Megan Frampton's Dukes Behaving Badly series is back, though this time it's an earl who's meeting his match in a delightfully fun and sexy novella!
What's a lovely young woman doing asleep in his bed? Matthew, Earl of Selkirk, is shocked to discover it's his new housekeeper! She's a far cry from the gray-haired woman he expected. Matthew is no fan of surprises, and Annabelle Tyne is pure temptation. Perhaps he shouldn't have had her hired sight unseen.
Annabelle, co-owner of the Quality Employment Agency, is no housekeeper, but she wasn't about to lose a potential client simply because there was no one to fit the bill. Imagine her shock when the earl arrives at his London townhome and she's awoken in the night by the most attractive man she's ever seen.
Matthew is a man who lives life by the rules, but sometimes rules are made to be broken … and being bad can be very, very good.
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lighthearted and fun story of two hearts finding one another based on their common interests
Picking up with Frampton’s Victorian series, When Good Earls Go Bad has several clever moments for readers to enjoy. Frampton does not rigidly adhere to behavioral conventions / societal norms of the time in her stories, giving a more modern twist to her characters and their attitudes that fits perfectly in this series.
Annabelle has struck out to make a life as the partner in an employment agency that provides staffing for the households of the Tonne. Determined to make this venture a success, when a request comes in for a temporary housekeeper for a newly arriving Scottish earl in his London townhouse, she decides to take the position in the hopes of furthering the agency’s reputation.
When Matthew, Earl of Selkirk arrives at the townhome late at night and earlier than expected, he chooses a bedchamber that looks prepared, but he missed the occupant. Awakened in the middle of the night is not a great first impression, but Annabelle carries that off fairly well.
Slowly but surely the two come to see how much they have in common: Annabelle is friendly and charming with a voracious appetite for books and an insatiable curiosity about the world. While Matthew is a bit more reserved, relying on logical thinking and is a very literal thinker: his learning to joke and soften under Annabelle’s influence and easy, friendly and warm openness was endearing.
Soon the two are talking about more than the household or their latest read, and their connection becomes physical and playful. Annabelle’s curiosity and history of reading anything and everything allows for a bit more experimentation, while still taking care to discuss and avail themselves of contraception, a surprising addition to the story.
Frampton has made a lighthearted and fun story of two hearts finding one another based on their common interests, rarely considering the differences in their societal positions and limiting dramatics in favor of developing a relationship. The perfect quick escape read that should encourage your reading the first book in the series if you haven’t already.
I received an eArc of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.