A disinherited duke and a former lady are courting much more than business in the first novel in Megan Frampton’s newest titillating series, Hazards of Dukes.
Everything he had ever known was a lie…
Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, has a title, wealth, privilege, and plenty of rakish charm. Until he discovers the only thing that truly belongs to him is his charm. An accident of birth has turned him into plain Mr. de Silva. Now, Sebastian is flummoxed as to what to do with his life—until he stumbles into a gambling den owned by Miss Ivy, a most fascinating young lady, who hires him on the spot. Working with a boss has never seemed so enticing.
Everything tells her he’s a risk she has to take
Two years ago, Ivy gambled everything that was precious to her—and won. Now the owner of London’s most intriguing gambling house, Ivy is competent, assured, and measured. Until she meets Mr. de Silva, who stirs feelings she didn’t realize she had. Can she keep her composure around her newest employee?
They vow to keep their partnership strictly business, but just one kiss makes them realize that with each passing day—and night—it becomes clear to them both that there’s nothing as tempting as what is forbidden…
Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton is a sexy read. It shows there’s more to a title and wealth. I loved how the going to be and then not going to be Duke found his own way in life. He wanted to prove to others that he can survive on his own terms without the money from his family. He also had a lot to prove to himself.
I liked the leading female character. Once again, I got to experience the tough life situations women were put under back in this time period. However, it was absolutely scandalous and frightening at the same time. But it made for an interesting read.
The main protagonist, Sebastian, was likable in many ways and then not likable. He was a bit stupid too stupid at times. Life took an unexpected turn and he ran away to avoid facing that he was no longer a Duke. That got taken away from him in a surprised way. The way he handled it plus, the way he handled his new love interest was crazy stupid. He didn’t have the alpha appeal like most main characters in historical novels. I felt that that alpha male dominant thing was lacking. He appeared a bit lacking in confidence in some ways.
All in all, this was an entertaining read. I loved that no matter what, Seb’s family and friends were right there always for him. For rich or poor, they stuck with him through it all.