I have just re-read this the first book in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. I intend to reread each and post each review as I go through the series. Most of this review is from my original posting back in July, 2011. The book currently available has a second Epilogue added that I didn’t have in my edition.
Title: The Duke and I (The Bridgerton Series, book#1)
Genre: Historical Romance Regency
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2000
Source: My keeper shelf (available at all booksellers)
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
Description: 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!
I have been all over reading this series out of order. It doesn’t really spoil the books but I think reading them in order is more desireable.
Let me get this out of the way; I am in love with the Bridgerton Series. There, now you know so that is why I am totally biased about each of the books. Every time I read one I think “Oh, this is the best one.” And then I read another and think the same thing again.
This first in the series sets the tone for all the ones to follow (see the list below). Daphne is not a raving beauty, although certainly not unattractive, so all her potential suitors look on her as a pal and not a sweetheart. Simon the Duke has had a traumatic childhood and has no desire to marry and continue the lineage. In their attempt to “help” each other they fall in love but not without problems to overcome.
Update added 2/28/2017: Anthony Bridgerton is introduced in this book. He will get his romance in the next book in the series. He is Daphne’s oldest brother and the current Viscount. In this book he is bit overbearing so I’m hoping when I read the next book he will be redeemed. (Yes, although I’ve read that book once before, I can’t recall it. So it will be like a new read for me.)
Quinn is a master of dialog, scene setting, romance and plot. You’ve got nothin’ to lose, go for it.
(And possibly like me the book will end up on your keeper shelf begging for a reread or perhaps it already is gathering dust on a shelf, if so, haul it down for a terrific romance re-experience.)
- The Duke and I (Daphne and Simon)
- The Viscount Who Loved Me
- An Offer From a Gentleman
- Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
- To Sir Phillip, With Love
- When he was Wicked
- It’s in His Kiss
- On The Way to the Wedding