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

Put Up Your Duke by Megan FramptonAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Edelweiss

Reviewer: Pam

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?

This was a delight to read; I love how the hero and the heroine’s relationship grew closer each day as Nicholas takes the time to woo his bride. And I also thought the author’s voice was enjoyable as she infuses humor and romance into the story.

Isabella is destine to become a duchess; she has been taught all her life the intricacies of the position and her parents feel she will fulfill her calling with dignity. She is supposed to marry the

Duke of Gage, and although she is hopeful of a small hint of freedom when the original duke is found to be a fraud, her parents squash it as they convince his replacement that marriage to Isabella will be worth it.

Nicholas is a notorious rake around town, he is known for his boxing, gambling and of course the pleasure he gives a woman. However with a twist of fate, his whole life changes as he becomes the next Duke of Gage when a distant relative is found to be a fraud. Not only does he inherit the prestigious title, it seems he will also inherit a bride. When he meets Isabella, he is taken by her beauty but she seems disengaged with what is going on around her, uncaring of her future. But the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes who the real Isabella is.

This is the first book I have read from this author, I am not sure why but I will be fixing that immediately. I adored this book, the hero is swoon worthy as he courts the heroine and I love how she blossoms into this funny, self-confident woman that goes after what she wants.

No one ever knew the real Isabella, only what her parents want the world to see. Even her sister Margaret, who she confides most things to does not know the real her as she goes through many different emotions wishing she could be free of her obligations, yet knowing her life is planned out for her. I like being privy to her thoughts and we see right away she is nothing like the blank faced woman she portrays, she has wishes and dreams.

I love the romance between these two, Nicholas watches her at the wedding and notices how scared she is, so leaves her alone the first night but every night after they gradually gets to know one another as he tells her stories, they play games and they become more intimate. When he comes back each morning beat up and bleeding from taking out his frustrations in the boxing ring she is curious and wonders how to ask him to stay. There are several missteps between them, mostly unspoken words that could have changed things sooner, but that is the fun of this book.

The pace works well here; the witty banter these two exchange is fun and entertaining as well as the chemistry between them. Secondary characters have engaging roles to round out the story; I really like both Griffith, Nicholas’ very sexy nerdy brother who enjoys spending his time with a book and Margaret who has a mind of her own and surprises everyone at the end. I hope they have their own stories one day. This is easily read as a standalone as I did not read the first book and had no problems enjoying this one. All in all a wonderful romance that is heartfelt and fun.

I give Put Your Duke by Megan Frampton 4.25 stars!

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