Release Blitz - Put Up Your Duke (Dukes Behaving Badly #2) by Megan Frampton ~ Includes Brianna's Review!
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
I love a good marriage of convenience story. Something about a couple marrying, and THEN falling in love is just very appealing to me. Therefore, when I saw that in this book, the hero inherits not only a title but a bride, I was definitely sold on reading it. Luckily for me, I was not disappointed.
The two main characters, Nicholas and Isabella, were very likable. Nicholas started out as a typical rake, but what was interesting was that he was pretty bored of his life. All he did was box and seek out ladies. Still, there was more to him than that. He turned out to be quite kind and thoughtful, and I just loved watching him pursue Isabella.
Usually in England-set historical romance, the heroine is a spinster, a bookish girl who just wants love, or a plain woman with ambitious and intelligent aspirations. Therefore, it was pretty refreshing to read about someone who was trained to be the perfect duchess. She knew how to throw parties and balls, and she was very beautiful. However, the thing that made Isabella different was the fact that she was so “perfect”, that she didn’t know herself. She had no true opinions, and showed no emotions except for when she was around her sister Margaret. So, I felt very sorry for Isabella, but I also liked watching her come into her own person. Nicholas was very good for her, as he made Isabella say what she wanted and did not want. I just had so much fun watching him woo her, and her grow into her own person.
The side characters weren’t very numerous. Margaret, Isabella’s previously mentioned sister, was a funny, outgoing, and witty girl whom I immediately liked. Their parents treated Margaret horribly, just because she wasn’t beautiful like Isabella. That, and their treating Isabella like a thing rather than a person, caused me to hate them. They were some extremely horrible people, and I just wish we saw them get what they deserve. Then, there was Nicholas’s brother Griff. I liked Griff because he was intelligent and close to his brother, but I do think his character could have been developed a bit more. Finally, there was the former Duke of Gage, whom Nicholas replaced. He was a pretty flat villain, and didn’t add too much to the story, but I disliked him well enough.
Once I picked up this book, I never wanted to put it down. The story followed Nicholas as he inherited the title of Duke of Gage, when the former was found to not be a legitimate heir to the dukedom. As previously mentioned, Isabella was inherited right along with that title, as she had been betrothed to the former Duke of Gage. At first thinking they could both get out of it, they were proven wrong when Isabella’s parents threatened to ruin Nicholas and his family should he refuse Isabella. therefore, the two were married, and thus followed Nicholas’s discovery of just how constrained Isabella had been by her parents’ expectations of her. It was just so nice to see a man pursue his heroine with sensitivity, and companionship. I hated the villains, but I really liked the relationship between the two leads. Which just means that this novel did a lot right.
With all that said, of course I’m recommending you read this book. If you like historical romance and marriage of convenience stories, there should be no reason why you won’t enjoy it. The two main leads are likable, and watching the two of them fall in love was a good time. The writing was smooth, and I found myself immediately interested in the story. The book was a great way to continue my current love of all things historical romance, and hopefully it’ll do the same for you, or get you started reading it if you never have before.
Megan Frampton's love affair with books began when her parents moved her to a remote town in New Hampshire where there was only one television station. And then the TV broke. She devoured every book of fiction in her well-read parents' library, finding special joy in Georgette Heyer and the fairy tales collected and translated by Andrew Lang. Megan majored in English literature at Barnard College and worked in teh music industry for fifteen years. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband (her former intern) and her son.
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