Put Up Your Duke
By Megan Frampton
Number of Pages: 384
Season Read: Summer
He was once happily bedding and boxing, but in the newest Duke’s Behaving Badly novel, Nicholas Smithfield has inherited a title and a bride . . . To keep his estate afloat, the new Duke of Gage must honor an agreement to marry Lady Isabella Sawford. Stunningly beautiful, utterly tempting, she’s also a bag of wedding night nerves, so Nicholas decides to wait to do his duty—even if it means heading to the boxing saloon every day to punch away his frustration.
Groomed her whole life to become the perfect duchess, Isabella longs for independence, a dream that is gone forever. As her husband, Nicholas can do whatever he likes—but, to Isabella’s surprise, the notorious rake instead begins a gentle seduction that is melting every inch of her reserve, night by night . . .
To his utter shock, Nicholas discovers that no previous exploits were half as pleasurable as wooing his own wife. But has the realm’s most disreputable duke found the one woman who can bring him to his knees— and leave him there?
While the overall plot of the novel seemed to be two people accepting futures they hadn’t necessarily wanted, it seems that the entire conflict could have been resolved had Isabella actually spoken her mind to her husband. Nicholas does very little that annoys and is a likeable character, but he’s very much a stock character, one that doesn’t seem to have any depth. Story was alright for a quick read, but it isn’t one I would have regretted not reading.
Author Bio: (From Amazon)
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.
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