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One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild When does proper behavior deserve a deliciously improper reward The scandalously unmarried Lady Margaret Sawford is looking for adventure and is always up for a challenge Her curiosity is aroused by a dangerous looking stranger with an eye patch, an ideal companion for the life she longs for, no matter what Society might say So when the piratical gentleman turns out to be a duke and just as boringly proper as any other nobleman she can t help but incite him to walk on the wild sideWell heeled, well mannered, and well beyond any interest in society s expectations, the Duke of Lasham is tired of being perfect Margaret s lush beauty and gently laughing eyes are an irresistible temptation to embrace the imperfect and her But if a little misbehavior is appealing, unleashing his wild side is completely seductive as long as the lovely Margaret is the object of his passion 4 Stars One Eyed Dukes Are Wild is a fun and romantic romp through Victorian England with two characters that couldn t beopposite Lady Margaret caused enough of a scandal last Season that she was disinherited by her reputation obsessed parents and now survives thanks to her writing and her married sister s kindness She is always looking for the next bit of entertainment and thinks she finds it when she spots a handsome gentleman with an eye patch Unfortunately, her expectations are dashe 4 Stars One Eyed Dukes Are Wild is a fun and romantic romp through Victorian England with two characters that couldn t beopposite Lady Margaret caused enough of a scandal last Season that she was disinherited by her reputation obsessed parents and now survives thanks to her writing and her married sister s kindness She is always looking for the next bit of entertainment and thinks she finds it when she spots a handsome gentleman with an eye patch Unfortunately, her expectations are dashed when she discovers that the Duke of Lasham is actually one of the most proper and stoic gentlemen in the ton.Both Margaret and Lasham are well written and very likable I m not sure how historically accurate Margaret s situation was, but I was able to suspend reality enough to appreciate what the author was trying to do with her character I admired her determination to live through her own means and not let her parents behavior dictate her entire being Lash was just so adorable with his introverted nature and awkward approach to courtship I loved watching him grow confident and happy through the various adventures that he and Margaret go on.Though it is a bit unrealistic, I really liked the premise behind this entire story with the heroine thinking that the hero is going to be a bad boy based on his appearance , figuring out how wrong she is, and then falling for him while teaching him to have adventures This is a couple that had immediate chemistry despite how different their personalities are yet I appreciated the way their relationship developed into friendship before turning to love I went through the whole gamut of emotions while reading this book I laughed at the banter between Margaret and Lash, teared up as they both began to their vulnerabilities, and swooned at the way they learned to appreciate one another s various idiosyncrasies One Eyed Dukes Are Wild was a great way to begin my 2016 reading year The writing was engaging and the plotting was efficient I was definitely rooting for Margaret and Lash to get their happy ending and enjoyed the ride This is the first full length novel that I read from Megan Framption and I am intrigued to see what I think of the rest of the Dukes Behaving Badly series I received an e ARC of this book from Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. One Eyed Dukes are Wild is the 3rd book in Megan Frampton s Dukes Behaving Badly series, and yet it s the 1st in the series I ve read That didn t take away from my enjoyment of the story as I was able to follow along, never feeling like I d missed something for having not read the previous books And though it took a bit for the story to really grab hold, once it did I was thoroughly captivated I have to say this right up front Margaret is one of the most refreshing leading ladies I ve read i One Eyed Dukes are Wild is the 3rd book in Megan Frampton s Dukes Behaving Badly series, and yet it s the 1st in the series I ve read That didn t take away from my enjoyment of the story as I was able to follow along, never feeling like I d missed something for having not read the previous books And though it took a bit for the story to really grab hold, once it did I was thoroughly captivated I have to say this right up front Margaret is one of the most refreshing leading ladies I ve read in a good, long while In fact, I felt a connection to her in that we both have similar ideals and goals, the difference being that she risks life and limb to champion the women who come to her attention, and I both loved and envied that about her The Duke of Lasham the One Eyed Duke is just too cute as in cheek squeezing adorable I fell hard for him and for all his flaws and insecurities I couldn t help but cheer him on as he set his sites on Margaret and did whatever needed to be done to make her his.One of the things I most enjoyed was the natural way the relationship between Lasham and Margaret progressed It built slow but this made it believable, and at no time did it feel forced Maybe because they spend so much time together, this slow build never dragged things out, and that made for a wonderful story Bottom line this is a fun, sexy, romantic story It s also poignant and thought provoking at times, and proves that true love truly can overcome any obstacle if you let it An ARC was provided by Avon Books In appreciation I am giving them an honest review. Steam level was extremely low Writing was boring at best, and bad at worst Dialogue was awkward The plot was poorly executed, and there was no real conflict The heroine was too anachronistic she was way too independent and carefree ex ordering a duke around in public, intervening in a marital argument between people not related to her, going to the duke s house at night without any companion, letting a man take liberties with her without demanding marriage The hero was nice and sweet, b Steam level was extremely low Writing was boring at best, and bad at worst Dialogue was awkward The plot was poorly executed, and there was no real conflict The heroine was too anachronistic she was way too independent and carefree ex ordering a duke around in public, intervening in a marital argument between people not related to her, going to the duke s house at night without any companion, letting a man take liberties with her without demanding marriage The hero was nice and sweet, but was a bit whiny and weak at times Basically, the characters were too one dimensional.I m giving this 2.75 stars because despite everything, it was still a sweet story The H fawned all over the h, something that I like in romance novels It s just a shame that the writer s inexperience affected the overall quality of the story This was my second attempt with Frampton s work and I was muchpleased with the result Frampton s has a subtle sense of humor, which I greatly enjoyed here.Lady Margaret has been skating on the edge of society ever since she refused to marry a man chosen by her parents As a result, she has given up trying to be imminently proper and instead embraced art, her work for abused women, and her love of richly colored clothes.The Duke of Lasham is an exceedingly proper duke, heavily burdened wit This was my second attempt with Frampton s work and I was muchpleased with the result Frampton s has a subtle sense of humor, which I greatly enjoyed here.Lady Margaret has been skating on the edge of society ever since she refused to marry a man chosen by her parents As a result, she has given up trying to be imminently proper and instead embraced art, her work for abused women, and her love of richly colored clothes.The Duke of Lasham is an exceedingly proper duke, heavily burdened with responsibility, awkwardness, and an eye patch He stands out wherever he goes and is disappointed in his life He strongly believes in caring for his tenants and estates, but hates that he is uncomfortable in his own skin and has difficulty enjoying life.From their first meeting, Lash sees Margaret as a dare, someone who pulls him from his comfort zone in order to experience life In his eyes, she sparkles and he is drawn to her like a moth to a flame Not everything between the two goes smoothly and several times, Lash balks at Margaret s antics and his awkwardness with speech rears its ugly head Despite Margaret s boldness and the duke s death grip on propriety, the two can t seem to stay away from each other and the sexual tension between the two reached a boiling point.What I enjoyed about this story was the inherent innocence of the two There is no tawdriness or sexual games going on and while the two are cognizant of their attraction, the physical relationship develops slowly as they build their emotional bond I think Lash put their attraction into words very well despite his frequent difficulty as the two s relationship grew into something deeperYou re scared of this, he said Did he sound angry She couldn t tell She opened her mouth to argue, only to snap it shut again because he was right He glanced away, over her head I don t blame you I m scared as well He looked back at her I ve never had this this intensity with anyone beforeThe two are open with each other, despite their initial hopes to protect themselves Margaret rehearses a way to put distance between them, but the Duke manages to disarm her with a simple I ve missed you He was endearing, kind, patient, and honest Despite his initial stodginess, I never thought he was a snob and neither did Margaret She recognizes there isbeneath the surface and can t help falling for the responsible, practical, and private man she finds behind the aloof ducal mask.As I reported in my updates, Margaret was very anachronistic, but Frampton developed Margaret s relationship with the Duke so well that I was firmly convinced that she was a perfect match for the Duke The first 75% of this novel was a nearly 5 star read, but I have to say the end disappointed me For purists, you may not be able let Margaret s behavior slide She takes great risks, visits the duke s house lone with no maid and sometimes even late at night this really bugged me , makes a huge scene with the man she jilted, and is cured of her indecision about the Duke through sex The ending was overly dramatic and did not jive with the strong bond that Frampton s had created between the leads for most of the book Hence, the lower rating of 3.5 stars.Despite the ending, I still recommend the story because of the honest, disarming beta hero I really enjoyed the time spent viewing things from his perspective, and found it refreshing to have a hero who is not a rake at all I will look forfuture Frampton s heroes with this type of personality as I enjoyed the banter and reduced focus on sex that was present in this novel versus those books where Framton s hero is a womanizer

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