No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes (part of the Windham Brides series) will be published on November 7, 2017 from Forever.
Goodreads | Mass market: $7.99 | eBook: $6.99 | ISBN: 9781455570003
One of Amazon’s Top Romance Picks for November
“Compelling, sympathetic characters and a rare blend of passion and humor result in another exquisite gem from a master of the genre. Gorgeously done.”―Library Journal, starred review
Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, is barely keeping his head above water in a sea of inherited debts. Though he has a long-term plan to restore the family finances, his sister has a much faster solution: host a house party for London’s single young ladies and find Julian a wealthy bride.
Elizabeth Windham has no interest in marriage, but a recent scandal has forced her hand. As much as she’d rather be reading Shakespeare than husband-hunting, she has to admit she’s impressed by Julian’s protective instincts, broad shoulders, and, of course, his vast library.
As the two spend more time together, their attraction is overwhelming, unexpected… and absolutely impossible. With meddling siblings, the threat of financial ruin, and gossips lurking behind every potted palm, will they find true love or true disaster?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor’s degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history, (both from Pennsylvania State University); a master’s degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at the George Washington University.
Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers’ conferences. She also loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached through her website, http://www.graceburrowes.com.
Read an Excerpt:
“I still want to kiss you, Elizabeth. Rather a lot.”
“That sentiment is mutual,” she said, setting off at a brisk pace. “But where is it written that friends can never kiss, or otherwise express their attraction to each other?”
“It ought to be written somewhere,” Haverford said, “in great bold copperplate. Kissing leads to—”
“I know where it leads, Your Grace, in the general case. The destination has been sadly unimpressive on past visits. I’d like to explore where kissing leads with you.”
“I am lonely too.” And doubtless bound for marriage to some charming, boring viscount with clammy hands.
“—quite fierce about this friendship business.” His gaze was on the castle, and Elizabeth suspected he was trying not to smile.
“I’m quite fierce about everything.” And only now coming to admit it.
“We shall be fierce friends then, for the duration of a house party. One shudders to think what mischief… What the devil is he doing here?”
A coach and four was rattling up the drive a quarter of a mile away. The horses were all white, exactly matched for gait and height, and pulling a black coach with red wheels. A single trunk was affixed to the back, though no crest adorned the door.
“It appears you’ve a late arriving guest.” Or a bad fairy calling on the party, based on Haverford’s expression.
“Not a guest, a problem. A most unwelcome problem.”
Elizabeth “Bethan” Windham has been out for ten seasons, and has not found a man she could love or esteem enough to want to marry. Since two of her sisters have recently wed, her parents and other relatives are even more anxious for her to find a suitable spouse and settle down. Elizabeth is just biding her time until she can safely be classified a spinster, and has no plans to marry. She is, however, dutifully attending a house party, along with her remaining single sister, Charlotte, and her aunt, who is acting as chaperone.
Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, inherited his title and estates along with a mountain of debt and no cash. He has been working tirelessly to provide a fair living for those under his jurisdiction, which has left him unable to reduce his own debt, caused by generations of previous dukes pouring all available funds into purchasing books for the Haverford library. To make matters worse, Julian’s sister, Glenys, has planned a large house party, where she hopes Julian will find a wife. Julian is determined he cannot marry any time in the foreseeable future because of his dire financial status.
Julian and Elizabeth share a rapport almost from their initial meeting. Elizabeth candidly tells the duke that she has no designs on him, and he, in turn, lets her know that he is not searching for a bride. With those obstacles out of the way, this couple begins to just enjoy each other’s company. In fact, they enjoy being together so much that their liking becomes attraction. At first, there are no strings, but soon they long for strings and for forever, as their passion has led to love. Julian’s situation is so bad that even Elizabeth’s sizable dowry would not cancel his debts, and he refuses to let her give up her whole future security.
Julian is lonely and longs to marry and start a family, but he’s a victim of a situation that’s not of his making. He is honorable in trying to protect Elizabeth’s future while his own heart is breaking. He’s a wonderful man with the burden of the world on his shoulders. It’s so sad for Elizabeth, too, who has finally found a man she can love, but they seem destined not to have a future together.
I love the pacing of NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO, and how this couple’s relationship develops quickly, but believably. Grace Burrowes includes little everyday details in the story that add so much charm and warmth. There are other characters whose simultaneous stories are captivating, and I guarantee that Julian’s brother, Griffin, will steal your heart. There is an odious villain, who reminds me of George Warleggen from the current PBS Poldark series, but apparently he may be on the road to redemption. NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO is my favorite of the Windham Brides series, and has all the qualities I love in a romance. I heartily recommend this engaging and satisfying read.
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