My Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly Series #5)

My Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly Series #5)

by Megan Frampton

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The unexpected duchess

Archibald Salisbury, son of a viscount, war hero, and proficient in the proper ways of aristocratic society, has received orders for his most challenging mission: Genevieve, Duchess of Blakesley. How she inherited a duchy isn’t his problem. Turning her into a perfect duchess is. But how can he keep his mind on business when her beauty entices him toward pleasure?

It was impossible, unprecedented…and undeniably true. Genevieve is now a “duke”, or, rather, a duchess. So what is she to do when the ton eyes her every move, hoping she’ll make a mistake? Genevieve knows she has brains and has sometimes been told she has beauty, but, out of her depth, she calls on an expert. And what an expert, with shoulders broad enough to lean on, and a wit that matches her own. Archie is supposed to teach her to be a lady and run her estate, but what she really wants to do is unladylike—run into his arms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062412805
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly Series , #5
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 96,005
File size: 2 MB

About 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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My Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Flipping convention on its ear, Megan Frampton gives us a woman that inherits a ducal title, a woman who is wholly unprepared for dealing with the social aspects of the title. Genevieve is very clever, in fact, she’s more than perfectly well-equipped to handle the business side of things, it is just the social end that she is completely (blissfully) unprepared for. See, it’s never really your title that gets you through the tonne, and Genevieve has a solid one, but the navigation of the pitfalls in society and the gatherings…. And the fact that a titled female, without the protection of a husband or being a widow –and things get interesting. Fortunately for Genevieve, she has her Aunt Sophia to rely on. Knowing her niece’s predicament, her aunt is more than willing to provide help, in the form of her steward, Archibald Salisbury, third son of a Viscount, most recently out of the army, and well-versed in both how not to run a large estate (from the poor examples of his family) and the social pitfalls and expectations. He’s horrified at the prospect of “building a proper Duchess”, but being bidden by Sophia to make this work, he is off to work with and for the new Duchess. The interplay between these two is clever: class differences, plain spoken Genevieve against the rather cultured Archie, and the undeniable attraction between the two makes for a fun read. There is a bit of repetition that bandies about the class differences, and while it does serve to reinforce what was important to the aristocracy at the time, the moments often served to separate the two, despite their obvious attraction. She is determined to make people recognize her as a Duchess, and not with whispers and denigration: he’s determined to complete the task assigned to him, and go back to his quiet and fulfilling life as a steward. Fun and light, even with the many changes both experience through the story, Genevieve’s growth and quick wit impress Archie, her willingness to speak plainly to his desires, and her refusal to take the easy route to acceptance strike at his heart, and make the story come alive. A wonderful series of twists, turns and a few shocking moments keep readers engaged and enjoying this story, a wonderful installment in the series. 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.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
From the start, Archibald and Genevieve are pretty darn cute. I love their friendship and how they react to one another. Watching them try to fight the attraction is half the fun. Plus, the notes they wrote to each other too?? Whether they sent them or not, they were beyond adorable, and really added that extra something to their story. The ARC of My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton was kindly provided to me by publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Now it’s the Lady’s turn. Now, we have a lady that inherits a substantial title. If this was not enough, then she wants to do right. She wants to be better. She wants to be all she can and more. But she also wants a little something on the side. Who said women had not common clue on how to get what they wanted when they shouldn’t have it? My Fair Duchess got me in by allowing a lady to inherit the title of a dukedom. She not only was beautiful. She was smart, witty, and self-aware. This lady was a bit wicked with her thoughts. I like her a lot. She was just more than I was expecting from the blurb. Instead of a duke behaving badly we get us a duchess in training behaving badly. I love this side of the coin in this historical romance. I was intrigued. I laughed. I had much fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me laugh and cry. Loved it!
wtfareyoureadingFR More than 1 year ago
Megan Frampton’s My Fair Duchess is a very sweet role reversal of the “unlikely duke scenario. When the death of her father leads to Genevive’s inheritance of her family dukedom. She also inherits the help of her eccentric Aunt Sophia’s steward. One Archibald Salisbury. The problem? While Archibald may be well acquainted with the rules and niceties of English society, the heaven sent good looks and confident demeanor of the former Army Captain, are just a few of the niceties that the young duchess-in-training can’t help wanting firsthand knowledge of. For his part. It is very clear from the start that the details of his directive start off as nothing more to Archibald. Another chance to break the monotony of endless questions from his elderly employer. When she is not engaged in in-depth heart-to hearts with her beloved Truffles. Or leaving him to serve as eye candy for her elder salon set. What he did not expect is the beauty and spirit of his new charge. Or that by teaching her the ways of society, he would himself learn the true meaning of both family and love. This is a very quaint and charming romance. Meaning that Miss Frampton chose to keep her cast small he and her plot refreshingly simple. Concentrating instead, on building quirky and highly entertaining characters and a heartfelt , emotionally engaging plot. The “woman in charge” plot element is carried off by our leading lady with great panache. While Mr. Salisbury is the perfect patient and attentive leading Mr. Though the attraction between the two is immediate, things progress from thoughts to deeds at a very well-paced speed. With the character’s getting to know each other as friends first. Thereby, giving readers a chance to invest in the permanence of their relationship. The one “fly in the ointment” to be found here is the author’s need to have the characters remind themselves and the reader that Mr. Salisbury is, or was a Capitan in the army. Almost as if we would forget, and all his maleness would somehow fade into the ether if we were not contently reminded of his war-time prowess. That being said. This is the perfect romance for those leading lady lovers who really want to see the Duchess bring home the bacon and still manage to be a lady while getting her man.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Loved the role reversal! It is unheard of a female inheriting a title, but I loved that is was different from all other historical romances. Genevieve and Archie have a slow build to their romance, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t plenty of “bad” behavior going on. I think I had a smile on my face almost the entire time I read the book, except of course when it seemed impossible they could have a happy ending. Loved the letters they wrote to each other with things they couldn’t actually say or even send them, but we got to read. I wish there would have been an epilogue to see what their future looked like. 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Loved! As always, I'm a sucker for retellings, so a My Fair Lady/Pygmalion where the Eliza character is a female "duke"? Yes, please! Genevieve and Archie were wonderful characters, both separately and when together in a room and giving off enough sparks to light up every single one of the ducal properties that Genevieve inherited. I absolutely adored their letters back and forth, especially the parts they crossed outthought better of and even more especially the letters they didn't send...yet. Such an adorable idea! The book titles that Genevieve kept coming up with to help her situation: How to Duchess Without Being a Dullard, How to Receive and Politely Decline Marriage Proposals from People You Don't Wish to Be Married To, and How to Trust That the Person You Love Loves You Back and Wants to Marry You After All, You Idiot were highly entertaining as well. Overall, there was as much to smile at in this book as things that made you want to break out the fan--a fun read from start to finish. I would have liked to have seen Archie's (fingers crossed there really is one) reunion with his family at some point, but honestly, that's the only criticism I have for the story. This is the fifth book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series (though of course in this instance it's a duchess who's not conforming to society at all times) but it worked just fine as a standalone. I'm quickly becoming a big fan of Ms Frampton's writing style, and am looking forward to whatever she writes next, in this series or another! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Genevieve, the new Duchess of Blakesley, has no clue how to be a Duchess! She was never properly trained, as a male heir would have been. But through strange circumstances, she is, in fact, the Duchess of Blakesley. In her own right, without the necessity of a husband to make her so. How refreshing! Lol I loved Vievy! She was very vivacious and hard to repress, though she did try. She needed help to become the Duchess that was needed. Not like her father, who let things go. All of the estates would need attention. And she would need to be seen in society. She was really not prepared. So she writes a letter to her godmother. Who, thankfully had an excellent solution! She will send her steward to help! He is "of" the ton, though maybe no longer accepted since his father disowned him because he joined the military. So off goes Archibald Salisbury, a very organized, militaristic man to help the new Duchess. Mr. Archibald Salisbury, war hero, is now a steward. He is very good at it. Order is the weird of the day with him. What his employer, Lady Sophia, asks of him, in helping the Duchess is right up his alley. He knows the ways of society and knows exactly how a Duchess should behave. He will have a hard time though, she is beautiful and so artless. This is going to be interesting! The immediate chemistry between the two main characters is palpable. I felt that they would be great friends if nothing else. And Genevieve needs all the "real" friends she can get. Relatives are starting to appear, seeking whatever crumbs are available. The training needs to be quick! But Vievy is a quick learner. The fact that her farther is most of the reason her estates are is shambles is an excellent motivator for her. I love that she loves the people who were her servants for her formative years and I feel like she would never be a normal Duchess. Never be cold and unfeeling. Mr. Salisbury is a gentleman to the core. He is written in sick a way that you would want to know him. He has had heartache but it does not define him, or make him heartless. All the characters in this book are likeable. It is a sweet, quick read with a happy ending a bit of heat in there, just for fun! *courtesy copy received
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I'm fairly new to the historical game, but I loved the premise. Genevieve and Archie are adorable together. The improper teasing was delightful and the longing filled glances across the rooms were plentiful. The push and pull was expected and yet still I was annoyed. I just wanted them together and happy. However, I did love the grand gesture and the ending. I just wish there would have been an epilogue. All in all, quite enjoyable. I will definitely be looking at other books by this author. **Huge thanks to Avon Impulse and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Society will never be the same when a wild child shakes up the structured world of a man on a mission. Ms. Frampton brings humorous charm and seasoned class to a scenario done many times. My Fair Duchess is a twist on an old gem that develops a life of it's own when Archibald and Genevieve step into view. He's a pillar of the aristocracy with his title and war hero status. She's a newbie in need of some serious taming. What ensues is ultimate chaos with irresistible heart. Another classic in the making.