The Duke's Daughters: Lady Be Reckless

The Duke's Daughters: Lady Be Reckless

by Megan Frampton

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The Duke’s five daughters have beauty, breeding, and impeccable reputations. Or at least, they did. Now that two have chosen to follow their hearts, can the others be far behind?

Lady Olivia refuses to repeat her siblings’ scandalous mistakes. Instead, she will marry the lord rejected by her sister and help with his good works. When he resists, Olivia forms another plan: win his lordship’s admiration by helping his illegitimate best friend find a bride. How difficult can it be to transform the rakish Edward Wolcott into a gentleman? To ignore his virile good looks? To not kiss him in a moment of impulsive madness? Apparently, very difficult indeed.

Edward Wolcott promised his ailing father he would marry well, and it appears Lady Olivia wishes to assist him. The sparkling firebrand intends to smooth his way through London’s ballrooms, parlors, and eligible ladies, while all Edward’s thoughts suddenly revolve around bedrooms . . . and Lady Olivia herself.  Only a scoundrel would seduce the duke’s most dutiful daughter. And only a truly reckless lady would risk everything to be in his arms . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062666642
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: Duke's Daughters Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 281,007
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(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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The Duke's Daughters: Lady Be Reckless 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Follow your heart, or the body part that seems as though it is in the most need. ~ Lady Olivia’s Particular Guide to Being Reckless I’m not quite sure if it’s me, or if I’ve just been drawn to a plethora of ‘difficult characters to like of late – but Megan Frampton took the self-important, heedless and occasionally overbearing Olivia and used situations and one perfectly wonderful man in Edward to bring her some self-awareness, growth and, above all, some truly amusing circumstances in which she learned these lessons. For Olivia was too much – too determined to see every injustice and rush in to quell it without actually considering the problems in a way that was deeper than her initial impression. And then, she was so busy being ‘righteous’ and ‘enlightened’ (and she was far more aware of the inequities in financial and social situations than her peers), that she never actually doubted her rightness in making a stand, or in fact, her rightness about her decisions about other people’s feelings. So much in her own belief in her way being right, and others requiring her guidance that she is spectacularly set back in her quest to move forward in proposing to a man, who truly isn’t at all interested. And then we have Edward: born on the wrong side of the blanket yet afforded the education and money of others in the upper classes with one huge difference: his father rescued him from placement in an orphanage, claimed him and provided him with love and support that many Lords and Ladies should admire. Having his best friend be a Lord and the object of Olivia’s apparent affection, Edward is thrown by the insistent curiosity he has for her. Of course, his friend is determined that an accident of birth should not influence Edward’s reception in society or search for a wife: and with Edward’s father receiving some troubling news about his health, Edward’s talked into a promise to find a wife in short order. Enter Bennet and his challenge to Olivia: her determination to suss out and eliminate all injustices make her the perfect person to see Edward accepted into society and help him to find a match. Say what you mean. Unless what you mean will upend your entire life. In which case, you should probably shout. ~ Lady Oliva’s Particular Guide to Being Reckless Olivia had me laughing out loud in places and cringing in others- while Edward missed no social graces in appearing as a gentleman, and perhaps is all the more intriguing for his heart and understanding of the world around him – good, bad and pretentions alike. While it was obvious to everyone (but Olivia’s parents and she herself) that she and Bennett were too alike in their determination to make a difference with little else to build a relationship upon, it is her twin Pearl who instantly sees the potential for love to bloom between Olivia and Edward: a notion that Bennett himself had and used that thought to thrust them together. And Oliva is blissfully unprepared for overthinking her own heart until the situation is so in her face that she can’t figure it out. Fortunately for her, she does have her twin Pearl to discuss things with – and help her to sort things out. Of course, nothing is as simple as them being compatible and Edward’s obvious enjoyment of her bossiness, but the ride to the end – full of missteps, laughs and some clothes-destroying kittens is a delightful one. Sure to please fans of the series and these sisters who, despite their parent’s and society’s desire
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I love reading historical romances, but for some reason this one took me way too long to finish reading. I pick it up read a few chapters and then put it down. It took me two months to finish it. I feel really bad because I have read several Megan Frampton's books and enjoyed them. This one on the other hand felt like a recycle that just did not have the need piece. This was also the first book of this series that I have read, but it did not feel necessary to read book one to keep up with things. No matter how hard I tried I just could not find a steady pace to keep up and finish with Olivia and Edwards chance. I found romance, fun laughs, and the charm of the historical but not a connection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Frampton books and look forward to them. This one lacked depth of character development and pacing. It was slow and boring.
Lisascrapbooker More than 1 year ago
We have Lady Olivia Howlett, daughter of the Duke of Marymount and Mr. Edward Wolcott, born on the wrong side of the blanket. Both desperately want to be needed and needed for themselves, not her connections or his wealth. Where Olivia has a chip on her shoulder about social inequities, injustices and inequalities (real or assumed), Edward’s chis is because he is constantly fighting against his birth and dislike of the ton. They each need to get out of their own ways and see things from a different perspective. Thankfully they help each other achieve this. I liked the story between Olivia and Edward. Their banter was charming and they kept each other on their toes. Watching Olivia’s motivation change was interesting and seeing her “AH HA” moment caught me off guard in a pleasant way. Edward was slow to grasp his “AH HA” moment, but seemed to enjoy and embrace his new sense of freedom and lightness of heart more than Olivia. I realize the main concept behind the story was Edward’s being illegitimate, but I did feel a bit battered and bruised by the end of the story. Throughout the story I was constantly reminded, like there had been time to forget, that Edward was a “B.” Even after Olivia realizes she loves him the “B” word was first in her mind, heart and tongue. IT was always mentioned at social events, walks in the park, rides through the park and dinner parties. On one hand for Edward, he seemed ok with it because he knew his father loved him and, contrary to the times in the ton, was demonstrative. On the other hand, Edward was always defensive and seemed almost to the point of self-loathing and total disgust with the world. In every way he was the gentleman, he dressed the part, had the manners, was able to converse in society, but he allowed the view of the ton to dictate how he was going to act. I did not read the first book in the series, but enough background was given that I did not feel lost. The Duchess, Olivia’s mother, had me sending up prayers of thanks to my mother for being present, loving and caring in my life. A more self-absorbed, brainless and insensitive woman I have never met- real or book! I am convinced the Dike’s daughters have grown up to enter society is a testament to NATURE and society’s rules. I adored Olivia’s twin, Pearl and her other sister, Ida, immensely. They were humorous, loving and amazingly level-headed given their parents. I think I will read the first in the series to see if the Duchess has always been that way and hope that she snaps out of it for Pearl and Ida. I look forward to their stories! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I had read the previous book in this series and had enjoyed it, so I was excited to get to this one. I loved Olivia and Edward. She’s outspoken and goes after what she wants. He’s genuinely good and struggling a bit. Together they have spirited arguments and understanding and omg so much chemistry. Plot wise it moved decently. There were a few scenes of miscommunication, but they were swiftly addressed and the book has low angst. Again I loved the scenes with Olivia’s sisters and their loyalty and support. I enjoyed getting little bits of information about the sister from the previous book. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see who gets the next story. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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