Title: The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton
Dukes Behaving Badly Book One
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: 384 pages
All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything…
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After emitting one last little yelp, of course.
Her excitement about the opportunity dimmed somewhat as she mounted the stairs to the sizable front door. A duke’s house–his mansion–was larger than any private residence she’d ever seen, much less been inside.
She was already intimidated, and she hadn’t spoken to anyone yet.
She took a deep breath and banged the knocker. She heard it echo within and felt herself tremble at making such a noise at such an impressive door.
Yes. She had to admit it. She was impressed by a door.
The door in question swung open, and an older gentleman, his head placed at the properly dismissive attitude, looked at her. Noting, likely within seconds, her very worn cloak, barely a whisper of protection against the raw temperature, and the not-so-skillfully darned gloves she had on.
“I am here…” she began, only to have him interrupt.
“I know, and you should have come around to the back entrance. But since you’re here, please do come in.”
Was every person the duke employed entirely too full of themselves? Or perhaps it was just the two servants she’d met thus far. Still, it was worth keeping in mind when she spoke to the man in question.
She followed the full-of-himself butler inside, trying not to stare at all the grandeur inside.
“Wait here, I’ll let the duke know you have arrived.” The butler walked into one of the rooms to the side of the foyer, leaving Lily alone to get more intimidated by the foyer.
Imagine how she would feel when she actually saw one of the rooms.
She counted no fewer than ten doors leading off the entryway. It was hard to fathom just what purpose each room had; perhaps the duke allotted separate rooms for each one of his digits? “Oh, no, Mr. Thumb, it’s not your turn. We’ll be in the ring finger’s room today.” Or did he spend one day a week in each room, with the balance of the three left for holidays, birthdays, and–incredible, she couldn’t even dream up what purpose so many rooms could serve. It must be very hard work to be a duke, given everything one had to do.
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.
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