Cici finds herself in a compromising position with a young man named Andrew. He is supposed to be courting her sister, but her sister deems him unsuitable as he is the younger brother of a Duke and she would prefer the Duke.
Andrew will not stand by and let Cici's reputation become tarnished so he takes the naïve, young woman to be his wife. He is immediately drawn to his timid bride, and is pleasantly surprised to find she is nothing like her conniving sister.
Cici is overwhelmed after becoming Andrew's wife. She discovers he is in charge of multiple estates, which she would have a hand in overseeing the staff.
Her stress is only compounded when Andrew's brother dies in an accident, leaving Andrew to become Duke. Now Cici is the wife to a Duke and she has hardly even adjusted to just being a wife.
I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Andrew and Cici are thrown into a marriage that easily could have left them to lead separate lives. But Andrew decides he wants to try to court his new wife and see if they can find love between them. He has a very dominant nature and I was worried at first that he was going to come across as mean or harsh because Cici's character is introduced as a sweet, shy girl. Maddie Taylor does a great job of setting the stage for the characters to fall in love.
Andrew starts their new relationship off by spanking his wife he hardly knows. He has explained to Cici that he needs her to be obedient and obey his rules. When he realizes that she seems nervous at the thought of being spanked, he takes her over his knee to get it out of the way.
I thought it was genius that Cici discovers she likes being spanked. It turns her on and it gave the book a sexier feel than if she would have just been afraid of her husband and afraid of being punished. She still wants to stay in Andrew's good graces, but luckily for the reader she finds herself in trouble more often than she'd like.
This was a great story about two people trying to make a marriage of circumstance work. If you like historical romances, you will love this book. It had a few plot twists I didn't see coming. There were tender moments and other times when I found myself laughing.
The spankings were hot, as was the sex. I feel like if Andrew and Cici were written in a more contemporary time they would probably be frequenting a BDSM club rather than attending balls and running a Dukedom.