I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lady Be Bad by Megan Frampton
Also in this series: Lady Be Reckless
Series: Duke's Daughters #1
Published by Avon on July 25th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
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 Raybourn 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, helping 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.
Lady Be Bad is the first book in the newest series by Megan Frampton and what a book this one was and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will say that I haven’t read this author in a little while, but now picking this one up made me realize how much I love her unconventional themed romances and Lady Be Bad was definitely that.
The story is focused on our heroine more than our hero. Lady Eleanor, is the eldest daughter of Duke of Marymount, and Eleanor is completely bored with her life. With the focus on being the perfect Duke’s daughter, more pressure on her to marry who they expect her to, because her sister ran off to Gretna Green to get married. Eleanor is looking for any way to find some true happiness in her life before she has to marry a man she barely knows, a man that has more important matters than getting to know who she is. Lord Alexander, is loyal to his brother. He is the second son and as such has had way more freedom than his older brother. When his brother asks him to take “Eleanor” in hand, convince her of his virtues so she will agree to marry him. Alex is more than willing to do so, he would do anything for his brother. But from the moment of his first meeting in a bookshop with Eleanor, he wanted more than to have her marry his brother, he wants her for himself even though he knows it could never be.
What was quite wonderful about this story was seeing the way these two are completely good for one another. Our heroine is the focus of the story, but I did feel that Alexander is a good match for her. He understands her needs and desires and what she really wants in life. He genuinely wants to know who she is. Eleanor is getting to know herself. She is starting to want more than the dull and dreary life of white gowns, parties and balls, and having tea every morning. She wants adventure, to live life, to explore her boundaries and have passion. Alexander inspires her wants and dreams even. With Eleanor its merely the simple things in life that drives her. She just wants to find contentment and fulfillement in life, and this book focuses on her dreams for that. I admired the way she goes about it. Its not huge and out of this world crazy things she wants. We see how much her character needs to stretch herself a little and be more than what everyone around her expects her to be.
I want to be more than that. I want to find a way to be happy, no matter what circumstances I find myself in. I want to make some sort of difference. I want to—I want to do more than wear white gowns, and curtsey appropriately. I want to find my joy. I have no idea why I come speaking like this to you. Perhaps it was the kiss. Ir how we came to meet, which was the most shocking thing that has ever happened to me. I think that you might be the person who can help guide me. Not least because I am too poorly sighted to find the way myself.
We get some teasers of future books too….especially Alexander’s brother—I have a feeling he will have a book sometime soon. *crossing fingers* because even though he isn’t a good match for Eleanor, he still is a good man who is determined to save his family’s estates because of his father’s gambling and risk taking.
The romance that develops between Eleanor is playful, sweet and charming. Its lighthearted and has such a “happy” feeling to their love story. Normally I am not always a fan of the light hearted reads, but I think one…I was really in the mood for one, and two it totally worked for this pair and the story as a whole. The writing did start out a bit slow at first, but it does pick up pretty quickly once you get through a third of the story. I honestly couldn’t get enough of this pair, and the way that Eleanor fights for what she wants in the end, was priceless. So many fun moments, a few self discovery build ups and a love story that leaves you with a smile on your face. A happy and joyful romance to life your spirits!!!