I love an awkward hero. And Michael, the Duke of Hadlow, is most definitely that. The man has no social skills at all. He doesn’t know how to interact with people. He’s blunt; he’s rude; and he’s terribly alone… until he hires Edwina to be his new secretary.
The widowed mother is in dire financial straights, but she is smart. She is also forthright and insightful, a combination which makes her one of the few people he can stand to be around. Not only does he realize she’s the perfect secretary, he comes to consider her his very first friend, and ultimately, she becomes much more.
I don’t know if Michael has a bit of Aspergers or something, but his mind just works differently than other people’s. I liked the time spent in his POV, seeing how he processed things, how his time with Edwina and her daughter began changing his perceptions and his priorities.
Then, there is our heroine, who is pretty, but appreciates being valued for her mind. I respected her devotion to her daughter and I liked her progressiveness (though occasionally, it strained credibility how much so, considering the time and possible consequences.) The romance doesn’t progress too quickly, which I appreciated and there is some good sexual tension there. The love scenes have sexy, good dirty talk (but nothing that was so crass it turned me off.) And I believed that these two were a good match.
The book is a bit predictable at times, especially the storyline involving Edwina’s daughter. You can see that one coming a mile away. But Michael made up for it with his strangely attractive mix of arrogance and vulnerability. He believes so totally in his own superiority, until falling in love makes him realize his own shortcomings. I loved his journey of self actualization, and his growth, while managing to stay true to himself at his core.
I enjoyed this one overall, and though it’s the 4th book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series, it holds up just fine as a standalone.
*ARC provided by Avon
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Why Do Dukes Fall In Love?
by Megan Frampton
Release Date: July 26, 2016