The Lady Is Daring: A Duke's Daughters Novel

The Lady Is Daring: A Duke's Daughters Novel

by Megan Frampton

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Five well-bred sisters, one sensational scandal. Now the Duke of Marymount’s daughter Ida is about to find love in the most unconventional way . . .

It was easy for society to overlook Lady Ida Howlett; they found her bookish, opinionated, and off the marriage mart. But little did they know that behind a calm exterior beats the heart of an adventuress, one who, determined to discover her runaway sister’s whereabouts, steals a carriage and sets off on a daring mission. Then she discovers she’s not alone! Bennett, Lord Carson, is inside, and he refuses to leave.

Lord Carson’s plans had always been to find a soft, gentle wife who would run his home and raise his children. Still, he makes a bargain with Ida—he won’t desert her during her mad adventure. He’ll make sure she’s safe, and then find a suitable lady to fall in love with. But when rules (and garments) become discarded during this long, intimate journey, it’s soon clear that this surprisingly daring lady is the woman he’s needed all along.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062666666
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Series: The Duke's Daughters , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 46,677
File size: 716 KB

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 Lady Is Daring: A Duke's Daughters Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters felt one note. Did not buy the conflict. It felt contrived.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Historical roadtrip romance FTW! I loved Ida and Bennett's story--finally, one of the duke's daughters actually falls in love with Bennett ;) Their banter was great--"hedgehog" and "leopard" LOL--and the forced proximity of their rescue mission felt spot-on for both of them (plus was a whole lot of fun...) Bennett being able to see and appreciate Ida for her Ida-ness was wonderful, and seeing the relationships that both of them had with their families (the families that count, anyway) was wonderful. The reasons why they can't be together aren't the strongest--initially they makes sense, but the longer they cling to them the weaker they seem--but the way they overcame their obstacles was lovely, and that made all the difference. You don't have to have read the other two books to appreciate this one (confession--still haven't read Eleanor's book!), but if you have, then the "finally falls in love with Bennett" comment will make a lot more sense... Two more Howell sisters to go--can't wait! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Bennett, Lord Carson is the catch of the series, and has successfully managed to avoid marital entanglements to this point, serving as ‘matchmaker’ for the first two of the sisters of the Duke of Marymount. Pressures from all sides notwithstanding, Bennett has his hands full trying to keep the estates running properly, see that his ailing mother is cared for, and trying to keep a pound safe from his profligate father and his never-ending need for more. ALL of the stress has fallen on Bennett, while his father eschews any responsibility for the family, preferring to celebrate his ‘title’ and let others pay the price for his extravagances. Determined that Bennet marry a Duke’s daughter and bring a not insignificant dowry into the family coffers, he’s got plans for his son and won’t be ignored. Ida Howlett is the third daughter of the Duke of Marymount, and while she and her sisters (both now married) have made wonderful matches and pleased her parents, she’s not interested in what ‘other girls do’. She wants to live her own self-directed life, free to explore topics that take her interest, and if there’s a little adventure mixed in – all to the better. Her sister Della ran off ‘in disgrace’ and while her parents seem rather inured to the situation, Ida has decided that she needs to find her sister and see just what all happened. Stealing a carriage in a quick getaway – off to follow the trail and find her sister seems logical to Ida, she didn’t count on the carriage being occupied by the one man that she desperately needs to avoid, the one her parents have pushed forth on her as a potential mate. Surprised by the circumstances, it’s truly the first time that Bennet has actually spent time with Ida, talking to her without being subjected to several eyes and the constrictions that society has placed on interactions. Most shocking , yet intriguing, to him is Ida’s determination to be herself, forming opinions and enjoying new experiences, without seeming to need anyone or anything else. Her intelligence shines through in their conversation, her passion about what she believes is right, and her logical view of how to find the sister she is determined to bring home are even more striking since they come from a woman he had previously discounted as some wedding-crazed, close to on the shelf, dismissible unmarried woman on the marriage mart. Their interactions and his growing esteem for her are cleverly plotted, and Ida’s realization that everything that made her ‘undesirable’ to most are just what intrigues Bennett. Perhaps this marriage thing isn’t so bad after all. Clever additions of revelations of personality, opinions and the sheer excitement of the adventure added to this story, with some moments from both Bennett’s and Ida’s viewpoints that were instantly descriptive and foundations for their characters. Another lovely installment in this clever early Victorian story. I received a paperback copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed that these two ever-so-applealing characters were trapped in such a lackluster plot. I am not sure I will be coming back for more.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This one is definitely my favorite of the series. I loved Ida and Bennett. Their banter is fantastic and I loved how they were able to open up to each other and have intelligent conversation. The chemistry is there right from the start, but the relationship grows naturally. Plot wise, it was fun. I enjoyed seeing them figure out how to travel along. I mean, there’s only so many ways you can get into an inn and have food, but it never felt repetitive. The angsty parts were super short and didn’t last long and while I wanted just a bit more of a future take in the epilogue, it was fantastic. Overall, it was a quick and fun read with characters I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to see which sister is next. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1846 Bennett, Lord Carson, is meeting with his father, the Marquis of Wheatley, and being harangued for having let several eligible and wealthy young ladies be married to other men. Bennett has always had the responsibility for taking care of the family’s business dealings and tries to ensure that there is enough money in the coffers to pay for the Marquis’s elaborate lifestyle. One big drain on the finances is his father’s mistress and her two children. His father’s spending is to blame for the financial problems. Now, his father is insisting that Bennett marry a wealthy young woman and soon to replenish their funds. Ida, Pearl, Eleanor, Olivia, and Della are sisters and daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Marymount. Ida is an intelligent young woman who can hold her own in most any conversation. Her sister, Eleanor, is married to Alexander, Bennett’s brother, and her sister, Olivia, is married to Bennett’s friend, Edward. The girls’ sister, Della, ran away from home some years ago to elope with a man she loved. She never married him, but has a daughter named Nora. Della has never returned home because she knows her reputation is ruined. However, she writes to her sisters but never includes her return address. The girls all love Della and want to find her and bring her home. Ida is determined to find a way to escape the confines of her home and when she discovers the name of the town Della lives in, she is ready to go to her. Bennett would also like to escape the constant financial responsibilities he has. As it happens, they both end up in a carriage that Ida swipes and head out of town. It will take them about five days to get to Della’s home, but they are determined to stick it out. Along the way, they get to know one another fairly well and enjoy each other’s company. Oh, but, togetherness can sometimes mean that attraction results and we know what comes after that. Will they find Della and convince her to return home? What about Ida and Bennett’s reputations when they return? This is yet another rather scatter-brained story by Megan Frampton. I have read many of her books and have learned that one must overlook some of the silliness and just enjoy the story put together by this author. She is very intelligent and adds lots of unexpected humor in her stories. Just read and enjoy and try not to judge. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago