Never A Bride by Megan Frampon | Audiobook Review

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Never A Bride by Megan Frampon | Audiobook ReviewNever a Bride by Megan Frampton
Also by this author: Tall, Duke, and Dangerous, Never Kiss a Duke
Series: Duke's Daughters #4
Narrator: Jilly Bond
Length: 8 Hours 14 Minutes
Published by HarperCollins on April 30, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Victorian
Pages: 368
Format: Audiobook, Paperback
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9780062867414
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three-half-stars

The next thrilling installment in Megan Frampton’s scintillating A Duke’s Daughters series.
She’s a deliciously scandalous woman who is no man’s bride…
He’s a black sheep, forced to return home.
Together, they enter a make-believe betrothal that shocks London society…
After twelve years in Her Majesty’s Navy, Griffith Davies must leave his sea-going life of outrageous freedom behind, forced to rejoin London society as the heir to the Duke of Northam. But though he is now shackled to the land, he has no desire to wed some innocently dull young thing.  Who best to shield him from the matchmakers than a woman as notorious as he?
Lady Della Howlett’s reputation was tattered years ago, so entering into a false engagement with Griffith is hardly going to make matters worse. What’s one more shock to the ton to set their tongues wagging? And this pact certainly has its pleasures; the passion Griffith commands in her goes well beyond their agreement. Could her feelings might be more honorable than she’d first imagined?
Soon, Griffith and Della are arousing more than scandal, they’re courting heartbreak.  And more than their reputations could still be at risk.

Why Did I Listen To Never A Bride by Megan Frampton?

Never A Bride by Megan Frampton is another book straight off the TBR cart and on the Hoopla app. The appeal was there because it contains one of my favorite tropes. That trope? Fake engagement! Seriously, I love it when a book goes into that trope. And Never A Bride does a relatively admirable job exploring this plot line.

What’s The Story Here?

Frampton’s Never A Bride is about Lady Della Howlett who absolutely does not have a good reputation among the ton. You see, years ago she got pregnant by this guy that she thought was going to marry her, but he did not. So, she was basically cut off by her parents. And now she lives in her own house with her daughter and a friend and her friend’s daughter. Her love interest is Griffith Davies who spent over a decade in the the Navy. He’s now returned to land and is about to be a duke. This means he’s got the attention of the ladies of the ton, but he doesn’t want that attention. So, he ends up entering into a fake engagement with Della in order to get the other women to back off. And well, I think we all know the direction this is going to go in.

How Did I Like Never A Bride?

Out of all the historical romance I have been listening to lately, Never A Bride is one of the better listens. First of all, I thought it was unique that Della was a single mom. You don’t really come across that too much in historical romance, unless the woman is a widow. I loved that bit of uniqueness. Also, Della is really an awesome mother. I also felt like she was pretty bold and sex positive as well. And Griffith was super sweet and kind. And then there’s a side plot involving Della’s friend who lives with her which is excellent as well. Seriously, I just really enjoyed this audiobook.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Never A Bride is narrated by Jilly Bond. This is the second book I’ve listened to that’s been narrated by Bond —the first was Seven Days Of Us which is absolutely not historical romance, but still pretty good via audio. I really enjoyed this audiobook and listened to it slightly sped up. It was easy to follow Bond’s narration and understand every word. The audiobook is well produced and the narration is never dry or boring. It is 8 hours and 14 minutes unbridged. Check this one out for a solid introduction to Megan Frampton.


three-half-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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