No Other Duke but You by Valerie Bowman

Posted April 30, 2019 in review Tags:

No Other Duke but You by Valerie BowmanNo Other Duke but You by Valerie Bowman
Pages: 312

Series: Playful Brides #11
Genres: Historical Romance
Setting: London, England
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Never Trust a Pirate
Also by this author: Never Trust a Pirate
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A lady with a love potion. A Duke who takes it by mistake. Romance and mischief ensues when plans go awry in No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman.


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?

No Other Duke but You is a historical best friends to lovers story with a heroine who makes a love potion and a hero who accidentally drinks it. Delilah wants to marry the Duke of Branville and has concocted the love potion to make it happen. Her best friend, Thomas, the Duke of Huntley thinks the idea is crazy and he wishes Delilah loved him instead.

The book has such a cute premise! I really liked Thomas and his devotion to Delilah was endearing. Delilah was a bit immature though. She is really quite clueless and it came off as kind of ditzy. I struggled with her as a heroine because I wanted to smack her. But, the story is light and fun, which helped a bit. And Thomas is great. Also, the supporting characters are enjoyable too! While Delilah didn’t work for me, the rest of the story was refreshing. Its not often you get a friends to lovers story in a historical romance, so I enjoyed that!



other historical romance authors like Sarah Maclean, Lisa Kleypas, Darcy Burke…then you will probably like No Other Duke but You!


No Other Duke but You

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About Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning historical romance author who writes racy Regency romps! Her 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 have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she's number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

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3 responses to “No Other Duke but You by Valerie Bowman

  1. Have you read other books in this series, Samantha? I just wondered how they compare. This sounds like a fun read despite Delilah being an immature heroine. I don’t think I’ve read a friends-to-lovers in HR either. And I’ve never read Bowman so I’ll have to check her out. ::)

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