Tall, Duke, and Dangerous by Megan Frampton
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Lady Ana Maria spent the first 27 years of her life forgotten by her father and treated as a servant in her own home by her stepmother. Now that they’re both gone, Ana Maria has been thrust into society to take her place as a duke’s daughter and a duke’s cousin. She no longer belongs below stairs with the servants, but neither does she feel she belongs in the glittery world of the London elite. Where she does feel like she belongs? In a world of brilliantly colored fabric…and with her brother’s best friend, Nash, Duke of Melvern.
Nash is known for two things: grunting and fighting. Growing up with an abusive father, he learned to express himself with his fists – though he only hits people who deserve it. Nash vowed to never become like his father, which means he can never let himself feel too strongly and never let anyone too close. Not his family, friends, or his best friend’s sister. Especially not his best friend’s sister. Ana Maria is everything he wants, which is why he knows he can never have her. But the more time they spend together, the more he feels and the harder it is to resist her.
Listen, I love a grunty duke. Especially one who’s masking Hidden Pain. And is secretly a big ol’ softy. Yes, I’m looking at you Nash. I also really liked Ana Maria – she finally has the opportunity to live her life like she wants, and she does. I liked them together, and I liked that she understood him, even when he didn’t- or couldn’t – talk.
I do have to say that in general, I also really enjoy Megan Frampton’s writing style! This series is the first I’ve read from her, and I love the elements of humor and how she uses her narration to convey the MC’s thoughts.
There were a few things about Tall, Duke, and Dangerous that kind of threw me off and prohibited me from giving it a higher rating. First of all, Ana Maria describes herself as being an oxymoron. And that’s fine – the first time. Eighteen more times is…a bit much. Nash is also very repetitive in his thought’s about his father. That didn’t bother me as much, mostly because it was rooted in trauma, which can definitely color every aspect of your life. I also didn’t love the ending. It felt like Nash had to change everything about himself to suit Ana Maria – so much for her understanding him even when he couldn’t speak. And love languages are a thing.
Anyway, I really did enjoy the story for the most part and found a lot to like. I’ll definitely be reading Thaddeus’s book because that boy needs to lose control and I can’t wait.
**I read this book in October 2020. The election is one week away. The senate just confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. Everything is kind of terrible. Please keep that in mind.**
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.