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The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  41,510 ratings  ·  1,712 reviews
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-mind
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Avon (first published January 1st 2000)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
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A lot of my GR buddies love this book, and a few have recommended it to me. So I ordered it, and up until a certain part in the end, I really was enjoying it.

I won't feel bad about the spoilers in here, because this is an older book, and a ton of people have read it.

I liked Daphne, and I really liked Daphne and Simon's interactions, witty reparte, banter. all of the above. Obviously they were meant for each other, and not in the sickeningly sweet sort of way
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
When I read a book, I want to become involved emotionally. A book that does that is more likely to be highly rated. Such was the case with The Duke and I.

I have a sickness, an infatuation for tortured, dark, conflicted heroes. The happy-go-lucky guys don't capture my imagination nearly so much as their darker counterparts. Fortunately, Simon was tortured enough to keep me happy.

The beginning of this book was brilliantly done. I was already captivated with Simon, the future Duke of Hastings. My h
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5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

My introduction to author Julia Quinn was with the books The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume, and I wasn’t at all impressed and found them really boring. Several GR friends told me they aren’t her best books or indicative of her other works and that I should give her popular Bridgertons series a chance. I’ve had several of JQ’s books on my TBR shelf for quite a while now, and after mourning the end of two of my favorite HR series, Lisa Kleypa
5 Fairytale Stars!

There was nothing more attractive to mothers of single daughters than a single duke. Unforunately for Simon he is one. And he is single. And considing he never wants to get married, those mothers are a pain in his arse.
So he makes a proposition to Daphne, the younger sister of his best-friend who is also tired of rejecting pretendents she doesn't want. The deal is pretending to be interested in each other and everyone will leave them alone. What they don't expect is those fe
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"Save your pathetic words," Anthony spat. "I'll see you at dawn."

Please let there be a duel. Pleeeeaaasssse let there be a duel.

One sec, flipping the page. *pause* duel.

"I've always known that I wasn't the sort of woman men dream of, but I never thought anyone would prefer death to marriage with me."

3.5 stars. I would have definitely gone for a solid 4 star had there been a duel. What a missed opportunity that was! There are more brothers in this family; it wouldn't have been a b
Ah my Gentle Reader, this Reviewer is pleased to report, that one cannot argue against; I loved this book.

It was fun to read about Simon and Daphne finding each other through angry brothers, duels, crazy marriage mind mamas and a few misunderstandings along the way. The banter between the was laugh out loud funny as were some of the arguments .

Simon was a great hero, dealing with his past and the treatment his father dealt him at such an early age, making it his goal in life to prove his fathe
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

My Review:

This was an entertaining read. I loved Simon, the ‘tortured from childhood’ soul, and Daphne Bridgerton, the one woman who could rescue him from his bitter, angry existence, and give him a future filled with happiness, family and the love he never dreamed he could have.

The family interactions were highly amusing in the way Daphne’s siblings protected her honor even when she didn’t want it protected. Another fun side to this book was the inclusion of Lady Whistledown’s gossip columns wh
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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I have been ruined by Lisa Kleypas and all her wonderful historical that until now, I couldn’t find an author who could live up to the Kleypas craze. Julia Quinn is the answer.

THE DUKE AND I is such a charming story of Daphne and Simon! The story captured me with its prologue. It starts off with a story of a vulnerable young boy and his prideful father who wished to have the perfect heir. When he learns that his son has a speech impediment, he deems him as defective and
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I found a reference to Julia Quinn on a review of another author's work and decided to check her out. The Bridgerton series was the one I saw getting the best reviews, so I decided to check out The Duke and I, the first in the Bridgerton saga.

I loved it. As you can tell by the fact that I gave it four stars. I don't toss high ratings out to romance novels very often since they're usually overly formulaic, sappy, and repetitive, but I find Quinn's writing to be engaging, funny, intelligent, and
Duke and I

My first exposure into Julia Quinn’s romance novels was through a recent book Just Like Heaven. But, after I heard so many good things about the first book in Julia Quinn’s legendary “Bridgertons” series “The Duke and I,” I just had to give this book a shot and goodness, was I blown away by this brilliant romance novel!

Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, had a troubled childhood as his father, the former Duke of Hastings, had rejected him as a child due to Simon’s speech impediment. Years later
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
It's okay to rape your husband. (Source: Chapter 18 onwards.)

Up until this chapter The Duke and I was on the road to four stars. Four and not five because of:

➜ Anthony's behaviour after witnessing his friend's mouth on his sister's chest in the garden of a house party, challenging his FRIEND to a duel after Simon refused to marry Daphne on the grounds it would make her unhappy because he couldn't give her what she'd always wanted i.e. children and therefore happiness. If Simon really was a frien
Aug 19, 2008 Eastofoz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who need a good pick me up read
This is a really good 4.5 star read. It doesn’t make 5 stars because it’s missing just a little bit in the steam department I thought. It’s one of those books that has you smiling from beginning to end—so don’t read it in public unless you don’t mind having a dorky smile plastered on your face and people no doubt staring at you like you’re a bit weird ;-)

It’s well written, funny and you just can’t help but love the Bridgerton family but it’s not in the least bit hokey. You really want to read ab
Mar 06, 2010 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of light historical romance
I have been spoiled by Lisa Kleypas. It is impossible for me to read an historical romance by any other author without in some way comparing it to LK's work. Which is admittedly unfair. But even with the huge shadow of Lisa Kleypas hanging over ever other historical novel that I read, I still ended up really enjoying this book.

The Good: I loved the Bridgerton family. Sometimes a big wacky, family can come off as more than a little over the top and silly. But, JQ made the family likable and beli
'The Duke And I' relies on all romance and romantic comedies authors favourite premise - a pretend relationship. Somehow two people find themselves having to pretend they are in love with each other and inevitably, and to their own embarrassment, end up falling in love for real. Sadly this never happens in real life. Well, the falling in love for real part doesn't happen. Pretend relationships do. And they usually involve a significant sum of money and a passport.

[here be the spoilers]

**Audiobook Review below original review**
This is another book that I decided I needed to reread to finally write a review. I'm glad I did because during the first time through, I must have had scrambled eggs for brains, because I thought that it was merely mediocre. In hindsight, I was young and naive, with only a few HR novels under my belt.

Daphne Bridgerton is nice, but hardly garnered the attention from the ton that any of he
Wow. Way to ruin the book.

I’m usually up for morally ambiguous characters and controversial subjects in my books. I like being surprised. I’m not a black or white kind of person – I live and think in the grey almost always.

But there are some things that are just plain wrong, no matter how you slice it.

I’ve deliberately avoided this author, hearing the words “light and fluffy” far too often in association with her books. My preference is generally closer to “dark and angsty”, so I just figured sh
Fantastic book! I read this one years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it but for some strange reason I never kept up with the series (I think I read 1 or 2). My library was recommended the series (they don't buy too many HR) and I remembered the Duke and I and decided to buy the series for myself. Of course me being me, I had to wait to get the whole series before starting to read it. Well worth the wait.
Quinn takes an old tired plotline and makes it literally sparkle. She uses wit to get her point a
The Duke and I is horrifying, but I loved Simon, the stuttering Duke.

Daphne marries Simon knowing full well that Simon does NOT want to have children. Ever. For a variety of reasons, some of which are misconceptions. But bottom line, he was honest with Daphne, up front about not wanting kids.

So...about 75% into the book, she (view spoiler)
♡Karlyn P♡
A sweet, romantic historical. I've read this series completely out of order, but they all work as a stand alone. This is one of the best in the series (Viscount Who Loved Me is another big fav)
Feb 08, 2010 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Regency Romance or Tortured Heroes
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"4.5 stars" Up until I was about 150 pages into The Duke and I, I was beginning to think I had started my second much-lauded romance series in a row, only to be sorely disappointed with it, but somehow Julia Quinn managed to pull out all the stops during the second half of the book and make me forget most of my frustrations from the first half. The two halves almost seemed like they were written in completely different styles. The beginning of the book wasn't bad, but it
There are so many wonderful reviews on this book by so many lovely ladies that I just don't feel like it's worth rehashing it. Suffice to say that I agree with many of those ladies and totally fell in love with this book. It's very sweet and the characters are wonderfully written and full of charm. The only thing in this book that bothered me was when Simon begged Daphne to stay and then after events from that night goes off and leaves HER like a dunderhead. I guess in romance they need the tens ...more
Lovely story! Simon and Daphne made a charming couple. I truly enjoyed my time with them!

Simon, the Duke of Hastings, is adamant about not marrying and keeping his deceased father’s title and land in the family. After a life-long struggle with dealing with a father that was ashamed of him because of his speech impediment, Simon has no wishes to honor the Hastings’ title and land, nor keep it in the family through a proper marriage. However, when an opportunity arises to keep himself out of the c
Simplesmente maravilhoso! Um lindo romance com muito humor à mistura, definitivamente uma série a seguir. Estou ansiosa pelo próximo livro, o do irmão protector e melhor amigo Anthony Bridgerton XD
Traduzida em vinte e duas línguas, vencedora de três RITA Awards em quatro anos, Julia Quinn é finalmente traduzida em Portugal. Autora bestseller do New York Times, foi o membro mais jovem a entrar para o Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame.
A Série Bridgerton é composta por oito livros, sendo este o primeiro volume de uma série que já conquistou leitoras ávidas por todo o mundo, ou não tivesse Lisa Kleypas o considerado como o romance mais original do ano. Passado no século XIX, em plena
Ana Luisa
Entre um clima deliciosamente divertido e romântico Julia Quinn dá-nos a conhecer o primeiro volume da Serie Bridgeton. Não sei definir o que esperava, mas fiquei completamente estupefacta perante toda a história. Não só nos coloca dentro do ambiente de uma faustosa Londres do sec. XIX, como também nos faz dar gargalhadas a cada página. Apesar da linha de história ser tão semelhante às que estamos habituados a ler, temos o descortinar de mentalidades um pouco avançadas para a época e o seu humor ...more
This was my first time with Julia Quinn. To say I was pleasently surprised would be an understatement.

What an amazing, romantic, funny, tender story this was.

Simon Bennet, the reluctant brand new duke of Hastings, is back in London. The ton season (a.k.a the husband hunting season) is on full force but he couldn’t care less about it. But he’s rich, handsome and has a title to offer, so logically, he instantly becomes England’s most eligible bachelor, and all the mothers want a piece of him…for h

E eis que finalmente os leitores portugueses tem a oportunidade de conhecer a autora Julia Quinn, que é das autoras de romance de época mais afamadas por esse mundo literário fora. Já há imenso tempo que tinha esta autora debaixo de olho, por isso foi com um entusiasmo enorme que recebi a notícia de que os seus livros iriam começar a ser publicados em Portugal. Aí residia a minha motivação para finalmente começar a ler as suas obras e tirar a prova dos n
Julia Quinn has the ability to write some of the funniest and most realistic dialogue. I've really enjoyed her Bridgerton series and the "Duke and I" is (so far) one of my favorites.

I really like the fact that Julia Quinn can take a predictable, over-used plot and put a spin on it, claiming it as her own. Simon Basset at first appears to be your typical cliched', tortured hero. Denied the love and affection of his father because of a childhood stutter, Simon eventually overcomes his stutter and
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“Men are sheep. Where one goes, the rest will soon follow.

-Lady Whistledown”
“Where is he? Bridgerton!" he bellowed.
Three chestnut heads swiveled in his direction. Simon stomped across the grass, murder in his eyes.
"I meant the idiot Bridgerton."
"That, I believe," Anthony said mildly, tilting his chin toward Colin, "would refer to you.”
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