Never a Bride: A Duke's Daughters Novel

Never a Bride: A Duke's Daughters Novel

by Megan Frampton

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The next thrilling installment in Megan Frampton’s scintillating A Duke’s Daughters series.

She’s a deliciously scandalous woman who is no man’s bride…

He’s a black sheep, forced to return home.

Together, they enter a make-believe betrothal that shocks London society…

After twelve years in Her Majesty’s Navy, Griffith Davies must leave his sea-going life of outrageous freedom behind, forced to rejoin London society as the heir to the Duke of Northam. But though he is now shackled to the land, he has no desire to wed some innocently dull young thing.  Who best to shield him from the matchmakers than a woman as notorious as he?

Lady Della Howlett’s reputation was tattered years ago, so entering into a false engagement with Griffith is hardly going to make matters worse. What’s one more shock to the ton to set their tongues wagging? And this pact certainly has its pleasures; the passion Griffith commands in her goes well beyond their agreement. Could her feelings might be more honorable than she’d first imagined?

Soon, Griffith and Della are arousing more than scandal, they’re courting heartbreak.  And more than their reputations could still be at risk.

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ISBN-13: 9780062867407
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 56,256
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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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Never a Bride: A Duke's Daughters Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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georgia1 25 days ago
When Captain Griffin Davis is in London waiting for his ship to be reloaded, life takes a big change. As a young man, he ran away to go to join the Navy to get away from his father who could only be critical of him, he was just never good enough. Now twelve years later, he is siting in a pub when a pin hat weilding woman and then he is arrested by the Royal Navy. What? Come to find out he has was in a bit of trouble from his last voyage but is rescued due to now being the next heir to the Duke of Northam, who is very ill. Well the hatpin wielding woman was Lady Delia Howard who had been looking for him to help her with finding her friend's husband who had been on Griffin's last ship. The advenure begins as these two unite when Griffin strikes a deal he will help her if she will pretend to be his fiance. With him about to inherit a title, all the elegible ladies will be after him. But as the two of them spend time together the sparks fly and the attraction sizzles! You need to read to find out what happen's with these two because it seems they may just find they really want to be together and not just pretend! I read this through Edelweiss Lori D
Noire 25 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Never A Bride by Megan Frampton is the 4th book in her delightful Duke’s Daughters series. It can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend the series. Captain Griffin Davies, Viscount Stanbury heir to the Duke of Northam meets Lady Della Howlett when she searches him out as she is helping her best friend locate her missing husband and he had been a seaman on one of Griffins ships. Griffin agrees to help her out locating the missing man if she will help him navigate the ton by pretending to be his betrothed. His cousin the Duke is quite ill and Griffin will need to learn how to be a Duke. Lady Della Howlett is a scandal, she ran off with her dancing master and had a daughter and has been disowned by her ducal parents. I loved the banter between these two. Going along with them on their journey to HEA was a delight. It was so nice to read a light hearted book for a change. Quite steamy. Publishing Date April 30, 2019 #AvonBooks #MeganFrampton #Edelweissplus #NeverABride
Pompie1999 26 days ago
*** 2.5 Stars *** *** Review updated to add: The writing is excellent, it is the main character and events with which I take issue. *** Several years ago, Lady Della Howlett, the older daughter of a duke, ran away with her dance instructor (with no thought about how that would affect her sisters). She wasn’t happy at home with a cold domineering father and an unfeeling mother and when Mr. Baxter showed an interest in her, she fell for him. It didn’t take her long to realize he wasn’t the one she wanted to spend her life with, but she was already expecting a child by then. Still, she wouldn’t marry him. Her parents disowned her and refused to have anything to do with either her or her child. After the birth of their daughter, Nora, Mr. Baxter took off with Della’s jewels, leaving Della and Nora to fend for themselves. Luckily for Della and Nora, they were befriended and rescued by Sarah Wattings. Captain Griffith Davies (a Viscount) lived with constant criticism from his father. He was never good enough, never smart enough – just never – enough. With no thought for how it would affect his much-loved cousin, at the age of sixteen (or maybe it was seventeen) Griffith ran away to sea. Now, he is a much-respected captain of his own vessel, serving queen and country. He’s docked in London waiting for his ship to be reloaded before heading back out to sea. He and his first mate are at a pub getting drunk when – he’s accosted by a hat pin wielding female – and then he’s arrested by the Royal Navy. This author’s books are always humorous and I was really looking forward to reading this one. Sadly, for me, a small bit of humor and a generally likable hero were all it had going for it. Had it not been for those two things, I would have put the book down before the halfway point and would not have finished it. When I first began to read, I thought the biggest problem I would have with the book was that there was absolutely no way Griffith could be a Viscount. That just couldn’t have been the case. After a few chapters, that didn’t even signify. What did signify was the heroine. She grated on every nerve in my body. I have not ever read a more selfish, self-centered, controlling, demanding, unrelatable and unlikeable heroine. She was a bitchy shrew of the highest order and I totally failed to see why Griffith would desire to spend one minute with her much less fall in love with her. I love strong, independent, resilient female leads but Della just came off as shrewish. It was her way or the highway and she was very, very, very quick to take offense. If you did not do her bidding and do it her way, she wanted nothing to do with you. You must constantly apologize to her, tell her you'd do whatever she wished, in whatever manner she wished it. Nobody could help her –not for any reason – nor could they do anything for her – which was highly hypocritical because her ‘mission’ was to find Sarah’s husband and reunite them. Why do so many authors seem to equate being strong and resilient women with shrews? I know a lot of very strong, very resilient and very independent women and most of them are very lovable as well as strong. Why can’t a strong heroine want an equal partnership rather than demanding that it all be her way or the highway? See the remainder of my review here:
book_junkee 26 days ago
I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, so I was so excited to see a fake relationship. I loved Della and Griffith. She’s sassy and stands up for herself. He’s charming and attractive and he knows it. Together they have excellent banter and chemistry for days. I loved all of the fake titles they gave each other and the button pushing was near perfection. Plot wise it was fun. The fake fiancée trope is one of my favorites, but this one went a bit further. I loved the plot thread of the missing man. It helped to solidify their relationship while they got to know each other. There’s a bit of satisfaction in how it ultimately got resolved and it seemed fitting that it played out the way it did. Overall, it was a fast and fun read. I would have liked more from the epilogue {especially with a daughter in the mix—that entire part seemed neglected}. I just really loved these two characters and wanted more in general. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**