When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine's Day Novella

When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine's Day Novella

by Megan Frampton

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Megan Frampton's Dukes Behaving Badly series is back, though this time it's an earl who's meeting his match in a delightfully fun and sexy novella!

What's a lovely young woman doing asleep in his bed? Matthew, Earl of Selkirk, is shocked to discover it's his new housekeeper! She's a far cry from the gray-haired woman he expected. Matthew is no fan of surprises, and Annabelle Tyne is pure temptation. Perhaps he shouldn't have had her hired sight unseen.

Annabelle, co-owner of the Quality Employment Agency, is no housekeeper, but she wasn't about to lose a potential client simply because there was no one to fit the bill. Imagine her shock when the earl arrives at his London townhome and she's awoken in the night by the most attractive man she's ever seen.

Matthew is a man who lives life by the rules, but sometimes rules are made to be broken … and being bad can be very, very good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062380302
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 196,317
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and kid.

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When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine's Day Novella 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters felt flat & add a result it was hard to finish.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am unsure if this is a Regency or Victorian novel. It is supposed to be funny, but it fell a little short of comedy. This is the 1st book/novella I have read by this author. Well. Almost read. I am not able to finish reading this novella. I do not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked the characters. First one to mention Valentines day that I have read. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and a love story agreat combination.L.M.A.
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Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
3 Stars! Every once in a while I love to pick up a novella. It's not as big of a commitment as a full length book and often times the story is equally satisfying. As an added bonus, novellas are short so I can read them in a single sitting. This novella was such a nice little story that kept me entertained for part of an afternoon. Annabelle is quite the character. She says exactly what she is thinking. When an Earl needs a housekeeper for only month, she takes the position because there are no housekeepers available at her employment agency. She meets her new employer in a most interesting manner shortly after starting the position. Matthew lives life by the rules. He does what he is supposed to do and has his life planned out. He comes to London for the period of one month to help his uncle make an important business decision. Matthew doesn't seem bothered at all by Annabelle's chatter or her inability to cook. He soon wants all of Annabelle's attention. This was a nice little story that was sometimes a bit silly. I didn't mind the silly but it did seem like the story tried a little to hard to be funny at times. I liked Annabelle and Matthew as a couple. I have read so many stories about Earls that are the center of attention so it was really nice to read about one that was more down to earth and studious. The scene where they meet for the first time was a lot of fun and I loved the fact that they were both equally affected. It was also very refreshing to have a female lead character who actually says what she wants. I would definitely recommend this novella to fans of historical romance. This is the first opportunity that I have had to read Megan Frampton's writing but I plan to watch for other stories in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Impulse via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Uh, are historical romances supposed to be this hilarious? This isn't the first historical comedy romance I've read, and I'm not even sure this was meant to be a comedy, but it was. Did I laugh? Like a rabid monkey, I did! The internal dialogue for both Annabelle and Matthew is, honestly, what had me in stitches. They were constant reminders of that saying, "I didn't say it but you know I was thinking it!" that made them more approachable and transparent. Add Annabelle's tenancy to talk without pausing and Matthew's initial staunchness and this was a story that was easy to smile at, get lost, and really enjoy. The true heart of the story wasn't the rules Matthew lived by or Annabelle's past or their attraction, though all of those things did play a part in their coming together. It was happiness. Annabelle said it best: ~~~ "I learned a long time ago that what it is right for me is not right for others. I do so hope that happiness is right for you, my lord." (Kindle, Loc 559 of 2163) ~~~ Matthew's rules were excellent but they offered no chance at being truly happy and content. He was a man accustomed to seeing to the needs of others before his own. Some men might have found happiness in that but there was a restlessness in Matthew that was almost obvious from the start. It was like he knew something was missing but couldn't exactly pinpoint what it was or figure out how to ignore it or fill it. Meeting Annabelle might have a been a stroke of luck yet it was the turning point in his life he didn't know he needed. Annabelle wasn't hesitant to list her faults as a housekeeper or as a woman, but she also wasn't reluctant to laugh at herself if need be. Her ability to see situations clearly and not as a dewy-eyed miss made her that much more appealing to me, and who she was was a nice change of scenery as well. Like so many heroines I've encountered, I wanted her to be strong, to have a little bit of a rough past, to stand strong despite it. And you know what? She didn't disappoint. Matthew and Annabelle's happy ending was right. She discovered in him a man who saw and appreciated her enthusiasm for life in general. He didn't try to change her or repress her. He let her be her. Matthew found a woman who grounded him in a way rules never could. She laughed with and at him, was sincere in talking with him, did her damnedest to make him smile, and put him first. That right there... That is amazing. Fun, fast, flirty, and all around entertaining, Ms. Frampton did a wonderful job with this story. No one's dying or hiding from catastrophe or struggling to make ends meet. Aside from the rules, this is a love story about two souls needing that one special thing to make them whole and finding it in the most unlikeliest of places: each other. (Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)
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gaele More than 1 year ago
Picking up with Frampton’s Victorian series, When Good Earls Go Bad has several clever moments for readers to enjoy.  Frampton does  not rigidly adhere to behavioral conventions / societal norms of the time in her stories, giving a more modern twist to her characters and their attitudes that fits perfectly in this series.   Annabelle has struck out to make a life as the partner in an employment agency that provides staffing for the households of the Tonne. Determined to make this venture a success, when a request comes in for a temporary housekeeper for a newly arriving Scottish earl in his London townhouse, she decides to take the position in the hopes of furthering the agency’s reputation.  When Matthew, Earl of Selkirk arrives at the townhome late at night and earlier than expected, he chooses a bedchamber that looks  prepared, but he missed the occupant.  Awakened in the middle of the night is not a great first impression, but Annabelle carries that off  fairly well.  Slowly but surely the two come to see how much they have in common: Annabelle is friendly and charming with a voracious appetite for  books and an insatiable curiosity about the world.  While Matthew is a bit more reserved, relying on logical thinking and is a very literal thinker: his learning to joke and soften under Annabelle’s influence and easy, friendly and warm openness was endearing.  Soon the two are talking about more than the household or their latest read, and their connection becomes physical and playful. Annabelle’s  curiosity and history of reading anything and everything allows for a bit more experimentation, while still taking care to discuss and avail themselves of contraception, a surprising addition to the story.   Frampton has made a lighthearted and fun story of two hearts finding one another based on their common interests, rarely considering  the differences in their societal positions and limiting dramatics in favor of developing a relationship.  The perfect quick escape read  that should encourage your reading the first book in the series if you haven’t already.  I received an eArc of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A fun and charming historical romance novella, When Good Earls Go Bad was a sweet read and I liked it. Both characters were great. Matthew was inclined to logic and seriousness but he had his own wry sense of humor as well. Annabelle was effervescent and inclined to see the joy in everything. I liked them both. The romance was great. Matthew and Annabelle were perfect together. They might have seemed really different on the surface but they were well matched and a lovely couple. The plot was quick and kept me interested. The story was sweet and the ending was perfect. When Good Earls Go Bad was a lovely historical romance novella. Romance lovers, if you want a quick and light read, then you'll want to look this book up. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review