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Never a Bride

(Duke's Daughters #4)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  57 reviews
She's a deliciously scandalous woman who is no man's bride…

He's a black sheep, forced to return home.

Together, they enter a make-believe betrothal that shocks London society…

After twelve years in Her Majesty's Navy, Griffith Davies must leave his sea-going life of outrageous freedom behind, forced to rejoin London society as the heir to the Duke of Northam. But though he i
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Published April 30th 2019 by Avon
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Barbara Rogers
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Series: Duke’s Daughters #4
Publication Date: 4/30/19
Number of Pages: 368

*** 2.5 Stars *** *** Review updated to add: The writing is excellent, it is the main character and events with which I take issue. ***

Several years ago, Lady Della Howlett, the older daughter of a duke, ran away with her dance instructor (with no thought about how that would affect her sisters). She wasn’t happy at home with a cold domineering father and an unfeeling mother and when Mr. Baxter showed an interest in her, she
I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, so I was so excited to see a fake relationship.

I loved Della and Griffith. She’s sassy and stands up for herself. He’s charming and attractive and he knows it. Together they have excellent banter and chemistry for days. I loved all of the fake titles they gave each other and the button pushing was near perfection.

Plot wise it was fun. The fake fiancée trope is one of my favorites, but this one went a bit further. I loved the plot thread of the mi
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is not an author I read very often but I think I will go back and read the other books in this series now. I really enjoyed Griffith and Della’s story. Griffith Davies is a ship captain who comes home to find out he is heir to a Dukedom, which is not happy about. Lady Della is the disgraced daughter of a duke who had a child out of wedlock. Together they were perfect. This book had plot holes and at times sounded too modern/American but I liked it anyway. It was a light, fun read. I loved, ...more
Jessica Grogan
First of all, I love Megan Frampton’s writing style and have reread more than one of her books. That being said, I just did not enjoy this one.

This title started out great and had my attention. I even loved the hero, Griffith, but it soon became apparent that Della was awful and there’s nothing worse than a good hero ending up with a terrible heroine.

I wrote in my notes as I was reading that Della is a “selfish cow” after her daughter still hadn’t made an appearance in the book and Della’s mai
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Maybe 3.5 stars but two lousy chapters near the end really killed it for me.

After running away from the meaningless frivolity of his family's aristocratic existence 12 years previously, Captain Griffith Davies, also Viscount Stanbury, must rejoin society and leave the navy's service. His cousin Frederick, now the Duke of Northam, is dying and Griffith is the only heir. Though the idea of settling down on land and assuming aristocratic responsibility is repugnant to him, he knows he owes his cous
Tracy Emro
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Lady Della Howlett is the disgraced eldest daughter of the Duke of Marymount, she ran off with her dance master and had a child. When her lover ran off, she was taken in by Sarah Wattings and she planned to never return to her family - but her sisters had other ideas and convinced her to return to London. She is not welcomed by her parents, but her sisters and their husbands helped her and Sarah buy a house and now she wants nothing more than to reunite Sarah with her husband Henry. When she lea ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Received an ARC via Edelweiss

What I liked about the characters is that both Griffith and Della are strong personalities, they like to tease and spar verbally, and they both have to defend/help the abused and downtrodden. Neither of them want to be popular in the ton, though Della would like not to be hated. They both had bad formative years as well. The thing that I didn’t like was that it was all about what she needed as a person and not anything that Griffith needed. At that time women normall
May 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
This...this I did not like.

I had never read any Megan Frampton before this, so didn't know what to expect. Unfortunately there was really nothing I enjoyed about this title. The writing quality was fine, but the characters and story get two big thumbs down.

I won't get to deep into the plot, but heroine and hero have a fake engagement that presumably benefits them both. Heroine agrees to help integrate hero back into fine society (now that he's a reluctant Duke-in-training) and hero in exchange w
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital-arc-read
I don’t recall reading any books by this author previously, but I recognized the name from shelving books. I gave it a read, and about 70% of the way (thank you Kindle app for tracking that), I almost jumped ship and hit exit.

Slightly before that, it seemed the language took a turn to more of a modern setting, and honestly I had a hard time imagining it in historical context in comparison to other books I have enjoyed before. One thought in my mind as they discarded clothing... not the floor, w
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
After twelve years in Her Majesty’s Navy, Griffith Davies must leave his sea-going life of outrageous freedom behind, forced to rejoin London society as the heir to the Duke of Northam, though he is now shackled to the land, he has no desire to wed some innocently dull young thing. Lady Della Howlett’s reputation was tattered years ago, so entering into a false engagement with Griffith is hardly going to make matters worse. Soon, Griffith and Della are arousing more than scandal, they’re courtin ...more
Cardyn Brooks
Two nonconformists collide for fun and trouble and mayhem as they fall in love. Della and Griff's irreverent camaraderie create a delightful sense of underlying humor as serious themes about the consequences of rebellion are explored.
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is sex positive, empowering in its progressiveness, original and lovely instalment in a staller HR series. Loved it!
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The eldest daughter finally meets her match.
IF you have been following Megan Frampton's Duke's Daughters series, then you would have been familiar with Never a Bride's Della Howlett, the disgraced eldest daughter who's been the silently talked about in all the previous books. Never a Bride, however, can be read as a standalone like the previous books and what a charming, sexy and wonderfully humorous story does it tell.
The male protagonist here is Griffith Davies, recent captain of a naval ship
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and in return promised an honest review.

Griffith Davies has spent 12 years in Her Majesty's Navy and now must leave his sea-life behind. He is captain of his own ship and that allows him his freedom from his "real duties". Griff is forced to rejoin London society as the heir to the Duke of Northam. Even though he is land bound, he has no interest to be feigned over by innocent young girls or to marry one. So, when he meets a woman in a pub looking for him,
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great writing ruined by contemporary romance masquerading as historical. The heroine fought so hard to be independent that she was unlikable. The hero procrastinated so much I didn't enjoy what was happening and just wanted him to move it. Super strong sexuality that was over the top.
People that like feminist historical women may enjoy this.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Never a Bride by Megan Frampton is book Four in A Duke's Daughters Series. This is the story of Griffith Davies and Lady Della Howlett. I have read the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Della was the daughter of the Duke of Marymount, but thinking herself in love with Mr. Baxter her dance instructor and wanting to get away from a cold upbringing ran away with him. Never marrying him even when she had their child Nora. Baxter ended up running off w
Norah Gibbons
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Never A Bride by Megan Frampton is the 4th book in her delightful Duke’s Daughters series. It can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend the series. Captain Griffin Davies, Viscount Stanbury heir to the Duke of Northam meets Lady Della Howlett when she searches him out as she is helping her best friend locate her missing husband and he had been a seaman on one of Griffins ships. Griffin agrees to hel ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow... Just Wow! Truly one of the best books I've read this year thus far! This is so well deserving of a High 5 Stars! I absolutely fell in love with Griffith Davies. He has spent the majority of his life serving Her Majesties Navy and coasting on the open waters... the last thing he wants is to be a duke, but he takes on the title only out of honor and respect to his dying cousin and friend, the current duke. Meanwhile, a beautiful lady comes to him looking for her friend's husband once worked ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this series but I think this be one of the best. It is not necessary to have read all the books or in order to enjoy this book. Della is a disgraced daughter of a Duke, one of five. She has returned to London with her daughter and her friend and her daughter. Della needs Griffin's help and Griffin needs her resulting in a bargain. Griffin has just returned from sea and finds out the her is heir to a dukedom and must reenter society. I loved how independent della was and I really e ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: racy-romance
This was wildly disappointing. I was excited by the premise - fake relationship, "ruined" woman with black sheep sea captain/Duke's heir. But nope, there was just about nothing about this book that worked for me. Della is fiercely independent. But in a way where she sort of tramples everyone else's feelings. And she has zero trust for anyone and zero growth on that front. I get that a woman should not have to change who she is for her partner, I really do. But flying into a rage continuously and ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019

This was my second read after my slump, and it didn’t go as great. I flew through the book, which is why it’s rated as high as it is (originally 3 stars,) but it was problematic for me. I found that Frampton seemed to be trying so hard to make this a feminist read in a period book, and it was not working for me.

I was not thrilled with the main character, Della. Her attitude was disgusting in my opinion. I found her very demanding. I understand why she is the way she is, once you get her ba
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After eloping with the dance instructor, Lady Della Howlett’s reputation is ruined. She and her friend Sarah Watting live together with their children while Sarah waits for her husband to return from the navy. Della finds Captain Griffith Davies and enlists his help to search for Watting who had been on Davies’ ship. In return for his help, she agrees to act as his betrothed to ward off young women who learn he is the heir to the Duke of Northam. They work together and fall in love. She was swor ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Della Howlett is not interested in going about in society. She destroyed all of her chances when she ran away with her dance tutor and then became pregnant by him. But Griffith Davies is trying to drag her back in. He needs a fake fiancee to keep away the circling mamas and she needs his help finding her friend's husband, last seen on one of Griffith's ships.
This is an okay story. I wish more had been done with the storyline about Griffith freeing people from a slave ship and there was a lot mo
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
It starts out really strong and somewhere in the middle it just falls apart. It's too bad because I like the protagonists but they seemed more like puppets than real people. It was like the book was a play they had been cast in.

The first half of the book is great but I can't rec the second half of the book. I love this author's books and was really hoping for more.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We finally got Della's story! Della has been such a mystery through the series; the one sister who got away, so to speak. But the situation she found herself in to get away ended up being a bit of out of the frying pan, into the fire, in this case.

In this book, we meet not only Della, but we learn more about her roommate and best friend, Sarah Wattings, who becomes more fleshed out (though I would like more of her story. . .or maybe her daughter, Emily, in book set further in the future) as the
I've been looking forward to Della's book since the beginning of this series and it did NOT disappoint. She's written like someone who has had some sad experience of the world, but has taken those lessons to heart. She does everything on her terms and defends the people and things that are truly important to her.

One of the appeals (to me) of historical romance is that society has all these rules and the main characters of these stories often have to bend, if not outright break, those rules to ge
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
I have read previous books by Megan Frampton, but none in the Duke's Daughters series, so I was a bit worried that I would feel lost by starting with book #4. However, "Never a Bride" stands very well on its own and I didn't feel like I had missed anything at all. I loved the relationship between the main characters, Lady Della Howlett and Captain Griffith Davies, Lord Stanbury, especially their banter and amusing nicknames for each other. Their chemistry was apparent from the first time they me ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, arc
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 5/1/19.

I really enjoyed Della and Griff's story. Her many, many nicknames for him cracked me up ("Captain Enormous, Viscount Whatshisname of the Broad Shoulders" and "Lord Skilled with His Fingers" are but two of them) and his love for his cousin and his men (and, of course, the heroine, eventually) was wonderful to observe. Della's been a bit of a mystery in the series thus far, so I enjoyed seeing things from her point-of-view even when it was mildly agg
Lori D
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Captain Griffin Davis is in London waiting for his ship to be reloaded, life takes a big change. As a young man, he ran away to go to join the Navy to get away from his father who could only be critical of him, he was just never good enough. Now twelve years later, he is siting in a pub when a pin hat weilding woman and then he is arrested by the Royal Navy. What?
Come to find out he has was in a bit of trouble from his last voyage but is rescued due to now being the next heir to the Duke of
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. This was an okay romance. The positives, both hero and heroine, Griff and Della, were into the sex, there was no seduction, insecurities, etc, it was nice to read about two individuals both wanting to have sex and enjoying it. I liked that the heroine admitted her feelings first and proposed to the hero, which is something you don't often see in historical romances. The negative thing about this novel is that the they hardly show Griff and Della getting to known each other. Aside from ...more
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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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