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One-Eyed Dukes are Wild: Dukes Behaving Badly #3 by Megan Frampton with Excerpt and Giveaway

One-Eyed Dukes are Wild: Dukes Behaving Badly #3 by Megan Frampton with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today I have the third installment in Megan Frampton‘s Dukes Behaving Badly historic romance series. Please read on for a review and excerpt, be sure to check the other tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Three (3) Print sets of the Dukes Behaving Badly Series [THE DUKE’S GUIDE TO CORRECT BEHAVIOR, WHEN GOOD EARLS GO BAD (Novella), PUT UP YOUR DUKE and NO GROOM AT THE INN (Novella). But first,

One-Eyed Dukes are Wild:

I’ve read this series from the beginning, and think that this book, One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild, is my favorite:  I adored Lash and Margaret, as two people who approached their lives and positions in quite different ways, even as they have framed those approaches into rather inflexible boxes.

Margaret is the second daughter, always feeling overlooked by her parents until her usefulness as a marriageable young woman becomes a tool for social enhancement.  Unwilling to be bartered and fobbed off, Margaret rather scandalously refused the proposed suitor and announced herself an authoress of a popular serialized fiction.  Disowned and in disrepute, she has used her ‘taint’ of scandal to pursue causes and a life that appeals to her, even if it is somewhat lonely.

The Duke of Lasham is an awe-inspiring (or fear-invoking) figure: larger than most with an eye-patch and clipped responses, he takes his responsibilities as Duke very seriously, even as it thusts him into situations that are uncomfortable at best.  Raised to the title, Lash’s life is full of the serious business and onus of responsibility of a Duke, and his own desires and happiness are foreign concepts.  A bit on the shy side, Lash’s inability to express himself without second-guessing or overthinking is endearing, particularly as he agonizes so.

Frampton has woven several elements together as this story progresses:  Lash’s learning to discover his own desires and voice while realizing that fun does, indeed, feed his soul.  Margaret’s struggle with her own self-imposed remove from a potential relationship that she feels would subjugate her desires to the whims of a man.  Lash’s best (and only friend) and Margaret’s maid Annie who both provide insight and a touch of ‘grounding’ for the pair as well as a story, presumably penned by Margaret of Georgina and the Dragon, a tale that demonstrates the wonders of taking a chance.

You can’t help but love this pair as they slowly discover that the arrangement made for ‘adventuring’ brings far more than simple fun and excitement into their lives.  Perfectly suited, with Margaret’s willingness to flout convention (to a point) and Lash’s childlike delight in her and the wonder with which he discovers new feelings and wishes that were previously unimaginable.  A few twists and steady pacing kept me in the character’s corners from the start, even with moments that were meant to (from Lash) establish remove and considered interactions. No one is really interfering in their developing connection BUT them, her for believing that she would ruin his standing as a Duke with her scandalous reputation and Lash’s inability to express (and sometimes even know) his own desires and wishes.  Of course WE see what he needs (Margaret) and what she can’t do without (Lash) and the connection that doesn’t NEED words is perfectly played and staged.

Well Played Megan Frampton, well played.

One-Eyed Dukes are Wild: Dukes Behaving Badly #3 by Megan Frampton with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: One-Eyed Dukes are Wild
Author: Megan Frampton
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly #3
Also in this series: The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior, When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine’s Day Novella, Put Up Your Duke, No Groom at the Inn, My Fair Duchess
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062412787
Published on: 29 December, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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About the Book:

When does proper behavior deserve a deliciously improper reward?

The scandalously unmarried Lady Margaret Sawford is looking for adventure—and is always up for a challenge. Her curiosity is aroused by a dangerous-looking stranger with an eye patch, an ideal companion for the life she longs for, no matter what Society might say. So when the piratical gentleman turns out to be a duke—and just as boringly proper as any other nobleman—she can't help but incite him to walk on the wild side.

Well-heeled, well-mannered, and well beyond any interest in society's expectations, the Duke of Lasham is tired of being perfect. Margaret's lush beauty and gently laughing eyes are an irresistible temptation to embrace the imperfect—and her. But if a little misbehavior is appealing, unleashing his wild side is completely seductive—as long as the lovely Margaret is the object of his passion.

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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.

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1844

A London ballroom

Too many people, too much noise

Lasham took too big a swallow of his wine, knowing his headache would only be exacerbated by the alcohol, but unwilling to forgo the possibility that perhaps, for just a few minutes, his perception would be muffled, blurred a little around the edges.

So that he wouldn’t be in a state of constant keen awareness that he was the Duke of Lasham, that he was likely the most important person wherever he happened to be—according to everyone but him—and that he was under almost continuous surveillance.

The ballroom was filled with the best people of Society, all of whom seemed to be far more at ease than he had ever been. Could ever be, in fact. He stood to the side of the dance floor, the whirling fabric of the ladies’ gowns like a child’s top.

Not that he’d been allowed anything as playful or fun as a top when he was growing up. But he could identify the toy, at least.

“Enjoying yourself, Your Grace?” His hostess, along with two of her daughters, had crept up along his blind side, making him start and slosh his wine onto his gloved hand. Occurrences like this weren’t the worst part of having lost an eye—that obviously would be the fact that he only had one eye left—but it was definitely annoying.

“Yes,” he said, bowing in their general direction, “thank you, I am.”

The three ladies gawked at him as though waiting for him to continue to speak, to display more of his wondrous dukeliness for their delight. As though he were more of an object than a person.

But he couldn’t just perform on command, and his hand was damp, and now he would have to go air out his glove before bestowing another dance on some lady he would be obliged to dance with, being the duke, and all. Because if his glove was damp, it might be perceived as, God forbid, sweaty, and sweaty-handed dukes might mean that the duke had gotten said sweat because he was enthralled with the person with whom he was dancing, which would lead to expectations, which would lead to expect a question, and Lasham knew he did not want to ever have to ask that question of anybody.

It was bad enough being the object of scrutiny when he was out in public. At home, at least, he was by himself, blissfully so, and taking a duchess would require that he be at home by himself with somebody else, and that somebody would doubtless have ducal expectations of him as well.

“Excuse me,” he said to the silent, gawking ladies. He sketched a quick bow and strode off, trying to look as though he had a destination rather than merely wishing to depart.

 

 

 

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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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