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

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

I’ve read both of the earlier titles in this series, and enjoyed them: Megan Frampton has a way of playing with the social conventions of the time while still giving readers a feel of the time, that creates an engaging and entertaining read.  We have a nice twist on the marriage of convenience trope. Please be sure to check the  tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, read my excerpt here and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway for Three Signed Copies of PUT UP YOUR DUKE.

Put Up Your Duke

Nicholas has blithely run back and forth between bedroom and boxing ring until an unexpected inheritance hands him a title and obligations.  Now the newly titled Duke of Gage must fulfill an agreement to wed, and the woman is chosen. Lady Isabella Sawford.

To Nicholas’ dismay, his new bride is chaste and pure, and appears to be both afraid of him and the marriage bed. While she dreamed of independence and making her own choices, as a bride to the Duke, she knows those days are long gone.

Told in alternating points of view, Isabella’s concerns over Nicholas’ efforts to give her ‘space’ is often misinterpreted as being unworthy of his love. She needn’t have worried: his constant attentiveness when they were together, the games of twenty-questions and his efforts to woo her only highlight his growing affections and honorable intentions.  They are made for one another, well-matched despite the slowly developing connection.  I think that, for me, the frequent lapses into interior monologue slowed the development of the connection, there was chemistry, it was just full of stop and go moments.

Introduction of other characters added a few twists, including some answers and information about the mystery surrounding the former Duke of Gage, Isabella’s sister Margaret has plenty to share and we get to meet the younger brother of the Duke, Grif. Charming, engaging and utterly sweet, this was a great installment.

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

Title: Put Up Your Duke
Author: Megan Frampton
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly #2
Also in this series: The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior, When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine’s Day Novella, No Groom at the Inn, One-Eyed Dukes are Wild, My Fair Duchess
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062352237
Published on: 30 June, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Rated: four-stars
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He was once happily bedding and boxing, but in the newest DUKES 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. 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’s discovers that none of his 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?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

 “And then what will you do to me?” Nicholas didn’t care so much for the particulars of the response—he knew the woman currently sitting on his lap would do what he wanted her to, and he would be gentlemanly enough to ensure she found enjoyment as well.

He was a very egalitarian lover.

“What do you want me to do to you?” she countered.

Clearly, she did not know that when he asked a question, he wanted an answer, not another question. He suppressed the feeling of irritation and, yes, boredom, and concentrated instead on placing a strawberry between her breasts, then lowering his mouth to capture the succulent fruit. Of the strawberry, not her breast. That appetizing treat would be for later.

He put his mouth to her ear and spoke, so that neither of the two ladies, one on either side of him, could hear. “I want to keep your mouth busy so you can’t speak. And when you are able to speak, you’ll be screaming my name.”

She wriggled on his lap, her plush arse riding his cock, which had already jerked to attention. She leaned her head back on his shoulder. “I’ve heard about you, m’lord, and I am very eager to find out if what they say is true.”

Nicholas wrapped his hands around her waist and slid his thumbs up so they were in the soft crease under her breasts.

This was his favorite part of being with a woman—the anticipation, wondering what her face would look like as she came apart, wondering how her body would feel under his hands, how she’d want him to take her. The actual doing of it, well, that was pleasurable as well, but none of the women he’d been with had lived up to his expectations.

But each time, with each new woman, he hoped this would be the one. This female would be able to send him to a new height of ecstasy, of wanting, of being able to lose himself, forget thinking just for a few moments of bliss; would be equal to him in bed, in conversation, in life.

Not that he thought he’d find that kind of woman here, in a house of ill repute, no matter how well it catered to men of his class. But he wasn’t particularly interested in courting a young lady of his own class only to find, once he was married, that she was no true companion to him in bed or in conversation, but that he was now married to her—for life.

He’d considered it very seriously when he’d met a lady a year or so ago—but she’d entered into another engagement before he could figure out if he actually wanted to or not. So he remained single, and singly determined not to be wed, at least not unless he was absolutely certain about the wife in question.

 

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About Megan Frampton

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, NY, with her husband and son.

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