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Never Kiss a Duke

(Hazards of Dukes #1)

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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
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Published January 28th 2020 by Avon
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I like to read the occasional historical romance and this one looked like it would be worth a try. This is the first book in the Hazards of Dukes series and I thought that it kicked off the new series quite well. I was hooked by this story in the first few pages and found the book to be a very pleasant read. I am so glad that I decided to pick up this book.

Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, finds his life
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Stacee
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I’m pretty much going to read anything with Megan’s name on it, so I didn’t even read the synopsis before requesting.

I really liked Ivy and Sebastian. At first it seems like they’re coming from different places, but I quickly realized they’ve worked to become what they are. She speaks up for herself and he’s learning to be a commoner and it was enjoyable reading them figure it out. I loved Ivy’s sister Octavia and Sebastian’s friend Nash and can’t wait to hopefully see more of them.

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Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

It wasn't too shabby. The chemistry was undeniable and I thought they made an ideal pairing though the whole 'game kink' was not up my alley. Nevertheless it wasn't a bad read and would definitely categorize this as mediocre.

Elodie
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never Kiss a Duke
A Hazards of Dukes Novel
Megan Frampton
https://www.facebook.com/meganframpto...
Release date 1/28/2020
Publisher Avon

Blurb :

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
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Tracy Emro
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the blink of an eye Sebastian’s life changed, one minute he was Sebastian Dutton, the Duke of Hasford and the next, thanks to his mother, he was Sebastian de Silva, illegitimate son of the former Duke and his cousin, Thaddeus is now the duke. After making Thad promise to take care of his older half-sister Ana Maria, a stunned and more than a little upset Sebastian goes to see his friend Nash, the Duke of Malvern. Nash decides that Sebastian needs a night out and they visit a new gaming club – ...more
Becky
This is my first Megan Frampton! I have been meaning to try her forever, her story lines always sound enticing and I think her covers are beautiful. This is the first book of her new series, Hazards of Dukes.

I thought this story was so unique in that the hero is no longer a duke. He's been raised to be a duke, was told he was the duke, acted like the duke...until he discovers he is a nobody due to a violated law by his mother. He is plain Mr. de Silva. He's like a newborn entering the world of,
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Sarah
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of potential. I really liked the idea of the story of a woman owning a gambling hell and a Duke who is no longer a Duke. It started off good but then seemed to falter. Ivy is the owner of Miss Ivy’s, the daughter of a Baron won the establishment or the money to open the establishment (I never understood which) in a card game with the farmer who won her in a similar card game with her father. So her and teenage sister run this club. Sebastian was a Duke but finds out that his ...more
Janet
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Two years ago, Ivy gambled everything that was precious to her—and won. Now the owner of London’s most
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Lori D
Well the first Hazard of a Duke is when you find you are no longer one and that is where the hero Sebastian comes in! Since it is usually the opposite, I really enjoyed this twist and was anxious to see how he would handle the situation. Instead of just hanging out with the new Duke and his sister, he decides to take a job at a gaming house.
Ivy has had her own problems, like being gambled away by her father, a baron, but in her own twist won herself back. Yes, she gambled with the man that had
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Jessica Grogan
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Megan Frampton is one of my favorite authors, and this SHOULD’VE been a great title. But it wasn’t, I had trouble getting through it, and I’m not 100% sure why. I liked both the hero and heroine, and the side characters we met. The plot summary was interesting. And I truly enjoy Megan Frampton’s writing style. There just wasn’t anything very engaging in this story for me. Nothing much was happening besides characters talking at one place, and then talking at another, and then another. I think it ...more
romancejunkie
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sebastian has lived his entire life in privilege and has been living as the Duke of Hasford for some months until one day he is called by the family's solicitor and receives the unsetling news that he was not the rightful Duke because his parents marriage was invalid, and the title would go to his cousin.
He is of course shocked and desperate to find something to do and a new place to stay.
When he goes to a gambling house with a friend, he meets the owner of the place, Ivy and becomes
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shoesforall
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was a nice slow burn that made the chemistry between the characters all the more intriguing. Ivy and Seb were wonderful characters to watch on their journeys of self-discovery. I enjoyed that Seb was the character who needed to figure out who he was. Ivy already knew who she was but she just needed to let go of the limited future she had envisioned for herself and let Seb into her life.

I don't know of a book I have read recently that was more perfectedly paced. The slow
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Maureen Lubitz
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton


“Historical accuracy” is a loaded term in the historical romance genre, and I’m not going to be unpacking the implications today; believe me, I could go on for days about the subject, but then I wouldn’t be able to discuss this lovely new book.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a duke cannot lose his title. This comes up in books: the titled protagonist is in danger of losing his title if he doesn’t meet some unconventional requirements, like failing
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Niki
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sebastian Dutton, Duke of Hasford, is just settling into his responsibilities since the death of his careless father, only to have his entire world turned upside down. Due to his mother's deception, Sebastian is now just plain Mr. de Silva, illegitimate son of the late duke. He has no idea who he truly is or what to do with his life now he only has his charm to rely on. When his friend takes him to a new gambling house, Miss Ivy's, Sebastian is surprised to be offered a job almost immediately.

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Samantha
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Sebastian is use to living a life of privilege until the truth his mother hid from him comes out. He is not the Duke and he is just a mere commoner. His cousin is the real Duke and all Sebastian asks of his cousin is to ensure that his sister is taken care of.

Struggling with the news, Sebastian finds himself trying to drown out his sorrows at the gambling club where he meets Ivy, the owner. He is intrigued by this strong, independent woman.

Ivy’s focus is on running the club and taking care of
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Lindsay S
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is a duke to do when he no linger is a duke???

Sebastian has just been informed that his whole life is a lie... he is no longer the Duke (that’s now his cousin) and he is a bastard. Learning that this is all due to his mother’s manipulations he vows to not accept the charity of friends and family and to man something of himself in his own...

Ivy has had the luck of the cards determine her fate from day one. First her father gambles away her freedom and then with another game she wins her
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Pelusa Rivera
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the book was entertaining but the title should have been something else because Ivy one of the main characters didn't kiss a duke. Let me explain. So Sebastian- Duke of Hastings is at his solicitors office along with his cousin, come to find out that his mother was a scheming liar and cheated the system so he Sebastian is no longer a Duke but a lowly Mr. On a drunken night out along with his other bestie Nash they go to a new club in town where Ivy is the proprietor. Now Ivy is no longer ...more
viktoria
Preview: This is the most useful review I've ever written.

Books like this are the reason why I have a "it's not you, it's me probably" shelf, because while it featured many things I usually like and I can't name any technical faults, I didn't particularly like this and I have no idea why.

It had a million elements in it that I liked! Complicated family relationships, competent people, discovering your awesome competent self, letting go of your old (and heavily influenced) ideals and embracing
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Debra Martin
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Mr. Sebastian de Silva has his life turned upside down with a letter from his mother after her death. Turns out her marriage wasn't legal and now Sebastian is a plain Mr. instead of a duke. He is out of his element as he has no idea how to live like a "commoner." When he meets Miss Ivy Holton, the owner of a gaming establishment, his life takes an unexpected turn. Can Ivy help Sebastian adjust to his new life and open his heart to love?

This book started off great. It was a storyline I've not
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Norah Gibbons
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Never Kissa Duke is the first book in Megan Frampton's intriguing new series Hazards of Dukes. The marriage of Sebastian Dutton, Duke of Hasford's parents has been declared invalid and he is now just plain Mr. de Silva. Unsure of who he is without the title and the fortune he takes a position at Miss Ivy's gambling club. Ivy Holton had her chances at a respectable marriage taken away from her when her father ...more
Margaret
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Romanceopoly: The Office - Non-Contemporary where the MCs meet in their workplace

Review originally published at Goldilox and the Three Weres and based on a copy provided by the publisher.


Never Kiss a Duke is my first Megan Frampton book and I really enjoyed it. It puts a historical twist on the office romance, which is one of my faves. Admittedly, this might be because I've never really worked in an office. I just love the whole making out on the desk thing!

I also loved how self-aware Ivy is.
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Gena
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one was a slow start for me, but I'm pretty sure it's all my fault because I was sick when I started it. I loved this book! Sebastian is sexy, confident, but a fish out of water as he falls from the aristocracy to just another guy. Fortunately, he lands on his feet--lucky guy, because a friend (the Duke of Malvern, who will figure into the next book in this series) takes him to a gambling hell, where he meets the naive but smart owner of the club, Miss Ivy, who doesn't seem to know how to ...more
Arriesta
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Megan Frampton’s new Hazards of Dukes series begins with Never Kiss A Duke, in this historical romance piece. The nice thing about Megan Frampton books is that they are generally sweet, lighthearted stories, with great banter between the primary and secondary characters and foreshadowing possible couples for the next books. Never Kiss A Duke does exactly that, leaving me very interested in the second book that follows in the Hazards of Dukes series.

In this story we follow Miss Ivy, who owns a
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Beth SHULAM
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise of a duke who loses his title and must find who he is without it. He meets the lady owner of a gambling hell and she offers him a job.

The first quarter of this novel was quite good and kept me entertained, but somehow after he moves into the gambling hell the story stalls. I wanted there to be more interaction with the secondary characters and more developed characters overall.

The book could stand to be edited down more for a faster paced engaging story.

Thank you Edelweiss and Avon
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Courtney
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Never Kiss a Duke may just be my favorite Megan Frampton yet, because of the way it subtly shakes up the historical romance formula. Amid the many books of privileged and rakish dukes, some of which Frampton has written, I love the concept of a disinherited duke having to learn how to be a regular person.

Sebastian is a great character, and his growing awareness of the privilege he had is well-written. While he does still have some
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Jessica (the naptime writer)
(I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ but all opinions provided are my own.)

It’s not often that I read a historical romance with a female boss-male employee lead combo, and Megan Frampton’s Never Kiss a Duke tackles it with admirable aplomb.

At the beginning of the novel, hero Sebastian’s just learned that he’s no longer a duke; his cousin will replace him, and he, Sebastian, will now have the name Sebastian de Silva. Though he’s not happy about the situation he
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MrsPearl
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise of this book was interesting. Sebastian has been the duke for 6 months and then suddenly discovers he is illegitimate because of a deception by his late mother. Ivy was a lady but because of her father’s gambling lost her status and opened a gambling club. The two meet when Sebastian’s friend, Nash (a duke), takes him to “Miss Ivy’s” so he can get drunk. Sebastian and Ivy have instant chemistry and subsequently Ivy offers him a job helping her make the club more successful. In what ...more
Courtney
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never Kiss a Duke may just be my favorite Megan Frampton yet, because of the way it subtly shakes up the historical romance formula. Amid the many books of privileged and rakish dukes, some of which Frampton has written, I love the concept of a disinherited duke having to learn how to be a regular person.

Sebastian is a great character, and his growing awareness of the privilege he had is well-written. While he does still have some stumbling moments, it is part of his character development, and I
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Becky
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, arc
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 2/2/2020.

Loved!

Never Kiss a Duke is the first book in Ms Frampton's new Hazards of Dukes series, and what an introduction it is! Sebastian spends the first milliseconds of the book secure in the knowledge that he is the same duke he's been for the past six months, the duke he was raised to be, when BAM! he's suddenly a mere "mister." After he gets over his initial pity party, it was really a little heartbreaking to watch him wander around London, suddenly
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MrsMascara
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a great and interesting premise for a story. The Duke of Hasford, Sebastian has just found out that he isn’t in fact the Duke, but plain Mr De Silva, due to his mother’s lies. His cousin Thaddeus is actually the heir.

He decides to leave the house, despite Thaddeus’ entreaties, and try and find out who he is if he isn’t the Duke any more.

His friend Nash takes him to Miss Ivy’s a gambling den he hasn’t been to before, and he is intrigued by the den which allows women to gamble, and Miss
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