No Groom at the Inn: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novella

No Groom at the Inn: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novella

by Megan Frampton

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ISBN-13: 9780062412997
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 305,842
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(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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No Groom at the Inn: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
No Groom At The Inn by Megan Frampton is not my favorite Megan Frampton book but it was an entertaining read. This is a fairly short read, a perfect choice for those with limited time for reading. Ms Frampton has delivered a well written book. The characters are fantastic. Sophronia and James' story is full of drama, humor and spice. I enjoyed No Groom At The Inn and look forward to reading more from Megan Frampton in the future. No Groom At The Inn is book 2.5 of the Dukes Behaving Badly Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
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def618 More than 1 year ago
This was a good novella and I enjoyed it. Lady Sophronia is on her way to being unpaid help at her cousin's when James Archer, adventurer, asks her to marry him. Or rather, pretend to be his fiancee at a house party to get his mother off his back. But what happens when they spend more time together? No plot spoilers from me! A lovely Christmas novella.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Such a delightful holiday novella! Megan Frampton writes such a fun, quirky characters and stories--I'm going to have to read the rest of this series, and soon! This story is just long enough to whet your appetite for one--or six--of her full-length titles ;) Jamie and Sophronia are definitely not an obvious couple on the surface, but Ms. Frampton will soon have you completely buying into their (admittedly fast, but somehow believable) romance. I highlighted way too many passages for such a short book, but I just couldn't help myself: But no matter why he felt the way he did, he knew one thing--the gift he wanted most for this holiday season was a kiss from her. Despite what he'd vowed before. A kiss, just one kiss, couldn't do any harm, could it? And if it brought joy to both of them--holiday joy, the joy of the season, and he knew it would bring joy to her he had been told often enough of his kissing prowess--then it would make the season brighter. Did I also mention Jamie's unending modesty? ;) Fortunately, Sophronia (such an unfortunate name, yet it somehow suits her) is equally affected, though she tries her best not to be. There was something appealing about how dangerously rakish he looked when his hair was unruly, but there was also something appealing about him when he was well-groomed, the clean lines of his face showing the result of a close shave, his features standing out in their stark beauty. In other words, there was something appealing about him no matter what he did to himself. She should just admit that and stop fussing about it. And Sophronia's quiet obsession with each and every one of his body parts, one at a time? Just too funny. Though of course poor Sophronia doesn't think so. ;) I also loved Sophronia's obsession with words (courtesy of her father, a lover of books and words himself) and the way Ms. Frampton started each chapter in a Balderdash-style fashion, with an obscure word and three possible definitions (and I can't tell you how glad I was that she gave us the correct answers in the end--not all of them were easy to find in online dictionaries!) The fact that Jamie uses that same game with an underlying purpose later on? Could not be more perfect. One more quote, from when Sophronia contemplates her end of the bargain, and begins to worry that it might not be enough: That should be enough. It would be enough. And perhaps, if she was patient, and open, she would find someone who would truly wish to be betrothed to her. To marry her, and stay in one place and always be reliable, and have enough money to keep her in books and ale. And really, isn't that what we're all looking for? Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This delightful lighthearted Christmas novella is the story of Sophronia and James. Sophronia has resigned herself to her fate of relying on a distant relative after her father passes away, leaving her without means to support herself. A chance meeting at an inn results in a sudden reprieve and some hope, when James offers her a bargain -pretend to be his fiancee for a month to appease his mother's matchmaking hopes (attending an extended holiday party with him) and in return he'll finance a small cottage for her to live a comfortable life as she chooses. It's the perfect solution to both their problems. But could this Christmas give them a gift they'd never expected? I really enjoyed this sweetly sensual story. At the start James is quite firm in his beliefs that settling down in one place is just not in the cards for him, yet he loves and respects his mother dearly and doesn't want to let her down. Hiring Sophronia to play at being his fiancee is a stroke of luck for him - even more so when she turns out to be a charming, quick-witted, intelligent woman. In fact, if he were going to choose a wife, it would be someone like her. I loved seeing him come to terms with his feelings for her and the conflict within himself, as he realizes that his wants and desires are no longer so cut and dried. Sophy sees in James a friendly, fun-loving, kindred spirit, the life of the party but at the same time a devoted son and a generous man. It doesn't take long for her to realize that her feelings for him are becoming more involved and deciding that if this is going to be her only chance to be with him, she'll make the most of it. They share a tender love scene that reinforces their feelings for each other. They both get a wonderful Christmas gift as their planned arrangement turns into so much more. This one was a real treat to read. 4.5 stars.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’ve read this series from the beginning: it mixes some clever scenes, dialogue and intriguing characters and comes out with pure entertainment. And No Groom at the Inn is no different and perhaps even more enjoyable for the Christmas time setting. Lady Sophronia is the daughter of an impoverished earl who has made no provisions for her after his death, and her options are limited by both station and sex. With no plans or suitors on the horizon, she receives a letter from a male cousin, taking ‘responsibility’ for her care and reputation by making her an ad hoc governess and chicken mistress. Yes, Chickens. The brashness of the tone of the letter and the dismal future it promises, she’s between a rock and a hard place. James Archer has avoided growing moss under his feet, and the resultant commitments that entails by traveling the world. Never in one place too long, he’s received an invitation that is impossible to ignore from his Mother. The house party is bound to be filled to the brim with ‘eligible’ women, and the only way for him to avoid the problem is a rather unconventional proposition to the woman he spots at the inn. Negotiations complete, Sophronia has the possibility of a small cottage of her very own, away from children and chickens. James has a fiancé to sport upon his arm at the party, and possesses the ability to quash his mother’s dreams in the nicest way possible. But, our couple is placed in the position of spending time together in a way that enforces the ruse. These two are so sweet and adorable together: James is, above all, a gentleman and when he realizes just how dire Sophronia’s circumstances were, he’s got his inner rake toned down, and finds someone far more unique and interesting than he thought possible, perhaps even showing him that not all commitments are bad ones. Sophronia is not thinking in terms of a happy ever after until her cottage is available, and a husband (or anyone to curtail her own whims) is not in that plan. Full of humor and bright conversation, several poultry-themed puns (you can almost picture the shudder upon her face) and a solid build up to friendship and true esteem, the story only gets more intriguing as James starts to fall, and tries to convince Sophronia of his true esteem. With several moments of house party antics, the warm up to Christmas and two delightful characters, this is a wonderful and entertaining story. 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.
CrisConquers More than 1 year ago
Just when Sophronia resigned herself to a fate of living with her cousin and caring for his dozens of chickens and half-dozen children, James Archer strolls into her life with a proposition that promises to give her the cottage in the countryside she's always wanted (sans poultry). The catch? She must pretend to be his adoring fiancée for a few weeks at a holiday house party packed with eligible young ladies vying for his attention. James has never wanted to marry, feeling suffocated by the mere idea of settling down in one place, but as these two grow closer and closer the lines between feigned and real love begin to dissolve. There are few tropes I love more than fake fiancés, so this novella had me hooked from the get-go. Throw into the mix a wallflower wordsmith of a heroine and a charming, playful hero with a wonderful sense of humor and you have the makings of the perfect holiday romance. I adored the author's use of vocabulary in expressing how much Sophronia loves unusual words and how her quirky mind works. There was something so fun about the inclusion of uncommon words and possible definitions at the beginning of each chapter. I'm not ashamed to say I was stumped more than once but I had a blast trying to figure out how the word would factor into the following chapter. I think the story was perfectly paced, and despite it being just a novella, I think all of the facets of the romance were wonderfully developed. I hate feeling like a romance is rushed to fit the constraints of less pages but Megan Frampton did a superb job of building that affection and heat that resulted in such a satisfying story. Because the author laid that foundation of friendship with sweet, teasing moments between the couple she was able to really pack on the heat in those sexy moments, making the romance so well-rounded. Whether or not you've read any of the other books in the series, NO GROOM AT THE INN is a fun, quirky, sexy historical you need to pick up this holiday season. Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some typos and a couple of suspected anachronisms, but thoroughly enjoyable. The love of words and their use kept me reading, and gave me time (that I otherwise wouldn't have given this book) to fall in love with the main characters.