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My Fair Duchess

(Dukes Behaving Badly #5)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  465 ratings  ·  90 reviews
The unexpected duchess

Archibald Salisbury, son of a viscount, war hero, and proficient in the proper ways of aristocratic society, has received orders for his most challenging mission: Genevieve, Duchess of Blakesley. How she inherited a duchy isn’t his problem. Turning her into a perfect duchess is. But how can he keep his mind on business when her beauty entices him towa
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Avon
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Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm fairly new to the historical game, but I loved the premise.

Genevieve and Archie are adorable together. The improper teasing was delightful and the longing filled glances across the rooms were plentiful.

The push and pull was expected and yet still I was annoyed. I just wanted them together and happy. However, I did love the grand gesture and the ending. I just wish there would have been an epilogue.

All in all, quite enjoyable. I will definitely be looking at other books by this author.

Archibald Salisbury might be my favorite historical romance hero ever.

This book was a DELIGHT.
Bambi Unbridled

My Fair Duchess offers up a very interesting premise for the setting and time period, when titles and estates generally only flowed to the male heir. Our heroine's family received a special allowance to allow the duchy to pass to a female heir in the absence of a legitimate son, and so we have a flipped power dynamic when our heroine unexpectedly becomes a duchess and is in need of help being duchessy from a hero who is lower in social status.

Archibald Salisbury is the third son of a viscount wh
Jen Davis
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megan Frampton shakes things up in her Dukes Behaving Badly series by focusing the fifth installment on a Duchess. In a rare allowance of succession, Genevieve has inherited the duchy from her father. Only, she has no training for the position. Her dad was a terrible duke, and she was essentially raised by servants in the country. Now she has people and estates to look after and absolutely no idea how to do it right. So she reaches out to her godmother for help, and the woman sends her steward t ...more
(Nat) Reading Romances
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I loved Put Up Your Duke, the second book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series, and I thought the premise was really good for this one. You can read My Fair Duchess as a standalone, even if you haven't read the earlier books.

It was interesting to read about a woman in a men’s position especially because of the time period. The letters between each chapter were a great insight into the hero and heroine's minds.

I liked the hero, Archie, but he needed to be developed a little more, I felt like we di
Sofia Lazaridou
My fair duchess was a delight to read. I loved the letter in the beginning of each chapter and I can say that I loved the book, even if the duchess made a mess somewhere down the road. The little dose of angst was perfect. The ride was very enjoyable and I was happy to see something new in a historical novel. Almost all the romance books I read (historical and contemporary) have the hero in a position of power, but in My fair duchess the roles are reversed. Genevieve is the one who inherits the ...more
Rose Blue
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Genevieve is the daughter of the Duke of Blakesley, and that title is one of the rare ones that may be passed down to a female heir if there is no living male to inherit. At the age of twenty, with her father and brother dead, Genevieve now finds herself the Duchess of Blakesley. Her father ignored her for all of her life, sending her off to live in the country with only servants to raise her. She never made her debut in society, and she certa
Emotionally charged, witty, steamy and original – a really fun regency escape. Highly recommend!
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Such a unique book in the HR genre! I loved how the author's writing and the story is different from the usual ones!

Genevieve has inherited a duchy, and she has no idea on what to do to fit in with the society, especially due to the fact that she was raised in an estate, isolated from society and having the servants as her only comfort.
She's smart and clever, but doesn't know what to do to transform into a perfect duchess.It's not like there is a guidebook on it!
So she calls on her godmother for
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, historical
Loved! As always, I'm a sucker for retellings, so a My Fair Lady/Pygmalion where the Eliza character is a female "duke"? Yes, please!

Genevieve and Archie were wonderful characters, both separately and when together in a room and giving off enough sparks to light up every single one of the ducal properties that Genevieve inherited. I absolutely adored their letters back and forth, especially the parts they crossed outthought better of and even more especially the letters they didn't send...yet. S
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok

"Dear Aunt Sophia,
How are you ? I am doing well. As you know, I am now the Duchess of Blakesley. Don't ask me to explain how an unmarried woman could inherit such a title. The solicitors explained it four times, and from the little I understand, it seems my ancestors received some special dispensation to allow any direct heir to inherit, regardless of gender."

Lady Sophia send her steward to London to help her goddaughter, who just became a duchess, on how to be a proper one. Archie is the t
Rashika (is tired)
***This mini-review has also been posted on Xpresso Reads

You know in so many historical romances, the dude randomly inherits an earldom or a dukedom or what not, well in this one, THE LADY INHERITS A DUKEDOM. Tbh, I feel like that should be reason enough to pick this book because I picked it up because of that. This is essentially a very well-written gender-swapped HR and every HR lover needs it in their life. I love the play on common historical romance tropes and I love that Frampton gives t
Beret Brenckman
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Loved it! If you wish to vicariously experience the intensity, gaiety, and awkwardness of falling in love, this is your book. The romance is the perfect blend of sweet, tender, funny, and hot. The heroine and hero are absolutely adorable together, providing the reader with an endless supply of hilariously witty dialogue.

After the heroine (Genevieve) unexpectedly inherits a duchy, her aunt/godmother dispatches her steward to the heroines's rescue. The steward is the very attractive hero (Archie
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the Dukes Behaving Badly Series. I have read the first four and have really enjoyed all of them. This one has a twist to it. The heroine inherits the Title of Duchess from her father who has passed away. This was very unusual at the time but not unheard of.

Only Genevieve doesn't know how to be a Duchess. She has lived her whole life at one of her father's estates surrounded by servants. She barely knew her father. The only love she ever received was from her faithful s
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

The difficulty of playing with the Pygmalion/My Fair Lady trope is that in its original form, it’s inherently mean. Making bets on whether you can change a person to pass for gentry, even if the author is doing it to make fun of the ridiculousness of the British class system, is still making someone the butt of a joke. Happily, Frampton seems to understand this, and made a conscious choice not to make anyone the target of a joke, or the perpetrator of th
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not usual for a woman to inherit a dukedom but apparently, it did happen once or twice, and this story uses that for a premise. The heroine, Genevieve has no idea how to take over her family's duchy, so her godmother sends her ultra-competent (and handsome) steward, Archie Salisbury, to help train her up. Together, they start fixing all of the problems her negligent father ignored and Genevieve makes her entrance into society. But in the meantime, the two become friends and then fall in lov ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, I hate it when my kindle marks things as read before I've had a chance to rate/review. I thought I had that turned off. Anyway, I liked this one. I'm not always a fan of My Fair Lady type plots but this one worked for me. I liked that it wasn't a bet but an unexpected inheritance that required our heroine to get some polish. I also liked that she wasn't a complete rube, just out of her depth a bit. Anyone who's ever gotten a promotion will know the feeling. With a hero named Archie I kept p ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 Stars

LOVED this book, didn't quite have the emotional punch at the end that would take this to five stars for me. Such fun characters. Loved both Archie and Guinevere. Great twist on Pygmalion with the man taking on the role of the servant and the woman being the one to inherit the duchy. (According to the author, though rare, it can and has happened). What I think I loved most of all, was the man fell in the love and admitted it to himself first. Plus lots of great sexual tension between t
Suze Lavender
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1945 women aren't often being made heiresses of duchies. Genevieve, however, has been chosen by her father as his successor. She's been raised by servants, knows almost nothing of society and has no experience managing a large estate. That's why her godmother lends her Archie, her steward, he can teach her anything she needs to know. Archie isn't happy with this job, but he has no choice but to agree.

Archie prefers correspondence over communication. He doesn't have much faith in Genevieve as
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Fair Duchess is the fifth book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series by Megan Frampton. It can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

Genevieve has the very rare, unheard of role as Duchess of Blakesley foist upon her. She never expected it and certainly hadn't been taught all that was necessary to learn in order to take up the mantle. She is like a fish out of water and calls on her 'Aunt' to please help her. In answer to her call for help her aunt sends her very proper, very handsome Steward, A
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the role reversal! It is unheard of a female inheriting a title, but I loved that is was different from all other historical romances. Genevieve and Archie have a slow build to their romance, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t plenty of “bad” behavior going on. I think I had a smile on my face almost the entire time I read the book, except of course when it seemed impossible they could have a happy ending. Loved the letters they wrote to each other with things they couldn’t actually s ...more
3.5 stars, bumped up because it made me laugh out loud a few times
Happily Mary After
Megan Frampton has a talent for writing entertaining stories laced with subtle humor and featuring endearing characters, which is exactly what she delivers in My Fair Duchess – the fifth stand-alone book in her Dukes Behaving Badly series. Most readers will thoroughly enjoy this nod to My Fair Lady, but you’ll need to suspend a fair amount of disbelief to find the story plausible; and if you can’t, you might find My Fair Duchess more exasperating than amusing.

If you can abandon disbelief and go
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the little notes with all the things left unsaid crossed out. Such a cute and unique insight into the characters.
Carol Bisig
Sorry, Could Not Finish!

I got to Chapter 10, and I just could not finish! It is historically accurate, of a Aristocracy been handed down a female line. However, the fact that the new Duchess never had a Governess, didn't know how to dress properly, it is too much for me to fall for. I have loved her other books, this I am sorry to say, is not worth the money I paid for it. Just my humble opinion. Thanks!
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

From the start, Archibald and Genevieve are pretty darn cute. I love their friendship and how they react to one another. Watching them try to fight the attraction is half the fun. Plus, the notes they wrote to each other too?? Whether they sent them or not, they were beyond adorable, and really added that extra something to their story.

The ARC of My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton was kindly provided to me by publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fun My Fair Duchess was! From the unique subject matter of a woman inheriting a dukedom to the playful relationship between the hero and heroine, I was instantly charmed by Megan Frampton’s latest story in her popular Dukes Behaving Badly series.

I truly did have a fantastic time reading this historical romance–as I always do with Frampton’s work–and I think readers will be able to enjoy this as a standalone or as part of the series. The first thing to grab my attention was of course the fac
Isha Coleman
Society will never be the same when a wild child shakes up the structured world of a man on a mission. Ms. Frampton brings humorous charm and seasoned class to a scenario done many times. My Fair Duchess is a twist on an old gem that develops a life of it's own when Archibald and Genevieve step into view. He's a pillar of the aristocracy with his title and war hero status. She's a newbie in need of some serious taming. What ensues is ultimate chaos with irresistible heart. Another classic in the ...more
Jessica Grogan
Having read one Megan Frampton without particularly enjoying it with attempts to read two other books of hers and quitting, I wasn't expecting much here. And that might be part of the reason I enjoyed it so much. My biggest issue is that Ms. Frampton really needs to drop the "or something" she seems to enjoy tacking on the end of sentences. Or something.
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Megan Frampton's love affair with books began when her parents moved her to a remote town in New Hampshire where there was only one television station. And then the TV broke. She devoured every book of fiction in her well-read parents' library, finding special joy in Georgette Heyer and the fairy tales collected and translated by Andrew Lang. Megan majored in English literature at Barnard College ...more

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Dukes Behaving Badly (5 books)
  • The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly, #1)
  • Put Up Your Duke (Dukes Behaving Badly, #2)
  • One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild (Dukes Behaving Badly, #3)
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“As you command, Duchess,” he said, smirking. He kept his eyes locked on hers as he removed his jacket, tossing it onto the grass. His shirt was next, and he pulled it up and over his head, revealing his chest.
“Hold on,” she commanded, putting her hand out. “I want to look first before you’re all done.” She twirled her finger. “Turn around so I can see all of you.”
He grinned and began to turn, slowly, so she could see each and every part of his upper body. The firm curve of his biceps, the definition of the muscles on his chest, the intriguing indents lower down leading into his trousers.
“What do you think?” he asked.
“You’re gorgeous,” she replied. “And now the rest, please.”
“Didn’t I remind you not to say please?” he teased, his fingers going to the placket of his trousers.
“You did. Trousers!” she commanded, trying to keep herself stern and unsmiling, and failing utterly.
“Much better,” he said as his trousers dropped down to the ground.”
“Of course, he was a Captain (Ret.), so perhaps firmness was a requirement of the military? She presumed so. It would be awkward to be on a battlefield and pause to look at your fellow soldier in arms and ask, “Should we attack? I think we might want to attack, but what do you think?” 0 likes
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