No Other Duke But You is a spectacular historical romance by Valerie Bowman. Ms. Bowman has delivered a book that is well-written and a smooth read. Delilah told her mother she would have a proposal from the Duke of Branville by her birthday, leaving her only weeks to meet and entice the Duke into proposing. Thomas has been in love with Delilah for years and sees this as his time to put forth his own proposal. Thomas and Delilah's story is a fun read. The characters are fabulous! There's plenty of drama, sizzle and humor to keep readers glued to their reading devices. I loved every page of No Other Duke But You and look forward to my next book by Valerie Bowman. No Other Duke But You is book 11 of the Playful Brides Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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The past twenty-four hours with him had been unbelievable. Not only had he nearly been killed, but when she’d treated the man for a pistol wound, of all things, she’d been lusting after him like a common street doxy.
The leads, Daffin and Regina started off cute and sweet. I really liked Regina as she was a wonderful combination of vulnerable and courageous. When she is talking with Daffin you could feel how much she liked him and how nervous that would make her but then she would charge on bravely, such a great character. Daffin was interesting as a Bow Street Runner but towards the end he started to get a bit redundant with the "I'm not good enough for her" old stand-by.
The first half was a really good beginning but the second half didn't expand on it enough for me with growing depth in their relationship, the murder mystery had a villain seemingly out of nowhere and a very rushed ending, past and future hero/heroines clogged up the ending, and I was wanting a little bit more of a holiday feel.
Overall though, I liked it as it had some cute moments, humor popping in, and a heartfelt heroine.
She needed to set this to rights. “When we met last summer, I felt we had a connection, and I think you did, too.”
He arched a brow. “That, my lady, is a dangerous statement, and I make a habit of not commenting on dangerous statements.”
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