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A Wicked Bargain for the Duke

A Wicked Bargain for the Duke

By Megan Frampton


The author of the “sparkling” and “steamy” (Entertainment Weekly) Never Kiss a Duke returns with the delightful third book in the Hazards of Dukes series as a rigid duke meets his match in a rebellious lady.

Thaddeus, the new Duke of Hasford, holds his new title reluctantly, but his sense of duty is strong. Task number one: find a wife and secure an heir. He thinks he’s found the perfect choice in Lady Jane Capel—until her sister, Lavinia, bursts onto the scene. Vivacious, rebellious, and strikingly beautiful, Lavinia is determined to keep him away from her shy, sweet sister. And she’s also determined not to think so much about his broad chest and strong thighs.

When Lady Lavinia and Thaddeus end up in the most compromising position, witnessed by Lavinia’s mother and nearly everyone at a party, they’re forced to get married to protect their reputations. With no love between them, but with an heir to conceive, they strike a bargain in bed. Only Lavinia demands passion, and Thaddeus complies, with both of them realizing this marriage of convenience may turn into much more…


I was very intrigued by the description of this book and it ended up being a solid 4 star read for me. Both Lavinia and Thaddeus were well-developed characters. I enjoyed their marriage by compromise and then their agreement about how their marriage would play out. There was unsatisfying sex scenes for Lavinia until she took manners into her own hands and schooled her husband. I especially enjoyed the realism of that and it is something we don’t see very often in romance novels. The attraction between Lavinia and Thaddeus was especially believable and very well-done. Lavinia and her love of Thaddeus’ thighs was extra funny. I didn’t love the conflict in the end but did seem to fit with the story. Overall, this was my favorite book in the series and it has been intrigued for the next book following Lavinia’s sister.

*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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