Lady Ida Howlett longs for the freedom to do as she pleases, she
dreams of adventure. The scholarly, prickly Ida whom the gentlemen of
the ton ignore, but still her mother insists that she marry and the
sooner the better. Ida's salvation comes in the form of a letter from her
scandalous sister Della, who eloped some time back. Finally, Ida has
found the pretext for her escape and to make herself useful: she will
bring Della back to London. Faced with the imminent threat of a very
undesirable suitor, Ida improvises her getaway. Alas, a drunken
Bennett, Lord Carson, is already in the carriage she borrowed.
Bennett's attempt at forgetting his responsibilities, and his wastrel of a
father, for a few hours, had partially worked, until he finds himself
spirited away by Ida. Always the dependable one, when Ida tells him the
purpose of her trip, he vows to accompany her for her safety.
THE LADY IS DARING exemplifies
all the reasons why I enjoy Megan Frampton's books so much:
charismatic and highly likable characters, scintillating prose, supremely
witty dialogues, and a wonderful slow burn of a romance. Ida is so easy
to relate to: she is of superior intelligence, she is so bold as to flaunt it
sometimes, she will not pretend to be otherwise. Through her, we
understand the struggles Victorian women faced, and how women like
her would eventually change the world. THE LADY IS DARING is a perfect light romance: there
was no silliness, no animosity, no artificial conflicts, no
misunderstandings, no huge drama. It's a simple story of two people
who remain true to themselves while falling in love, and it is glorious
because both protagonists are so exceptionally well fleshed out. Ida
and Bennett's relationship is grounded in honesty and communication,
which brings about some of the most fabulous dialogues ever penned
by Ms. Frampton: Ida and Bennett's faux Latin quips are pure delight!
Megan Frampton has crafted an utterly gorgeous romance, sweet and
sensual, bright and shiny, all lightness and joy, in spite of the darkness
that surrounds Ida and Bennett. Their love triumphed over the
unpleasantness of society and their parents'; they acknowledged that
what they had was precious and were willing to compromise. What
more can I say? Megan Frampton has once again made me giddy with
happiness with this splendid romance!
The third book in Megan Frampton’s delightful and
unforgettable The Duke’s Daughters series
Five well-bred sisters, One sensational scandal. Now the
Duke of Marymount’s daughter, Ida,is about to find love in
the most unconventional way…
It was easy for society to overlook Lady Ida Howlett; they
found her bookish, opinionated, and off the marriage mart.
But little did they know that behind a calm exterior beats
the heart of an adventuress, one who, determined to discover
her runaway sister’s whereabouts, steals a carriage and sets
off on a daring mission. Then she discovers she’s not alone!
Bennett, Lord Carson, is inside, and he refuses to leave.
Lord Carson’s plans had always been to find a soft, gentle,
wife who would run his home and raise his children. Still,
he makes a bargain with Ida—he won’t desert her during her
mad adventure. He’ll make sure she’s safe, and then find a
suitable lady to fall in love with. But when rules (and
garments) become discarded during this long, intimate
journey, it’s soon clear that this surprisingly daring lady
is the woman he’s needed all along.