"Sparkling... [Never Kiss a Duke] bursts with delightful banter, restorative supporting characters who dance off the page, and plenty of steamy interludes and tantalizing yearning."
Nash, the “dangerous” Duke of Malvern, has always bristled against the rules of English society. Hot tempered and fearful of becoming like his brutish late father, he lives a life of too much responsibility and too little joy. And although he’s vowed to never marry, a duke has a duty—and there’s only one way to get himself an heir and a spare. So Nash reluctantly takes a look around at society’s available young ladies to see who might be willing to put up with his one-word answers and frequent glowers.
She longs for love…
After the death of her father and wicked stepmother, Ana Maria goes from virtual servant to lady-in-training, and while society life has its benefits—gorgeous gowns!—its restrictive rules stifle her sprit. And when her independent actions put her in danger, her half-brother insists Nash teach her some self-defense. While most of London’s ladies find Nash intimidating, she only sees a man who needs introducing to all the joys life has to offer. So although officially they are coming together for fighting lessons, unofficially their physical contact begins to blur the line between friendship and begins to grown into something more…
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"Frampton (Never a Bride, 2019) could give Scheherazade a run for the money when it comes to crafting a compelling tale, and the superbly written first entry in her historical romance Hazards of Dukes series is another brilliant confection composed of equal measures dazzlingly droll wit and deliciously sexy romance."
Nash, "dangerous" Duke of Malvern, never wished to marry. When his grandmother informs him he must wed or risk losing the dukedom to a cousin as violent and volatile as the father who claimed Nash was "just like him," Nash sets out to find a wife solely for the sake of securing an heir. Nash is not prepared to have his heart thrown into the ring when he finds himself enchanted by childhood friend Ana Maria, now an independent and wealthy woman intent on living a life on her terms after being an unpaid servant in her recently deceased and wicked stepmother's home. Ana Marie's society-defying decisions make Nash fear for her safety, leading them to strike a bargain. He'll teach her self-defense, and she'll help him choose a wife, but they end up fighting for the choice to have each other instead. VERDICT A captivating second in the "Hazards of Dukes" series (after Never Kiss a Duke). Frampton deftly handles heavy subjects of abuse and neglect without ever losing the light of her characters' spirits or tamping down the steamy, slow-burn romance. Ana Marie's Cinderellaesque rise and banter with the notoriously taciturn Nash will enthrall readers of Eva Leigh's "Union of the Rakes" series.—Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee P.L.
A duke and a lady who feel out of place in society find a sense of belonging with each other.
Treated as a servant up until the deaths of her duke father and her cruel stepmother, Ana Maria is conflicted about her new life as a lady. She loves the fancy gowns but loathes all the suitors interested only in her large dowry. She craves independence and purpose. After Nash, Duke of Malvern, helps her out of two dangerous situations, he insists on teaching her self-defense techniques. Even if he is a behemoth who communicates mostly through grunts, Ana Maria desires him. She expects he sees her like a sister because they grew up together, but Nash’s feelings toward Ana Maria are not of the brotherly sort. However, even though he’s looking to marry, she’s too risky of a choice since he actually cares about her. Nash worries that his abusive, philandering father’s penchant for violence was passed down. When their fighting lessons turn physical in a different way, the pair have to decide if they’re willing to open up to each other enough to create something real and lasting. Narrow in scope, this story homes in on its leads and the internal conflicts that initially keep them apart. Although repetitive and unsubtle, the prose is nonetheless quick-paced and often sharp and funny. With a captivating, easy-to-love couple and deliciously hot scenes, this breezy read will entertain, if not totally enchant.
A solid choice when searching for a light, charming, historical happy-ever-after.
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