Here is the book blurb from Goodreads:
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 . . .
- Series: Dukes Behaving Badly
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (November 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062352202
- ISBN-13: 978-0062352200
- Got my copy as a gift from a friend
Read on for my review of The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior – no true spoilers, promise.
Miss Lilly Russell and Marcus, the Duke of Rutherford are a fun, spunky, sexy and interesting couple.
Lilly is a strong character who knows what high society is from first hand experience, but unfortunately for her being within that society is now beyond her ability. Fathers. Sometimes they do really foolish things which affects their entire family, especially their children. She, along with two other friends, has found a way to make a living, be successful and help other women to not have to take the “worst course possible decisions” when life turns out to be far from fair to them.
Marcus has recently and most unexpectedly come into his title of Duke. For a while, doing everything he ever wanted to do, have everything at his fingertips and living life as he chooses is his only desire in this new life he is living. Until a part of his past shows up on his doorstep. Rose. His child, his innocent, cute, loving and adorable daughter.
Help! What does he do now? Well, first of all he needs a governess and that’s where Lily enters their lives. Lilly has an immediate attraction to Marcus as well as a connection to Rose. It is so easy to say yes to helping this new father and daughter learn to live together and to love each other.
Marcus is attracted to his daughter’s governess but must put Rose first in his life. In the past he would have set out to seduce Lilly, but for once in his rakish life he must make choices that are best for someone other than himself.
With the character’s obvious attraction to each other the main part of this novel, we are treated to their love for Rose blooming into a mutual affection for each other. Of course, there are obstacles along the way, most of all Lilly’s determination to protect the man and child she has come to love from scandal.
I loved these main characters. Given the time in history this was taking place, I did find it believeable that such a situation could arise. The “mind conversations” of Lilly and Marcus that we readers were privy to were a lovely, funny touch.
Speaking of touch. This was the first novel where it is obvious that a main character is engaging in their own self-pleasure. I did not find it offensive at all, but will admit that I stopped and re-read the last few sentences to be sure I was reading what I thought I was reading. It was a part of life that we rarely see in any mainstream style of book, but it is realistic (even if we never mention it in public).
Overall, I really enjoyed The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton. I’d give it a 4 out of 5 star review of approval — it takes a lot to make it 5/5 in my opinion on any book. 🙂