Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? (Dukes Behaving Badly Series #4)

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? (Dukes Behaving Badly Series #4)

by Megan Frampton

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In Megan Frampton’s captivating new Dukes Behaving Badly novel, we learn the answer to the question:

Why do dukes fall in love?

Michael, the Duke of Hadlow, has the liberty of enjoying an indiscretion . . . or several. But when it comes time for him to take a proper bride, he ultimately realizes he wants only one woman: Edwina Cheltam. He’d hired her as his secretary, only to quickly discover she was sensuous and intelligent.

They embark on a passionate affair, and when she breaks it off, he accepts her decision as the logical one . . . but only at first. Then he decides to pursue her.

Michael is brilliant, single-minded, and utterly indifferent to being the talk of the ton. It’s even said his only true friend is his dog. Edwina had begged him to marry someone appropriate–—someone aristocratic . . . someone high-born . . . someone else. But the only thing more persuasive than a duke intent on seduction is one who has fallen irrevocably in love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062412836
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 98,351
File size: 3 MB

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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Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book. I really enjoy a book back in the very old days. It was a very steamy read.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Indeed, why does anyone fall in love? Michael, the Duke of Hadlow is way too busy being Duke-ish to concentrate on his love life. He is determined to not rest on his Duke-ish laurels and spends most of his time in business pursuits. He doesn’t have patience for small talk or common courtesies, so going to a ball and meeting a woman isn’t high on his list. Lucky for him, a woman, in the guise of a much needed secretary falls in his lap. Edwina, recently widowed and needing to support she and her daughter Gertrude, interview for the position of the Duke of Hadlow’s secretary. Edwina, having invested her previous husbands money successfully before her brother in law mis-managed and lost it all, is very bright. A trait that the Duke finds extremely attractive. Of course, the fact that she is gorgeous doesn’t work against her either. To give the Duke credit though, it is her mind he is the most attracted to and the fact that she isn’t offended by his discourteous disposition. I’m sure the names Edwina and Gertrude were common names historically, however, it did seem odd to me that their names seemed old fashioned yet, the Duke’s name was the more current and very common Michael. Ok, does this have anything to do with the plot or whether I liked or disliked the book? Not really, other than it was jarring to hear the name Michael in concert with the names Edwina and Gertrude. But, I’m letting myself get sidetracked… I liked quite a few things about this novel. Edwina, although gorgeous, was liked because she had a brain. Very unusual for this time! Gertrude at six, had quite a few things in common with the Duke. They were both impolite, asked too many questions, and weren’t concerned with how others perceived them. I loved how when Edwina would teach Gertrude how to be polite, use please and thank you, consider how she would like to be treated as how she should treat others… The Duke was learning at the same time. Kind of a reverse pygmalion. Edwina, decided to give in to her widowy (word?) rights. You betcha. She was going to sleep with the Duke! There was a bit of humor in the telling of Edwina and Michael’s ( don’t their names sound funny?) story. There was a LOT of passion. The Duke, although insensitive, did learn and get less insensitive. He also (finally) saw Edwina’s worth and fought for her. As the hero should in all historical romances! This was my first novel by Megan Frampton and I liked her writing style! I also love a happy ending, and by the end of the book, I definitely knew why this particular Duke fell in love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Megan Frampton knows how to write a romance! I get frustrated reading novels where the characters do not communicate clearly. I was delighted with Michael's and Edwina's bravery to tell each other exactly what they want and what they are thinking 98% of the time. Refreshing read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1844 Carolyn owns The Quality Employment Agency. Her friend, Edwina Cheltam, had been married for 8 years when her husband died leaving her and their six-year-old daughter, Gertrude, with little money to support them. During her marriage, she had been the one to increase their income because she kept the books herself. But then her husband insisted that she turn the books over to his brother who squandered the money. Carolyn points out to Edwina that she has many skills and she will help her find a job. She is going to send her on an interview as a secretary. As most secretary positions during this time were held by men, this is rather unusual. Michael, the Duke of Hadlow, is looking for a secretary and having a difficult time finding someone with good skills When he interviews Edwina, he is very impressed with her credentials and skills and hires her. She is to live at his home. When she explains about her daughter, he insists that she bring Gertrude with her. Michael is a man dedicated to his work, enjoying his solitude, and with little patience for society. He works long hours every day managing his wealth. He is quite pleased with Edwina’s efficiency. Edwina is taken with how much Michael enjoys being with Gertrude and insists that they dine with him often. He enjoys his conversations with Gertrude as she is a very smart little girl. Before long, Edwina proves invaluable to Michael and their relationship goes that one step further which they both enjoy. Things go smoothly until Gertrude goes missing. I really loved this book. Both Edwina and Michael are strong and equal characters. I don’t care for an airhead heroine and Edwina is certainly not that. Their equality makes them a great couple. The humor with which the author peppers her novels always makes me smile. Once again, Megan Frampton has knocked it out of the park.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Michael and Edwina's journey to happy ever after. Michael starts off very rude, but I soon discovered that it was mainly due to his being alone for so long. The way he did not ignore Edwina as a candidate as his secretary just because she was a woman, the way he immediately connected with Gertrude and the way he was so confused by the feelings they both caused him, showed me that he really did care but he did not understand what that meant. It was entertaining to see how he did things completely out of character when they were around because he just couldn't help himself. Edwina is a strong heroine who is willing to do what it takes to provide for her daughter. While she loves that she is finally being appreciated and used for her brain, there is a part of her that missed being noticed and admired for the looks as well, but only when it comes to Michael. Their relationship was slow to progress from professional to personal, but it was nice that they got to know each other before getting physical. Gertrude is a really cute girl with a big personality and I can see why she won Michael over almost instantly. I loved the way each chapter began with a reason why Dukes fall in love - it added a bit a humor to the story. Overall, it is a good read without a lot of drama. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Let Megan Frampton sweep you off your feet with a most beautiful and heartfelt romance! Michael enjoys being the duke of Hadlow, to a point. His title and his wealth enable him to make the world a more progressive place, and in 1844 London, a lot of interesting things are indeed happening. However those are not found at the Ton’s soirées and balls. He is a logical, honest and demanding man, and unfortunately for those reasons, not very well liked, so keeping a good secretary has been a challenge. And so he finds himself again in search of a secretary who corresponds to his exacting standards, and he finds that pearl in the person of the exceedingly competent, albeit much too beautiful, Mrs. Edwina Cheltam. Recently widowed, Edwina was left without a penny by her late husband, who never appreciated her fine mind, and she is desperate to find employment so that she and her six year-old daughter Gertrude don’t starve to death. Edwina knows her worth, but she anticipated the duke to be reluctant to employ a female secretary, but he doesn’t care as long as the job gets done well. However she must reside in the duke’s residence, but she can bring her daughter along. If only the gruff duke weren’t so young and handsome… Sheer bliss! Even before I had read the first chapter, I was loving WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE, and I had already chuckled, because before every chapter, there is one reason as to why dukes fall in love, and every one is just wonderful and fun. But all is not giggles, while humour permeates the whole story, Ms. Frampton has woven exceedingly complex and very appealing characters into a rather simple story, but those wonderful characters make WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE positively enthralling. Both Edwina and Michael are so exceptionally fleshed out, that I felt like they were real people to me, and I adored the dynamics between them as well. Megan Frampton’s writing skills have reached the point where I never felt I was reading sentences, paragraphs, chapters; it rather seemed like I were a part of the story, that I was in the middle of what was happening, and I became oblivious to my surroundings. WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE left me bursting with joy and hope, and it will have a special place in my heart for years to come. Megan Frampton has a rare talent, which grows with every book. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The heart is it's own worst enemy. It wants what it wants and whether good or bad is a deciding factor in the choices one makes. Megan Frampton gives comedic insight with Why Do Dukes Fall In Love. It is so refreshing to read a story where not everything has to be a complicating mass of confusion. It didn't hurt that Michael was not afraid to show his sensitive side. Love is messy, it's not rocket science. Edwina and Michael's romance is a hotbed of sweetness sprinkled with spice.
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