Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway! @avonbooks @meganf

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Welcome to my post for the Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly, #1)
Release date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical (Victorian) Romance
Series: Duke's Behaving Badly #1


All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.

But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .



My Rating: 3 Roses

An overall sweet, witty, and entertaining read, The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior was a good romance. It wasn't perfect, but I did like it was a lovely book and I ended up liking it.

Lily was a good heroine. She had made her own way in life and was a strong character. There really isn't much to say about her, other than that she was a likable character.

Marcus was surprisingly sweet. I loved how caring he was for his daughter and how taking responsibility for her made him strive to be a better man. And, when he knew what he wanted, there was nothing that would stop him from chasing after it. I thought he was adorable.

The romance was sweet. Lily and Marcus were great together. I liked how they both had the same sense of humor and often shared private jokes. It was really cute. And, they definitely had chemistry from the moment they met. I thought they were a lovely couple.

I liked how Rose was her own character. She was a little sweetie and I liked her character.

There are a couple of things that I didn't like about the book. 1) The writing was just clunky in some places. I've read books by this author before and, though this book had the same wit, it didn't flow as well as her other books have. There were several times where I had to reread a sentence because the meaning didn't come across clearly. 2) It seemed like the whole "big bad duke" thing was there for about the first 5 pages and it wasn't a part of the book after that. The first scene of the book is of Marcus lounging around after a debauched party, but then Rose showed up and he cleaned up his act fast. And, he didn't even resemble a careless rake after that. It's not that I didn't appreciate that he was determined to fix up his life for his daughter's sake. It was that his rakish reputation kept being mentioned, but I didn't really see that in his actions. But, despite these issues, I did still like the book.

The plot moved quickly and I was kept entertained the entire way through. There was a lot of wit and humor that just make this book fun to read, much like this author's other books. I enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior was a lovely historical romance. Despite any issues I had, I still found it to be a charming, sweet read that I enjoyed. Romance lovers, this is a book you might want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Excerpt:

A girl. A little girl with dark hair, a grimy gown, and the hugest eyes he’d ever seen on a human stared back at him.

“This,” Thompson stated, “is Rose Dosett.”

“Get out,” Marcus said before Thompson could continue, but winced as Thompson placed his hand on the girl’s arm as though to escort her away. To god knew where. “Not her, them,” he clarified, gesturing to the two standing men without taking his eyes off the girl.

Who had not, as it happened, taken her eyes off him, either.

The men walked swiftly to the door, only knocking over one bottle as they went. Marcus heard the soft drip of the brandy’s dregs drop onto the floor as he and the girl continued their mutual observation.

Thompson cleared his throat, then spoke. “Your daughter, Your Grace.”

The girl’s face was relatively clean, at least in comparison to her gown. What he could see of her shape was thin, but not emaciated. And her face--her eyes were unblinking, solemn, huge.

He felt a pang of something, he had no idea what it was, flicker through him, like a half-remembered emotion that was pleasantly poignant. Like a dream where it was very urgent he do something, and yet he couldn’t remember what it was. But he wasn’t required to do anything. He could do whatever he wanted, now that he was him. Or more specifically, his title.

He hadn’t done anything, and he already felt lacking. But that had been true since he was young, why was he reminded of it now?

He shook off that feeling of urgency, as best as he was able, and realized that just as he was staring at her, she was staring at him, as though she suspected just what he might have been up to. And didn’t trust him not to do it again, in her presence.

Although that could be his own guilt talking. The cats looked at him that way, on occasion. But-- “Dosett, you said?” he said. Still without removing his gaze from the girl.

“Dosett, Your Grace,” Thompson confirmed. “Her mother--well, her mother...” he said, trailing off as though aware that the girl was right there. Unspeaking. Unmoving. Unnerving.

Fiona Dosett. He’d nearly forgotten. She’d conceived when they’d been together, and he’d settled an annual sum on her and her offspring. He hadn’t even known what gender his issue had been. Hadn’t wanted to know, in fact.

Suddenly, regarding the small, still girl in front of him, that struck him as terribly wrong.

“Shall I place her in the blue bedroom?” Thompson asked, as though she were an unwanted package that just needed putting somewhere. The truth of which made Marcus wince, inside.

The girl--Rose--squeezed her eyes shut as Thompson spoke, making Marcus’s chest tighten. That look she had on her face. He knew that look. The look of loss. He’d seen it in the mirror when he was younger, albeit his face was a lot less filthy. That look that said ‘I don’t need love or caring because no-one is here to love or care for me.’

Although that could be just what he thought he saw.

“No, not in the blue bedroom,” Marcus replied, trying to soften his voice. Something he’d had little to no experience with. “Miss Rose and I shall take tea in the second salon.” And he held his hand out to her until she reached forward and placed her small fingers into his.

Feeling, as she did so, that he had been given something that could prove extraordinary. If he could figure out what it was and what to do with it.
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About the Author:
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s 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.


3 comments:

  1. It shows good character that Marcus remembered the little girl's mother and that he had cared for her...and now that he has accepted her into his home. His reforming days have just started, haven't they? :-) Thanks for the post. jdh2690@gmail.com

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  2. Hi Farrah, great review. This sounds like something light and quick that I might enjoy one evening, thanks. New follower here - would love it if you stopped by my blog (we're young and growing slowly :D ) Thanks a lot! <3

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  3. Glad to have you here! Thanks for visiting :)

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