on July 25th 2017
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Once upon a time, a duke had five daughters who never made a stir. They practiced their French, their pianoforte, and their dancing…until one ran off with the dancing instructor, and the rest were left to face the scandal.
Lady Eleanor, the duke of Marymount’s eldest daughter, knows the burden is hers: she must marry well to restore the family name. So a loveless match is made and her fate is set. But then Eleanor meets her intended’s rakish younger brother. With his tawny hair, green eyes, and scandalous behavior, Lord Alexander Carson makes her want to be very bad indeed.
With his very honorable sibling too busy saving the world to woo Eleanor, Alexander is tasked with finding out her likes and dislikes for his elder brother. But the more time he spends with the secretly naughty Eleanor, and helps her tick off all the things on her good list for being bad, the more he knows what they want, and need, is each other.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Lady Be Bad is the first book in the Duke’s Daughters series by Megan Frampton.
Lady Eleanor is one of 5 daughters, the second eldest. When the eldest sister runs off to elope her mother and father tell her she must marry, and marry well in order to stave off the scandal that could ruin her family, and her younger sisters’ chances of marrying well. She is told she has to marry Lord Bennett Carson, a man fighting hard to keep his family’s finances flowing. When he marries Eleanor she will get his title, and he will get her large dowry. Sounds perfect, but it’s far from it, neither want to be forced into marriage, yet it’s their responsibility to do just that.
Lord Alexander is Bennett’s younger brother. He’s very tall, handsome, charming, and fed up. He is fed up of not being considered of any worth because he is a second son. When he meets Eleanor it is a definite case of lust at first site, and when circumstances have them spending a lot of time together, Eleanor decides to make the most of it and tells Alex that she wants to be overwhelmed. She wants to experience things and have fun so that when she does have to settle down she won’t be forever wondering what she missed out on.
They get up to some fabulously fun things, and share some naughty passionate moments. They both know they have no future together, but they can’t fight the attraction between them. Will they be able to find away to be together without more scandal ensuing, or will Eleanor have her fun and settle down as instructed. Neither feel able to stand up to their pushy parents, but can they possibly let each other go??
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, there were some laugh out load moments, and some sensual, steamy moments. There were times when I couldn’t help but feel so sorry for Eleanor, she has so much weight on her shoulders, it was a real delight to see her having some fun before her betrothal. All of her sisters were well written characters, each so very different in personality, I am very much looking forward to reading their stories in the future. Alex was a darling, and his love and respect for his brother often made his guilt nearly too much to bear.
The only thing that I didn’t like about the book was how quickly and easily it ended. A nice happy ever after, but not totally believable. That aside, I can still recommend it as it’s a story that once you start reading you won’t want to put down.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.