Monday, July 6, 2015

Tour: Guest Post/Review: Put up Your Duke by Megan Frampton

Hey Ya'll, Nelle here! We have the pleasure today to have Megan Frampton on the blog! Isn't that exciting?! She's talking about her new book, Put Up Your Duke!

One of the best things about being a writer is being able to don another person’s character, to figure out what makes them tick, what makes them happy, or fearful, or what makes them fall in love with another person.

In Put Up Your Duke, I have two points of view—Nicholas and Isabella, the hero and heroine. Now it’s probably understood I have never been a man, so getting inside of Nicholas’s head was a change for me. But just as improbable, and I’m not being disingenuous on this, is that I have never been a spectacularly beautiful woman. So writing about a heroine who is so beautiful people gasp when they see her was very fun, and different.

What must it be like to be looked at all the time? To be seen but not known? That is what I dealt with when I wrote from Isabella’s viewpoint. She thought that all anyone thought she had to offer was what was on the outside, and she was sad that no-one except for her sister knew what she was like on the inside. She thinks Nicholas will be the same, and he does admire her looks—he’d be a blind idiot not to—but he comes to realize that what is on the inside is just as beautiful, but much less perfect. Isabella ends up reveling in her imperfection because she gets to be that way with Nicholas, whom she is coming to love.

As I wrote her, I imagined Isabella looking like Angelina Jolie—that same ‘are you kidding me?’ quality that I have when I see pictures of a younger Jolie. I would never want to be that beautiful, honestly, because of all the attention I’d get, but I did like visiting inside the head of someone so lovely for a while.


My Rockin' Review

Surprise! Due to a fluke, you're a Duke! Oh, by the way, you inherited a fiancé! Isn't that nice?!

This was definitely a twist on the normal marriage of convenience plots, I've enjoyed in the past! Nicholas, is shocked to discover he is being forced to marry Isabella, who was the former Dukes fiancé. No love lost there! Isabella really doesn't want to marry either "Duke" but she has been groomed to be the "perfect duchess" and is forced to marry by her beastly, stuffy, pompous parents. The "duke that was" was more interested in his dukedom than her, although that plot wasn't as developed as it could have been. I just adore a dastardly villain. Don't you?

Nicolas and Isabella are a well balanced couple. Nicholas is great at sex, being the former profligate rake, but very lacking in knowledge on how to go about as a Duke! Isabella, on the other hand, excels at the pressures of being a duchess and of course, is an innocent virginal lady. The two have a ton of inner dialogue, a slow connection, and very little heat.  This was a sweet romance that carried the whole plot. Nicholas pursued Isabella, courted and wooed her, all after their marriage. He realizes she's frightened and takes it slow, real slow. My favorite aspect of the story is that Nicholas, realizing just how controlled and strict, Isabella's life was before her marriage, encourages her to enjoy a freedom she needed and craved.

There is a plot twist at the end that is rather surprising. Margaret, Isabella's best friend and sister has secrets. And secrets always have a habit of making themselves known. All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was an quick, delightful read with a sweet, adorably cute romance.

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