Put Up Your Duke (Dukes Behaving Badly Series #2)

Put Up Your Duke (Dukes Behaving Badly Series #2)

by Megan Frampton

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

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062352224
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 496,989
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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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Put Up Your Duke (Dukes Behaving Badly Series #2) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Put Up The Duke is a story that caught my attention from the very beginning. What we see is a story of seeing two people grow and change together. Nicholas and Isabella don’t know each other at all before they get married. What was most fascinating was seeing them struggle and trying to learn each other. We have here a story of two people who are so different from each other, but at times they are perfect for each other in the little ways. Ever since I discovered Megan Frampton, I have been blown away, by her talent in drawing me into her stories from the beginning. I could barely put this one down, and I had the hardest time doing so with this title. I love the way the story line develops and the focus is the character development and a love story that is about those tiny aspects of life that keep you drawn to each other. It has a beautiful simplicity to it at times, the misunderstanding, telling stories and brushing your wife’s hair, or teaching her how to box (that was fun to see). An additional element to the plot was how devious Isabella’s parents are, and their plans add a bit of intrigue to the story. I am interested to see if we see more from the siblings of Isabella and Nicholas in future books.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
It takes lots of baby steps for Nicholas and Isabella to consummate their marriage. He is very sweet in the way he slowly gains her trust by telling her stories, playing cards and talking about his childhood. Slowly, Isabella begins to open up to him, and lets him see who she really is, not just what her mother raised her to be. It's a sweet romance with very little drama which makes it very enjoyable. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
gaele More than 1 year ago
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. In Put Up Your Duke, we have a nice twist on the marriage of convenience trope. 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. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This delightful historical romance is the story of Nicholas and Isabella. When Nicholas inherits a dukedom through a fluke of incorrect ancestral paperwork, he also gains Isabella, betrothed to the previous gentleman who held the title, and now, his to marry. With her parents threatening to cause him problems if he reneges on the deal, he reluctantly agrees. But Isabella is more than just the perfect duchess and as he gets to know her, she also surprises herself with the realization that with Nicholas she can have the freedom to come to know what she wants, and not just what's always been expected of her. And suddenly their marriage brings more to the table than either ever thought possible. This was my first time reading a book by this author and I have to say that I was thoroughly charmed by the story. Nicholas, though ostensibly a misbehaving Duke in the sense that he likes to box and prior to marriage spent time with many a lady of the night, treats his new wife with nothing but respect. I really liked how his concern for her inexperience in the bedroom made him go slowly with Isabella, getting to know her and earning her trust so that when they do consummate their marriage it is with much deeper feelings on both sides. Nicholas comes across as a caring, friendly, and humorous man. Their love scenes were tender yet sexy and I enjoyed seeing through Isabella's eyes as she learns that making love to her husband can be a wonderful experience (unlike the dastardly deed her mother told her it would be). Isabella really comes into her own over the course of the story, from a woman who has always done anything to please her parents and others around her to someone who is willing to speak her mind and express her opinions. They are both very attractive individuals but quickly learn that it's the beauty beneath the surface that counts. I enjoyed their witty conversations (once Isabella learned that she could speak her mind). I also quite liked Nicholas's interactions with his brother Griff and Isabella's care and concern for her sister Margaret. Overall, this was an enjoyable read, with no angst to speak of and very likeable characters who get their happy ever after. 4 stars.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Put Up Your Duke is the second book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series by Megan Frampton. Each book is a stand alone story. Isabella was as innocent as they come. I loved watching her transformation from this perfect, proper girl who always did what she was told to the free thinking, tough girl. Nicholas was definitely not an innocent, but with Isabella, he had this certain innocence to him anyway. It was pretty cute. They were the classic example of how men and women speak two totally different languages. All in all, this was a cute, fun, and naughty story of finding love in an awkward situation. The ARC of Put Up Your Duke by Megan Frampton was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
London - 1842 Nicholas Smithfield enjoys his carefree life of drinking and women. But when his younger brother informs him that he is now the Duke of Gage, he is taken aback. Along with the title comes the news that he must marry Lady Isabella Sawford. An agreement that the Duke of Gage would marry her has been in place and it is his responsibility to do so. Isabella has been groomed her whole life to be the perfect woman with the best manners, beauty, and capabilities to be the perfect wife. Her parents have been very harsh with her not allowing her to ever relax. She must always be perfect. Her younger sister, Margaret, is more daring but Isabella is terrified to ever say what she thinks. Since Nicholas has a reputation of being a rake, Isabella is afraid that her marriage may be an unhappy one. Surprisingly, Nicholas realizes what a beautiful woman he has married and when he realizes how innocent and terrified she is of consummating the marriage, he decides to do all he can to slowly woo her. As they get to know one another and Nicholas encourages Isabella to learn to assert herself, they begin to fall in love. Seeing Isabella grow and Nicholas learn how to control his urges to allow her to become her own person is very heartwarming. Nicholas proves what true love is. This was a sweet novel that I enjoyed. Megan Frampton is a gifted author and I love her books.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much. I read and enjoyed the first book in this series but I think this one was better. I did not feel as if I'd read this same plot over and over. The heroine's mother has made her a very proper lady so that she can land a duke. When her fiancee, a duke, is discovered to have wrongly inherited, her parents "force" the new duke to uphold the contract. That he agrees turns out to be lucky for them both. His brother and her sister are interesting secondary characters. You'll have to read all the details yourself. I do not write plot spoilers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series seems to get better and better as it goes on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago