Book Review: No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman

no other duke but you.jpgNo Other Duke But You

Author: Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides, book 11
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (April 30, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Summary
SINGLE LADY SEEKS DUKE

Lady Delilah Montebank has her marital sights set on the Duke of Branville. There’s just one problem: he barely knows she exists. But no matter, she’s got a plan to win him over with her charm, her wit—and perhaps the love potion she has in her possession wouldn’t hurt her cause…

Lord Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley, thinks his best friend Delilah’s quest to become a duchess is ridiculous. He’s always said he’d rather give up all the brandy in London than commit to one person for life. Besides, he knows that Delilah’s love potion can’t possibly win over Branville…since she accidentally gave it to him instead. But perhaps this is the excuse he needs to show her he’s always loved her…

Delilah can’t believe she gave the potion to the wrong duke. Then again, Delilah could do a lot worse than win the hand of her handsome best friend. Could it be that the right duke has been before her eyes all along?

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Rating: 3.5 stars

Review
I struggled a bit with the star rating on this one, because there are some mechanics type issues with the writing that made me want to say 3 stars, but it also gave me SO MANY FEELS (I laughed out loud at least once and cried more than once) which made me want to rate it at least 4 stars… I ended up settling on a rating of 3.5 stars. This is such a fluffy read, but also made my heart hurt.

Thomas is such a cinnamon roll and I love him forever and a day. (Also, virgin hero alert!) I liked Delilah less, mostly because she’s just SUCH a mess and that seemed to really be her defining characteristic, along with being stubborn and so focused on her goal that she doesn’t see anything else. But then I also felt for her and her terrible relationship with her mother, so… 5 stars for Thomas, and like 3 for Delilah, but together their relationship is the BEST friends to lovers story ever!

It’s so fitting that the characters are putting on a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream because it really reflects to relationship dynamic in this book. Rebecca wants Thomas, Thomas loves Delilah, Delilah wants Branville, Emmaline wants Branville, and who KNOWS who Brandville likes! It’s rather madcap and hilarious, and if you like the antics in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you’ll love No Other Duke But You.

This is the 11th book in the Playful Brides series, but can be read as a stand alone. There are a lot of couples from earlier books in the series that make an appearance in this book, but nothing that keeps you from reading this one and understanding it all without reading the previous book. Beware the EXTENSIVE cast of side characters that are couples from the previous books, though!

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

 

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