Review: No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes

Posted December 16, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 11 Comments

Review: No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes
No Other Duke Will Do

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Series: Windham Brides #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Forever
Released on November 7, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

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.

Review

While reading No Other Duke Will Do in order would make this Windham Brides spin-off series more enjoyable, this particular book works well as a standalone as it doesn’t really build from the story that came before it.

Julian St. David, the Duke of Haverford is in debt up to his eyeballs at no fault of his own so he’s determined to do what he can to reverse poor financial decisions back three generations before he takes a bride.  In the meantime, he’s stuck footing the bill for a houseparty he doesn’t want and can’t afford, he has responsibility to help his sister find a loving husband, his younger brother Griffin is simple thus needing his care, and the man who holds his promissory notes invites himself to the party.  The man is ready to break under all that he is carrying on his shoulders.  I loved his honorable and caring nature from the beginning.  He certainly dashes the determined Miss Elizabeth Windham off her feet right when she is wholly focused on her books and remaining single because a handful of bad encounters with men have left her unmoved about taking one more chance that love might exist.

The introduction to the characters and the conflict is early on and then the story takes its time teasing things out building the overall tension of the story arc as well as the romance to the end.  I loved the story and particularly Julian and Elizabeth together, but I confess to wanting for things to move it along a bit faster.  Part of this is due to a few side stories like Julian’s sister’s own romance, his brother’s romance, and the beginning of a story for Elizabeth’s sister.  The main story slowed down as a result.  Oddly, I really enjoyed all these plot threads and wouldn’t want to sacrifice any of them so I’m not sure how to resolve that with my impatience over the pace.

All in all, that was a tiny niggle and this story was once again a lovely interlude and an engaging entry in the series.  I really liked what I was seeing of Sherborne and Charlotte’s story so I can’t wait for that one to come out.  Historical romance lovers who enjoy a gentle pace, a great cast of characters, and a slightly spicy romance should give these a go.

My thanks to Forever for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

 Romance Roundabout #320 HR
New Release #196

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • it looks good. I love HR and I confess that I haven’t tried any of her books yet

    • Yes, there are so many wonderful authors out there that I still need to try, too. 🙂 Hope you get the chance.

  • I do like this author, but sometimes in her books, I want things to move a bit faster. But this one still sounds great!!! And I love this cover so much.

    • Yes, there is a lot of build up. It’s good, but I guess I have patience issues. LOL

      Oh yeah, gorgeous cover.

  • I have so many of her books but I haven’t read any of them yet. I need to start reading them since they do sound good. Glad you enjoyed this one despite the pacing problem.

    • I’ve been all over the place with her books. I’ve read some of the Windhams and started a few other series. I think this series and the Scottish ones were the only ones I read all of them and I still missed a novella. LOL Oh well, guess it proves her books do alright out of order. 😉

  • It’s nice when a book works well as a stand alone as well.

    • Yes, especially since I seem to be all over the place when I read her books and can’t seem to read them in order. 😉

  • The covers for this series are gorgeous. Love all the jewel tones in the dresses. It did have a lot going on, but though I thought it slowed things, I was glad to have those side stories, too.

  • I love this author so much, but have fallen behind in this series. I can’t wait to pick it back up. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia. Great review!

    • I know what you mean. She has soooo many books out. I’ve hunt and pecked through most series. This is one of the few I’ve actually stayed caught up.

      Thanks, Angie! 🙂 Hope you get the chance to catch up. I really liked the one just before this one.