This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes
Series: Windham Brides #3
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
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Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, is barely keeping his head above water in a sea of inherited debts. Though he has a long-term plan to restore the family finances, his sister has a much faster solution: host a house party for London's single young ladies and find Julian a wealthy bride.
Elizabeth Windham has no interest in marriage, but a recent scandal has forced her hand. As much as she'd rather be reading Shakespeare than husband-hunting, she has to admit she's impressed by Julian's protective instincts, broad shoulders, and, of course, his vast library.
As the two spend more time together, their attraction is overwhelming, unexpected... and absolutely impossible. With meddling siblings, the threat of financial ruin, and gossips lurking behind every potted palm, will they find true love or true disaster?
No Other Duke Will Do is the third book in the Windham Brides series and it was a charming story that was hilarious, witty, and had an unusual romance. Julian St. David was not interested in having a wife, he couldn’t even afford one if he wanted too. He was left with a legacy of debt resulting from one too many book purchases made by his predecessors and has been trying to keep his finances and responsibilities in check. His sister, Lady Glenys, was determined to force him into finding a wife, because she could see that he was lonely, by having a lavish three-week party with a large number of available women around. Julian was no fool and he was well aware of what his sister was trying to accomplish but he also had his own agenda in regards to her matrimonial state. As she invited available women he too made sure that there were any number of available bachelors in attendance. Hopefully there would be at least one bachelor in attendance that Lady Glenys would consider husband material. Julian went along with his sister’s wishes to make her happy and hopefully find her a suitable husband because there was no way he was taking on a wife.
When Elizabeth Windham first met Julian, it was due to her sister being unable to traverse the stairs. Julian had simply picked up her sister and taken her to the room she was going to be staying in. Elizabeth did not even realize that she had met Duke of Haverford simply because he had neglected to introduce himself. Also, what kind of Duke would give assistance in the way he had? When he finally did introduce himself at a gathering, he made it clear to Elizabeth that he was not looking for a wife. He preferred to be open about the situation even though there were many in attendance who thought they could change his mind. This suited Elizabeth just fine though because she was not looking for a husband, despite the many wishes of her family. Elizabeth was in a position where she did not need to marry and her passion was not marriage but lending libraries. With expectations settled both Julian and Elizabeth agreed that they could be friends and get through the next three weeks together.
Julian had never desired the company of any female beyond his sister before but as he spent more and more time with Elizabeth he was drawn to her. She spoke her mind and did not give in to him simply because he was a Duke. He learned quite quickly that she was resourceful and that he and his family could count on her. Elizabeth also learned that there was something about Julian that she quite desired. Although he said he was not looking for marriage she was starting to hope that maybe he would want more with her. As the lines blurred between friends and more than, both Julian and Elizabeth became aware that despite their growing attraction to each other there were some serious roadblocks to their happily ever after. Julian still had his failing finances to consider and with his neighbor, to whom he owed a significant amount of debt, threatening to call in his notes, Julian had his back against the wall. It was going to take a miracle if there was any possibility of him and Elizabeth ever being more than friends.
No Other Duke Will Do was a wonderful story as it unfolded. There were more elements to this story than I ever expected. I loved that this story included his brother who was intellectually challenged but determined to be his own man. That was such an endearing aspect to the story. There were many characters that their own romances and parts to play that were independent of the main characters. I loved that there were so many couples in this story, it kept things interesting and moved the story along beautifully. There was much attention paid to the social aspect of the story and delightfully there was a villain who turned into more of an anti-hero by the end of this story. I absolutely am going to continue in this series and I hope that Charlotte’s story is next! No Other Duke Will Do is a delightfully woven tale of love, responsibilities, and tough choices. This is a sweet romance that I highly recommend!
*Thank you to Netgalley & Grand Central Publishing for this eARC of No Other Duke Will Do*