No Other Duke But You (Playful Brides, #11) by Valerie Bowman

No Other Duke But You (Playful Brides, #11)

SINGLE LADY SEEKS DUKELady 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 ...

Details No Other Duke But You (Playful Brides, #11)

TitleNo Other Duke But You (Playful Brides, #11)
Release DateApr 30th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Regency

Reviews No Other Duke But You (Playful Brides, #11)

  • Anovelqueen
    I started out with really high hopes for this book. I love “best friend” romances and I was excited to see how the relationship between Delilah and Thomas developed. The book started off good...very light-hearted and funny. The author uses a lot of dialogue, which I love, and it really helps with the pacing of the story. But then it begins to take a silly turn.The heroine Delilah is very immature and when the love potion comes into play she b...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    I usually enjoy Valerie Bowman, but No Other Duke But You wasn't a winner. I'm a total sucker for historical romances, and I read a lot of them. No Other Duke But You is the 11th in a series that I've read sporadically, and I think you can manage it as a stand-alone. There are a ton of previous characters mentioned, so you do get a leg up if you recognize some of them, however. I struggled with this book, practically from start to finish. The fem...
  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    What a cute story. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The one thing I like the most about this book was that it was fun. Not a lot of heavy stuff overhanging the story for the most part. Yes, there was some, but the author did a great job with structure and storyline to keep it lighthearted and entertaining.When people grew up together it can be difficult to turn that corner from friendship to romance. The last thing we want is to lose a best friend. But when thi...
  • Andrea
    I've been looking forward to Thomas' story ever since he got drunk with the boys and confessed his love for his best friend a few books back. I'm a sucker for a good friends-to-lovers story! I really enjoyed the first half of the story. It was nice seeing Thomas and Delilah together and watch her being completely oblivious. Thomas is the sweetest, kindest, and nicest in a long line of Dukes (because apparently these days every single hero has to ...
  • Lover of Romance
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from St. Martin's Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from St. Martin's Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.No Other...
  • Debby
    I’ve read a couple of Valerie Bowman’s novels and have to admit that this book is the only story that I’ve had the opportunity to read in Playful Bride Series.Lady Delilah Montebank is considered an exceptional matchmaker for several in society and now finds herself on the matchmaking block. In all honesty, Delilah does not want to marry but to her dismay, she appeases her mother this one time and sets her sight on getting a proposal from t...
  • Tracy C
    3 1/2 stars. Delilah and Thomas's story was fun, if a bit confusing, to me. I really enjoy historical romances and I especially loved that Delilah was ahead of her time. It was cute seeing her struggle with the romance aspect after meddling in so many of her friends marriage prospects. Poor Thomas had to maintain his friendship with her, while trying to show her that they should be more. The aspect I struggled with was trying to keep all the char...
  • Stacee
    I had read a few books in this series, but coupled with a BFF to more story line and I was all in. I really liked Delilah and Thomas. She’s caring and clumsy and he’s smitten and honorable. I enjoyed their easy relationship and loved the idea of them getting together. There are loads of other characters and I’m guessing they’re all from the previous books. I didn’t even attempt to keep track. Plot wise, the first half of the story was c...
  • Angie
    "You fancy yourself the ton's matchmaker, my dear. It's high time you made your own match." I was so disappointed and bored by this novel and its repetitiveness. I usually prefer more danger in my HR novels, so the fact that this one is purely a sugary sweet and misguided love story was a bit of a miss for me. All of the "conflicts" were fabricated by the character's lies and inaction (mainly Thomas), and all could have been avoided had the chara...
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: Playful Brides #11Publication Date: 4/30/19Number of Pages: 320** 3.5 Stars **If you are looking for a light-hearted comical read, this might be the book for you. For me, it fell a little short and leaned more toward the Monty Python version of funny than it does toward the Harry Met Sally version. I liked both of the main characters, but she was very immature (more like 13 than 23) and he was just so milquetoast… I did like him much be...
  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman is book 11 in the Playful Brides Series. This is the story of Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley and Delilah Montebank. I have read (and Loved!) the other books in this series, but I feel you can make it a standalone one if you wish to do so. Delilah and Thomas have been friends for a long time, but Thomas has always been in love with her. Delilah hadn't noticed that he felt more for her. Pressured to look into ...
  • Carvanz
    What a great, fun read!When Delilah is forced to married, her competitive nature has her determining to marry the most eligible man of the season. Having experience at matchmaking, it should be easy enough. However, she finds herself fumbling and bumbling her way through introductions and every other step of the way – the very behavior her mother constantly berates her over. When things get desperate, she turns to a more unique means of making ...
  • Melanie
    No Other Duke But You was a fantastic read with a wonderful friends to lovers romance and an amazing group of side characters.To avoid an unwanted match arranged by her mother, Lady Delilah Montebank sets her sights on the most eligible bachelor of the season, the Duke of Branville. The only problem? The Duke has no clue Delilah even exists. But Delilah isn’t one of the foremost matchmakers of the ton for no reason, so she comes up with a plan ...
  • Sheila Melo
    I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. FINAL DECISION: A fun, madcap comedy romance with an essential sweetness between two longtime friends who are perfect for one another. The balance between the comedy, romance and sweetness was just wonderful here, and although I generally prefer angst to light and comedic, this might be my fa...
  • Kimberly
    4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin No Other Duke But You is a delightful Regency romp with charming Shakespearean twists. I adore a good friends-to-lovers romance author Valerie Bowman hit all the right notes for me with Thomas and Delilah’s love story. It’s sprightly, sweet, and melted my heart more than once.Delilah is a completely endearing heroine. She has a sunny nature, a kind heart, and a quiet vulnerability that tugged on my hear...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I've been following along with the Playful Brides series since book 7 and despite not reading the earlier books (yet), I felt like No Other Duke But You was the perfect way to end the series on a high note.If you've read any of the previous books, you may recognize a few familiar faces returning in this one as the spirited Delilah,...
  • Joana V.
    I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.4.25*Review will be posted at my blog, Romancing Romances, on May 2nd. This book has one of my favourite tropes: friends to lovers. And, even though it’s my favourite, it’s a trope that it’s not easy to achieve. Sometimes it ruins the friendship, others it just doesn’t seem believable… But Valerie Bowman did it brilliantly.I loved De...
  • Jackie
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was well written but boy did I wish I’d read the first 10 just to know who everyone was! Granted I probably won’t be reading the rest of the series but overall good book
  • romancejunkie
    This book was so cute and delightful to read!! The love Thomas had for Delilah was so sweet and swoonworthy. I really loved their story and the way their happy ending happened.
  • Maria Di Pasqua
    A lovely historical romance with a bit of spice at the end of the book. Our heroine Delilah an ordinary, messy girl and a duke as her best friend who is madly in love with her. A sort of cat and mouse game because she needs to obtain a proposal before her mother forces he to wed a man without a backbone while her best friend is doing his best to finally prove that they are meant to be together. A funny and enjoyable read that will take the reader...
  • Tracy Emro
    Maybe 2.5 starsLady Delilah Montebank, the daughter of the late Earl of Montford has been told in no uncertain terms by her vile mother that at almost 23, it is time Delilah weds, she has until her birthday in just over a month to secure a proposal or her mother will betroth her to Clarence, son of the Earl of Hilton (who happens to be courting her mother.) Delilah tells her mother that she will make a match with the most eligible bachelor of the...
  • Christy
    No Other Duke But You By Valerie BowmanLady Delilah Montebank has set her sights on the Duke of Branville.Lady Emmaline wants Branville too.Branville has become enchanted with Lady Rebecca.Lady Rebecca has her sights on Thomas, Duke of Huntley.Thomas has been in love with Delilah most of his life. To this mix add a love potion called the Elixir of Cupid. Combine with all of Lucy Hunt’s matchmaking schemes and you have a Regency era take on Shak...
  • Cheryl
    I have to say this wasn’t my favourite book by this author. Although I did like the character of Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley, he was aware of Delilah’s faults but loved and accepted her for who she was. However, Delilah was annoying at times, in particular, the way she slipped odd French words in her speech and she was quite silly at times. I did feel sorry for her, having such a heartless mother. However, she did redeem herself towards the...
  • Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
    3.5 starsDelilah was a delight! She was a titled lady, but was quite the blue stocking in intellect. She was opinionated, sweet, and could collect injured animals like one collects flowers, but she was hard headed and stubborn to the point of being blind to what’s in front of her! Thomas was sharp. He’s been in love with Delilah for years, patiently waiting for her to notice him on her own. That blindness I mentioned about her applies right h...
  • Caitlyn Lynch
    When a group of high-spirited, high-society ladies and gentlemen put on a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, hijinks are sure to ensue. There’s an absolutely hilarious scene in this book where it seems half the cast are running around a country house in the middle of the night, all trying to get into the bedrooms of someone they shouldn’t, generally someone who doesn’t return their affections, while trying to use a ‘love potion...
  • Aila
    This was a whimsical and fluffy addition to the PLAYFUL BRIDES series, which I admit, has been going on for quite a while. I jump into the series after every book or so though, and it’s really easy to get back into. There might be a bit more dialogue from extraneous characters from previous books, but overall NO OTHER DUKE BUT YOU provides a wholesome, heart-filled romance between two good friends. There are some things that hindered me from en...
  • Cyndi Becker
    No Other Duke But You is a delightful Regency period read. This is the first book by Valeria Bowman that I've read and I'm longing to dive into the other books in this series as well as her other "Racy Regency Romps". This story is a wonderful tale about friendships and family, and making the two meld together. When Lady Delilah Montebank finds herself facing a marriage of her mothers making (a not so nice mother), she declares she'll make her ow...
  • Hannah
    This was cute and adorable and perfect for any historical romance fans looking for a quick and easy afternoon read.Full of unrequited love for his best friend (be still my beating heart), Thomas, the Duke of Huntley, has watched as Delilah has played matchmaker for his friends and the ton. When Delilah announces her plans to marry, thanks to a cold and (view spoiler)[fortune-hunting (hide spoiler)] mother, Thomas scrambles with how he is going to...
  • Elaine
    I enjoyed this, but I found Delilah a little silly now and again - I became frustrated with her. On the other hand, I really did like Thomas. 4☆