Megan Frampton shakes things up in her Dukes Behaving Badly series by focusing the fifth installment on a Duchess. In a rare allowance of succession, Genevieve has inherited the duchy from her father. Only, she has no training for the position. Her dad was a terrible duke, and she was essentially raised by servants in the country. Now she has people and estates to look after and absolutely no idea how to do it right. So she reaches out to her godmother for help, and the woman sends her steward to teach Genevieve the ins and outs of her new position.
Archie isn’t terribly excited about his assignment, but he is willing to do what’s asked of him. The retired military man never wanted to return to London, where his estranged family lives. He’s happier with his regimented life and dealing with facts and figures. And frankly, Genevieve is a bit of a disaster, but she eventually starts to grow on him and a friendship is born.
I have to admit, the book started off a bit slow for me. There is a letter written to or from one of the characters between each chapter and that got kind of old for me quickly. Archie is kind of a butt at first, and I just didn’t really connect with either character. But once the sexual tension got thick, I was hooked. I love forbidden romances, and once these two realized that they wanted each other –and couldn’t have each other—I was glued to the page. Every kiss was a stolen one. They had all this built up passion and want and need, and I couldn’t put it down.
I liked the idea of the role reversal at the center of the story. I liked how Genevieve held the power and ways it affected the relationship as it played out. I did get a little frustrated at how long it took these two to realize they could choose to ignore convention. (It’s not like Archie was a stablehand, you know?) But the tension was great, and the payoff was great, too.
A quick and satisfying read that holds up just fine as a standalone.
*ARC provided by publisher
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My Fair Duchess
by Megan Frampton
Release Date: February 28, 2017