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    Love it!!!

    Superb writing with beautiful storyline...love both Lady Margaret & Duke Lans...as well as other characters ....cannot wait for more new story
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    Delightful! Funny, warm and sexy romance

    This wonderful humorous historical romance is the story of the Duke of Lasham (whose first name we don't even know until much later in the story, as he goes by Lasham, or 'Your Grace') and Lady Margaret. They are as opposite as can be. Lasham is a staid, upstanding, respectable (i.e boring) gentleman. He always does what is right and what is expected of him. He had the misfortune of losing an eye, and wears an eye-patch that ensures he can't go anywhere without notice. When Lady Margaret, a scandalous woman (by way of having refused a marriage of convenience and who now supports herself by being a bit of a card shark and as a writer under the pseudonym of 'A Lady of Mystery') catches his eye, he's not quite sure what to do about it. She makes it clear that no matter the circumstances, she won't expect marriage from him, and an unlikely friendship forms. But as they draw closer together, they find that their feelings turn into something much stronger. Can their relationship beat the odds? What a fun read! There is so much dry wit in this story that it was impossible to read a single page without a smile or a laugh, as the story is told from both points of view and these two characters have such amusing thoughts, often self deprecating, but wholly enjoyable for the reader. The Duke has the weight of his world on his shoulders - his responsibilities to the people under his care, his duty to his title, and all of society's expectations make him afraid to step out of his comfort zone. He's got a single friend, James, who understands him (and James is quite the opposite to Lasham, fun and carefree and it's hard to believe they could be friends except that it's a childhood friendship that solidified early and continues to this day). He's not looking for any kind of romantic entanglement (and dreads the thought of being in a compromising position that would entail he propose marriage). Margaret therefore is a breath of fresh air and sparkling possibilities. She meets Lasham accidentally in a quiet library at a ball and immediately reassures him that she won't press for any kind of commitment were they to be discovered, a fact that puts him at ease with her (note: they are only talking, but unchaperoned!) When they encounter each other next at an art gallery, she continues speaking her mind, declaring what she feels about the art (and life, and society), and generally making Lasham feel inadequate and tongue tied. It's delightful to see him so put out by her. Lady Margaret knows how fortunate she is to be able to support herself without a man (and without her parents who have disowned her for not agreeing to the marriage they had arranged for her). She has a keen memory when it comes to cards, and is able to use that to her advantage to play and win. She's also an accomplished writer, her serials having a strong following. Her sister is a duchess and is still very friendly with her, which makes her admittance to society gatherings still acceptable. Her earnings keep her and her maid Annie in a comfortable style, but also enable her to seek out and help less fortunate women - a task that gives her immense satisfaction. When Lasham discovers what she's up to he's concerned for her well being and can't help but offer her his services for protection, which she reluctantly agrees to, knowing that having a silent and dangerous looking (with his piratical eye patch ) man at her back will give her a bit more legitimacy when dealing with nefarious men. From there, their friendships grows in leaps and bounds, and one thing leads to another as they find the attraction they feel towards each other is quite strong too. In return for Lasham's protective services he proposes that she teach him how to be more adventurous, which means flouting the rules of society and doing fun things that eventually lead to some sweet and sensual scenes between them. Honestly, their thoughts throughout all the story just made it a fun adventure for the reader too, wondering if their kisses would lead to more (and they do). They are such opposites, yet drawn to each other. There are times in the story when it seems as if there is no way they can be together out in society (especially as Margaret worries about how her scandalous reputation will damage Lasham's upright one). But eventually we get a sweet and very satisfactory happy ending. I really loved that he supported her work with the other women and didn't expect her to change anything about herself. He loves her as she is, not as she thinks she needs to be to fit into the expectations of his ducal position. As an enjoyable addition, there is also one of the serials that Margaret has written as a Lady of Mystery, entitled Georgiana and the Dragon, sprinkled throughout the book at the start of each chapter. The whole thing worked for me and is a prime example of what I love about historical romances. 5 stars.
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    5 very sparkling stars!

    It took me but a few paragraphs to remind me why I love Megan Frampton’s books so much! Lady Margaret Sawford is firmly on the shelf, and she assumes her slightly scandalous reputation with flair. Mind you, the scandals are not as bad as it they could be, but still she did refuse to marry the despicable Lord Collingwood, and she does write a – very successful – newspaper serial. Because her parents shunned her after the Collingwood debacle, she put her unusual talent to good use: she is extremely good at playing cards, and as she requires funds to survive, as well as help women in distress, that’s how she makes a living. The Duke of Lasham is being his very undukely and recalcitrant self in a London ballroom, but Margaret sees him, looking slightly dangerous, with an eye-patch that makes him look positively piratical, and she must make his acquaintance, and the poor Duke never knew what he got himself into. I love that each chapter begins with an episode of “Georgiana and the Dragon”, written by A Lady of Mystery, that is Margaret. And in fact, it does mirror the story of ONE-EYE DUKES ARE WILD. And what a fabulously entertaining book it is! Margaret is fearless, independent, passionate; she sparkles, in the eyes, er, eye of the Duke. She cares nothing for propriety, whereas Lasham has made it the point of his whole existence, but he finds her irresistible, and she is! He cannot express himself, she is a woman of words; he has spent his whole life doing nothing but his duty, but she is bent on showing him that life is more than that. Megan Frampton weaves words into glorious sentences to craft an insanely witty and romantic tale. Her sublime prose is dazzling, the dialogues clever, and the characters enchanting. Ms. Frampton, in all this frothy magnificence, still makes us realise how perilous life could be for women of the Victorian era. And about how the Duke lost his eye? Gentle readers, I am not about to reveal this delicious piece of gossip. Megan Frampton sparkles, glitters, and shines like no one else! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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