No Other Duke But YouNo Other Duke But You (Playful Brides #11) by Valeria Bowman

Release Date: April 30, 2019

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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?

Review: I really had a hard time getting into this plot and involved with the two main characters. The antagonist was strong, hated the mother and how she treated her daughter, but other than that I found it hard to stay interested in this book. I’m not sure why I didn’t particularly connect with the plot or what it was about the characters that I didn’t like, but this wasn’t my favorite Bowman book. The Duke of Huntley has loved her since they were kids, she is utterly unaware of his feelings or that they should get together as a couple till near the end.  She was very ignorant, and maybe that is why I didn’t particularly like her as the female lead; how could she not see what was right in front of her? He didn’t hide his affection towards her. He, also, waited for her, never had any dalliances while away at college, never kept a mistress, and in that era I found that hard to believe. I think if they were both ignorant of the love they had for each other would have added some tension to the budding relationship. I think if she had to chase him a little or get very close to losing him for good, that would have also added to the story and made it more interesting. Overall, I didn’t like this story, I don’t think it is a bad story, I just didn’t connect with it at all.  If you have read a lot of Valerie Bowman, then you will probably enjoy this one, they are two characters that have been around for a while, but this one just wasn’t for me.

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