What Not to Bare [NOOK Book]

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In Megan Frampton’s witty historical romance, a woman is judged by her gown, and a man by his reputation—until both are shed in one sexy moment of seduction.
 
Lady Charlotte Jepstow certainly knows how to make an impression—a terrible one. Each one of her ball gowns is more ostentatiously ugly than the one before. Even she has been forced to wonder: Is she unmarried because of her abysmal wardrobe, or does she wear clashing clothing ...
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Overview

In Megan Frampton’s witty historical romance, a woman is judged by her gown, and a man by his reputation—until both are shed in one sexy moment of seduction.
 
Lady Charlotte Jepstow certainly knows how to make an impression—a terrible one. Each one of her ball gowns is more ostentatiously ugly than the one before. Even she has been forced to wonder: Is she unmarried because of her abysmal wardrobe, or does she wear clashing clothing because she doesn’t want to be pursued in the first place? But when Charlotte meets Lord David Marchston, suddenly a little courtship doesn’t sound so bad after all.
 
David will be the first to admit he’s made some mistakes. But when he gets yanked from his post by his superiors, he is ordered to do the unthinkable to win back his position: woo his commander’s niece. If David wants his life back, he must use his skills as a negotiator to persuade society that Charlotte is a woman worth pursuing, despite her rather unusual “flair” for color. But David does such a terrific job that he develops an unexpected problem, one that violates both his rakish mentality and his marching orders: He’s starting to fall in love.

Praise for What Not to Bare
 
“Endearing characters, heart-stopping romance, and witty dialogue make What Not to Bare a delicious read. Megan Frampton always shines!”—Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author of What the Duke Desires
 
“I was delighted and truly entertained by this book. I recommend it most heartily.”Smexy Books

“A delightfully witty historical romance.”The Book Adventures
 
“A scrumptious treat, filled with sexy humor and characters as bold as Lady Charlotte’s wardrobe.”Novels Alive
 
“This is a true romance.”Urban Girl Reader
 
“The chemistry between Charlotte and David is terrific and grows slowly as David’s affection for Charlotte grows.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
What Not to Bare was a fantastic historical romance. I really loved this wonderful read. It was fun, light, romantic, and just amazing. Lovers of romance, this is a book you definitely need to read.”Imagine a World
 
“I loved this book.”Gaslight
 
“I love the message that this book coveys. People often judge based on clothes and appearance, forgetting that there is more than meets the eye.”Book Freak
 
“This was an incredibly charming and engaging story. Megan Frampton is a new-to-me writer and I’m so, so happy to have discovered her very captivating, very witty voice.”Love Saves the World

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Hero of My Heart, Baring It All, and After the Kiss.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345541734
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/14/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 20,352
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Megan Frampton majored in English literature at Barnard College, with a double minor in political science and religion. She worked in the music industry for fifteen years, editing and writing music reviews for a music-industry trade magazine and eventually becoming the editor in chief. Frampton married one of her former interns and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with him and her son. When she isn’t writing, she serves as the community manager for the romance novel website Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    This book started out to be amusing and witty, but changed into

    This book started out to be amusing and witty, but changed into the typical trash talking sexual stuff that apparently is what the public wants now rather than the mystique that should be written and is much more interesting than the hard core language of the street. I deleted it at about page 148 or so when the author gets into a description of the hero giving himself a hand-job..YUK!!!!!! Not my kind of novel....

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    I have a question...(LVR)

    Just because a person has a degree in English Literature, should they feel qualified to write a Regency period romance? The effort by this author was a description of a long, drawn-out striptease tied together by forced, rambling, "oxymoronic" banter.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    Delightful Banter & Memorable Characters

    Megan Frampton is a new-to-me author and after finishing this book she's quickly become an author I will keep an eye on. What Not to Bare is a delightful confection of witty banter and a memorable main couple who the author lets readers get to know through humorous inner dialogue. The main couple starts out as friends and morph into comfortable lovers through a series of slow burning interactions that reflect the unrelenting sexual tension between them.

    Charlotte is a delightful and admirable heroine not afraid to rebel in one of the few ways she can....through her overly-colorful wardrobe. She wants to be special, to be treated as a person with a heart and soul instead of a pretty doll to be on display on a man's arm. She's curious and outspoken and simply wants to marry for love. She's honest and loyal and is the kind of person you can see being your friend and Ms. Frampton has imbued her with such a life-like persona that I felt deeply connected to her and invested in her HEA. Charlotte knew her limitations but never let them define her and she quickly became one of my favorite heroines ever.

    David is back in London after a scandal put his career in jeopardy. Being known only for his looks has always frustrated him but his career had him known for his intelligence and way with words. He's desperate to return to India and befriending Charlotte is his way to get there, but her personality catches him off guard. He admires her honesty and finds her a breath of fresh air amidst the stifling social conventions of London. David is equally as honest, not wanting anything to taint their burgeoning relationship. He's charming and the perfect match for Charlotte as they're both looking to be more than what society has nicknamed them. He truly understands her and their connection is sweet yet sexy and heartwarming to see.

    The relationship between Charlotte and David is the crux of this story and captured my attention to the exclusion of all else. The pettiness of Louise and Charles was an unnecessary obstruction to their happiness and I was glad very little time was squandered on them. The dialogue was witty and fast-paced and brought a smile to my face many times. The sexual tension was palpable between them with each word and deed crackling with intensity. From start to finish I was drawn to these characters and rooting for their HEA. Fans of Julia Quinn will be especially drawn to this book and I look forward to Ms. Frampton's next release.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

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    Fun, sweet, and steamy, What Not to Bare was a lovely historical

    Fun, sweet, and steamy, What Not to Bare was a lovely historical romance! I really enjoyed reading this book. It was just wonderful and I absolutely loved it!

    I loved the twist on Beauty and the Beast this took. We have "The Abomination" and "Mr. Gorgeous." I loved how it was done. It was fun and sweet and made this book even better. 

    Charlotte was a fun heroine. She has her own way of doing things and that hasn't gone so well in Society. Her rather eccentric (read: terrible) taste in dresses has earned the the nickname "The Abomination." But, what I loved about her, is that she just kept doing as she pleased, uncaring of what anyone else thinks of her. I really liked her. She was a wonderful character.

    David has been judged by his looks his entire life. And, not it the way that's usually meant. He's been seen as just a pretty face, meant to just stand there and look pretty. But, he wanted to be more than just a face and he's spent years proving his full worth. And, earned himself a nickname while doing his work in India. "Mr. Gorgeous." Well, he was certainly gorgeous. But, he was also sweet, clever, and just wonderful. One thing is specific that I appreciated about him was that he didn't keep secrets from Charlotte. That usually gets romance heroes in trouble, but he had the sense to avoid it. I adored him. He was a perfect hero. 

    The romance was lovely. Charlotte and David were super sweet together. They weren't ones to hide their infatuation and it was so adorable. And, of course, the steaminess was off the charts. They certainly had sparks flying between them. Even though they don't go all the way until near the end of the book, the heat level was always up. I thought these two were a wonderful couple.

    The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. This book was so much fun to read, with the with, the humor, and the horrible dresses. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

    What Not to Bare was a fantastic historical romance. I really loved this wonderful read. It was fun, light, romantic, and just amazing. Lovers of romance, this is a book you definitely need to read.

    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Dear LVR

    I understand what you're saying but in literature and movies there is this thing called suspending reality. Yes, the slow striptease would probably not fall under the Regency banner, and to the complaining reader, neither would the hand job, even though men were doing it even then! However, the author is IMHO trying to put a little spice into a part of historical romance writing that loyal readers have complained has been getting played out with the same old plots, themes, devices, and timing. So she takes a few tiny liberties in the process? Although they may be questionable, at leat they're not HUGE errors like getting the date of a key battle wrong or dressing a woman in clothes not period specific. That would be grounds for severe criticism. So breathe, remember this is fiction, and try not to get too hung up on the small stuff. Sometimes it's okay to let the mind wander away from rigid ideas about what should be. Just go with it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Jonas

    Connor? Uh.... a little. Mostly at ethics

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

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    Witty, hilarious, fast paced and outrageous dialogue, a fashion

    Witty, hilarious, fast paced and outrageous dialogue, a fashion challenged heroine and a hero who was forced to leave India due to scandal. What more do you need? Lady Charlotte Jepstow is a heroine with a mind full of questions and says, does and dresses to please herself. LONDON'S society calls her "The Abomination!" Charlotte wears colorful feathers and fruits on her bonnet, white gloves with purple and yellow embroidery and a neon blue gown with huge red and green flower pattern on it and that is just one of her outfits. She is shocked when her friend, Emma, asks her to write her fashion column while she out of town. A column would be something different to do since she is not going to find a husband again this year. Will she always be "Eternal Burden" to her family? Lord David Marchston is back in London but not by his choice. While in India he slept with the wrong wife and caused a scandal. Lord Bradford, his boss in the Home Secretary's office, tells him is new assignment is to stay out of trouble and pretend to "court" his niece, Lady Charlotte, but not marry her. David's is called "Mr. Gorgeous" in India and he is sick of being used for his good looks. Charlotte and David's story is super quirky, hilarious and imaginative. Gloves, chemises, male small clothes fly off. Great secondary characters like Gotam, David's valet and Sarah, Charlotte's maid and co-conspirator. Ms. Frampton has great catch phrases like "unmarried bachelors" and writes humor in love scenes and it works. My personal favorite romances are hilarious, quirky, have characters that are total opposites and make me laugh, snort, scream and even get my pompoms and cheer them on. I have to give Ms. Frampton my top score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    Clever, witty, and fun historical romance! Charlotte, our heroi

    Clever, witty, and fun historical romance! Charlotte, our heroine, is a girl after my own heart. She questions everything -- which throws Lord David for a loop, as he has never run into a 'girl like Charlotte'. She has found that even though her mother insists she 'go on the marriage mart' for the 3rd season, she can actually repel bachelors by dressing outlandishly. IF she marries, she declares she will marry someone who appreciates HER for her wit, intellegence, and not for "arm candy"! Lord David is 'assigned' to 'promote' Charolotte by being attentive, but oh my! He has never had conversations quite like with Lady Charlotte that leave him 'flumoxed'! This story is so witty, you may find yourself giggling, and identifying with Charlotte, who has the nerve to flaunt convention. Lord David becomes smitten, and eventually she is all he can think of. He has also suffered at the hands of society -- as he is so handsome, that he is striving to be taken seriously as a person, not just a 'pretty face'. Charlotte questions everything -- often with questions I have often asked myself, and she finds India to be enthralling, and is more than willing to travel to HIS beloved India, as his bride, especially since the women there wear such bright clothing. All in all, I loved this book. Clever, witty, funny, and fast-paced; and lengthened my vocabulary; ie, I can't tell you how many 'oxymorons' I've noticed since reading this book!
    Will definitely read more of Megan Frampton!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    It was an one time read book. The pace was sometimes slower than

    It was an one time read book. The pace was sometimes slower than I would have liked.
    I was not crazy about the premise of the character making herself unattractive on purpose and the repeated mentions of how handsome the hero was. I understand building a "brand" by being different, but  it just didn't sit well with me. It seems that a character so intelligent would have found something else to make her stand out. Again, to me this premise was not very believable. The other issue I had with the book was that her friend , knowing how "bad"her fashion sense was asked to fill in and write her column on her behalf. Really? There was no post back then? Would you really risk your reputation by asking someone (even your best friend) who's skill set is lacking to write a column on your behalf?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Very enjoyable

    I thougt this was a very fun book. Loved the characters and the intractions. Will be reading this one again. Well done

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

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    Megan has another good book out. I love to read her books.  They

    Megan has another good book out. I love to read her books.  They are funny, serious and really hot. Charlotte is one wild character and is called The Abominable due to her colorful dresses and speaking her mind. She meets Lord David at a ball when he is sent home from India due to a scandal. David's scandal follows him back to England. You will need to read this book to find out how all the questions get answered. You won't be sorry!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    I dont understand why people are so critical

    I loved it. I felt the characters were relatable. Somewhat predictable but arent they all. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    My first book by the author

    This author was suggested to my by sabrina jeffries. She didnt suggest this book, but since this was the first....well, i like to be sure i am reading in order, if there is one. I giggled at a good amount of the inner monologues. I agree with another reviewer that i got tired of the "ulgy" female references and the beautiful male lead. I rather enjoyed the change in the sexual scenes that she provided with the male self gratification. Over all, probably agree that this is a one and done type of read. I much prefer ms jeffries' books. But, i guess i should have actually read the one she told us to. Dont know if i want to buy a second one of this author....maybe i will when im in a book pinch and there is nothing else new that strikes my fancy at the time. Overall...liked it def did not love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    SMWEHR

    I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS BORING AND DIDNT CAPTIVATE MY ATTENTION AS DO SO MANY OTHER BOOKS. QUIT A BIT UNREALISTIC

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    To below

    Yes. But please spread the word.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    To the rp i randomly found

    Can i be the daughter of a goddess from a story~ Avara

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Excellent

    Funny, witty, and outrageously sexy... highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Get a pink ipad

    Kiss your hand. Post this on three other books. Look under your pillow.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Great

    I really enjoyed this book

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    I really loved this book, it was full of humour and also a del



    I really loved this book, it was full of humour and also a deliciously sexy romance.
    Lady Charlotte has a style all of her own, it's a bit load and the ton have given her the nickname "The Abomination". She is in her third season with no prospects of marriage, but she's not going to change how she looks or dress' 
    David Marchton has just arrived back from India which he's had to leave for a while to avoid a scandal. Charlotte's uncle then ask's him if he would court her while too stir up some interest in the ton. 
    I liked Charlotte very much and she stuck to her guns dressed how she liked.
    Her fashion advice was very amusing and she was very tenacious when asking her questions, she was very curious about everything.
    David was great. He wasn't arrogant or a rake, he just said he'd court Charlotte and then he wanted to go back to India, but she is a bit more than he bargained for.
    He wouldn't let her get herself into trouble with her questions with some one else, very protective.
    This was my first book by Megan Frampton and I will be reading more of her novels in the future for sure.

    I received a free copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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