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.