The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton is a nice romance with a good plot at it’s core. Despite the cheesy cover–I tend to like my Duke’s clothed to add to the mystery–I really enjoyed this book.
Lily is a woman who is trying to bounce back from a rough childhood. She’s also doing her best to help other women in need of a revamp. When her agency gets the call for a governess for the Duke of Rutherford, she fills in despite her lack of credentials, hoping her agency will gain higher society clients by word of the Duke.
The Duke has just acquired his title and a child he’s been hiding for some time. When he sends for a governess for his illegitimate daughter, he wants to do the right thing for once in his life. He’s spent years away from society, fooling around with no direction or vision. Now, with all other family gone, he wants to build his own. To do so, knows he must bring respectability into his home.
Lily at once falls in love with the little girl (and the Duke) but attempts to keep control of her emotions when around him.
I really love the “Duke’s Rules” that begin every chapter, giving you a small (and often comical) glimpse into what will happen next. I like the Duke’s wish to become better because of his child despite the fact that in this time period, she’d most likely be shipped off to school and never meet her real father.
Some may find the funny and somewhat modern style of internal character commentary distracting because it’s not what we normally see in period fiction. I found it entertaining and it really helped me connect with Lily. I’d love to be friends with her. She knows what she MUST do and what she SHOULD do and sometimes…she allows herself to do what she WANTS to do.
The Duke’s point of view is equally entertaining as he begins to think of his life in a whole new light. I love when he realizes he is in charge of his destiny. It’s akin to realizing you’re dreaming and in charge of your own dream.
The first love scene took me by surprise, but I adored it. Once their chemistry ignites, you can do nothing but hold on as the pages fly by. This is definitely one of those “up all night reading” books.
The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton is available now at Amazon.