Put up Your Duke
Dukes Behaving Badly #2
Dukes Behaving Badly #2
By: Megan Frampton
Releasing June 30, 2015
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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?
“We should talk.” Were there three words more likely to strike terror into a man’s heart when spoken by a lady?
Well, there were those other three words, but Nicholas didn’t think she was likely to tell him those anytime soon.
It wasn’t working. His going off to fight to stave off the wanting of her.
He’d slipped out of her bedroom just after she’d fallen asleep. His arm had already gone to sleep, and it was difficult to disengage himself from her without waking her. But if she woke, she’d likely be all relaxed and comfortable, and he would look down at her gorgeous face, and full, soft mouth and he didn’t know if he could resist leaning down and taking a kiss.
And then, since he was Nicholas Smithfield, after all, renowned for his skill with ladies, he wouldn’t stop there. That is, not unless she wanted him to stop. He’d slide his fingers down her arm, to her waist, hold her as he kissed her slowly, languorously, then more intensely as she reacted—as she would. He knew he was good in bed, he’d been told enough, and not just by women he’d paid for the privilege.
He’d even had a few of the paid women asking him to return, no charge, just for the pleasure he brought them.
He was not necessarily proud that lovemaking and boxing appeared to be his only skills. But he wasn’t necessarily unproud, either. Not that he could tell his wife about his prowess in those areas—she’d already made it clear she didn’t understand at all why he liked to box, and he wasn’t going to share any details of the other sport with her.
So he’d gotten himself pummeled this morning, and then walked into her bedroom only to find her in her nightdress and then insisting on fussing over him. Not scared of him anymore, at least, but that only made his desire for her come roaring back, even more strongly than before, when all he’d seen was her face.
Now he’d heard her voice, and spoken with her, and knew she wasn’t the ice princess he’d thought. She was a warm, gorgeous, kind woman, and he wanted to get into bed with her and not let her out until she told him what she really wanted. Or screamed his name, whichever came first. So to speak.
But that would definitely take time. Because it was a long way between dabbing a cloth on cuts caused by fighting, and allowing him—no, joining him—in a bout, preferably more, in sweaty, intense, passionate lovemaking.
"Put Up Your Duke" by Megan Frampton is the story of Nicholas, the newly appointed Duke of Gage, and Isabella, his new bride. This starts as basically a marriage of convenience and, as these stories, go, grows to much more. I really enjoyed both characters. Nicholas is a rake - he's a boxer and a lover of women. Despite that, I really liked him. Although he believed himself to be only skilled in two areas - the boxing ring and the bedroom, he is such a terrific husband and lover. He treats Isabella with such kindness and patience - melted my heart a bit! Isabella is pure and innocent but has been raised to be the perfect Duchess. She's sweet and kind but frustrated having been told her whole life what to do. She is perfect for Nicholas! The two together were perfection. I enjoyed the buildup of their relationship. It wasn't forced or rushed and they grew together. I have read the previous books in this series and this one can easily be read as a stand alone. Once again, Ms. Frampton has written an enjoyable story that has likable characters and a storyline that keeps the reader involved. (received copy from Edelweiss for honest review).
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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