact, here, the truth is that there is no one here who can accommodate the request.”

The man standing in the main area of the Quality Employment Agency didn’t leave. She’d have to keep on, then.

“If I weren’t here, then it would be even more in question, since you wouldn’t know the answer to the question one way or the other, would you? So I am here, but I am not the proper person for what you need.”

The man fidgeted with the hat he held in his hand. But still did not take her hint. She would have to persevere.

“I suggest you leave the information, and we will endeavor to fill the position when there is someone here who is not me.” Annabelle gave a short nod of her head as she finished speaking, knowing she had been absolutely clear in what she’d said. If repetitive. So it was a surprise that the man to whom she was speaking was staring back at her, his mouth slightly opened, his eyes blinking behind his owlish spectacles. His hat now held very tightly in his hand.

Perhaps she should speak more slowly.

“We do not have a housekeeper for hire,” she said, pausing between each word. “I am the owner, not one of the employees for hire.”

Now the man’s mouth had closed, but it still seemed as though he did not understand.

“I do not understand,” he said, confirming her very suspicion. “This is an employment agency, and I have an employer who wishes to find an employee. And if I do not find a suitable person within . . .” and at this he withdrew a pocket watch from his waistcoat and frowned at it, as though it was its fault it was already past tea time, and goodness, wasn’t she hungry and had Caroline left any milk in the jug? Because if not, well, “twenty-four hours, my employer, the Earl of Selkirk, will be most displeased, and we will ensure your agency will no longer receive our patronage.”

 

 

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About Megan Frampton

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.

 

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