BlurbIn 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.
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Author InfoMegan Frampton majored in English literature at Barnard College, with a double minor in political science and religion. She worked in the music industry for fifteen years, editing and writing music reviews for a music-industry trade magazine and eventually becoming the editor in chief. Frampton married one of her former interns and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with him and her son. When she isn’t writing, she serves as the community manager for the romance novel website Heroes and Heartbreakers.
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Lord David Marchston’s best asset is his worst curse (at least in his opinion). Poor David; he’s fantastically good-looking, so handsome that people will do whatever he wants. But David wants to be appreciated for more than his stunning visage; he wants people to appreciate his mind.
(When he shares how he feels to Lady Charlotte, she falls over laughing because she finds his plight so funny, made even more so when he confesses his nickname in his home-away-from-home, India, was "Mr. Gorgeous.")
David is the second son in an aristocratic family, which means he has no purpose in life except to be there in case his older brother dies and cannot assume his title. But now that his older brother is in fine health, and has his own sons, David really has no purpose, and he chafes at having no purpose.
He knew that his looks could serve him to advantage, if he were to become a diplomat, but he was able to obtain his position without an in-person interview, which to him meant that they wanted him for his qualifications, not his beauty.
So when his superior asks him to pay attention to his niece, because people will notice who David notices, he’s angry. He thought he was beyond having to be just a pretty face.
He has a close friendship with his servant, Gotam, an Indian who doesn’t hesitate to bring David down a notch. He is curious about other ways of life—hence his interest in India—and doesn’t like being a ‘lily of the field,’ neither toiling nor spinning. He wants to work hard, he wants to make a difference, and he wants to be more than just a good-looking gentleman of means.
He does accept, after Charlotte’s bout of laughter, that is blessed to look as he does, and he realizes he has been depending on his looks to get him certain things, and that appearances—like Charlotte’s dress sense—can go a long way to altering Society’s view of a person. In accepting that however Charlotte looks is very pleasing to him, he’s better able to accept his own handsomeness with grace.
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