Saturday, July 4, 2015

Review: When Good Earls Go Bad by Megan Frampton

When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine's Day Novella 
by Megan Frampton
Series:  Dukes Behaving Badly #1.5
Pub. Date:  Feb. 3, 2015
Publisher:  Avon
Pages:  208
Format:  eBook
Source:  Purchased

My Rating:  
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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.

So I was a little worried about whether I would like this novella when I read the blurb and saw the story was about Annabelle. We first met Annabelle in The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior, and she seemed to exasperate her friends at the Quality Employment Agency. So I was a little worried that an entire book of Annabelle would be too much and get annoying. But don't worry, she was not annoying. Putting her in a novella was the perfect choice because you spent just enough time with her to stay delighted with her sugary-sweet flighty behavior without getting a toothache.

Our hero in this book is a Scottish Earl who is not very "earl-y" (per Annabelle), but he was endearing all the same. Matthew is not the typical rake you see in historicals. He is studios, responsible, and virginal! He is not quite sure what to make of Annabelle, who talks to him like no one else - and he finds that he likes he guilelessness very much.

The relationship that unfolded between Annabelle and Matthew was extremely sweet, and sometimes a little naughty. I thoroughly enjoyed this little novella, it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon. 

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