STORY: 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?
REVIEW: London – 1842
Nicholas Smithfield enjoys his carefree life of drinking and women. But when his younger brother informs him that he is now the Duke of Gage, he is taken aback. Along with the title comes the news that he must marry Lady Isabella Sawford. An agreement that the Duke of Gage would marry her has been in place and it is his responsibility to do so.
Isabella has been groomed her whole life to be the perfect woman with the best manners, beauty, and capabilities to be the perfect wife. Her parents have been very harsh with her not allowing her to ever relax. She must always be perfect. Her younger sister, Margaret, is more daring but Isabella is terrified to ever say what she thinks.
Since Nicholas has a reputation of being a rake, Isabella is afraid that her marriage may be an unhappy one. Surprisingly, Nicholas realizes what a beautiful woman he has married and when he realizes how innocent and terrified she is of consummating the marriage, he decides to do all he can to slowly woo her.
As they get to know one another and Nicholas encourages Isabella to learn to assert herself, they begin to fall in love.
Seeing Isabella grow and Nicholas learn how to control his urges to allow her to become her own person is very heartwarming. Nicholas proves what true love is.
This was a sweet novel that I enjoyed. Megan Frampton is a gifted author and I love her books.
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