The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #1
Published by HarperCollins
Genres: Adult, Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Source: Personal Collection
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Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?
—Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1813
By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy sutiors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.
But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her… but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke… for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love… - GoodReads
It has finally happened! By reading The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, I initiated myself into the JQ readership. I really enjoyed this book and I’m eager to continue with the series. I decided to start with the Bridgertons because almost anytime you hear that name it’s because someone is sharing their favorite Julia Quinn book.
Daphne Bridgerton did not disappoint as our leading lady. I loved that she allowed herself to be herself and not be bullied into what society deemed best for her. Daphne wouldn’t be talked into a marriage of convenience. If there wasn’t love, there wasn’t going to be a marriage.
Simon still had quite a lot of leftover bitterness from his childhood. I don’t think anyone can blame him though. He certainly had a rough one. I had a slightly harder time with Simon. Stubbornness is one quality sure to get on my nerves.quickly. I could easily see why Simon was determined to see his plan through; however, the stubbornness in the face of sense was off putting. It was like watching a child hang on to a broken toy rather than recognizing it wasn’t the same anymore.
The secondary characters were so much fun. Julia Quinn includes a large cast of people. It never felt like too many and they all served a purpose. Being only one book in, I have to say that Violet Bridgerton, the Bridgerton matriarch, is my favorite.
It took me forever to read The Duke and I. A vicious reading slump struck it out. This book was funny and made me tear up. I can only hope the rest of the series is as good.