Never Kiss a Duke: A Hazards of Dukes Novel

Never Kiss a Duke: A Hazards of Dukes Novel

by Megan Frampton

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Overview

A disinherited duke and a former lady are courting much more than business in the first novel in Megan Frampton’s newest titillating series, Hazards of Dukes.

Everything he had ever known was a lie…

Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, has a title, wealth, privilege, and plenty of rakish charm. Until he discovers the only thing that truly belongs to him is his charm. An accident of birth has turned him into plain Mr. de Silva. Now, Sebastian is flummoxed as to what to do with his life—until he stumbles into a gambling den owned by Miss Ivy, a most fascinating young lady, who hires him on the spot. Working with a boss has never seemed so enticing.

Everything tells her he’s a risk she has to take…

Two years ago, Ivy gambled everything that was precious to her—and won. Now the owner of London’s most intriguing gambling house, Ivy is competent, assured, and measured. Until she meets Mr. de Silva, who stirs feelings she didn’t realize she had. Can she keep her composure around her newest employee?

They vow to keep their partnership strictly business, but just one kiss makes them realize that with each passing day—and night—there’s nothing as tempting as what is forbidden…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062867421
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 66,713
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(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 kid.

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Never Kiss a Duke: A Hazards of Dukes Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Jerry Reagle 5 days ago
good
CrazyAboutRomance 9 days ago
Fun read. It's historical romantic comedy. Author is excellent storyteller. This is going to be another great series. Sneak peek of next book in series was great bait. Impatiently waiting for next installment!
SW57 15 days ago
Besides loving the gorgeous cover, I loved the characters, who are kind and loyal, with a little gruffness and quirkiness thrown in. Ivy and Sebastian have both come "down" in status, each in a different way. Ivy has had time to adjust, while Sebastian is thrown into it, basically having been raised to be a duke, becoming one, and suddenly one day having it taken from him. The attraction is instant on both sides, with a poor attempt to resist this "forbidden" love, as she is his employer at a gambling club. Looking forward to the next book in the series, which appears to be with Sebastian's sister and his grumpy best friend Nash (a duke!).
Danie32 16 days ago
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have recently discovered Megan Frampton and have really liked all the books I have read by her so far. So in this story Never kiss a Duke we have Sebastian who finds out that his whole life has been a lie. He is called into his solicitors office along with his cousin, and finds out that he actually isn't the Duke of Hasford. His parents marriage is deemed invalid because of an ancient law. So now he doesn't know what he is supposed to do with his life. He moves out of his home, and starts staying with a friend named Nate who is also a duke. Nate takes Sebastian to a new gaming establishment called Miss Ivy's. There is where Sebastian and Ivy meet, Sebastian ends up working for Ivy, helping her come up with new ideas and helping make them reality. I don't think I have ever read a book where the Duke ends up loosing his title, and I loved it. Sebastian didn't let his change in circumstances keep him down for very long. He did his best to figure out who he wanted to be, and how to achieve that without to much moping. Of course he ends up making some mistakes, but he really is trying to be better. and Ivy went from being a part of the upper class, to opening her own successful business, and helping Sebastian find out where he belongs. this book was a great, it has sister who want to also be able to live how they want, dogs, a duke turned mister, and a lady turned miss who have to make their own way along with some laugh out loud moments. I think you will really like this.
georgia1 16 days ago
Well the first Hazard of a Duke is when you find you are no longer one and that is where the hero Sebastian comes in! Since it is usually the opposite, I really enjoyed this twist and was anxious to see how he would handle the situation. Instead of just hanging out with the new Duke and his sister, he decides to take a job at a gaming house. Ivy has had her own problems, like being gambled away by her father, a baron, but in her own twist won herself back. Yes, she gambled with the man that had won her. Then she opened her own gaming house and had been pretty successful. After Sebastian's friend Nash takes him to Miss Ivy's, one thing leads to another and he ends up working for her. A truly delightful story with several twist and turns and fun secondary characters I look forward to seeing again. I think this is a great start to this new series and cannot wait for the next one! I read this through NetGallery Lori D
Darlene491 16 days ago
Never Kiss A Duke, by Megan Frampton, is available through booksellers on 1-28-20. Never Kiss is book 1 in Ms Frampton's new series, A Hazards of Dukes. The premise is a duke loses his title, thanks to his own mother. He meets the lovely owner of a gambling hell, who happens to have lost her place in society too. I like the plot idea but it never seemed to quite spark on all cylinders. Our hero & heroine are perfectly nice people but a little too nice. Where's the anger, angst, regret, lust for revenge? They both seem to accept their fate too soon. Friends and relatives stick by them, nice, but neither runs into people from their former life. There's no cut direct or much snide comments thrown their way. I'm glad Seb & Ivy got their HEA but the secondary characters interested me more. After all that, I will say that I'm waiting on book 2. The next couple has promise. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #MeganFrampton #NeverKissADuke #HazardsOfDukes #Netgalley #AvonBooks #HarperCollinsPublishers #historicalromance
CynYoung 18 days ago
I received an advanced reader’s copy of Never Kiss a Duke by Meghan Frampton. I liked Ivy and Sebastian. Ivy, a gambling club owner, is smart and knowledgeable about business and independent. Sebastian having lost his position as a duke is lost about who he is and what he’s going to do. She takes a chance and hires him. They are attracted to each other and had good chemistry. They are both kind and caring and well matched for each other. Ivy’s sister, Octavia, Sebastian’s sister, Ana Maria, and Sebastian’s friend, Nash, are great secondary characters. I feel the story could have used a bit more conflict as the pacing was slow during some parts. Overall, this was an enjoyable story and I’m looking forward to reading more about Octavia, Nash and Ana Maria. .
moonfox1234 19 days ago
I enjoyed this book but will freely admit that it also left me a bit unsatisfied. I really liked Sebastian and Ivy. They were both interesting characters and I loved their chemistry. I loved the backstories on each of these characters. I have read a few other books with historical heroines similar to Ivy but not many, so there was a freshness to this character. As for Sebastian situation, I thought that was quite unique and I found it very intriguing. The writing was good but I do wish that there had been a more meaty story line. Honestly, things flowed along almost like a lazy river. It wasn't awful just a bit bland for my taste. Still, I liked this book well enough to want to read more books from this author and from this series in particular because there were some interesting secondary characters that I would love to get to know better.
Historical_Romance_Lover 19 days ago
Sebastian is at loose ends when he learns that his parents we not truly married and he is not the Duke of Hasford. The life of a duke is all he's ever known. But now is is just Mr. de Silva. His best friend takes him to a new gambling house where he is immediately intrigued by the owner. Although he doesn't make a good showing at their first meeting. When he goes back to apologize, he is offered a job. He learns to love what he is doing, but also starts falling for his boss... Ivy took a gamble and saved herself from being claimed as winnings in a wager. She then took what she one and started her own gambling house. She is doing well for herself, but after talking with the former duke, realizes that he has many good ideas about how to make her business more successful. So even with nothing to recommend him, she offers Sebastian a job. If only they could keep things strictly business. While Sebastian's family tries to bring him back to the life he has known, Ivy knows that she will never go back to that life. Does this budding romance stand a chance? I loved Sebastian and Ivy's story!! It was interesting watching Sebastian navigate his new life and the struggles that went with it. I loved that Ivy made a life for herself after what her father had tried to do. It made her the perfect person to help Sebastian through his healing process. This was a great start to a new series and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!! While I imagine the rest of the series will include Sebastian's 2 best friends, I'm hoping that Ivy's sister gets her own story as well!!
Tink4evr 19 days ago
When Sebastian loses his place in society he goes on a personal journey to discover who he is, and what he wants to become. Ivy, who also had to take charge of her life, becomes his inspiration. The story has some lovely characters such as Ivy’s sister and also Sebastian’s. With plotting from the siblings, and other well meaning relatives and friends, Sebastian discovers his true worth and place in life.
Caroles_Random_Life 20 days ago
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I like to read the occasional historical romance and this one looked like it would be worth a try. This is the first book in the Hazards of Dukes series and I thought that it kicked off the new series quite well. I was hooked by this story in the first few pages and found the book to be a very pleasant read. I am so glad that I decided to pick up this book. Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, finds his life changed through no fault of his own. Because of a lie his mother told, he is no longer a Duke. He had his life figured out before but now he must find a new path. He has to learn how to do a lot of things for himself that have always been done for him. He is up to the task and doesn't want help from his cousin who is the new Duke or his friend who happens to be a Duke. Ivy runs a gaming club, Miss Ivy's. Her club is a little different in that she expects debts to be settled right away and anyone who can pay is allowed to play. Ivy was once considered a Lady but she decided to gamble to win back her future which was lost by her father. Ivy's won that card game and her freedom but it changed how others looked at her. She is very competent to run the club and is surrounded by a very dedicated staff but she decided to take a chance and offer a job to Sebastian. I really liked Ivy and Sebastian. They have both had to deal with some pretty big changes in their lives and are doing what they can to move forward. They are both very invested in making sure that their loved ones get the best in life. I loved the chemistry that they shared and I really liked the way they were able to work as a pair. These two just seemed to fit with each other perfectly. I thought that the premise of the story was rather unique and very well done. I really enjoyed being with Sebastian as he learned to navigate his new life. He really had a lot to deal with and I think he made the best of things. There was some excitement in the story to keep things interesting. The secondary characters in this book were wonderful and I hope to see more of them in future books. I would recommend this book to fans of historical romances. I thought that this was a well-done romance with wonderful characters. I can't wait to read more of this wonderful series! I received an advanced review copy of this book from HarperCollins - Avon.
Brenda Turner 21 days ago
A disinherited duke and a former lady are courting much more than business in the first novel in Megan Frampton’s newest titillating series, Hazards of Dukes. Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, has a title, wealth, privilege, and plenty of rakish charm. Until he discovers the only thing that truly belongs to him is his charm. An accident of birth has turned him into plain Mr. de Silva. Now, Sebastian is flummoxed as to what to do with his life—until he stumbles into a gambling den owned by Miss Ivy, a most fascinating young lady, who hires him on the spot. Working with a boss has never seemed so enticing. Ivy was once considered a lady but lost everything due to scandal. Now she finds herself with Sebastian a disinterested Duke Who is without his title now due to no fault of his own. Is he teachable or will he cause her grief beyond repair? This is a very likable and delightful romance. Two souls who have lost their places in society through no fault of their own make a wonderful couple in this latest Megan Frampton book. I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars. I received a complimentary ARC of this book to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Luadri 21 days ago
Never Kiss a Duke is the first book in the Hazards of Dukes series. This was a great story. It starts off with our hero, Sebastian de Silva, losing his Duke title and status due to some discrepancies his mother committed when she married the former duke. The news takes him completely by surprise and is now having to deal with what to do with his life. That same day he ends up at a gambling house that is run by a woman. Ivy Holton used to be part of Sebastian's world, but due her father's gambling they lost most of their money and was lucky to win her independence at a game of cards. She builds and manages her own gaming house, Miss Ivy's. It is at this gaming house that Sebastian ends up and encounter each other for the first time. It is due to one of those moments that he was at the right place at the right moment that Sebastian ends up working for Ivy. They worked very well together and though he lived a privileged life he is doing his best to adjust to his new one. Besides working well together, the chemistry between them is off the charts. Their flirting is so cute! She likes to call him "your grace" and he lets her know that he likes to be bossed by her. Feelings begin to grow between them and it is Ivy that wants to take it further, she believes that marriage is not in her future, so why not? I liked how Sebastian's character went from a Duke who took everything for granted to a man who truly valued what and who he had in his life. Therefore he becomes that man who Ivy can stand with as a partner. Ivy's character also grows as the story enfolds. She's given all her life to her sister and those that work for her, that it was nice to finally see her make decisions thinking of herself first. I enjoyed this story from start to finish. We get to meet interesting characters, who we will probably get to know better as the series continues. I look forwards to more of these hazardous dukes! *Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.*
AmyHi 21 days ago
This is an unusual story. Two peers who have lost their peer status. One runs a gaming house and the other goes to work there. The twist is that the heroine, Ivy, runs the gaming house and the ex-duke, Sebastian, goes to work for her. Sebastian must reinvent himself and in doing so he finds he must compromise to get the woman he loves. I look forward to the next book which is Nash and Ana Maria’s story. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
eleventhirteenpm 21 days ago
3.5 stars I’m pretty much going to read anything with Megan’s name on it, so I didn’t even read the synopsis before requesting. I really liked Ivy and Sebastian. At first it seems like they’re coming from different places, but I quickly realized they’ve worked to become what they are. She speaks up for herself and he’s learning to be a commoner and it was enjoyable reading them figure it out. I loved Ivy’s sister Octavia and Sebastian’s friend Nash and can’t wait to hopefully see more of them. Plot wise, it was okay. There isn’t any real sense of urgency or conflict, so the story just meanders along. There were some odd word choices and seemingly repetitive scenes that kept jolting me out of the story. And as much as I enjoyed their HEA, it didn’t seem like anything had actually been achieved. Overall, it was the characters who kept me reading. Oh, and the promise of what’s to come in the series. I will definitely be reading the second book. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**