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Title: The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior
Written by Megan Frampton
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: 2014-11-25
Genres: Historical Romance, Victorian Romance
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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 . . .
Warning: This review may contain spoilers
A refreshing take on the rake/governess trope!
The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton is the first book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series. This charming love story centers on Miss Lily Russell and Marcus, the Duke of Rutherford. When the Duke finds out that he was a father to an illegitimate daughter whose mother has died, he immediately hires a governess to take care of her. Lily, who is managing a governess-for-hire business along with two of her best friends, decides that having the Duke’s business will greatly help their budding company so she goes and presents herself as the new governess. Sparks begin to fly as Lily and Marcus spend more time together, with both of them unable to resist each other.
I liked Lily and Marcus. Although Marcus was a typical rake, he showed good qualities and character as the story went on. By the half of the book, I was rooting for both Lily and Marcus. The only problem I had with the daughter, Rose was her attitude. I felt like she thought and acted like someone older than her age. And although kids are pretty smart, I thought she was just too perfect to be believable.
Overall, the story was well paced and it is a light read. I liked the light humor sprinkled throughout the book which really made it enjoyable.
Megan Frampton is a new to me author and I am definitely going to read more from her! I am assuming that the next books in the series would focus on the two other friends, so I am definitely looking out for that!