by Megan Frampton
Series: Duke's Daughters #2
Published on February 27, 2018 by Avon
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
The Duke’s five daughters have beauty, breeding, and impeccable reputations. Or at least, they did. Now that two have chosen to follow their hearts, can the others be far behind?
Lady Olivia refuses to repeat her siblings’ scandalous mistakes. Instead, she will marry the lord rejected by her sister and help with his good works. When he resists, Olivia forms another plan: win his lordship’s admiration by helping his illegitimate best friend find a bride. How difficult can it be to transform the rakish Edward Wolcott into a gentleman? To ignore his virile good looks? To not kiss him in a moment of impulsive madness? Apparently, very difficult indeed.
Edward Wolcott promised his ailing father he would marry well, and it appears Lady Olivia wishes to assist him. The sparkling firebrand intends to smooth his way through London’s ballrooms, parlors, and eligible ladies, while all Edward’s thoughts suddenly revolve around bedrooms . . . and Lady Olivia herself. Only a scoundrel would seduce the duke’s most dutiful daughter. And only a truly reckless lady would risk everything to be in his arms . . .
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While Lady Be Bad didn’t set me up with much hope for this series, Lady Be Reckless helped save it from total demise. Featuring the next of the Howlett sisters, this romance follows Olivia on her quest to win the heart of Lord Carson, the man who her sister was supposed to marry (for that particular story, check out the first book in the series).
I think the difference between these two books is that Lady Be Reckless had that extra something the book needed to keep me interested. Olivia was all sorts of headstrong, the kind of person who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. But it wasn’t just that she stood out in comparison to many historical romance heroines I’ve read about before, it’s that she makes mistakes. She’s all about helping others but doesn’t think to ask about what would be helpful and ends up causing problems in the process. Her heart was in the right place which made her endearing to read about and her mistakes made her human, someone everyone can connect with.
And while she grew as a character, I think her counterpart, Edward Wolcott, grew even more. Born out of wedlock, he’s had to deal with the societal repercussions and hasn’t always done so in a healthy way. With Olivia in his life, he’s able to move beyond what others think to see his own self worth. In turn, he also tempers Olivia’s headstrong ways but not by trying to control her, instead helping her look at situations more critically before diving in. They balanced each other out as a couple and created an entertaining dynamic in the process.
As for the rest of the book, the plot moved along at a decent pace, not terribly fast (it’s not a romance with lots of action and adventure) but I wouldn’t say I was bored either. Granted, it’s not the most amazing book ever and I rarely find those in romance, unfortunately (perhaps I’m reading the wrong books?) but it was fun.
I can definitely see myself reading the rest of the series though more for the fun than because of a driving need to know what happens next. This particular story wasn’t entirely original. A challenge between parties, let’s turn the social outcast into a respectable gentleman, and the romance was a pretty slow burn, nothing explosive. But a fun read.
I think if you’ve enjoyed Frampton’s other works then you’ll like Lady Be Reckless. If you weren’t so sure about the series after reading the first book, then I’d say give this one a go. I’m now curious to see which sister gets a story next (I have an idea. . . ) and the next visit to London’s ton.