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Very disappointed. I enjoyed the other two “Duke” books by Burrowes, but this plot was weak and seemed designed only to link the many sex scenes together. Will try another author now.
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What happens when a duke with crippling debts accrued by his bibilophile predecessors (and who thus isn't a book fan) meets the woman of his dreams - who adores books?
No Other Duke Will Do is fairly standard Grace Burrowes fare; two decent, honourable people meet and fall in love, but not without some lumps and bumps along the way. The lumps and bumps here are, it's true, not especially lumpy or bumpy, but it's an enjoyable, gently moving tale and the best of this series so far. Ms. Burrowes does a terrific job showing how Julian's financial situation impinges on pretty much every aspect of his life; he’s an honourable, compassionate man who wants very much to do what is best for those who depend on him and who is continually constrained by his lack of funds. He has worked tirelessly to bring his finances around, but knows he has a lot more hard work and sacrifice ahead of him; and we really feel for him as he realises he has finally found the woman for him but cannot afford to marry her.
There's an engaging cast of secondary characters (and several secondary romances!) and a hint of what's to come for the heroine's sister in the final book in the series.
James Langton is a narrator I enjoy listening to (even though his female voices can sometimes be a little off) - he really gets Ms. Burrowes' quirky writing style to the extent I can't imagine anyone else reading her books. Here, however, she's stymied him by setting the story in Wales and employing a number of Welsh characters, because while he's very good at Scottish and Irish accents, Welsh accents clearly aren't his forté. He's a very accomplished narrator and normally I'd be grading him at 4 stars, but I can't do that this time.
If you can get past the odd not-Welsh-accent, No Other Duke Will Do is worth a listen. It's a gentle love story featuring a pair of very attractive protagonists.