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The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1)
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 fast...more
My name is Sarah and I'm a survivor.
Yes I am. Because I have done it. I have read all 384 pages of this Historical Romance masterpiece. And I am still alive to talk about it. Someone please give me a medal.
Where to begin? The possibilities are quite ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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* Damn...no 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 ...more
What a great introduction to an understandably beloved and well-praised series!
I won't say anything on the plot, since 90% of my friends here on Goodreads have read this series, but this is the story about Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings.
This couple though.
Their little scheme, which covers about the first half of the novel, was funny and entertaining, and it left room enough for the little quirks of the Bridgertons to be shown. Julia Quinn, as I have experie ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 friend ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
[here be the spoilers]
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[deliberately entices Simon when he is drunk, having intentionally driven him to drink, plotting his seduction. She then attempts to force him into getting her ...more
Quinn takes an old tired plotline and makes it literally sparkle. She uses wit to get her point a ...more
"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 ...more
A very good start in a HR series! The book is very well-written, with a great sense of humor and very interesting characters!
I liked Daphne a lot because she’s witty and funny. But I have to admit that she was way too innocent! I couldn’t believe that she didn’t know… certain things. What I liked most was her relationship with the members of her family. Especially her brothers. They were overprotective but they had good intentions.
Simon… I was sad to read about his childhood. I understand why h ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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.”