Title: Tall, Duke. And Dangerous
Series: The Hazards Of Dukes #2
Author: Megan Frampton
Length: 384 pages
Expected Date of Publication: 10/27/20
Publisher: Avon Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Megan Frampton returns with the second book in the Hazards of Dukes series, a series that made Sarah MacLean say "Make Megan Frampton your next read!"
He needs a bride…
Nash, the “dangerous” Duke of Malvern, has always bristled against the rules of English society. Hot tempered and fearful of becoming like his brutish late father, he lives a life of too much responsibility and too little joy. And although he’s vowed to never marry, a duke has a duty—and there’s only one way to get himself an heir and a spare. So Nash reluctantly takes a look around at society’s available young ladies to see who might be willing to put up with his one-word answers and frequent glowers.
She longs for love…
After the death of her father and wicked stepmother, Ana Maria goes from virtual servant to lady-in-training, and while society life has its benefits—gorgeous gowns!—its restrictive rules stifle her sprit. And when her independent actions put her in danger, her half-brother insists Nash teach her some self-defense. While most of London’s ladies find Nash intimidating, she only sees a man who needs introducing to all the joys life has to offer. So although officially they are coming together for fighting lessons, unofficially their physical contact begins to blur the line between friendship and begins to grown into something more…
Please enjoy this excerpt from...
Never Kiss A Duke
The Hazards Of Dukes
His new boss is no lady . . .
“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.
Nash, Duke of Malvern awakes one day to find himself firmly wedged between a dowager duchess and a hard place.
Or more to the point.
His grandmother's demand that he marry. In order to save the dukedom from being disgraced by a roguish relation with violent tendencies. Due to inherit as Nash's heir.
Even though Nash has done his level best to avoid both marriage and children. For fear that he, like his father, would give in to his propensity toward temper.
Against someone smaller, softer, weaker. Someone he loved.
Well, she has technically always been a lady.
But now that her stepmother is dead; she is now able to come out from a life of drudgery and servitude to live as one.
Her coming out into society just in time to coincide with Nash's entrance into society's "marriage mart".
Nash, the best friend of her half brother, Sebastian.
The grunting, growling, quiet, and very serious Nash.
Nash, the one man who is always trying to save her. Trying to teach her how to 'fight and fuck'.
As she teaches him to live and love.
This is a sweet "homey, lover, friend, meets Beauty And The Beast meets Cinderella" styled romance.
Nash is so sweet, broken, and well intentioned that one can't help rooting for him.
And Ana Maria, and her zest for color and lust for life seems the perfect foil for his self imposed hermitage.
There is a decided lack of sex in this romance, when compared with others of its ilk. But what there is acts as proof of a growing bond between two people struggling to open up to each other.
And the possibility of love.
This is a story of love and redemption. Communication, possibilities, fighting, fucking, and friends becoming forevers.
*This book is the second of the series The Hazards of Dukes. AS such, it mat be read alone or a part of its intended series.
WTF Are You Reading would like to thank Net Galley and Avon Books for providing the review copy on which this unbiased critique is based.
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic womens 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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