What Not to Bare

What Not to Bare

by Megan Frampton
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What Not to Bare by Megan Frampton

In Megan Frampton’s witty historical romance, a woman is judged by her gown, and a man by his reputation—until both are shed in one sexy moment of seduction.
Lady Charlotte Jepstow certainly knows how to make an impression—a terrible one. Each one of her ball gowns is more ostentatiously ugly than the one before. Even she has been forced to wonder: Is she unmarried because of her abysmal wardrobe, or does she wear clashing clothing because she doesn’t want to be pursued in the first place? But when Charlotte meets Lord David Marchston, suddenly a little courtship doesn’t sound so bad after all.
David will be the first to admit he’s made some mistakes. But when he gets yanked from his post by his superiors, he is ordered to do the unthinkable to win back his position: woo his commander’s niece. If David wants his life back, he must use his skills as a negotiator to persuade society that Charlotte is a woman worth pursuing, despite her rather unusual “flair” for color. But David does such a terrific job that he develops an unexpected problem, one that violates both his rakish mentality and his marching orders: He’s starting to fall in love.

Praise for What Not to Bare
“Endearing characters, heart-stopping romance, and witty dialogue make What Not to Bare a delicious read. Megan Frampton always shines!”—Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author of What the Duke Desires
“I was delighted and truly entertained by this book. I recommend it most heartily.”Smexy Books

“A delightfully witty historical romance.”The Book Adventures
“A scrumptious treat, filled with sexy humor and characters as bold as Lady Charlotte’s wardrobe.”Novels Alive
“This is a true romance.”Urban Girl Reader
“The chemistry between Charlotte and David is terrific and grows slowly as David’s affection for Charlotte grows.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
What Not to Bare was a fantastic historical romance. I really loved this wonderful read. It was fun, light, romantic, and just amazing. Lovers of romance, this is a book you definitely need to read.”Imagine a World
“I loved this book.”Gaslight
“I love the message that this book coveys. People often judge based on clothes and appearance, forgetting that there is more than meets the eye.”Book Freak
“This was an incredibly charming and engaging story. Megan Frampton is a new-to-me writer and I’m so, so happy to have discovered her very captivating, very witty voice.”Love Saves the World

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345541734
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2013
Series: Jepstow , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
Sales rank: 178,173
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Megan Frampton majored in English literature at Barnard College, with a double minor in political science and religion. She worked in the music industry for fifteen years, editing and writing music reviews for a music-industry trade magazine and eventually becoming the editor in chief. Frampton married one of her former interns and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with him and her son. When she isn’t writing, she serves as the community manager for the romance novel website Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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What Not to Bare 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out to be amusing and witty, but changed into the typical trash talking sexual stuff that apparently is what the public wants now rather than the mystique that should be written and is much more interesting than the hard core language of the street. I deleted it at about page 148 or so when the author gets into a description of the hero giving himself a hand-job..YUK!!!!!! Not my kind of novel....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just because a person has a degree in English Literature, should they feel qualified to write a Regency period romance? The effort by this author was a description of a long, drawn-out striptease tied together by forced, rambling, "oxymoronic" banter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an one time read book. The pace was sometimes slower than I would have liked. I was not crazy about the premise of the character making herself unattractive on purpose and the repeated mentions of how handsome the hero was. I understand building a "brand" by being different, but  it just didn't sit well with me. It seems that a character so intelligent would have found something else to make her stand out. Again, to me this premise was not very believable. The other issue I had with the book was that her friend , knowing how "bad"her fashion sense was asked to fill in and write her column on her behalf. Really? There was no post back then? Would you really risk your reputation by asking someone (even your best friend) who's skill set is lacking to write a column on your behalf?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand what you're saying but in literature and movies there is this thing called suspending reality. Yes, the slow striptease would probably not fall under the Regency banner, and to the complaining reader, neither would the hand job, even though men were doing it even then! However, the author is IMHO trying to put a little spice into a part of historical romance writing that loyal readers have complained has been getting played out with the same old plots, themes, devices, and timing. So she takes a few tiny liberties in the process? Although they may be questionable, at leat they're not HUGE errors like getting the date of a key battle wrong or dressing a woman in clothes not period specific. That would be grounds for severe criticism. So breathe, remember this is fiction, and try not to get too hung up on the small stuff. Sometimes it's okay to let the mind wander away from rigid ideas about what should be. Just go with it.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Megan has another good book out. I love to read her books.  They are funny, serious and really hot. Charlotte is one wild character and is called The Abominable due to her colorful dresses and speaking her mind. She meets Lord David at a ball when he is sent home from India due to a scandal. David's scandal follows him back to England. You will need to read this book to find out how all the questions get answered. You won't be sorry!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I felt the characters were relatable. Somewhat predictable but arent they all. I loved it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author was suggested to my by sabrina jeffries. She didnt suggest this book, but since this was the first....well, i like to be sure i am reading in order, if there is one. I giggled at a good amount of the inner monologues. I agree with another reviewer that i got tired of the "ulgy" female references and the beautiful male lead. I rather enjoyed the change in the sexual scenes that she provided with the male self gratification. Over all, probably agree that this is a one and done type of read. I much prefer ms jeffries' books. But, i guess i should have actually read the one she told us to. Dont know if i want to buy a second one of this author....maybe i will when im in a book pinch and there is nothing else new that strikes my fancy at the time. Overall...liked it def did not love it.
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Connor? Uh.... a little. Mostly at ethics
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, witty, and outrageously sexy... highly recommend
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I really enjoyed this book
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Witty, hilarious, fast paced and outrageous dialogue, a fashion challenged heroine and a hero who was forced to leave India due to scandal. What more do you need? Lady Charlotte Jepstow is a heroine with a mind full of questions and says, does and dresses to please herself. LONDON'S society calls her "The Abomination!" Charlotte wears colorful feathers and fruits on her bonnet, white gloves with purple and yellow embroidery and a neon blue gown with huge red and green flower pattern on it and that is just one of her outfits. She is shocked when her friend, Emma, asks her to write her fashion column while she out of town. A column would be something different to do since she is not going to find a husband again this year. Will she always be "Eternal Burden" to her family? Lord David Marchston is back in London but not by his choice. While in India he slept with the wrong wife and caused a scandal. Lord Bradford, his boss in the Home Secretary's office, tells him is new assignment is to stay out of trouble and pretend to "court" his niece, Lady Charlotte, but not marry her. David's is called "Mr. Gorgeous" in India and he is sick of being used for his good looks. Charlotte and David's story is super quirky, hilarious and imaginative. Gloves, chemises, male small clothes fly off. Great secondary characters like Gotam, David's valet and Sarah, Charlotte's maid and co-conspirator. Ms. Frampton has great catch phrases like "unmarried bachelors" and writes humor in love scenes and it works. My personal favorite romances are hilarious, quirky, have characters that are total opposites and make me laugh, snort, scream and even get my pompoms and cheer them on. I have to give Ms. Frampton my top score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes.
GmaStock More than 1 year ago
Clever, witty, and fun historical romance! Charlotte, our heroine, is a girl after my own heart. She questions everything -- which throws Lord David for a loop, as he has never run into a 'girl like Charlotte'. She has found that even though her mother insists she 'go on the marriage mart' for the 3rd season, she can actually repel bachelors by dressing outlandishly. IF she marries, she declares she will marry someone who appreciates HER for her wit, intellegence, and not for "arm candy"! Lord David is 'assigned' to 'promote' Charolotte by being attentive, but oh my! He has never had conversations quite like with Lady Charlotte that leave him 'flumoxed'! This story is so witty, you may find yourself giggling, and identifying with Charlotte, who has the nerve to flaunt convention. Lord David becomes smitten, and eventually she is all he can think of. He has also suffered at the hands of society -- as he is so handsome, that he is striving to be taken seriously as a person, not just a 'pretty face'. Charlotte questions everything -- often with questions I have often asked myself, and she finds India to be enthralling, and is more than willing to travel to HIS beloved India, as his bride, especially since the women there wear such bright clothing. All in all, I loved this book. Clever, witty, funny, and fast-paced; and lengthened my vocabulary; ie, I can't tell you how many 'oxymorons' I've noticed since reading this book! Will definitely read more of Megan Frampton!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute funny romance
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I really enjoyed this book. Fun read characters were easy to connect with. Will be one of my favorites
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never reread my books but reread this twice. Loved it even more each time
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This book was witty and fun to read. I always looked forward to getting back to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thougt this was a very fun book. Loved the characters and the intractions. Will be reading this one again. Well done