The Duke and I

The Duke and I

Bridgerton Family Series, Book 1

eBook - 2009
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Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town′s marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn′t as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry - though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon′s heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9780061741388

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Jan 28, 2019

This was a wonderful story, could not put it down and read it from start to finish in one day. Loved the characters, the humour and as this was the first Bridgerton story realized what a great start it was to this series. Have not yet read all the books but this was the very best.

Apr 26, 2017

"The Duke and I," was my first foray into true romance novels, my only other experience being the "Outlander," series (which I have not yet finished). A friend of mine recommended starting with Ms. Quinn and specifically with the Bridgerton series, and I'm very glad she did! I enjoyed this book quite a bit, finding it enjoyable and easy escapism of just the sort I was looking for. I would absolutely and without hesitation recommend this book as an excellent starting point for other romance-newbies!

The characters are interesting and well drawn, and the chemistry is between the lead characters doesn't feel forced, false, or overly abrupt. There are some cliches indulged in, and fairly early, but this seems to be part of the appeal of the concept. I enjoyed that Ms. Quinn writes from the perspective of both her leading characters, often alternating between their viewpoints within the same scene in a way that never feels jarring. I expected to spend most of my time reading either the damsel's perspective or that of the rakish suitor, and instead found myself with a rounded vision of each scene, including the bedroom scene.

Some of the language is a bit repetitive, but the dynamics among characters feels fresh and honest. I especially joy the relationships among the Brridgerton family, who are a large, happy, loving, close knit group. There's no angst on the family front for this ingenue, which is incredibly pleasant.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Oct 11, 2015

Julia Quinn is the gold standard in Regency romance for a reason--she's great. She is the reason I (and many other readers) started reading romance, and this is a great place to start: the first book in her 8-part Bridgertons series, forever my favorite-ever romance series. Simultaneously funny and heartfelt, full of memorable characters and witty banter, this book is a joy to read from start to finish.

LPL_PolliK Jun 23, 2015

If you've wanted to check out historical romance but didn't know where to start, start here! This is the first of the Bridgerton family novels, and Julia Quinn knows how to write great characters, witty dialogue and deliver a satisfying romance!

lbarkema Dec 08, 2014

It was going strong for the first 2/3 and then it hit a wall that had to do with a drunken night and I was not a fan of how that turned out. I think this slightly turned me off to the rest of the book and everything else just seemed to wrap up way too nicely. But I love family series and I am really looking forward to the next books in the series.

Aug 13, 2013

The Bridgertons is a great regency romance series about the warm and funny family of eight.

Nov 02, 2011

I am really enjoying reading the Bridgerton series but unfortunetly have duiscovered the YPRL does not have the full set available.I would appreciate reading the whole series & it is disheartening not to be able to read the full series.


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