Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton Blog Tour

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.

But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .

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Pairing digits with rooms, or making sure nobody used Boxing Day’s room on Michaelmas. Or vice versa. Things like that.

The butler reappeared, making so little noise Lily jumped when he spoke. “The duke will see you now,” he said, managing to imbue his words with the proper amount of correctness plus a healthy dollop of disdain.

He walked ahead of her to one of the many doors and flung it open. “The lady is here, Your Grace,” he said, then gave her a sharp nod that indicated she should enter.

She did, and immediately decided this was the pink room, because nearly every item in the room was pink. And not the healthy pretty color of a late summer rose; no, this was the insipid pink of a wan begonia that had gotten too much sun and not enough water.

It was--well, it was tremendously pink, and exactly the opposite of how she presumed a duke would choose to live.

But all thoughts of interior design fled her head when she saw him. Just him; the child was not there.

But his presence was enough. He looked exactly the opposite of how she presumed a duke would look.

He stood next to a spindly escritoire, pink of course, and his whole self was so...tremendous that it seemed he might just knock everything in the room over with his presence.

He was tall, and very, very, very handsome. Extremely male. No, entirely and absolutely virile. That was the word. Virile with all of its connotations that brought the pink to her own cheeks. At least she better matched the room.

Goodness. She’d seen pictures of gods and soldiers and kings and other leaders of men, but she’d never actually felt the impulse to follow one of them anywhere.

This one, though, she might consider following, even though that way led to things that a young lady should not be thinking of. Especially a respectful governess who needed to make a good impression.

He had dark hair, straight, brushing his collar in an unkempt way that nonetheless looked utterly dashing. His eyebrows were straight black slashes over his eyes, dark brown, which were intently gazing at her as though he could see to her soul.

And if he could, he knew what she was thinking about him, so that could be problematic.

The sharp planes of his chiseled face were further accentuated by the stubble on his cheeks, giving him an even more dangerous look. The Dangerous Duke sounded like a character from a gothic novel. And he looked like just the sort of man who would lure women to do Dangerous Things.

One of his slashing eyebrows had risen, and she realized she’d been staring at him. Didn’t that happen to him frequently enough for it not to cause comment? Perhaps not in the sanctity of his own home. Or maybe there was a room made for staring, and she was not in it.

“The governess,” he stated, as though it was in question. He did not sound as though he truly believed she was one. Which made two of them, despite her having had experience with children, namely her sister, which was why she didn’t have experience with any children past five years old. The familiar pain reminded her just what circumstances had brought her here. It’s a worthwhile risk, a whispered voice in her brain said. Be strong.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Lily Russell has had a rough life. She's learned to be independent and clever to get through life. After escaping a shady past, she has reinvented herself as a governess.

Despite a gentleman's upbringing, Marcus is unprepared as he finds himself with the title of Duke. Not only that, he now has a daughter to be responsible for. He hires Lily as a governess and neither of them can fight the natural chemistry between them. As they all bond, will Lily's past destroy everything?

I found the story line to this book to be a nice idea, but unfortunately the execution was a bit on and off for me. At times, I was entertained and found it easy to read, but at others I felt that the roles went out of character or weren't quite appropriate. It seemed almost like a juvenile were speaking/acting instead of an adult. I also am not a fan of arrogant bragging about handsomeness or endowment.

I did enjoy the family dynamic set up between the characters and a few issues brought up about a woman's equality. Overall, it was an okay read. I would recommend it to historical romance fans looking for an amusing, happily ever after type read.

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, NY, with her husband and son.

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