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?
First off, I would like to apologize for scheduling my post without my review. I mistakenly opened a new post for this tour and that was where my review went (face palm). Very embarrassing, yeah?
Put Up Your Duke is an interesting story. Picture a rakish boxer who unexpectedly became a Duke and who is forced to honor the betrothal agreement and marry a lady. This story piqued my interest. However, I did have a few issues with the book, well, one of the main characters of the book, anyway. But let’s start with what I liked.
What I liked about the book:
- The plot was interesting. I love reading about this theme: commoners who suddenly become part of the peerage. <spoiler>Oh, and the ousted Duke of Gage is out for revenge!</spoiler>
- Despite the issues I had, I was still able to finish the story, and this doesn’t happen too often.
What I did not like about the book:
- Nicholas, the new Duke of Gage is supposedly a rake. Heck, the first scene of the book starts with him in the arms of his mistress! But I did not see any of his rakish ways when he was dealing with his innocent wife. I appreciate that he was easing her way into the marriage and the marriage bed but all throughout the book, I thought his seduction was very… weak, to say the least. I did not feel that he wooed her to the best of his abilities (and it is considerable) based on his character. So, basically, I am griping about very few sexy times.
- Nicholas felt like a beta-hero and I am not fond of beta heroes.
- Lady Isabella Sawford was a little annoying.
Despite not enjoying the two main characters, I was surprised that I was able to finish the book. More often than not, if I had problems with the main characters, I would immediately DNF a book, but the plot kept me going. I admit that I was waiting for Nicholas to change and do more seducing which kept me turn the pages.
Put Up Your Duke was also a fast read for me and definitely, a must read for those who love beta heroes.