Published by Avon on February 28th 2017
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The unexpected duchess
Archibald Salisbury, son of a viscount, war hero, and proficient in the proper ways of aristocratic society, has received orders for his most challenging mission: Genevieve, Duchess of Blakesley. How she inherited a duchy isn’t his problem. Turning her into a perfect duchess is. But how can he keep his mind on business when her beauty entices him toward pleasure?
It was impossible, unprecedented…and undeniably true. Genevieve is now a “duke”, or, rather, a duchess. So what is she to do when the ton eyes her every move, hoping she’ll make a mistake? Genevieve knows she has brains and has sometimes been told she has beauty, but, out of her depth, she calls on an expert. And what an expert, with shoulders broad enough to lean on, and a wit that matches her own. Archie is supposed to teach her to be a lady and run her estate, but what she really wants to do is unladylike—run into his arms.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
My Fair Duchess is the fifth book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series by Megan Frampton. It can easily be read as a stand alone novel.
Genevieve has the very rare, unheard of role as Duchess of Blakesley foist upon her. She never expected it and certainly hadn’t been taught all that was necessary to learn in order to take up the mantle. She is like a fish out of water and calls on her ‘Aunt’ to please help her. In answer to her call for help her aunt sends her very proper, very handsome Steward, Archibald Salisbury.
Archie is the third son of a viscount, and he is well versed on how proper aristocratic people should behave. He couldn’t stand to see how his father, and more than likely his brother to follow, treated the Viscountcy. Not enough care was given to the tenants or the estates. In order to get away from it he joined the army, and although he became a war hero, his father disowned him before he even left to fight. He didn’t change his mind when he came home. When he finished his duty, Archie found a job as Genevieve’s Aunt’s steward and he’s been very happy there ever since. He is quite horrified at the thought of going to London to teach a woman how to be a duchess. He imagines she’s a brainless ninny and that she’s matronly to boot. But it’s his employers wish, and he has to accept the job.
As soon as Genevieve sees him she can’t get over how utterly gorgeous he is. How on Earth is she to concentrate on anything when all she wants to do is kiss him all over! The attraction becomes mutual and they both end up having to remind themselves of their positions, what’s expected of Genevieve, and the fact that it would be most improper if they so much as hold hands.
Can they fight their attraction, be happy perhaps with a quick kiss and fondle, all while making sure that a bad light isn’t shed upon Genevieve who is trying to prove that she can do as good a job as any Duke and that people should respect her. Or will they give in to their passions knowing nothing can come of it, but with the possibility of being discovered?!
This was such a fun, light hearted read. I adored the bickering and flirting between Archie and Genevieve. The way he whispered to her what he would love to do with her while they were in no position to carry out what he wanted was so naughty of him. You just wanted Genevieve to say, blast being a Duchess, and grab him to make out! There was a fabulous chemistry between them, and I love how protective he was of her and how he puts his all into teaching her how to run her estates and being a proper lady. There was even a funny scene where he has to act the part of a woman, role playing with Genevieve so that she could learn to behave with people of different stations in life. I can’t help but laugh now while I think of it. I guarantee that you won’t be able to read this book without having a smile on your face most of the time.
There was only one thing lacking, and that is an epilogue. I really feel that one would have been ideal because there are a couple of things that need to be seen through to the conclusion. You will know what they are when you reach the end of the book. BUT it certainly doesn’t spoil the book, or the fact that it is a wonderful story, it just would have added so much to it if it had an epilogue.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book.