Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? is the fourth book in Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series. Though I have not read the previous three novels in this series, this book seems so loosely tied to them, that it could be a standalone.
When Edwina’s husband dies, she is surprised to see that he left her, and their daughter Gertrude, absolutely no money to take care of them. In desperation to provide for her daughter, Edwina seeks the advice of her friend, Carolyn, who owns an employment agency. And luckily, Carolyn has just the thing for her.
Michael, the Duke of Hadlow, has been looking for a competent secretary for quite a while and can’t seem to find one to his liking. However, when the employment agency he hired sends over the perfect candidate, his quest is over. That is if he can get over the fact that the intelligent and intriguing secretary is a beautiful woman with a daughter in tow.
Will Edwina, who wants to be valued for her brain and not her looks, be able to deal with the duke, who prefers solitude to socializing, and doesn’t care whether or not he comes across as rude? And will Michael be able to resist Edwina’s wit, charm, and beauty?
I was a bit nervous that by reading the fourth book in this series I would be missing vital information, but it did not feel that way at all when reading it.
Edwina and Michael are both strong-willed characters who were raised in completely different circumstances. Although this is definitely your typical romance novel, I really liked both characters. Their banter and complexity made up for the predictability of the story line. I also really enjoyed the humor that was put in this book. I found myself laughing aloud quite often [which elicited the occasional odd look from my husband].
If there was one complaint that I had about this book it would be the unnecessary use of crude language. For this time period, the use of the “f” word didn’t make much sense to me. It felt like Frampton was trying too hard to spice it up, when in all reality, it would’ve been much better without it.
All in all, if you need a stereotypical romance novel fix, this is a good book to read.
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.