Never Kiss a Duke

by Megan Frampton

Rating:
4/5

This is my first Megan Frampton! I have been meaning to try her forever, her story lines always sound enticing and I think her covers are beautiful. This is the first book of her new series, Hazards of Dukes.

I thought this story was so unique in that the hero is no longer a duke. He’s been raised to be a duke, was told he was the duke, acted like the duke…until he discovers he is a nobody due to a violated law by his mother. He is plain Mr. de Silva. He’s like a newborn entering the world of, well, everything. Having to buy things. Having to work. Having to make a bed. Having to figure out how to have a purpose in this life other than what he always thought he had.

The heroine, Miss Ivy, has also lost her social status. Ruined but with a younger sister to care for, she has started her own gaming house to support themselves. Now, this is probably just me and the books I have read fairly recently, but it seems like every girl and their sister owns a gambling house now. I’ve finished 3 of Suzanne Enoch’s series that take place with the Tantalus club, there’s Sarah MacLean’s Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, and I think some Tina Gabrielle have this too. It’s a great plot device but it’s not new to me, and honestly I got kind of bored with it.

The book is a little slow moving in the beginning. It establishes what’s happening to Sebastian’s life and the daily workings of Ivy’s gambling house. They come together soon into the book and find they work together quite well. I enjoyed this book overall. There’s no crazy plot going taking me away from the characters. It’s about them growing and being together and coming to terms with their places in life. It’s rather funny in some parts. Very sexy, but it’s pretty much all in the second half. I did think the feels/tension were just not connecting the best with me, which is why I give 4 stars. It wasn’t a book I couldn’t tear myself away from. I will definitely be trying more of her work though.

Frampton does use the F word in this novel a handful of times. I think it’s 5-6. Nothing overly vulgar but I know some people really dislike that, so I thought I’d point it out. (I love it! Especially in historical)

Very slight spoiler about something towards the end…avoid reading further if you don’t want to know!
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Lastly, there is a 2 month separation of Ivy and Sebastian at the end and I don’t like it or understand it at all. It’s not long page wise, so it was easier for me to get over, but that always drives me nuts. I wouldn’t have lasted 2 months. I would have beaned him over the head if he waited that long without talking to me.

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