17 October 2013

What Not to Bare by Megan Frampton - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

A Loveswept Historical Romance
Megan Frampton
On sale October 14, 2013

In 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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Megan Frampton surprised me. I didn’t expect to laugh and be amused a whole lot than I intended when I started reading WHAT NOT TO BARE. I like Charlotte – the smart and witty heroine who dresses awfully flamboyant to annoy her mother and to find a man who will love her not for her money (she was abysmally rich) or the clothes she wears (totally horrendous), but for her alone (great person). Then she meets David – the devilishly handsome man who paid her attention – but she should bear in mind that this guy was far off from courting the likes of her, he just enjoys her company. She MUST remember that all the time or risk a broken heart. 
 David, on the other hand, is gorgeous and often being chased by women. It was exactly how he ended up back in London – because of a woman. One of his superiors asked him to do something out of the ordinary: court his niece. If he can do that, he can have his post back. What he didn’t expect though is finding someone beautiful and clever beneath the mismatch and loud-colored gowns. This assignment might have been his hardest so far, especially when he’s about to fail – he’s falling in love with the subject. 
 I like both characters, most especially Charlotte and the fact that she didn’t change who she is because she wanted to snag this gorgeous man – instead she held on to her beliefs and is determined to find a man who would love her for her. While David might have some mistakes from the past, and yes, the past came to town to surprise him, I’m so glad he didn’t succumb, and I was so glad he wasn’t shallow. He might have fought it at first, but he saw through her. 
 Historical Romances has always been closed to my heart, and it’s always refreshing to read something different, but utterly captivating. Because that is what I would describe this novel. It had me entertained, made me smile, and feel a connection with the characters despite centuries apart. I love the message that this book coveys. People often judge base on clothes and appearance, forgetting that there is more than meets the eye. 
 *ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

Megan 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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