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Lady Be Bad

(Duke's Daughters #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Once upon a time, a duke had five daughters who never made a stir. They practiced their French, their pianoforte, and their dancinguntil one ran off with the dancing instructor, and the rest were left to face the scandal.

Lady Eleanor, the Duke of Marymounts eldest daughter, knows the burden is hers: she must marry well to restore the family name. So a loveless match is
Mass Market Paperback, 347 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Avon
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Rachel (BAVR)
I should have realized this was a bad idea in the beginning when the heroine, who desperately needs to wear glasses, doesn't wear her glasses in public because her parents forbid it. Like, I can tolerate a lot of self-sabotaging behavior in a heroine, but this is a step too far. She's walking around practically blind, probably has a fucking monster migraine, and ends up looking vapid because she's squinting at things all the time. Nope, sorry, this feels forced.

And then the book has the
I've given this a B- for narration and a C- for content at AudioGals.

Ive enjoyed some of Megan Framptons historical romances in print, so when I saw her latest book, Lady Be Bad, pop up in audio format, I decided to give it a listen. Ms. Framptons work is in similar vein to that of authors such as Tessa Dare and Maya Rodale; generally light-hearted and peppered with witty dialogue and with a slightly more serious undercurrent that lends a bit of depth and colour to the story overall. In the
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had read a different book from this author and liked it, but it was the comparison to P+P they caught my eye.

I loved Eleanor and Alexander. They're both in a similar situation of being told what to do and within that situation they find themselves. Eleanor is smart and sassy. She loves books and snark. Alexander love banter and books of a...different kind. Together they're adorable and it was easy to root for them.

Plot wise, it was delightful. There is essentially no angst and I adored
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Lady Be Bad was delightful, and I can't wait to read about Eleanor's sisters in the future! Frampton did really well with this one.
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Lady Be Bad is the first book in the newest series by Megan Frampton and what a book this one was and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will say that I haven't read this author in a little while, but now picking this one up made me realize how much I love her unconventional themed romances and Lady Be Bad was definitely that.

The story is focused on our heroine more than our hero. Lady Eleanor, is the eldest daughter of Duke of Marymount, and
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Im a fan of Megan Framptons witty humor. I loved her Dukes Behaving Badly series, and the new series promises to be just as delightful. The story had me from the first bookshop scene in the opening chapter. It combines physical humor with amusing dialogue, and the book just got better and better. Frampton not only makes her readers laugh, but she also makes them feel the darker emotions beneath the humor and leaves them with things to think about. Eleanor is truly a woman of her time. Eleanors ...more
Jessica Grogan
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this title and will definitely be reading the next!

I liked both Alex and Eleanor and thought they complemented each other. I liked how both grew as the story moved along and were better versions of themselves by the end. I was entertained throughout the book even though it wasn't very action-filled. Still kept my attention, though, and I wanted to find out how the hero and heroine got their HEA. And I only read one or two "or somethings"!

My only issues with this book would be the
Delightful, fun and steamy distraction from RL! I highly recomend it as a much needed break from what's going on around us. Megan Frampton honestly made my week - her style is frothy and sweet and her characters are honest and sparkling, just what the doctor ordered!
Sophie Barnes
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

An entertaining story about self-discovery and daring to live life to the fullest.

Lady Eleanor's marital fate is sealed. She will wed Lord Carson, a perfectly amicable gentleman with whom she can expect a comfortable life. The union will save her family's reputation while giving Lord Carson the fortune he needs. It's the perfect marriage of convenience, crafted by the parents. Until Lady Eleanor stumbles into a devil-may-care scoundrel during a visit to a book shop, responding to him and the

This is my first book by this author. It was really slow during the first half. Perhaps it was the narrator? I stopped listening for a few days, because nothing was really happening, and had to force myself to begin listening again. I wanted to know how it ends, because I like this trope: heroine falls for the man's (she's expected to marry) brother (aka hero).

Some pluses: Heroine initiates first kiss with hero (yay!), rain scene (either playing in it or kissing in it), sex in a carriage,
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
A lovely story of two people who are opposite in situation and temperament who find themselves falling in love with each other. Lady Eleanor has just been told by her father that her future husband has been chosen and she must marry him to help pull her family out of the scandal of one of her sisters running off with the dancing master. She is to marry Lord Carson. The problem is that she is attracted to Lord Alexander, Lord Carson's younger brother. Alexander is a devil make care rascal who ...more
Bambi Unbridled
I've been dragging along with this book for a week just trying to get interested. But it's time to give up the ghost... it's boring me. DNF at 43%.
Kiki Z
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF'd at 53% then skimmed through the end.

Since a romance novel sounded good and I wanted to read something from the worst rated books on my tbr (anything under 3.5), I chose this. (Why do I want to read the worst rated books on my tbr? Who the hell knows? It always sounds like it might be fun, but they're badly rated for a reason. This book wasn't too bad at 3.46 so I thought it might be better).

Frampton is an author I've never been totally able to get into to the point I've placed her on my
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prepare to be overwhelmed! In Lady Be Bad, we are introduced to the protagonists in the most unusual of circumstances. Lady Eleanor is arranged to be married to Lord Carson, a purely business arrangement by both of their parents for reasons revealed to the readers from the start. But Lord Carson is too busy trying to keep his family's finances in the black and so has asked his brother to woo her for him. Enter the dashing Lord Alex, the younger brother, the charming one, the one his father has ...more
Diane K. Peterson
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read! It is a story of star-crossed lovers caught up in their obligations to their families. Unfortunately, these obligations clash. Eleanor, the eldest daughter of the Duke of Marymount, is facing an arranged marriage to a marquess in order to alleviate the scandal caused by her youngest sister (shades of the Bennett sisters? I think so.). Alexander is the marquess's younger brother who has lacked direction and purpose. In the midst of this situation Eleanor and Alexander ...more
I loved every minute of this book. Everything about it. In particular, I adored Eleanor. I often have a hard time connecting with heroines in romance, but Eleanor sang for me. She was so *much* her own person, from beginning to end, and her willingness to sacrifice her family against her need for independence, made for a wonderful journey. Alex is a new favourite hero. He was written with the perfect balance of arrogance and naivete. I was won over from the first page and delighted by every ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Be Bad is the first book in the Duke's Daughters series by Megan Frampton.

Lady Eleanor is one of 5 daughters, the second eldest. When the eldest sister runs off to elope her mother and father tell her she must marry, and marry well in order to stave off the scandal that could ruin her family, and her younger sisters' chances of marrying well. She is told she has to marry Lord Bennett Carson, a man fighting hard to keep his family's finances flowing. When he marries Eleanor she will get his
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Alex and Eleanor star in Megan Frampton's new Duke's Daughters series. When her sister ran off with their dance instructor, and left the family to deal with the disgrace, Eleanor became the one tasked with setting the family's image right.  The first task is to marry-and marry well, there by setting the standard for the family and her other sisters. She is set up to marry Lord Bennett whose pedigree is right.  She would get the title and he would get her dowry. But neither is happy about being ...more
Elley Murray
I liked Eleanor's character a lot, especially how she thought of blurry half-seen Alex as a tree. Some of her inner musings made me crack up laughing. I also love how she and Alex both grow and balance each other out from two extremes. She goes from someone who not only doesn't speak her mind but is so penned in by expectations of propriety that she doesn't even allow herself to think and feel fully. On the other hand Alex goes from someone known for his "blunt speaking" and learns to curb his ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Lady Be Bad, the kick-off to Megan Framptons newest series, Lady Eleanor Howlett is carrying the burden of resurrecting her familys reputation after her younger sister ran off with a dance instructor (the horror!). Thus, she must marry the man chosen for her, one Lord Carson. Lord Carson, is far too busy running his estates to get to know the woman he is to marry, so he dispatches his younger brother Alexander to do the job. Alexander and Eleanor quickly discover a compatibility that not only ...more
Connie Fischer
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lady Eleanor Howlett is the daughter of the Duke of Marymount. Her younger sister, Della, eloped with her dancing instructor which brought scandal to the family. Now, Eleanor and her three sisters, twins Pearl and Olivia, and their youngest sister, Ida, must do all they can to repair the familys reputation. As the Duke and Duchess had no sons, the title and holdings will go to the girls cousin, Reginald. However, the girls all have substantial dowries. Eleanors parents expect her to marry Lord ...more
Fangirl Musings
Pages survived: 152

Y'all know that feel when you can see a potential future good book hiding in the depths of an author's bad book? But you're still staring at 195 pages of unread story that you can tell ain't gonna work?

That's me on Lady Be Bad.

The thing that just didn't work for me was, well, our hero. Boy don't pop with personality like Eleanor, which super sucks because I wanted her to get a dude who was equally interesting!

The whole setup to the story [he's tasked by his bro/her future
Lady Eleanor, the Duke of Marymounts eldest daughter, must marry well and must marry quick in order to save her family from ruin after one of her sisters ran off with the dancing instructor. She's always followed the rules, including not wearing her much needed glasses in public, and will marry whomever her family sees fit.

When her parents find a suitable man, it turns out he's just a bit too busy and way too disinterested in wooing Eleanor, so he asks his brother to press his suit. And his
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt so lucky to have run into Megan Frampton's books a month ago! Loved this fun and entertaining series! Lady Eleanor and Lord Alexander's love story was enjoyable. He was supposed to court her for his older brother Bennett, Lord Carson, who had no time because he was too busy with his family's (dwindling) business dealings.

I was so entertained by Eleanor's defiant streaks. She was supposed to be pliant and to agree to the supposedly excellent match to restore her family's reputation so
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this story. The ending was a little abrupt though. I thought that the wedding would have been at the and of the book, but alas. I'm hoping that said wedding might be at the start of the next book.
Falguni Kothari
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eleanor and Alexander took me on a delightful romp through Regency London in their hilarious journey to find out who they really were.
A fun and sweet read.
Brittany Lawrence
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've done this to only one other book....but I just couldn't finish. I loved the premise, just not a writing style I can get carried away with.
Donna Foster
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book!

I would give it 10 Stars if I could I laughed through almost the whole book to be inside these two heads what's the best read ever. If you want something really awesome you must have this book I hope she does more of of the sisters. this book made my day!
Austine (NovelKnight)
Lady Be Bad is yet another historical romance I've added to my list of promising stories with mediocre execution. I don't feel particularly strongly about any elements in the book because, frankly, I didn't care about the story or characters enough to bother.

Eleanor needs to marry well in order to raise her family up in the eyes of society. The marriage has already been all but arranged, but she knows little of her intended, Bennett, but his brother will do. I mean, come on, this is the PERFECT
Maria Griffo
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
this was a good book a new author to me. I found Eleanor and Alex's story to be funny and romantic.

the story starts with her sister's bad choice and the scandal of it and now she must marry well but the gentleman her father has chosen for her Bennett Raybourn doesn't have the time to court her so he asked his brother to do this for him. She meets Alex in the back room of a book story and in a scandalous manor. She didn't know he was the brother to Bennett till they are introduced at a ball. The
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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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