Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Release Day Spotlight & Review: The Lady Is Daring, The Duke's Daughters #3 by Megan Frampton

Fantastic reviews for Megan’s previous books include:
  • “A passionate Regency romance of uncommon depth and heart.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred) for Lady Be Reckless

  •  “With the second dazzling installment in her Duke’s Daughters series, Frampton once again works her distinctive brand of literary alchemy by taking superbly nuanced characters, plenty of potent passion, and a generous measure of delightfully tart wit and distilling all these ingredients down into another irresistible romance.”—Booklist (starred review) for Lady Be Reckless

  • “Frampton’s talent shines in building a slow heat between Marcus and Lily, allowing them to work together to overcome their shadowed pasts and reach something neither has had before: a family.”—Washington Post for The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior

“An intelligent, practical heroine who will do anything for her daughter and an arrogant, lonely hero finally give in to passion and, eventually, completely “illogical” love in a story made sweeter by the presence of a charming child and a wonderful lummox of a dog.”—Library Journal (starred review) for Why Do Dukes Fall in Love?

  • “Heartwarming and delightful, Frampton’s latest Dukes Behaving Badly is a perfect example of her strong storytelling skills. [...] The pitch-perfect dialogue and pacing enhance readers’ enjoyment.”—RT Book Reviews for Put Up Your Duke

A Victorian romance between two people who found love on their terms.

As the daughter of a Duke, tired of the expectations placed on her, Lady Ida Howlett wants to be free, to explore and satisfy her thirst for knowledge and adventure. However, with two sisters married it was her turn to fulfil her parent's wishes...to marry a man she barely knows.

Bennett, Lord Carson has successfully avoided getting married twice. On each occasion, his intended brides ended up marrying men better suited to them, namely his best friend and his younger brother. With family responsibility weighing him down, he wonders if he would ever find and love a woman who meets his personal requirements. Only, the woman he desires is far different from what he thought he wanted in a bride.

Ida is definitely a woman who stands out in a crowd, and justly so. She's highly intelligent and very outspoken. She is a breath of fresh air and stands out like a sore thumb. In contrast, Bennett is a swoon-worthy gentleman with a far differing temperament to the Duke's youngest daughter yet, common interests spark an attraction neither can ignore. He encourages Ida to seek out her sister but also is cautious to make sure she is aware of her actions always. He is her protector but he respects her wishes too.

What drew me to both the protagonists is their individuality. Both don't fit into their roles within society, so instead, they made their way in life on their terms, even though it was looked down upon by their families. With both families having an existing connection and experience of scandal between them, the path for the daring pair runs smoother than either could have expected, even though many bumps appear along their journey to a happy ever after.

The Lady is Daring is the third book in the Duke's Daughters series and Megan Frampton is a new author to me. Although characters from the previous books appear in this novel, the narrative's written as a standalone. I appreciated the humour and wit in the author's writing and heartily enjoyed the comical setting. It made a refreshing change to read a historical romance set in the middle of the nineteenth century and I'll look out for more soon.

***arc generously received courtesy of the publisher Avon via Edelweiss +***

It was easy for society to overlook Lady Ida Howlett; they found her bookish, opinionated, and off the marriage mart. But little did they know that behind a calm exterior beats the heart of an adventuress, one who, determined to discover her runaway sister’s whereabouts, steals a carriage and sets off on a daring mission. Then she discovers she’s not alone! Bennett, Lord Carson, is inside, and he refuses to leave.
Lord Carson’s plans had always been to find a soft, gentle wife who would run his home and raise his children. Still, he makes a bargain with Ida—he won’t desert her during her mad adventure. He’ll make sure she’s safe, and then find a suitable lady to fall in love with. But when rules (and garments) become discarded during this long, intimate journey, it’s soon clear that this surprisingly daring lady is the woman he’s needed all along.

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. You can visit her website at www.meganframpton.com. She tweets as @meganf and is at Facebook.com/meganframptonbooks.