This is the fifth book in the Dukes Behaving Badly Series. I have read the first four and have really enjoyed all of them. This one has a twist to it. The heroine inherits the Title of Duchess from her father who has passed away. This was very unusual at the time but not unheard of.
Only Genevieve doesn't know how to be a Duchess. She has lived her whole life at one of her father's estates surrounded by servants. She barely knew her father. The only love she ever received was from her faithful servants. She knows that she has to learn how to become a Duchess because their are hundreds of people that depend on her for their livelihoods. So she writes to her Aunt Sophia to ask for help. Her Aunt responds by sending her man of business to help Genevieve. She is expecting an old man with whiskers and a pot belly. What she gets is a remarkable good looking man who is any young lady's dream of a Hero.
Archie Salisbury is the son of a Viscount and an ex-soldier who has found purpose in his life after the Army by serving as a Man of Business. His employer is sending him to her cousin the Duchess to help her straighten out her estates and help her negotiate Society. Archie is immediately attracted to Genevieve but he knows that she is far above his touch. He is estranged from his family and has to make a living.
As Archie helps Genevieve learn and guide her through her responsibilities and expectations of being a Duchess he finds himself falling for her. He knows that she is an innocent and has spent no time in Society with eligible men but he cannot seem to help himself around her. As they grow closer to each other it becomes harder and harder to resist each other. Genevieve has fallen in love and wants Archie for her own but will his honor stop him from having Genevieve?
This story was refreshing in that the woman was in the position of power and her social status was above the mans. Both Archie and Genevieve were unusual in that their positions of rank were not the norm. The letters at the beginning of every chapter were very witty. I really enjoyed them. This is a lovely story that takes you on a journey of discovery, a little chaos, with a sensual element to it. Megan's writing is pure joy and I look forward to her next book.
Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.