ROMANCE

Put up Your Duke

Avon. (Dukes Behaving Badly, Bk. 2). Jul. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780062352224. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062352231. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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As if learning he has suddenly inherited a dukedom isn't enough, that he inherited a bride as well is almost more than Nicholas Smithfield, the new Duke of Gage, can take. He also has a lot to learn, and who better to help him than a lady who'd been groomed from the cradle to play the part—Isabella, his outwardly flawless new duchess. Yet when it comes to relating to her husband, Isabella and her rigid training are seriously off the mark, creating a communication dilemma that must be resolved—if only they can figure out how.
VERDICT An innocent heroine locked in the shell of icy perfection her parents had demanded and a hero who helps her discover the key agree to be honest and imperfect together. This romp boasts deliciously sensual, sometimes hilarious, love scenes and a sparkling, outspoken younger sister who has hidden talents and definitely needs her own book. Brooklyn-based Frampton (The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior) writes romantic women's fiction as Megan Caldwell.

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