If you are looking for a romance with a repressed and scarred hero, learning to come out of his shell, I think you would enjoy this story. The Duke of Lasham is awkward and unhappy and he has no idea who is really is inside. He only knows that as a duke, he has a responsibility to be proper, to do the right thing, as befits his station. Then he meets a bold and fiery lady who turns his world upside down when she makes him realize there is another way to live.
Lady Margaret thumbs her nose at convention and that is why she teeters on the fringe of society. She turned down the marriage her parents set up for her and they disowned her. Now she lives life on her own terms. She makes her living writing serials and playing cards, and she devotes her time and money to helping other women with even fewer options in life than she had. When she first lays eyes on Lasham, she has no idea of his title, but even once she learns of it, that’s not what shapes her opinion of him. She sees beyond his nobility, beyond the patch he wears over his eye, to the man underneath. And she likes what she sees.
Lasham has never even asked himself what he wants to do. It’s always been about what he should do. Suddenly, he realizes he wants the kind of adventures that Margaret can bring to his life. The story follows them as they form a partnership… a friendship… that becomes so much more, despite the fact that neither believes a future is possible between them.
Poor Lasham is so bleak. I loved watching him come to life with Margaret. His mantle of responsibility is so heavy, but being with her transforms him. I like that it’s not like flipping a switch. It’s a gradual change, but a profound one. There was less focus on his disfigurement than I expected, rather, most of his angst came from the strictures of his class conformity. But I liked that it never made him a snob and that his heart was always in the right place.
Margaret is a worthy heroine. She follows her heart and her own internal code. She takes risks, which aren’t always smart, but are always honorable in her own way. I loved what she saw in Lasham. How she took his need for adventure as seriously as she took all of her other causes. And I loved how they were together. The sexual tension is good… the sexytimes are hot… and the romance is satisfying.
*ARC provided by Avon
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One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild
by Megan Frampton
Release Date: December 29, 2015