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?
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.
4 Stars in my Sky