29 June 2015

Historical Review - Put Up Your Duke

Put Up Your Duke - Dukes Behaving Badly #2
by Megan Frampton

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What they say: 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?

Avon Books - ISBN: 9780062352224
Releases June 30th 2015

Buy Links:

Amazon US * Amazon UK

Author Spotlight:

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.

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: The premise of Put Up Your Duke puts an interesting twist on the usual ton marriage market seen in historical fiction. Nicholas Smithfield suddenly inherits a Dukedom he didn't even know he was in line for. The dukedom also comes with  a binding contract saying he has to marry the now dispossessed Duke of Gage's fiancĂ© Lady Isabella Sawford.

Isabella has been training to be a Duchess most of her life but doesn't expect to suddenly be faced with a different Duke. I liked Isabella and wanted her to stand up to her horrible and demanding parents. It was satisfying to see her go from an always poised yet controlled young woman to a strong Duchess. 

Nicholas is trying to adapt to his new title and responsibilities but he really has no idea what he's doing and hadn't planned on getting married. The main positive for him is how charming and beautiful Isabella is. 

I enjoyed unusual the friendship and bond they form. Their relationship is more of a slow burn than I was expecting and I appreciated how the story wasn't all smut and demonstrated greater depth. Some of the funnier scenes involved Nicholas having to explain certain things to Isabella or her struggling to understand her new feelings and desires.

I liked Isabella's sister Margaret who was a very modern thinker. I'd love to read her story and more of her work... 

Put Up Your Duke is a fun, charming and witty example of historical fiction which left me smiling and wanting more.

Stars in my Sky 


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