Series: Dukes Behaving Badly #1
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
Marcus inherited the title of Duke of Rutherford—a title that he was ill prepared for and didn’t relish having. He finds that being a Duke has its benefits and he wants to make something of himself rather than twiddling away his life in meaningless pursuits. A perfect opportunity to become more responsible makes itself known in the form of a child he had with a former lover showing up on his doorstep. Seeking to make a better life for his child, Marcus hires a governess to teach the child and himself how to behave, as befits his station in life. Marcus however, despite his longing to be better, finds that he would really like to engage in debauchery with his newly acquired governess, Lily.
Lily Russell and her friends have started a service to provide the well-to-do with employees who are trying to make a better life for themselves. When a call comes in seeking a governess for a Duke, Lily is forced to go on the interview as no one else is available. Lily finds that she is attracted to the new Duke of Rutherford, but she can’t jeopardize her position, or her friends’ livelihood, and she is also drawn to the young orphaned child now in the Duke’s custody. Fighting their mutual attraction, Marcus and Lily embark upon making a situation for the young girl better, as well as teaching Marcus how to behave as a proper Duke.
The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior was a sweet romance showing how the characters strove to overcome obstacles set upon them. Watching Marcus and Lily work to ignore the pull that they felt for one another and do what was ‘right’ in society’s eyes at the time their story was set was a way to pass a bit of time. There were a few goose bumps scenes enmeshed within the pages of The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, but I felt that it took Marcus was too long to truly grasp his title and what it meant! I also felt that Lily caved too quickly when threatened by another character, and I would have liked a bit more finesse on her part in The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior. However, her actions held true to her character.