No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides Series #3)

No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides Series #3)

by Grace Burrowes

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Overview

In this "exquisite gem from a master" of Regency Romance, one duke's plan to find a bride makes for a most entertaining house party (Library Journal).

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?

"Smart, sexy, and oh-so-romantic." —Mary Balogh

"Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure." -Tessa Dare



The Windham Brides series:
The Trouble with Dukes
Too Scot to Handle
No Other Duke Will Do
A Rogue of Her Own

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455570010
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Windham Brides Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 182,344
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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, graceburrowes.com.

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No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and Grace's characters! She make sure there is a happily ever after though they have to overcome obstacles to get there. Yes, this follows the same outline of most plots but I love the overlapping characters from other books and how the those chapters become over well-rounded. Overall enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next in the series!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great characters set in a Welsh castle, what a start; but enter a villain set to bring the the handsome and good duke down and the intrigue builds. The action centers around a house party where the 2 Wyndome cousins are sent against their wills to find husbands . The Duke is also suppose to find a bride although he isn't ready to wed. So yo can imagine what will eventually occur after many page-turning happenings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace Burrowes books are so endearing and satisfying. Love the Windhams series, with every character and every installment unique and well-crafted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, romantic, & endearing. Mental health challenges of a character and his family were handled very well -- a topic not seen included before in a historical romance. Kudos to author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth and Julian ' s story was engaging from the very start. I could not put this one down. I so enjoyed the banter and insights into the character's thoughts. Cannot wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storyline, loved the secondary characters such as Griffin and Radnor as much as the hero & heroine. My only wish was to have them be a larger part of the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love everything Grace Burrowes writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her characters and style, plots are never trite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her plots are becoming too predictable¿ and repetitive. Please give us something different. You are a wonderful writer but seem to be stalled in terms of character and plot.
Eire2011 More than 1 year ago
I generously received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to receive this book and had a feeling it would be wonderful to read. I wasn't disappointed and it's my favorite book of the Windham Brides so far. Elizabeth Windham and her sister Charlotte find themselves invited to a house party in the wilds of Wales where it is rumored that Julian St. David, Duke of Havorford's sister Glenys is hoping to find a potential bride for her bachelor brother. Elizabeth could care less about that aspect and has accepted her road to almost spinsterhood but when she learns that his Grace owns one of the biggest personal libraries, her bookworm self can't help to be drawn in and she's trying to flee an almost scandal at the urging of her parents. Julian is barely keeping himself above water with the amount of bills that keep piling up and his sister's house party expenses as well as matchmaking are not making things any easier. Tasked with the burdens of inherited debt, a huge collection of books that seem to be the main reason for his ancestors accumulating debt, a sister he is trying to find a potential groom for, a younger brother who is special, and the burden of providing for servants and the nearby town, it's a lot for one guy to have to take on. Shortly after arriving, Elizabeth finds herself intrigued by Julian and not just for his collection of books. Reveling being surrounded by so many books, a very attentive Duke, beautiful countryside and her growing attraction to the Duke over books, she realizes that maybe it wasn't so bad after all to be sent to Wales for a time. Add in a well meaning Aunt, a younger sister who likes to push the limits and helping out the overwhelmed Glenys and it just may be what she was looking for all along. Julian and Elizabeth are at times complete opposites and yet a pair of the most adorable people I have been fortunate to read about. These two are wonderful full of surprises. What kind of bookworm wouldn't fall in love with a Duke who has a large collection of books and is more than willing to share that love of literature?! Full of adventure, a bookworm's dream of a huge library, steamy scenes, well-meaning family, humor and the beauty of Wales, I loved this story from beginning to end. This is one of my favorite books of this year and on my list of favorite books read!
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
Grace Burrowes’s No Other Duke Will Do is book three in the Windham Brides series. I really wanted to like this story, and for the most part, I really did. Elizabeth Windham finds herself at a house party for Julian, the Duke of Haverford. She has come along as her little sister’s companion, but over the course of a few days, she forms an attachment to the duke. But Julian doesn’t a need a wife yet, and there are a few other things to take care of first. So, let me start by saying that there’s a lot going on in this book. I read it as a standalone, but there are a lot of characters at play. I think it would have been better to start at the beginning of the series. As it was, it took me a while to match names with faces. Julian is a bit of an odd duck, and I loved him for it. He’s got such a unique sense of humor, and I did the snort-laugh through most of it. He's also got TWO awesome libraries (be still my heart!) Elizabeth comes in and shakes up Julian’s determination to side-step matrimony. Elizabeth has a forward nature, and Julian just doesn't see her coming. I love witty dialogue, and there’s so much of it here! Almost too much. I felt a lot of time was focused on discussion such as this—a repartee back and forth—that I was so focused on the words and less on the feeling evoked from them. I just wasn’t feeling it, and as such, my mind started drifting, and the pacing began to drag. That, and there’s a bunch of storylines going on. I just wanted to focus on Julian and Elizabeth. I did greatly enjoy Julian’s brother, Griffin, however. I also liked that the story really gets into the nitty-gritty of the time period. The limitations on the sexes and the limitations of their positions in society. Those pluses couldn’t outweigh the many side plots for me. But if you like more than one romance going on and like digging into the lives of a well-rounded cast (think Jan Karon), then I think you should definitely give this a try. There’s a lot here to give satisfaction. 3 stars.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
The next Windham adventure takes us to a three-week house party (man sometimes I wish I lived in that era with the Season, house parties that lasted weeks rather than hours, and all other events the aristocracy got up to). We are dealing with Charlotte Windham and Elizabeth Windham, daughter of Tony and Gladys, can’t recall whether they had their own book. They are cousins though to my favorite group of brothers from The Heir, The Soldier, and The Virtuoso. Elizabeth is an on the shelf spinster and she hates that she has to go to this party whose sole purpose is to put marriageable young ladies and bachelors together in hopes that marriage might come about. Julian, the Duke of Havers, really doesn’t want to put on this house party for one it costs too much and he really can’t afford it and two he isn’t looking for a wife. His sister though has set out to get him married. When he meets Elizabeth her frankness and blunt speech about not wanting to marry and that she will not be setting her sights on him is a breath of fresh air. He finds with her he can simply be himself, speak what is on his mind, and not worry about being trapped into a marriage he doesn’t want. She finds him appealing for the same reasons, so they strike up a friendship and in each other’s company can let their guard down. This, of course, leads to frank discussions about wants, past deeds, and opinions. The more time they spend together the more they come to like each other, and when they give in and kiss they come to see the benefits of a sort-of friend with benefits type deal, friends are allowed to kiss friends. Kissing leads to other deeds and love blossoms. The co Flickr was decent, the villain shows up uninvited and ingratiates himself into the house party. The villain hates Julian and wants to ruin him. Julian owes him a lot of money and when his sister's engagement is announced he calls in his debts. The story was enjoyable. I did think that Julian fell in love a bit too quickly or realized too soon that he loved her, but that small detail doesn’t detract from the enjoyable read. The different types of characters at the house party and the events that did for entertainment was interesting to watch and made me wonder if this is house the house parties back then progressed. Overall enjoyable story and strong main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read full of fun characters.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the third book in the windham brides series, no other duke will do, focusses on eldest sister, elizabeth. caught in a compromising position by a fortune hunter, her family has sent her to a house party with the sole objective of marrying her off. but she isn't looking for marriage. she wants her independence, at least she says she does. elizabeth is pretty much an ideal lady. polite, well-bred, intelligent, but mainly she is excellent at navigating social situations in a way that ensures that no one is offended. her cause celebre is lending libraries. so it is kind of perfect that this house party is being held at the duke of haverford's welsh estate and he has a magnificent library. his forefathers actually spent their lifetimes bankrupting the estate for books and documents and curiosities. but in spite of his precarious financial situation his sister decides it's past time for him to marry so she invites the most eligible prospective wives of the season to the ducal estate for a three-week house party. from the moment haverford and lady elizabeth meet they are drawn to each other. but julian doesn't have the budget to include a duchess in his life for another eight years. he has no intention of entangling himself the way he does with elizabeth, at least not until she reveals that she's given up her virtue already. this doesn't bother him in the least except for the fact that her experiences left her thinking that she really didn't understand what all the fuss about sex was about. needless to say once julian and elizabeth get things on, her opinion about sex does a one-eighty. the real source of conflict between these two is the fact that julian is on the brink of penury. but since he also happens to be sitting on an immense library filled with valuable treasures it's only a matter of time before he figures things out. the villain of the piece, his neighbor lucas sherbourne is jerk, but it's pretty clear that he's already being rehabilitated to be the hero in the next book as he has an interesting connection with charlotte, elizabeth's younger sister and the one windham bride who has yet to find a husband. **no other duke will do will publish on november 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
No Other Duke Will Do is an absolute delight. The hero and heroine, Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford and Elizabeth Windham meet and fall in love at a house party held at Castle Haverford. He is responsible, caring and honorable. He is also deeply in debt left to him by his father and grandfather. He has one of the grandest libraries in the kingdom, also left to him by his father and grandfather. She is the oldest of four sisters who are the nieces of Percival Windham, Duke of Moreland. She and her sister Charlotte are at the party ostensibly to find husbands, although neither will be disappointed if they don’t. She is kind, caring, and loves books. The books provide a common interest and the beginning to a beautiful story, one that starts with friendship and becomes so much more. While the hero and heroine are a strong engaging couple, they are not alone. Friends and family who love and support them, and make the story entertaining, humorous – complete, surround them. I particularly liked the girls’ Aunt Arabella, Julian’s bother Griffin, and Lord Radnor. They provided more than a touch of wisdom and humor to the story. However, there is a villain. Lucas Sherbourne, whose family has held St. David family notes for several generations, is determined to ruin Julian because doesn’t approve of a mining plan for the area. The story is set in the lush rolling hills of Wales. The descriptions of which make you feel you are there. What Sherbourne needs is a good smack on the back of the head. What Julian needs is a way to appease Sherbourne and relieve his debt. Several solutions are suggested. Which will be chosen? In the end what we have here is, as the song says, just an old fashion love song, exactly what you expect from Grace Burrowes. She does not disappoint. I am looking forward to the next book. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The review is voluntary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julian St. David, twelfth Duke of Haverford, age 36, is feeling grouchy as he chats with his good friend, the Marquess of Radnor. Julian’s sister, Lady Glenys, has planned a house party at their estate, Haverford Castle, in Wales. Her plan is to find a wife for Julian and he wants nothing to do with that as he is not yet ready to marry. He feels that the Dukedom cannot afford a Duchess as yet. As he has inherited debts from previous Dukes over the years, he needs to earn more money before he can properly support a Duchess. However, he does think that Glenys should find a husband and decides to invite some bachelors to the party for her. Charlotte Windham is traveling to the house party and moaning about the terrible roads in Wales. The ale she drank at lunch at an inn has caused her to be ill several times. Traveling with her is Elizabeth Windham, her sister, and their aunt, Lady Pembroke. Upon arrival at the castle, Lord Radnor solicitously carries Charlotte to her room. When Julian greets Elizabeth, they both laugh and assure one another that they are not there to find a spouse. Airing that fact, they both feel more comfortable together. However, Lord Radnor thinks they would be the perfect couple. Master Griffin is Julien’s younger brother who also lives on the estate. A difficult birth left him a bit slow but he is a kind and happy young man. The first night of the house party, Griffin goes missing so a group heads out to look for him where they find him safe. Elizabeth and Julian climb the hill hand in hand which they both enjoy. The story follows the different conversations that Julian and Elizabeth share, as well as those that Charlotte has with Lord Radnor. We learn how the generations of Haverford dukes have acquired an enormous number of books leaving no monies for other necessities. I did not really care for this story because the dialogue was simply boring to me. The plot is good but getting the story told seemed to drag. However, I’m sure other readers will enjoy this book by this well-known author. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
No Other Duke Will Do is a delightful historical fiction novel, written with elegance and sharp wit. Grace Burrowes has the talent of transporting the reader with ease, into the world of aristocrats. She crafts her characters, dialogue, and scenes, with authentic details and flair. No Other Duke Will Do, takes place at the Haverford Castle in Wales. Julian St. David, the Duke of Haverford, was on the verge of ruin. His father and grandfather had made poor business choices, and their loans weighed heavily on the Duke’s shoulders. Julian’s sister, Lady Glenys, insisted that her idea of hosting a three-week house party was a brilliant one. She needed to find and marry a wealthy titled man. And it was about time for Julian to snag a well-connected Lady, and be about the business of creating an heir. Glenys planned on inviting only the richest and most esteemed titled guests. Although the party would add to Julian’s money worries, Glenys was hoping that the end result would be worth it. Despite the expense of his sister’s scheme, Julian had no intention of seeking a woman to be the next Duchess of Haverford. Besides, who would want a man drowning in debt, titled or not? Lady Elizabeth Windham and her sister Charlotte were quite content with the prospect of becoming spinsters. The two sisters enjoyed their singleness and were in no hurry to shackle themselves to men. Attending, the Haverford Castle’s party was their parent’s idea, not theirs. However, love and romance was in the air, and one of the Windham sisters just might find herself caught in its embrace. And, as with any aristocrat three-week house party, there would be heartbreak, complications, scandalous activities, and, of course, new found love. This is a multilayered novel that has several love stories woven into its tapestry. One of my favorite characters is Griffin, the Duke’s intellectually challenged brother. Griffin is a love. He is innocent, kind, honest, and funny, and he captured my heart. His unique personality is so superbly crafted in this book, that it jumps off the page. I thoroughly enjoyed; No Other Duke Will Do. It’s captivating, heartwarming, and utterly engrossing. Thank you, Grand Central Publishing-Forever and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
My favorite trait of author Grace Burrowes is that whether dabbling in suspense, bursting with atomic attraction or stepping into the throws of ecstasy, she never takes herself too seriously. There is just enough of the fantasy to captivate and entertain. No Other Duke Will Do spins a tale of friendship and seduction that starts with a relationship of convenience. Elizabeth and Julian are the stars of a cast of characters that look to charm their way into the heart as easily as they set up residence in the mind.