Never Kiss a Duke
by Megan Frampton
Series: Hazards of Dukes
A disinherited duke and a former lady are courting much more than business in the first novel in Megan Frampton’s newest titillating series, Hazards of Dukes.
Everything he had ever known was a lie…
Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, has a title, wealth, privilege, and plenty of rakish charm. Until he discovers the only thing that truly belongs to him is his charm. An accident of birth has turned him into plain Mr. de Silva. Now, Sebastian is flummoxed as to what to do with his life—until he stumbles into a gambling den owned by Miss Ivy, a most fascinating young lady, who hires him on the spot. Working with a boss has never seemed so enticing.
Everything tells her he’s a risk she has to take…
Two years ago, Ivy gambled everything that was precious to her—and won. Now the owner of London’s most intriguing gambling house, Ivy is competent, assured, and measured. Until she meets Mr. de Silva, who stirs feelings she didn’t realize she had. Can she keep her composure around her newest employee?
They vow to keep their partnership strictly business, but just one kiss makes them realize that with each passing day—and night—there’s nothing as tempting as what is forbidden…
“So tell me— who are you? There has to be a story here.” Sebastian gestured around them. “Because this is not where one would expect to ﬁnd someone who is obviously a lady.”
“Obviously was,” she retorted. “I am Miss Ivy now, anything I was before is left in the past.”
“Were you also a duke who lost his title?” he said, giving her a sly look.
She would not give him what he wanted. Something he was going to have to become accustomed to.
“We do have things to do, Mr. de Silva. Much as I would love to regale you with the story of how I came to be Miss Ivy.”
He was keenly aware that he would have to follow her orders—i f he wanted to keep this position.
And what other position would you like . . . ? a voice asked in his head.
Never Kiss a Duke is the first book in Ms Frampton’s new Hazards of Dukes series, and what an introduction it is! Sebastian spends the first milliseconds of the book secure in the knowledge that he is the same duke he’s been for the past six months, the duke he was raised to be, when BAM! he’s suddenly a mere “mister.” After he gets over his initial pity party, it was really a little heartbreaking to watch him wander around London, suddenly taking note of how much things actually cost. (I know, #firstworldproblems–but at least he’s trying instead of merely wallowing…)
Fortunately, he’s got a best friend who takes him to a new gaming establishment (and covers his costs for the evening, because he still has money and a title) to take his mind off of things–because it’s there that Seb meets the woman who will offer him a job. And a place to stay. And eventually, after making him work for it (literally!), her heart.
I loved watching Seb figure out how not to be a spoiled, entitled peer, and adored him and Ivy together. And their assorted family and friends?–the icing on the cake (OMG, when his dogs find him–one of my favorite bits!). I cannot wait for Nash and Ana Maria’s story ( Tall, Duke, and Dangerous ) and just know Ms Frampton will give us stories for Octavia and Thaddeus too… (please! :D)
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
MEGAN FRAMPTON writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction under the name Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.
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