No Groom at the Inn: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novella

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“Megan Frampton’s delightful characters and delicious sense of humor always entertain!”

- Sabrina Jeffries

In this Dukes Behaving Badly holiday novella, a young lady entertains a sudden proposal of marriage—to a man she’s only just met

What does a lady do when a man she’s never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn’t scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what’s her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring for six children and a barnyard full of chickens?

James Archer has roamed the world, determined never to settle down. He’s faced danger and disaster…he fears nothing and no one—except his mother and her matchmaking ways. So when ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with holiday cheer and simpering young misses, he produces—a fiancée!

Sophronia and James vow to pretend to be in love for one month. But when they promise to give each other a Christmas kiss, it becomes clear that this pact made out of necessity might just be turning into love.

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Publisher
HarperCollins
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Published on
Nov 10, 2015
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9780062412980
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
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This content is DRM protected.
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In Megan Frampton’s witty historical romance, a woman is judged by her gown, and a man by his reputation—until both are shed in one sexy moment of seduction.
 
Lady Charlotte Jepstow certainly knows how to make an impression—a terrible one. Each one of her ball gowns is more ostentatiously ugly than the one before. Even she has been forced to wonder: Is she unmarried because of her abysmal wardrobe, or does she wear clashing clothing because she doesn’t want to be pursued in the first place? But when Charlotte meets Lord David Marchston, suddenly a little courtship doesn’t sound so bad after all.
 
David will be the first to admit he’s made some mistakes. But when he gets yanked from his post by his superiors, he is ordered to do the unthinkable to win back his position: woo his commander’s niece. If David wants his life back, he must use his skills as a negotiator to persuade society that Charlotte is a woman worth pursuing, despite her rather unusual “flair” for color. But David does such a terrific job that he develops an unexpected problem, one that violates both his rakish mentality and his marching orders: He’s starting to fall in love.

Praise for What Not to Bare
 
“Endearing characters, heart-stopping romance, and witty dialogue make What Not to Bare a delicious read. Megan Frampton always shines!”—Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author of What the Duke Desires
 
“I was delighted and truly entertained by this book. I recommend it most heartily.”—Smexy Books

“A delightfully witty historical romance.”—The Book Adventures
 
“A scrumptious treat, filled with sexy humor and characters as bold as Lady Charlotte’s wardrobe.”—Novels Alive
 
“This is a true romance.”—Urban Girl Reader
 
“The chemistry between Charlotte and David is terrific and grows slowly as David’s affection for Charlotte grows.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“What Not to Bare was a fantastic historical romance. I really loved this wonderful read. It was fun, light, romantic, and just amazing. Lovers of romance, this is a book you definitely need to read.”—Imagine a World
 
“I loved this book.”—Gaslight
 
“I love the message that this book coveys. People often judge based on clothes and appearance, forgetting that there is more than meets the eye.”—Book Freak
 
“This was an incredibly charming and engaging story. Megan Frampton is a new-to-me writer and I’m so, so happy to have discovered her very captivating, very witty voice.”—Love Saves the World

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
A WOMAN’S REPUTATION

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It’s never her fault—honor bright—but newspapers love to write about the simple girl from Scotland and the much older duke, who died suddenly on their honeymoon. And now there is even more talk as the legitimacy of the marriage is being contested by the duke’s son and heir.

Steven McBride is a decorated soldier—and a notorious gambler and womanizer. The last thing he wants is marriage, but due to a series of unfortunate events, he and Rose’s names are linked in the papers, threatening the lovely lady with ruin. To save the day, Steven suggests they claim to be engaged. But as desire boils between them, Rose and Steven soon learn the difficulties of maintaining their deception, which might not be a lie after all …

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Praise for the Mackenzie series

“Skillfully nuanced characterization and an abundance of steamy sensuality.” —Chicago Tribune

“Heartrending, funny, honest, and true… I want to marry the hero!” —Eloisa James, New York Times Bestselling Author

“A sexy, passion-filled romance that will keep you reading until dawn.” —Julianne MacLean, USA Today Bestselling Author

Jennifer Ashley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, also writes as Allyson James and Ashley Gardner. She’s penned more than fifty-five novels and twenty novellas in historical romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. She now lives in the Southwest with her husband and cats, spends most of her time in the wonderful world of her stories, and also enjoys hiking, music, and building dollhouses and dollhouse miniatures.
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