Lady Delilah Montebank has decided she's ready to get
married. She's spent the last few years matchmaking
everyone in her circle of aristocrats, and it's time to
prove to herself, and her overbearing mother, that she can
make the best match for herself: the most eligible bachelor
of all, the Duke of Branville. Except whenever she's in the
same room as the Duke, she makes a fool of herself. When her
cousin tells her about a love potion, Delilah decides it's
so crazy, it might actually work.
Until she accidentally gives the potion to Thomas Hobbs,
Duke of Huntley. Thomas is one of Delilah's oldest and
dearest friend, and has been in love with her for as long as
he can remember. So when Delilah's plan goes awry, and
Thomas ends up with the potion, he decides it's the perfect
opportunity to confess how he really feels. Delilah has no
idea how to proceed - does Thomas actually love her, or is
the potion really working? And can Thomas convince Delilah
she's actually the love of his life before her matchmaking
plans take her from him forever?
NO OTHER DUKE BUT YOU is the
eleventh book in Valerie
Bowman's long-running and beloved Playful
series. This is an energetic, whimsical, and sweet
friends-to-lovers historical romance! The set up with the
love potion was a little far-fetched, but it provided an
amusing way to get these two characters together. Delilah
spends most of the novel concerned over the love lives of
her circle of friends, so when she's finally confronted
with a real love match with her friend, Thomas, she's
unsure of what to do, even though it's blatantly obvious
he's perfect for her. Thomas is a patient man, willing to
go along with some of Delilah's outlandish ideas, but also
knows she's the only woman he wants. There'a large cast of
side characters, many of whom are couples from earlier books
in the Playful
series. I haven't read all of them, and while it was nice
to see so many happily married couples, it was hard to keep
track of who's who. Delilah's mother was almost comically
terrible, but she eventually receives her comeuppance.
Recommended to historical romance fans, especially those
already familiar with this series.
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.
SINGLE LADY SEEKS DUKE
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
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?