What Not To Bare was an all out delightful read that will have you smiling insanely page after page. There has never been a female lead quite like Charlotte with her sense of style (or lack of), utterly charming curiosity and wonderful sense of self. While David is the epitome of all gorgeous male leads who had the audacity to question the usefulness of said looks when you have nothing else to offer. This was one love story you wouldn't have imagined between two people who thought that the other wasn't entirely for them. This book will have you on your toes, expecting what's next and getting something else entirely. Engaging and entertaining, with its witty dialogue, relatable and very likable characters and a romance that will sweep you off your feet. I love Charlotte, I love how defiant she was in her own way, of trying to assert her sense of self in a time where women were expected to behave in a certain manner. Her self esteem might be low due in part to society's perceptions but she was still flaunting her colorful, mix-matched clothes and refusing to be bowed down by expectations. David is the perfect foil, his discontent with being known only for his looks, typically attributed to female leads before, has him defying convention as well preferring to live in India where he is more than that. What Not Bare is a historical, romantic comedy that will definitely fit in today or in any time period.
*The ARC was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review*
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.
Title: What Not To Bare
Author: Megan Frampton
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: October 14, 2013
Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨ 5 of 5 (A hero who wants to be taken seriously for more than his pretty face, a very unique and oh so curious heroine who's prepared to take the extra step all for the sake of research, results in a wonderful, humorous and oh so steamy romance thats guaranteed to make readers ask for more)