No Other Duke Will Do

Forever: Grand Central. (Windham Brides, Bk. 3). Nov. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781455570010. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455570003. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
OrangeReviewStarThere is no way Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, is going to marry, or even choose a bride, until he's dealt with his family's enormous debt and gotten things back on an even keel—not even when his well-meaning but meddlesome sister plans an extravagant, three-week-long house party filled with eligible, hopeful young ladies, all for the purpose of securing for Julian a rich wife. Yet sensible Elizabeth Windham is a breath of fresh air, and though planning to remain merely friends, they can't ignore the feelings growing between them. An honorable, caring hero determined to do the right thing and a smart, insightful heroine who helps him to see what is important deal with interfering siblings, a vengeful foe, and their own evolving if somewhat inconvenient attraction. Fascinating secondary characters (several of whom have their own romances), a beautifully depicted Welsh setting, and a striking literary collection that will warm the hearts of librarians and bibliophiles are welcome additions.
VERDICT Compelling, sympathetic characters and a rare blend of passion and humor result in another exquisite gem from a master of the genre. Gorgeously done. Burrowes (Too Scot To Handle) lives in rural Maryland.

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