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No Other Duke But You

(Playful Brides #11)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  580 ratings  ·  284 reviews

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 qu
Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: b
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 becomes dim-witted and makes ridiculous assumptions and
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 female MC reads very young and immature, and I wasn't
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 things are meant to be, they're meant to be.

This book
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 be one). Delilah was one of those eccentric, clums
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.

No Other Duke But You is the most recent installment in the Playful Brides series by Valerie Bowman. I have read the majority of the books in this series and I have had such a blast with these books. This author is HIGHLY underrated and when it comes to witty regency romance, sh
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 the most eligible bachelor of the ton, the Duke of Branvi
Tracy  C
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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 characters straight in my mind. There just seemed too ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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 cute, but once the love potion actually came into play, I sta
"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 characters simply TALKED TO EACH OTHER (I'm looking
Barbara Rogers
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Series: Playful Brides #11
Publication Date: 4/30/19
Number 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 better than her.

Lord Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley, 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 getting her own husband she thinks the Duke of Bra
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 the match…a little bit of magic.


Thomas has been in l
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 to win him over. However after a love potion Delilah
Sheila Melo
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 favorite book in the series.

THE STORY: Delilah Monteb
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 heartstrings. She’s not elegant or refined, which mean
Joana V.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.


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 Delilah and Thomas. He was adorable, and she was just… adorabl
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
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.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

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 back in time where the art of courting and gossip
Tracy Emro
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5 stars

Lady 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 ton - the Duke of Branville! Determined to succee
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
No Other Duke But You By Valerie Bowman

Lady 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 Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night's Dream.

In No Other Duke B
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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 end. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Delilah 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 here! Poor guy! She led him on a merry chase!

No Other D
Sonya Heaney
Jan 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Okay, this is it. This cover is my breaking point for where historical romance turns into "Days of Our Lives in dresses".

The hair. The tan. The makeup. The muscles. The overbleached teeth. This makes the genre look like a joke.
Caitlyn Lynch
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-georgian
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’ of doubtful origins. I adore Lucy, the matchmaking duchess w ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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 enjoying the romance, fully. One is the fact that Thom
Cyndi Becker
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-2019
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 own match, one of the season, with the ton's most s
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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☆
Beneath The Covers Blog
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, sonal, 2019-reads
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*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Lady Delilah Montebank has enjoyed six seasons of merry matchmaking for others but now her mother, who has zero faith in her, has decreed she must marry. If Delilah can't make a better match before her 23rd birthday, she'll be forced to marry the portly and dull earl's son who her mother believes to be the best Delilah can hope for. Delilah is determined to prove her mother wrong and make a better match so she sets her sights on the catch of this year's season, the Duke of Branville, except he's ...more
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Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books h

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