The Lady is Daring

The Lady is Daring

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 d...

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Title:The Lady is Daring
Author:Megan Frampton
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The Lady is Daring Reviews

  • Molly

    This was excellent -witty, entertaining, heartwarming and sexy, truly fun regency break from reality. Loved it!

  • Stacee

    This one is definitely my favorite of the series.

    I loved Ida and Bennett. Their banter is fantastic and I loved how they were able to open up to each other and have intelligent conversation. The chemistry is there right from the start, but the relationship grows naturally.

    Plot wise, it was fun. I enjoyed seeing them figure out how to travel along. I mean, there’s only so many ways you can get into an inn and have food, but it never felt repetitive. The angsty parts were super short and didn’t

    This one is definitely my favorite of the series.

    I loved Ida and Bennett. Their banter is fantastic and I loved how they were able to open up to each other and have intelligent conversation. The chemistry is there right from the start, but the relationship grows naturally.

    Plot wise, it was fun. I enjoyed seeing them figure out how to travel along. I mean, there’s only so many ways you can get into an inn and have food, but it never felt repetitive. The angsty parts were super short and didn’t last long and while I wanted just a bit more of a future take in the epilogue, it was fantastic.

    Overall, it was a quick and fun read with characters I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to see which sister is next.

    **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Niki

    This book started out quite charming with its self-taught bluestocking heroine but the more I read, the more intolerable I found her. I'm all for intelligent, educated women, but her arrogance about it as well as some of her inner dialogue on logic was just annoying. The hero, Bennett, son and heir of to a marquess and responsible for all of the family's interests, was charming enough, but I wished he'd been a bit more assertive at times. Their dialogues just didn't really do it for me either, e

    This book started out quite charming with its self-taught bluestocking heroine but the more I read, the more intolerable I found her. I'm all for intelligent, educated women, but her arrogance about it as well as some of her inner dialogue on logic was just annoying. The hero, Bennett, son and heir of to a marquess and responsible for all of the family's interests, was charming enough, but I wished he'd been a bit more assertive at times. Their dialogues just didn't really do it for me either, especially during some of the steamy scenes, but this is probably just me being picky. It also bothered me that the highly logical Ida went on this impulsive, unplanned 'rescue' mission in the first place, and also that she was so naive in her views about the whole thing. It just didn't jive as believable for me. Ida's confidence just translated to arrogance and presumptuousness for me and I couldn't really connect with her. So many things about Ida just didn't add up and I couldn't get past it, especially her determination that she must get to her sister with no regards for what her sister might want or for her own reputation, which she then decides to worry about much later on, concerned for the reflection of her actions on her other unmarried sister. That bit of contradiction from the supposedly always-logical Ida also didn't jive for me. This was especially irksome given Ida's conviction that she's always right and knows what everyone else wants/needs, as well as her initial unwillingness to compromise. I feel like there was some unnecessary angst and drama in her and Bennett finally getting it together that was a little annoying, as was the fact that Bennett was a bit of a weak, submissive sort of hero for awhile, which is intriguing don't get me wrong, but near the end I was ready for him to step up already. I guess what frustrated me the most was the determination of each to be right and do what they perceived as right without thought to the happiness of others or themselves. After that rant, I will say I did enjoy the book, especially the last few chapters when really saw character growth and willingness to compromise. Overall I'd say it's enjoyable, just not really resonating for me.

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Gaele

    Bennett, Lord Carson is the catch of the series, and has successfully managed to avoid marital entanglements to this point, serving as ‘matchmaker’ for the first two of the sisters of the Duke of Marymount. Pressures from all sides notwithstanding, Bennett has his hands full trying to keep the estates running properly, see that his ailing mother is cared for, and trying to keep a pound safe from his profligate father and his never-ending need for more. ALL of the stress has fallen on Bennett, wh

    Bennett, Lord Carson is the catch of the series, and has successfully managed to avoid marital entanglements to this point, serving as ‘matchmaker’ for the first two of the sisters of the Duke of Marymount. Pressures from all sides notwithstanding, Bennett has his hands full trying to keep the estates running properly, see that his ailing mother is cared for, and trying to keep a pound safe from his profligate father and his never-ending need for more. ALL of the stress has fallen on Bennett, while his father eschews any responsibility for the family, preferring to celebrate his ‘title’ and let others pay the price for his extravagances. Determined that Bennet marry a Duke’s daughter and bring a not insignificant dowry into the family coffers, he’s got plans for his son and won’t be ignored.

    Ida Howlett is the third daughter of the Duke of Marymount, and while she and her sisters (both now married) have made wonderful matches and pleased her parents, she’s not interested in what ‘other girls do’. She wants to live her own self-directed life, free to explore topics that take her interest, and if there’s a little adventure mixed in – all to the better. Her sister Della ran off ‘in disgrace’ and while her parents seem rather inured to the situation, Ida has decided that she needs to find her sister and see just what all happened. Stealing a carriage in a quick getaway – off to follow the trail and find her sister seems logical to Ida, she didn’t count on the carriage being occupied by the one man that she desperately needs to avoid, the one her parents have pushed forth on her as a potential mate.

    Surprised by the circumstances, it’s truly the first time that Bennet has actually spent time with Ida, talking to her without being subjected to several eyes and the constrictions that society has placed on interactions. Most shocking , yet intriguing, to him is Ida’s determination to be herself, forming opinions and enjoying new experiences, without seeming to need anyone or anything else. Her intelligence shines through in their conversation, her passion about what she believes is right, and her logical view of how to find the sister she is determined to bring home are even more striking since they come from a woman he had previously discounted as some wedding-crazed, close to on the shelf, dismissible unmarried woman on the marriage mart. Their interactions and his growing esteem for her are cleverly plotted, and Ida’s realization that everything that made her ‘undesirable’ to most are just what intrigues Bennett. Perhaps this marriage thing isn’t so bad after all. Clever additions of revelations of personality, opinions and the sheer excitement of the adventure added to this story, with some moments from both Bennett’s and Ida’s viewpoints that were instantly descriptive and foundations for their characters. Another lovely installment in this clever early Victorian story.

    I received a paperback copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Kate

    This review was copied from my romance novel review blog: romanticallyinclinedreviews.com

    There is nothing better than an intelligent heroine. Some are street smart, some are smart between the sheets, and some are book smart. All are equally fabulous (you do you girls), but book smart lasses hold a very special place in my heart because books are life... obviously.

    Ida Howlett is the perfect heroine. She's witty, adventurous, and compassionate--if not a little headstrong. Where other girls are con

    This review was copied from my romance novel review blog: romanticallyinclinedreviews.com

    There is nothing better than an intelligent heroine. Some are street smart, some are smart between the sheets, and some are book smart. All are equally fabulous (you do you girls), but book smart lasses hold a very special place in my heart because books are life... obviously.

    Ida Howlett is the perfect heroine. She's witty, adventurous, and compassionate--if not a little headstrong. Where other girls are concerned about being ruined themselves Ida is more worried about Bennett being forced to marry her because he wouldn't be happy. She's positively adorable in that regard.

    If you've been following the Duke's Daughter series then you're already acquainted with Lord Carson and the many ways he's concocted to get out of marrying a Howlett sister. But we all knew his luck was going to run out sooner or later. I love that it's the talkative, all-knowing Ida with the dry sense of humor and the impulse control who lures him in. Just perfect!

    The hottest part about this historical is that it's not Bennett leading the way romantically, but Ida and her ideas. She takes what she wants, she says what she feels, and she's not afraid of being judged for it. Not anymore. And when Bennett says he's tired of being in charge, Ida is more than happy to take the lead in all matters.

    I don't think it was my absolute favorite book of the series thus far, but that's because I adored Olivia and Edward. Still, this is an excellent addition to the story and I cannot wait to see what happens to Della and Pearl!

  • Tracy Emro

    Maybe 3.5...

    Lady Ida Howlett is the youngest and the smartest of the Duke's daughters, she is also the most opinionated, outspoken and argumentative. While visiting with her sister Eleanor, she gets a chance to speak with Bennett, Lord Carson - the man that has successfully avoided wedding two Howlett sisters - she really likes him and secretly wishes he would notice her. They are involved in a discussion when a letter from their "lost" sister Della arrives. Ida excuses herself from Bennett and

    Maybe 3.5...

    Lady Ida Howlett is the youngest and the smartest of the Duke's daughters, she is also the most opinionated, outspoken and argumentative. While visiting with her sister Eleanor, she gets a chance to speak with Bennett, Lord Carson - the man that has successfully avoided wedding two Howlett sisters - she really likes him and secretly wishes he would notice her. They are involved in a discussion when a letter from their "lost" sister Della arrives. Ida excuses herself from Bennett and joins her sisters to read the letter, that is when she makes a discovery, the word Haltwhistle is visible on the letter - that must be where Della is hiding!!! Excited she rushes home and devises a plan to find and bring home Della.

    Bennett, Lord Carson is the responsible son of the Marquis of Wheatly, he manages the family's holdings and ensures that everyone is taken care of. When his wastrel father insists that he marry to increase the family's wealth, Bennett gets upset. There would be plenty of money if his father was not gambling and supporting his mistress and children. Bennett wants to marry for love, but that seems like an impossible dream, until he meets Ida at Eleanor's house. How did he never notice her before?? When his brother Alex (Eleanor's husband) suggests that Bennett take some time for himself, that too seems impossible.

    The next day, he goes to his club to evade "Carson-hunters" and ends up drinking too much, he leaves and ends up in front of his best friend's house, there is a carriage out front and it seems like a good place to take a short rest. Ida is using Mr. Beechcroft's library and learns where Haltwhistle is - she figures it will only take a week or so to get there, but how?? Her question is answered when she leaves the house and sees Beechcroft's carriage waiting out front. She steals it and sets off on her rescue mission. She is miles outside London before she realizes that the carriage was not empty. She tries to make Bennett return to London, but he insists on staying with her. She finally sees the sense in his demand and they set off.

    Over the next few days, they share a lot of conversation, kisses and travel woes. They are both falling for the other, but they can never be, because they are not "right" for each other. They send letters to their families saying they have eloped, but Ida makes it clear that she will not marry him. She will find her sister and happily live the life of a spinster. Bennett knows that she would not be an easy wife, too outspoken, opinionated and smart to be a helpmate for him, but that doesn't stop him from wanting her.

    When they finally find her sister, Ida has her work cut out for her convincing Della to return to London. She finally agrees, but insists that her friend Sarah and her daughter come in addition to Della's daughter. They return to London and expect to part ways for good. They are in love, but it just won't work - or will it?

    This story started out great, but then it sort of just fell apart. I loved Bennett and was delighted that he finally gets a love of his own, but Ida was annoying and for someone who is touted as being "incredibly smart" she did a lot of stupid things. Most of the banter in the book was amusing, the love scenes steamy and the ending was sweet. But a lot of the scenarios were completely unbelievable (am I the only one who seemed to notice that they LOST the carriage and horse she stole and they don't seem to care?? I wonder how Beechcroft felt about that...) and the book was a little boring. I didn't hate it and if you have been following the series, I would recommend this story, but if you are just starting the series, I would not suggest starting with this book, as this is a "best if read in order" series.

    *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an uncorrected eARC that was provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher.*

  • Lover of Romance

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    I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    The Lady Is Daring is the third book in Megan Frampton latest series. I have liked this series so far, they aren't the type of books that I can see myself re reading in the future, but they are fun and full of adventure type stories. The Lady is Daring features a heroine on the hunt for her sister

    This review was originally posted on

    I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    The Lady Is Daring is the third book in Megan Frampton latest series. I have liked this series so far, they aren't the type of books that I can see myself re reading in the future, but they are fun and full of adventure type stories. The Lady is Daring features a heroine on the hunt for her sister, who left town she she thought she was in love but the man was a scoundrel and she ended up pregnant. But Ida wants her sister back, and so she steals a carriage, which contains a Lord Carson. So Bennett and Ida has gone on the road together, searchiing for her sister and falling in love with each other.

    I really liked this book, not my favorite from Megan Frampton, but quite enjoyable. It was a quick read and there were many elements that I thoroughly enjoyed here. It has a solid plot line, endearing characters both primary and secondary, some fun family interactions and smart characters. But I felt the romance was a bit lacking at times, most of the time I didn't really connect with the love story or even the chemistry. But all the other elements of the story was splendid and it was highly engaging at times. I will definitely keep going with the series since we have two more sisters to have their stories with, so I am excited for that since we got hints in this book with their stories. So I can't wait to see what Frampton comes up with next.

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  • Barbara Rogers

    Series: Duke’s Daughters #3

    Publication Date: 9/25/18

    Megan Frampton is normally one of my favorite reads. I enjoyed this story, but it was mostly because of the humor of the ‘classification game’, etc. Otherwise, I thought it was a bit slow and I never came to feel involved with the heroine because I didn’t like her or relate to her. I liked the hero much better, but I found him to be more milquetoast than hero. I think the author was trying very hard to put modern standards in period dress witho

    Series: Duke’s Daughters #3

    Publication Date: 9/25/18

    Megan Frampton is normally one of my favorite reads. I enjoyed this story, but it was mostly because of the humor of the ‘classification game’, etc. Otherwise, I thought it was a bit slow and I never came to feel involved with the heroine because I didn’t like her or relate to her. I liked the hero much better, but I found him to be more milquetoast than hero. I think the author was trying very hard to put modern standards in period dress without seeming to do so. My rating is a 3.5, but I have had a hard time deciding whether to round down to 3 or up to 4, so I guess I’ll decide once I have the review written.

    Lady Ida Howlett has inattentive, uncaring and uninvolved parents. Ida is highly intelligent and loves learning – and she has no problem sharing her knowledge ad-nauseam with others. She is the youngest of five sisters. Two sisters are happily in love and married, two live at home and one, Della, has run away and they don’t know where she is. It is Ida’s dearest wish to locate Della and bring her back to London.

    Bennett is the son and heir to a marquess, but he might as well be the marquess because he is the one who takes care of everything while his father is off living the high-life and spending money right and left. Bennett is a person who takes care of others – always – and before himself. Sometimes, he’d just like to chuck all of the responsibilities and run away – maybe have an adventure.

    Something Bennett NEVER does is get drunk – but, he has gotten drunk tonight and has fallen asleep in someone’s carriage. The door was open and he was sleepy so he crawled in. Now, imagine his shock to awaken and find himself in a moving carriage. He repeatedly wraps on the carriage roof and finally, the carriage comes to a stop. Shock! He is several hours outside of London and the carriage is being driven by Lady Ida who has stolen the carriage and is on her way to find her sister. Since Bennett cannot let her travel alone, they set off together on an adventure. I think the book could have profited from a bit more ‘adventure’ during this part of the story, but it was a pretty staid trip.

    So, as I said, I enjoyed the humor in the story but wasn’t impressed by much more. Here are some of the things that bothered me:

    (1) This one really aggravated me after a while. The constant, incessant, repeated references to how smart Ida was. It was as if nobody else in the world had a brain – only Ida.

    (2) Ida’s ‘brilliant’ solution for her NOT being ruined when they returned to London. It was absolutely bonkers. She had spent a week traveling totally alone with a man who was not her husband and bringing her sister back with her was going to keep her from being ruined. What?????

    (3) The relationship between Ida and Bennett was just too modern. It just wouldn’t have happened that way in that time period. If you want that, then write a more modern story rather than writing a modern story and draping it in period dress.

    (4) Bennett’s role in the House of Lords was mentioned a couple of times. Well – he was an heir and would NOT have been in the House of Lords. His father would be the one in the House of Lords. Doesn’t matter who is running the Marquisate, ONLY the title holder can serve in the House of Lords.

    (5) Bennett’s solution to how he was going to cut back on his duties and his reaction to his father’s objections were ridiculous. Of course, his father could take over the running of the Marquisate – he is the Marquess after all. It doesn’t matter that Bennett has been running things and signing everything – he still isn’t the Marquess.

    (6) The wedding vows. I’m certainly not an expert here, but I don’t believe that, in that time period, they would have been allowed the change the vows. I believe those were dictated by the Church of England.

    (7) It was hard to get a feel for a timeline since few if any, dates or periods were given in the book. Even the epilogue didn’t tell us how long after the marriage it took place. Of course, I guess that is one way to eliminate timeline errors – just don’t have one.

    (8) The Epilogue. I love epilogues and think every romance should have one. However, I didn’t see any point in having this epilogue at all other than to – maybe – set up the idea that Della will be the heroine in the next book.

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .

    It was funny. This had laughs for days. The things that Ida got herself into out of and then some. I felt most of what I read could have applied more to modern times and was having moments of disconnect. I liked Ida then I found her to be impulsive. I liked Bennett almost loved him. There was just something holding me back.

    Megan has given me so many delightful reads and this one was just okay.

    The only originality of a sister chasing down her wayward sibling was the way in which the actions took

    It was funny. This had laughs for days. The things that Ida got herself into out of and then some. I felt most of what I read could have applied more to modern times and was having moments of disconnect. I liked Ida then I found her to be impulsive. I liked Bennett almost loved him. There was just something holding me back.

    Megan has given me so many delightful reads and this one was just okay.

    The only originality of a sister chasing down her wayward sibling was the way in which the actions took place. This was no new concept of a sibling, going off to make thing right for her family, but the fun she had or the funny of the actions she did was just entertaining.

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