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?
Mild Spoilers Ahead
I’m so in love with Megan Frampton’s writing.
Our heroine, Isabella, always so proper with her “traditional courtship” and engagement for the time being. Her family is a big part of the story: she fears reprehension from her – strict – parents, and her sister and – only – friend is the only person she can confide in.
Nicholas on the other hand, has to deal with a new title, home and a wife! He uses all his sexual frustration to practicer some boxing, as the author puts as a “preventive measure”(lol).
Isabella has a huge growth, learning to show her true – self since her husband encourages her in that aspect. It’s amazing to see how she begins to have a taste of control and power – both of which she was never allowed to experience before. And I can’t wait to read Margaret’s story (her sister’s) and her clever dialogue.
Oh, and there’s a surprising revelation that I can’t give you any clues about…But I can’t say more than it ends the novel with a “bang”!
I was hanging on every word. She’s such talented author, I’ve must have highlighted like 10 quotes – cause I enjoyed it that much. A sweet page turner, one of the most delicious and envolving romances I’ve read this year.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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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Welcome to Reading Romances, Megan! Let’s start with a basic question: when did you first start reading romance? Who are your favorite romance writers and their book that influenced you the most?
Ifirst started reading romances when I was about 11, I think—I got some Barbara Cartlands and Georgete Heyers and was off.
Gee, ask a tough question, why don’t you! My favorite romance writers include Loretta Chase, Mary Balogh, Anne Stuart, and Carla Kelly. Probably the one that is most influencing me now is Mary Balogh, and her ability to chart the course of a relationship through all of its iterations, such as in A Notorious Rake, which is probably my favorite of hers (although I love most everything she’s written).
What’s unique about historical romance and why did you decide to write under this sub-genre?
I love how historical romances transport you to a time where the people are similar to us today, but they have different clothing, different social norms, and a very precise way of behaving.
How to you like your heroes and heroines to be?
My heroes and heroines are always flawed, and try to be self-aware, but usually don’t achieve that until they fall in love. My heroines in particular are acutely aware of the importance of choice, and my heroes want to make sure the heroines have that opportunity, to choose whom they will love.
Which character is your favorite?
That’s so hard! Maybe Margaret, the sister of the heroine. She is so forthright and honest and doesn’t give a damn about society. She is the heroine of One-Eyed Dukes are Wild, coming out at the end of the year.
If you could only describe a single scene to encourage someone to read PUT UP YOUR DUKE, which scene would you describe?
The wedding night scene, where instead of doing typical wedding night things, they end up playing Old Maid.
Please tell us five fun facts about the Dukes Behaving Badly series that readers would love to know!
- All my heroes are modeled after the looks (and often thenames) of some of my favorite actors—Nicholas from PUYD looks like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jaime on Game of Thrones.
- The Quality Employment Agency figures in the books as well, and I think I will be exploring more of the people who work at the Agency in future books.
- The first book in the series is patterned after Jane Eyre, perhaps my favorite book of all time.
- My dukes behave badly (perhaps) with their heroines, but they never disrespect the title—they are very aware of what it means to be a duke.
- I seem to be writing animals into the series also—the book I am currently writing has a dog, and the first book had many cats.
What are you currently working on?
The fourth book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series, this time with a very logical duke and a widow.
What makes a romance novel a great love story and how would you define “romance”?
A romance is one where the reader is satisfied that there is a complete happy ending. I love the chase of the romance, that (for me) is what makes a great love story—the are we or aren’t we falling in love angle.
This or That:
1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha!
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower
3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster
4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin widow! I love virgin widows.
5. Titled peer or Working man? Titled peer
6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Love at first sight, I think.
7. City or country? City
8. Writing or Reading? Reading
9. Plotter or Pantser? Pantser
10. Your turn to ask a question:
I know a lot of British history because of reading romances—what is the most interesting thing you’ve learned because of reading romance?