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No Other Duke Will Do

(Windham Brides #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,650 ratings  ·  218 reviews
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 h
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Forever
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Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

With her two younger sisters getting married, Elizabeth is starting to feel familial pressure to give up her notion of spinsterhood.
Julian may be a duke but the lofty title won't save him from penury.
A houseparty may be the final downfall for them both.
Third in the Windham Brides series, our oldest sister Elizabeth is the focus. New readers could com
Lady Wesley
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhr, arc, 2017-faves
If you grow weary of reading about rakes and villains and the seamier sides of 19th century Great Britain, turn to a Grace Burrowes book for a change of pace. I suggest No Other Duke Will Do (ignore the silly title) for the story of two good and honorable people who find their way to a happy ending despite bumps in the road. They come from warm, loving families whose members appear as engaging secondary characters. There are no deep dark secrets. No Big Misunderstandings. No kidnappings. Just tw ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
There's no other answer: it must be me...

I appreciate Ms. Burrowes ability with words and her writing, but the execution and content of the story is sadly lacking for me.

I was bored and bored and bored with all the useless things happening in this book. Nothing important happened. All the characters were circling each other talking, walking and thinking about nothing important.

I understant that the ton's ladies and gentlemen's life was like that, but when I read a romance book, I'm expecting so
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, last time I read a GB, I threw all my toys out of the pram, stomped around and declared, “this will not do!”

I wasn’t reading another one until someone else went there first and confirmed that GB got her groove back.

Well, enter, Lady Wesley. Delicately approaching me in my ragey state and cautiously, oh so cautiously, suggesting that maybe this latest GB wasn’t so very bad and perhaps I should give her another try.

I’m glad she did and I’m glad I listened.

This is not GB at her very best, or
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I started off by liking this book, but by the end it had become a little repetitive and I was getting a bit frustrated by the slow plot development.

I liked the key couple, Elizabeth Windham and her duke, Haverford. They were lovely together. They didn't expect to like each other or to be attracted, but when it happened they didn't waste much time fighting it. And although Haverford felt he wasn't in a position to take a wife, he still recognised and admitted he loved Elizabeth. No tedious misco
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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, ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a C+ for narration and a B for content at AudioGals, so I reckon that's 3.5 stars rounded up.

For this third book in her Windham Brides series, Grace Burrowes moves to Wales and the home of Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, whose estate is so encumbered by the debts accrued by his father and grandfather – their passion for collecting books creating a massive library at equally massive expense – means he is one step away from bankruptcy.

As No Other Duke Will Do opens, Julian’s
Isha Coleman
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides) by Grace Burrowes  
My favorite trait of author Grace Burrowes is that whether dabbling in suspense, bursting with atomic attraction or stepping into the throws of ecstasy, she never takes herself too seriously.  There is just enough of the fantasy to captivate and entertain.  No Other Duke Will Do spins a tale of friendship and seduction that starts with a relationship of convenience.  Elizabeth and Julian are the stars of a cast of characters that look to
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Grace Burrowes writes the occasional gem. This unfortunately is not one of them. Cash-strapped duke, Julian St David, holds large house party at the behest of his sister, who hopes to entice a suitable duchess for her brother. He agrees to the frighteningly expensive event in the hope of marrying said sister off to a good man. Heroine and her sister arrive as the many guests. Elizabeth is in her late twenties, attractive, well-connected and with a decent dowry and yet she remains unmarried and n ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This "Bride" book had some really nice moments, and overall, I did like all the characters. For me, what brought it down was the despair (that's how it felt for me) that the Duke had for his library. He acted like it was such an albatross around his neck. I just thought that was over-dramatic.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.**
Blodeuedd Finland
I liked Grace Burrowes books because they are sweet and the couples talk, a lot. I like that. These couple actually seem to get to know each other. I can believe them falling in love.

Elizabeth is getting closer to spinsterhood, not that she cares. She loves her books and you can still steal a kiss or two without being married. Elizabeth! I am shocked.

Julian may be a Duke, but he is poor as dirt. The only thing he has is books, so many books, so many many books. Dang those books, they ruined his
Barbara Rogers
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Actually, 4.5 stars rounded up to 5
Series: Windham Brides #3
Publication Date: 11/7/17

Delightfully, refreshingly, deliciously different! I loved this book.

Both lead characters are very nice, very loving, very honorable – just very, very good people. They don’t have any deep, dark secrets. Both are honest and up-front about their issues and don’t try to hide those from the other. They actually talk with each other and even more miraculously – they listen to each other. They both have warm, loving
Romance Readers Retreat
4.5 Stars

Regencies are my first loves, so I always get excited for a new one to read. Grace Burrowes is one of my current favourite historical romance novels and I've been enjoying her newest series very much. I was extra excited for this one because it involved a house party, a heroine who loves to read and a duke with a massive library.

Julian has a plan to restore his family's wealth (one that does not involve marrying anytime soon), but getting there is proving more difficult than he hoped. T
Rose Blue
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Elizabeth "Bethan" Windham has been out for ten seasons, and has not found a man she could love or esteem enough to want to marry. Since two of her sisters have recently wed, her parents and other relatives are even more anxious for her to find a suitable spouse and settle down. Elizabeth is just biding her time until she can safely be classified a spinster, and has no plans to marry. She is, however, dutifully attending a house par
Sep 18, 2017 added it
DNF @ 9% of the book (one day I may try to read the rest of the book)

I just found all the different people being thrown around the beginning of the book extremely confusing.

ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure Burrowes! Loved it!
Two Windham sisters down and now Elizabeth the oldest faces a country house party with no less than a duke dangled before her. But before her protest that she's only there for his library is off her lips, Haverford makes it clear that he plans to still be single at the end of his sister's house party as well. I've enjoyed this series about the four sisters, their very different personalities, interests, and the men who pair them. Elizabeth and Julian's story is no exception.

While reading No Othe
Sweet story of a Duke courting ruin and the niece of the powerful Duke of Moreland.
As a last resource to try to take her brother's finances to rights, Lady Glennys organizes a house party and invites all the most eligible ladies of London.
Justin, the Duke, sees his sister spending a money he most surely does not have and think that maybe she can be married off instead of him and be saved from their dire financial prospects.
Too broke to marry, Justin endures the house party and try to stay aloof,
Laura (ローラ)
I don't often read much romance genre fiction anymore. I used to be voracious. But, the plots quickly became predictable, and the writing often lamentable... and I became bored. But, I keep picking it up hoping that my mind will change towards it. This one was one of the better titles I've read of recent memory. Decent writing. And uses the regency "language" surprisingly effectively, which I can't say for most books I've read set in this time period. But again, incredibly predictable plot. That ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Je n'ai pas lu les 2 précédents. Je ne sais pas si ça vaut le coup que je m'y mette. Je suis toujours sur mes gardes avec cette auteure, capable du meilleur comme de bonnes douches froides.

Ici, c'est le résumé qui m'a laissé convaincre. Un duc et une partie de campagne, il ne m'en fallait pas plus pour me tenter.
J'ai aimé cette passion tendre, un peu torturée. Pas de blabla inutile, juste une relation simple.
J'ai aimé aussi le personnage du frère, qui apportait une bonne dose de joyeuseté dans l
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Lori
Book provided by Netgalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Historical romance has a special place in my heart because to me the time period of the 1800’s represents romance to me. I think because of the dresses, petticoats, hats, gloves, and the use of calling cards. To me that signifies an era that will always remain a mystery and is somehow romantic.

With the good comes the bad, as women had no rights, women had to get married or they were deemed “old maids”. Also,
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am going to start by saying that I very much agree with the title of the book!

Alright, I have read piles and piles of books from Grace over the years and like all the others this one does not disappoint. The characters are really likely and lovely and I love the setting of a house party with a near penniless Duke.

Need I mention that I have a soft spot for dukes in general and this one is way up there as a favorite!

Though the main story is getting our two love birds together, there is quite eno
Synergy Quest
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Burrowes has a genuine talent for writing romances and the Wyndham’s are the greatest example of her gift. While this installment about the third female cousin doesn’t have the mystery/suspense of the preceding offering, it nailed the genuineness of the characters and their emotions. I enjoyed the hero and heroine, but Griffin, the duke's brother, stole the show for me. Often treated like a child, he has an intellect, awareness and compassion that is actually enhanced because of his innocence. T ...more
Heather andrews
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth sometimes just has to tell Julian what she wants, “your efforts have been appreciated,” Elizabeth said, “but now I want more. Is the door locked?” Julian doesn't mind stating what he thinks, “I should be in bed,” he said, prowling across the room. “With you.” I fell in love with Julian, I enjoyed this book. Elizabeth was sweet, caring and the woman had a big heart.
books are love
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This I feel is my favorite in the Windham Brides series by Grace Burrows. I think in this one Burrows goes more against the grain of the times and gives us a very strong independent female heroine and a distinguished Duke who learns from the female heroine and respects her opinion and asks for advice from her. Something not often seen in the times this book takes place in.

Julian is a great guy. He is loyal and supportive. Honest and kind. His dad and relatives have left him in deep debt due to b
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan 0f regency historical romances, for the most part the male leads are usually nobility with means. However, in the third Windham Brides novel, No Other Duke Will Do, the duke in question happens to be near bankruptcy! An unusual set up but trust Ms. Burrowes to be able to craft a story line where this particular duke's lack of material wealth makes up for with his honor and his vast library. Thus making him a great temptation to a certain Windham niece who has decided spinsterhoo ...more
N.W. Moors
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Windham is attending a house party in Wales with her sister Charlotte at the behest of her family who hope the last two spinsters in the family can find a husband. The only mitigating factor for Elizabeth is the 30,000 book library contained in the Duke's castle. Elizabeth loves books and would like to start lending libraries around the country once her family comes to terms with her ensuing spinsterhood.
Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, is putting up with the house party only becau
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I generously received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to receive this book and had a feeling it would be wonderful to read. I wasn't disappointed and it's my favorite book of the Windham Brides so far.

Elizabeth Windham and her sister Charlotte find themselves invited to a house party in the wilds of Wales where it is rumored that Julian St. David, Duke of Havorford's sister Glenys is hoping to find a potential bride for her bachelor brother. Elizabeth
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Julian, Duke of Haverford, is barely keeping his handsome head above water amid a sea of inherited debts. His sister, Lady Glenys, decides to throw a house party Julian can ill afford in hopes of finding an heiress for him to marry. Julian tries to turn this disaster into opportunity by inviting every well-heeled bachelor in the realm, because Lady Glenys is also in want of a spouse.

Elizabeth Windham is among the guests at the Haverford house party, though her goal is to
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Synopsis in Spanish // Sinopsis en Español 1 1 Nov 10, 2017 04:55PM  
  • Once Upon A Dream (Bedwyn Saga, #6.5)
  • The Sins of Lord Lockwood (Rules for the Reckless, #6)
  • A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1)
  • Marry in Scandal (Marriage of Convenience, #2)
  • An Affair with a Spare (The Survivors, #3)
  • Beauty Like the Night (Spymasters, # 6)
  • A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find (The Lords of Worth, #2)
  • Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane, #12)
  • Lady Rogue (The Royal Rewards #3)
  • Beyond a Wicked Kiss (Compass Club, #4)
  • It's Hard Out Here for a Duke (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #4)
  • My Once and Future Duke (The Wagers of Sin, #1)
  • A Devil of a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, #2)
  • Lady Be Reckless (Duke's Daughters, #2)
  • The Heiress Effect (Brothers Sinister, #2)
Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more

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