The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel

The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel

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by Megan Frampton
     
 

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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.

Overview

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…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/22/2014
This charming 1840 English historical launches a series from Frampton (What Not to Bare). Marcus, who has been Duke of Rutherford for only six months, gives up aimless debauchery when unexpectedly confronted with fatherhood. He swiftly hires a young woman named Lily as tutor to his daughter, Rose. Marcus seeks purpose in life, while Lily hopes his patronage will boost her employment agency for unfortunates. Their mutual attraction intensifies through sparkling banter and meaningful discussion, spiced by slow-building steamy physical intimacy, until the truth of Lily’s past potentially ends their hopes for the future. Their love for Rose, who is a realistic four-year-old rather than a plot device, adds another dimension to their relationship and escalates the reader’s emotional investment in their fate. Frampton superbly balances passion with humor, avoiding cliché through rich characterization. The result is warm, kindhearted, and utterly delightful. Agent: Louise Fury, Bent Agency. (Dec.)
Booklist
“Frampton’s romance has charm to spare, and readers will find it impossible to resist her flawless characterization, fanciful plotting, and deliciously fizzy wit.”
Romantic Times (4 Stars)
“Frampton’s enchanting tale of a lively governess and desolate duke is just what historical readers cherish-a humorous, touching, fast-paced and sensual love story. Frampton has what it takes to become a fan favorite.”
Sabrina JeffriesNew York Times bestselling authorSabrina JeffriesNew York Times bestselling authorSa
“This witty and sexy romp is wildly swoon-worthy. Megan Frampton’s delightful characters and delicious sense of humor always entertain!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062352200
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/25/2014
Series:
Dukes Behaving Badly
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
534,856
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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, New York, with her husband and son.

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The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty dialogue and musings. Quite perfect!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An overall sweet, witty, and entertaining read, The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior was a good romance. It wasn't perfect, but I did like it was a lovely book and I ended up liking it. Lily was a good heroine. She had made her own way in life and was a strong character. There really isn't much to say about her, other than that she was a likable character. Marcus was surprisingly sweet. I loved how caring he was for his daughter and how taking responsibility for her made him strive to be a better man. And, when he knew what he wanted, there was nothing that would stop him from chasing after it. I thought he was adorable. The romance was sweet. Lily and Marcus were great together. I liked how they both had the same sense of humor and often shared private jokes. It was really cute. And, they definitely had chemistry from the moment they met. I thought they were a lovely couple. I liked how Rose was her own character. She was a little sweetie and I liked her character. There are a couple of things that I didn't like about the book. 1) The writing was just clunky in some places. I've read books by this author before and, though this book had the same wit, it didn't flow as well as her other books have. There were several times where I had to reread a sentence because the meaning didn't come across clearly. 2) It seemed like the whole "big bad duke" thing was there for about the first 5 pages and it wasn't a part of the book after that. The first scene of the book is of Marcus lounging around after a debauched party, but then Rose showed up and he cleaned up his act fast. And, he didn't even resemble a careless rake after that. It's not that I didn't appreciate that he was determined to fix up his life for his daughter's sake. It was that his rakish reputation kept being mentioned, but I didn't really see that in his actions. But, despite these issues, I did still like the book. The plot moved quickly and I was kept entertained the entire way through. There was a lot of wit and humor that just make this book fun to read, much like this author's other books. I enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior was a lovely historical romance. Despite any issues I had, I still found it to be a charming, sweet read that I enjoyed. Romance lovers, this is a book you might want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining!
SW57 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I had read by this author & I can't wait to read the rest of the series! The Duke's Guide was actually a humorous insert at the beginning of each chapter, presumably written by the duke, with lots of cross outs. His eventual conclusion always being that he is a duke & can do whatever he wants! The characters were all very likable, from little Rose, the duke's illegitimate child, to Lily, who was hired to care for her, to the Marcus, the Duke. I also really liked his friend, Mr. Smithfield, and her friends Annabelle and Caroline. Hopefully, they will get their own stories! Very romantic story. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i guess
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A light and fun read that will make you smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that miakes you smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Callistads More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't the worse I've ever read but it definitely wasn't the best. I found myself bored throughout most of it. I felt like the main characters did not have chemistry. I wouldn't not recommend, there are much better books out there to read.
KathyL2059 More than 1 year ago
Wow. If I could give this book more than five stars, I absolutely would. This is a story of two very likeable people, and one adorable little girl. The events of this book happen at a time when Marcus, the Duke of Rutherford, is looking for purpose in his life. He is an unexpected and unprepared Duke, who had just begun to question his life choices, when Rose, and then Lily, join his household. If Lily or Rose had come into his life six months, or even two months, earlier, he would not have been ready or willing to make the changes he needed to make to be happy. The interaction between Marcus and Lily is so sweet, and they are funny and comfortable around each other (except for the whole sexual tension thing, of course). Reading about Marcus and Rose getting to know each other and clearly coming to love each other is so very touching. That Lily and Marcus (the very sweetly self-proclaimed Duke of Gardening) are attracted to each other and fall in love is believable and perfectly lovely.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
Historical romance is my go-to for fun and transportation read, and Megan Frampton has penned a fun early-Victorian era story that is very modern in feel.  Writing historical romances today often has authors in a quandary: adhering to the rigidity of social norms and behaviors, using language and dialog to ‘fatten’ the plot, or to use the historical references as guideposts and major touchstones in the story, giving readers a ‘sense’ of the differences but reacting in a wholly modern way. This story seems to play a bit fast and loose with convention that serves the interactions well, but leaves a sense of unreality in setting and conclusion when the last page is turned.  That in no way makes this a bad read – this is a fun, dialogue driven read that while slow to grow soon picks up pace and gives readers plenty of laughs, moments to ‘oooh’, and some serious steam between the rather hapless Duke and his newly hired governess.  Lily is a wonderful character, prone to shocking (for the time) plain speech and an iron-willed determination to do the best for her charge.  Her interactions with the Duke, Marcus are cleverly phrased and wholly upending for Marcus: he’s entirely too caught up in the mad scramble to ‘make something’ of a life that was dedicated to drinking, carousing and gambling.  These are two characters that are easy to like and invest in, with their frequent (and sadly sometimes all too frequent) insets of interior monologue that just felt immature contrasting sharply with their own senses of duty, propriety and their conversations.  A slowly building romance between Marcus and Lily is often the sidenote to the growth and determination that Marcus shows for taking charge of his life, and his forgotten child, all with Lily’s help to become the best man he can be.  Frampton does make the effort to ‘explain away’ the behavioral inconsistencies that are far from the acceptable norm, and does so with reasonable belief, and uses language appropriate to the time, even as the behavior is often far out of convention.   I enjoyed this story, even with the rather puzzling ending: Frampton has a deft hand with dialogue and moving the story forward via conversations and description, keeping the reader engaged and entertained.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a quick review. (I was referred to this auther by Sabrina Jeffries' facebook page.) So, anywho......i finished it in one day. I think that says a good amount about a book. If you sit and read it and then put it down because you have to....only to go right back to it....it means the author has done a good job of grabbing your mind. It has the main things i am looking for in a historical/regency romance. Witty humor, sexual tension, a heart breaking possible moment and a happy ending. I would hope that the main character's best friend gets his own story. I kept liking him more than the hero sometimes. I cant give it four stars, sorry. I would give 3.5 but we cant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Governess etc etc etc and cover suggests a bodice ripper suggest its more a 98 cent