Sara’s Review of Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? by Megan Frampton
I’d like to thank Avon Books for not only letting me participate in the blog tour for Megan Frampton’s newest novel, but for also providing me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review! =^.^=
This was my first foray into Frampton’s writing, and given how much I enjoyed this book, I can say with confidence that it won’t be my last, murr! If you are looking for a steamy romance that will make your heart swoon then this is the perfect book for you.
First thing first, Hadlow was the type of character I wasn’t sure I was going to like when I started reading. He’s arrogant, rude, inconsiderate of other people’s emotions, and basically made me want to hiss in exasperation. However, as the story progressed, I found myself warming up to him and his eccentric personality, and by the end I found that I admired him greatly. Edwina, meanwhile, was a sweet character whom I instantly took a liking to. She’s intelligent, unafraid to speak her mind, devoted to her young daughter, and the perfect influence for the boorish Hadlow. Together theirs is a relationship that is sizzling as it is fun and humorous. Who knew that a discussion about train parts could be so filled with innuendo? I won’t be able to hear the words “eccentric crank” without smirking ever again, I fear.
Edwin’s daughter Gertrude stole my heart, as I’m sure was Frampton’s intent. She’s very precocious, but also vulnerable in that she’s yet to see the harsher side of life though she’s intelligent to know that things aren’t always perfect. I loved the scenes that involved her and Hadlow together because I felt like she was the initial influence in changing my feelings toward him. I think had she not been in the book I’d have been less inclined to want to like him in the end, despite what one learns of his life as the story progresses. So while she is not one of the main characters in this book, she’s certainly vital to the shaping of Hadlow’s character, and as such more than worth mentioning in the context of this review.
While this is the fourth book in the series, it works perfectly as a stand-alone novel. From what I gather the common element that ties all the books together, besides dukes who behave badly obviously, is The Quality Employment Agency, an agency designed to place women who otherwise wouldn’t be able to find work easily in quality positions throughout London and the surrounding countryside. Now I’m sure someone who has read the other books in the series can correct me if I’m wrong on this, and if I am please do, but I do get the sense that it isn’t vital for a reader to have read all the books leading up to this one unlike in other series which noticeably build upon previous books. This isn’t to say that I don’t encourage readers to read the other books in this series! As I said I definitely have plans on reading the previous books because I greatly enjoyed Frampton’s writing, and I would suggest that other readers do likewise as I suspect that they are enjoyable reads as well.
The pacing of the book was smooth with very few moments where I felt things were dragging. I think the only reason I felt that there was any lag was because I was anxious for Hadlow to realize he had messed up and go after Edwina to set things right. Yeah, I knew that they would eventually end up happily-ever-after, that’s a given, but the last quarter of the book was agonizing at times because of Hadlow’s obtuseness. Actually, I stand corrected, the journey that Hadlow and Edwina take to look at various train companies grew a bit tedious for me, but that’s more because I wasn’t all that interested in learning about the running of a train company, though as I mentioned earlier in this review discussion of train parts makes for some fun innuendo moments. “Eccentric crank.” =^.^=
Let me just sum this review up by saying that this was a fun book. It had enjoyable characters, humorous and steamy moments, touching scenes, especially the last chapter, a touch of drama, and it keeps the reader turning the pages in order to discover what happens next. It’s a wonderful introductory read for those who are new to Frampton’s titles like I was, and what I’m sure is a welcoming addition for those readers who are long time fans. So if you love historical romance, I definitely recommend that you add this title to your reading list. Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to go curl up with the first book of this series, murr!
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. You can visit her website at http://www.meganframpton.com. She tweets as @meganf, and is at facebook.com/meganframptonbooks.
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|25-Jul||The Book Beacon||http://thebookbeacon.com||Guest Post|
|26-Jul||The Bookworm Lodge||www.thebookwormlodge.com||Guest Post|
|27-Jul||Deluged with Books Cafe||http://delugedwithbooks-caffeineaddicts.blogspot.com||Review|
|28-Jul||A Bluestocking’s Place||ov099.wordpress.com||Guest Post|
|28-Jul||Jen’s Reading Obsession||http://jensreadingobsession.blogspot.com||Review|
|28-Jul||A Taste of Sin||http://atasteofsin.com||Guest Post|
|28-Jul||Aubrey Wynne||http://aubreywynne.com/index.php/blog/||Guest Post|
|29-Jul||Reading In Sarah’s Corner||http://readinginsarahscorner.blogspot.com||Guest Post|
|29-Jul||Seduced By A Book||http://www.seducedbyabook.com/||Review and Q&A|
|29-Jul||Those Crazy Book Chicks||https://www.facebook.com/Thosecrazybookchicks||Guest Post|
|29-Jul||Sofia Loves Books||http://sofia-loves-books.blogspot.gr/||Review|
|29-Jul||SOS Aloha||sosaloha.blogspot.com||Guest Post|
|1-Aug||Read More Sleep Less Blog||http://readmore-sleepless.blogspot.com/||Review|
|1-Aug||Romancing the Readers||http://romancingthereaders.blogspot.com/||Guest Post|
|1-Aug||Smitten By Books||http://smittenbybooks.com/blog||Guest Post|
|2-Aug||Cara’s Book Boudoir||http://www.carasbookboudoir.com||Review|
|2-Aug||Ramblings From This Chick||www.ramblingsfromthischick.com||Guest Post|
|2-Aug||Born to Read Books||http://borntoreadbooks.blogspot.com/||Q&A|
|2-Aug||The Bookworms Obsession||https://bookwormsobsessionblog.blogspot.com/||Guest Post|
|3-Aug||I Heart YA Books||http://iheartyabooks.blogspot.com/||Review|
|3-Aug||Reviews by Crystal||http://reviewsbycacb.blogspot.com||Q&A|
|3-Aug||The Romance Dish||http://theromancedish.com||Review|
|3-Aug||Forget the Housework, I’m Reading…||www.forgethousework.com||Guest Post|
|3-Aug||Book Lover in Florida||https://bookloverfl12.wordpress.com/||Guest Post|
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|4-Aug||Teatime and Books||http://www.teatimeandbooks76.blogspot.com||Review and Q&A|
|4-Aug||The Book Review||http://www.the-bookreview.com||Review|
|4-Aug||A Fortress of Books||http://www.afortressofbooks.com||Guest Post and Review|
|4-Aug||Okie Dreams Book Reviews||http://deannalynnrw.wordpress.com||Review|
|4-Aug||Margie’s Must Reads||http://margiesmustreads.com||Guest Post|
|5-Aug||The Reading Wench||http://thereadingwench.blogspot.com/||Guest Post and Review|
|5-Aug||Forever Book Lover||Foreverbklover.blogspot.com||Guest Post|
|5-Aug||underneath the covers||http://underneaththecoversblog.com/||Guest Post|
|5-Aug||Reading Between the Wines Book Club||http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/||Guest Post|
|5-Aug||Wild Wordy Women||http://wildwordywomen.com/||Review|