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    The Duke Who Waited

    Delilah Montebank and Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley, have been friends for years. While Thomas claims he will never marry, that is not quite true. The Duke is just waiting for the moment his fair Delilah is ready to take a husband. Several of the characters from the Playful Brides series come to join Delilah to put on a charity performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Delilah’s mother has threatened to engage her to a man Delilah has no desire for if she’s not engaged by her birthday. The play performance just happens to be the same night. With rehearsals and schemes going on behind her mother’s back, she hardly has time to fall in love. Or does she? Bowman gives us another stellar read for the girl who deserved to have her story told. Going from friends to more than is one of the troupes I like best and we got a vibrant take in the form of Thomas and Delilah. Each time they shared the page, the simmering attraction sparked my desire to read as fast as possible. I loved how Bowman incorporated not only one of my favorite Shakespeare works, but she was able to bring back some of the most beloved characters from the ten previous stories. For an epic romantic journey into a night not soon forgotten, read No Other Duke But You. I received No Other Duke But You for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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    What a great, fun read!

    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 love with Delilah forever. She’s always claimed she would never marry and so he stood by her side through all of her quirky misadventures, happy to have her in his life even if not the way he ultimately desires. But when she announces it’s time she marries, he’s ready, except even as she shares her news, she also shares who the man will be. And with the plan to be the man in front of her when marriage arose dissolves into despair, he sets out to show her that he has all the qualities she needs in a husband. This book was so entertaining. While this couple seemed a bit immature for their age at times, I’m a lenient reader and set it aside and made myself believe they were younger. (It’s my prerogative. Lol) With that issue dealt with, I really enjoyed watching Delilah as she bounced about trying to win the only man her mother would approve of. And I adored watching Thomas as he struggled with his feelings of jealousy and possessiveness. He just wanted to claim her as his own but knew that with her background she would never accept that he had always loved her. I truly loved just about everything about this book. It has a great pace and before I knew it I was finished and so very satisfied. All the crazy shenanigans were exactly what I was needing at the time. The steam level is low and while there are a couple of scenes where this couple kiss, the smexy didn’t strike until the last ten percent of the story. I think this is my first book by this author and I’m excited to check her backlist and find other fun reads. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    A great ending for a great series.

    I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. 4.25* 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… adorable ahah. Delilah had a horrible mother, and her only support was her friends. And they became her family a long time ago. And I loved how the men got together to help Delilah – it was funny and sweet, at the same time. And Thomas, a perfect duke, but more than that a perfect friend: thoughtful, not pushy, always there when needed, caring, and funny. I loved to read about everyone’s friendships, and all the mix ups with who was in love with whom, and how all the couples in the end got their happy ending. It was entertaining, romantic, sweet, amusing, all the best things a book can make you feel. A great ending for the a great series.
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    Historical Romance

    No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman Playful Brides #11 Lady Delilah Montebbank has been so busy finding matches for friends that she hasn’t taken the time to find one for herself so when her less than kind mother tells her, “this year or else,” she states her intentions of becoming engaged to the catch of the season. How hard can it be and who cares if all the matches she has made already were “love matches” and hers will not be? In the midst of Delilah’s scheming and her mother’s negativity and her friend Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley realizing HE is the one who should be with Delilah a play is being put together for charity. Appearances by couples in previous couples in the series are made, a love match is made and a side match is made by Thomas’s sister who also gets her HEA. I have to say that Delilah seemed a bit “fluffy” and not very down to earth with her dropping of French words here and there and immature in what she thought would work for herself in regard to marriage. Her mother was worse than Cinderella’s stepmother so perhaps that impacted her in more ways than one. Thomas was a nice guy but he was a bit slow in stating his intentions and almost missed out. The story was light and frothy and included a love potions and ended up being a friends of ten years moving into lovers story with a HEA. Did I like this book? Not as much as some others in the series but it was enjoyable Will I read more by this author? Probably. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – this is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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    More like Monty Python than Harry Met Sally

    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, became a duke at the age of 17. He’d been enjoying his years at school, but immediately gave up his schooling to learn all he could about running his dukedom. He wanted to become a man of whom his father could be proud, but his lack of formal schooling always bothered him. He’d educated himself – probably better than those who actually finished university – but he always felt inferior in that area. His one champion and saving grace during all of those years – especially the earliest of them – was his very best friend, Lady Delilah Montebank. Thomas has always loved Delilah, but fears letting her know because she sees him as only a friend and he doesn’t want to do anything that will spoil that friendship. So, he spends time with her, supports her and loves her. However, to avoid her and her friend’s matchmaking, he tells them he isn’t ready to take a bride. He’ll just bide his time until Delilah decides it is time for her to marry and then he’ll – somehow – convince her to choose him. Delilah’s mother is a nasty piece of work and I would have loved to see something nasty happen to her. Yes – I’m bloodthirsty! It is what would have been Delilah’s sixth season if she were actually attending ton events and looking for a husband. Then, Delilah’s mother confronts her and tells her she will either find a husband by her birthday – in a month – or she’ll have to marry the man her mother has chosen – and he is a real toad. So, Delilah blurts out that she’s chosen her man and she’s sure she’ll be betrothed before her birthday – to the Duke of Branville – who doesn’t even know she exists. Thomas certainly never expected that development! Now, it is the gentlemen versus the ladies trying to arrange a love match between Delilah and Thomas. Enter a love potion – yes, a love potion – a Roma perfume maker – a talking bird – a Shakespeare play and much more and you have a lively, if immature and improbable, romp. I also have to agree with many other reviewers who have said that the first half of the book is much better than the second half. Once the love potion comes into play, it really goes off the deep end. This was a good story and I enjoyed it – even though the heroine annoyed me with her immaturity and her willingness to upset so many other lives by using a love potion on a man who clearly didn’t want her. So, it was a nice read, but I wouldn’t read it a second time. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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