Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Edelweiss
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 side.
Well-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.
I had a lot of fun reading this book, the hero is prim and proper and rarely does anything out of his comfort zone and the heroine is ready to show him a different side of life. Opposites attract is one of my favorite tropes and Ms. Frampton has given us a delightful story.
The Duke of Lasham is a serious man, he was raised to be regal and duke-like in every situation, although to look at him, you may think he is wild and dangerous with is eye patch and handsome looks. When he first sees Lady Margaret he is intrigued and fascinated, especially when she barely notices him, something that never happens to him as he is one of the most desired men in London.
Lady Margaret has come back to London after leaving in the wake of scandal, she refused to marry a man her parents wanted her to and now they no longer acknowledge her. She makes her way in life playing cards which only adds to her reputation. She is very close with her sister the Duchess of Gage, and comes back when her parents leave in order to meet her new niece. Margaret is not new to scandal, with her card playing abilities and writing a serial story for the newspaper, she is well known in London. What is not known is how she helps the less fortunate women in town.
When Margaret rescues Lasham from the clutches of unmarried women and their mothers, they begin a friendship that takes them to the poorer parts of town to help others and in turn she shows him how to have fun in life. Their relationship grows into much more, yet their social statuses are harder to overcome.
I enjoyed this different take on a historical romance, the heroine is the one with the scandals attached to her and the hero is the perfect duke who does nothing wrong, yet they complement each other perfectly.
Margaret is an amazing heroine, we met her in the previous book and I remember commenting in my review that I adored her and looked forward to her book. She dismisses the fact that her parents have nothing to do with her, which I understand knowing her parents, but it seems too easy, yet she seems happy with her sister and helping women who have nothing. When she first meets Lasham she is intrigued but quickly finds he is not what he seems, she calls him a pirate duke but he is far from that. She is determined to challenge him as he never learned to have fun and she wants to change that.
I love Lasham; he is such a proper duke but hates how he is always on display for everyone to see. When he meets Margaret he yearns to feel like her, the freedom she seems to have and she opens a new world for him. Even his good friend Jamie could never get him to do anything out of the norm no matter how much he tried, but somehow he responds to Margaret.
I like the story’s pace, the relationship grows slowly from friendship to more, each bringing something they crave to the relationship. The chemistry is real and encompassing as their scenes together get more passionate. There are several important secondary characters, his friend Jamie and her sister Isabella are in many scenes and her maid Annie is a hoot, but much of the story surrounds the two of them. Other aspects of the book are also enjoyable, the story about the Princess and the Dragon that the author introduces us to at the beginning of each chapter is fun and there is a bit of danger as Margaret tries to help women with fewer options in their lives. This is the third book in the series and although a few characters are familiar this can easily be read as a standalone, the author keeps the reader up to date. I truly enjoyed this story and recommend it to anyone who likes historical romances with just a bit of a twist.
I give One-Eyed Dukes are Wild by Megan Frampton 4 stars!