Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Duke and I

(Bridgertons #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  227,072 ratings  ·  18,781 reviews
The Duke and I is a romance set in the Regency era.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady shou
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Avon Books (first published January 1st 2000)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Duke and I, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Kate "Clean" is a biased and negative term, because then the more descriptive books are "unclean" and you're shaming those who write/read those types of bo…more"Clean" is a biased and negative term, because then the more descriptive books are "unclean" and you're shaming those who write/read those types of books. Better descriptors would be "closed door", wherein we don't read about anything sexual occurring between characters past possibly kissing, and "open door" which could describe any amount of sexual activity. This series is definitely 'open door'.(less)
Jenny OH You will find out in a future book. You're on the right track!…moreYou will find out in a future book. You're on the right track!(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.85  · 
Rating details
 ·  227,072 ratings  ·  18,781 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This review is dedicated to my dear friend (haha) Navessa who was thoughtful enough to challenge me to read this book. (view spoiler)

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
Merphy Napier
Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-star, romance, adult
Okay here we go. I read this because it's my friend's favorite and she wanted me to give it a go. I think it's important to try new things because I've fallen in love with genres this way. Unfortunately, I really didn't like this, and here's why:

What I liked:
- The build up for this romance was really well done. The characters had great chemistry when they were falling in love.
- My initial intro to the characters was great, easy to latch on to them
- The male MC has a stutter. My son has a stutter
chan ☆
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
why would you ruin a perfectly good romance with a rape scene. just because it was a guy doesn’t mean it’s not rape!!!!

hoping the creators of the netflix adaptation uh change that
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
review posted on Got Fiction? Books

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
I am not sure what to rate this book so for now I’m leaving it blank.

I mainly read this because Shonda freakin’ Rhimes is creating the Netflix series. And also because I adore historical romances and Julia Quinn is well loved.

Up until the scene, this book was pretty much perfect. The introduction to the Bridgerton family was amazing. The relationship that began to develop between Daphne and Simon was equally as amazing. Their buildup and their overall chemistry was one of the best things I’ve
Mar 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest

I think it's been a while since I've seen such an even split among my friends when it comes to how they rated the book. Half my friends loved THE DUKE AND I and the other half apparently hated it. The Bridgertons series is Julia Quinn's most famous historical romance offering so I've been wanting to read it for a while, but I'm not unfamiliar with her work. In my opinion, she's a bit notorious for over-aggressive heroines who come across
Miranda Reads
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it

Been waiting for AGES to do this Unboxing and Review Video for the Bridgerton Box from Once Upon a Book Club!

My reading rep code: MIRANDAREADS10

The Written Review

Daphne Bridgerton, the fourth eldest of the Bridgertons, is eager to make her debut into society...but much to her dismay, everyone seems to find her "friendly" and "a good person" but not marriage material.

Meanwhile Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, has finally retuned to England and he wants to finish up so
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?”

Well my Mama refused to find me a duke, even though she is desperate to see me settled down (apparently, I am a spinster at the ripe age of 24). In fact, she laughed at the idea, and then started her "stop reading-start living" lectures, while arranging to introduce me to the Lady of the Caramel's son, who is "rich, young and available"(I think available is her most important quality). Me, well,
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Disappointed. Actually, disappointed doesn't even begin to describe it.

*Unpopular opinion time*

Once upon a time, I wasn't into historical romance. I thought they were silly and anti-women, and I wasn't even interested in trying them. Thankfully, I discovered historical romances by Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan, and I fell head over heels for the genre.

I'm thanking my lucky stars that I didn't try this book first because I fear I would have never read the genre again.

I've been meaning to try th
Mar 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-own
Once upon a time in a make believe world...
Jane: I love you, but I can’t marry you. I can’t have children and I want you to be happy.

John: We were seen kissing. If we don’t marry, they shall literally burn you at the stake. Please marry me, Jane.

Jane: Only if you understand that I cannot have children because I know how badly you want them.

John: I understand.

Jane: Okay. I’ll marry you.

A few weeks later...
John: Why do you have birth control pills?

Jane: To prevent pregnancy.

John: I thoug
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
UPDATE, after watching the NETFLIX series ...

Please watch it. It is fantastic - I adored it. Loved the casting, the set, the acting ... The Duke, Daphne! It was beautiful ...

--------------------------- ORIGINAL REVIEW(s) below ...

I know, I know ... not another listen/read of this one? Well, when you are in a bit of a book slump go back to an old favourite. Seriously, I will never tire of reading this series. I am awaiting the Netflix series with a bit of trepidation... in my mind I have my visi
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Simon makes my heart stutter Stars

The Duke and I has been on my TBR list for years, but I just never got around to reading it. Now I can't believe I waited so long. I wasn't two chapters into this book before I knew two things for sure 1. I loved the Bridgertons and 2. Julia Quinn would be a new favorite author. This book grabbed me right out the gate. It captivated my heart, and I fell in love with this big, loud but sweet family. This book was cute, at times sad and had me laughing out
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

2.5 Stars

Simon & Daphne = Dumb & Dumber

I’m officially starting my journey with this series. Whether or not I’ll read all the books, we shall see since I’m not exactly off to a good start with this one. Do I have to read everything first if I want to watch the Netflix adaptation? I mean, of course I don’t have to, but will watching the show spoil ALL the books? Or is it one season based on one book? Please, lemmeknowww!

Anyway, this book. Simon’s stutter endears him to readers, but for the most pa
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So...writing this review is tricky because there is a very controversial scene in this book that a lot of people (pretty understandably) hate and it has soured them on the story. I knew going in that such a scene existed, even if I didn't know all of the details, and that may have colored my experience.

That said....I loved The Duke and I! And cannot wait to read on in the series. I fell in love with the characters, the world, and the tone almost immediately. From Lady Whistledown to the entire,
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars
There were rules among friends, commandments, really, and the most important one was Thou Shalt Not Lust After Thy Friend’s Sister.

I've been trying to read more historical romance novels this year and I've obviously been failing... but I'm so glad I listened to this one. Honestly, I really want to watch the series next month so I made time for this. I loved it. Daphane and Simon were fantastic and I can't wait to read more from this series.

Audio book source: Libby (library
Kevin (Irish Reader)
I was giving this book 3 stars right up until the ending. It ruined all of my previous enjoyment of the book, unfortunately.

I did a full spoiler filled reading vlog/review on this book on my YouTube channel. If you’d like to know my thoughts on the book, you can watch that video here:
Man, I've heard some weird things about this book over the years - none of them good.
So, even though Quinn is a super popular author and I'd already read and likedish a few of the Bridgerton books, I just sort of crossed The Duke & I off my list.
Because life is too short.
And then the Nexflix show dropped.
*sizzle, sizzle, sizzle*


I grabbed the audiobook from Hoopla and dove in.
And it was great! I couldn't help but picture the actors from the tv show speaking the lines from this book and I just
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
Liz* Fashionably Late
I don't wanna be that guy but let Aunty Liz tell you a spoilerish story! gather 'round, dear children:

A loving husband, very much in love, is eager to start a family but his wife is not mentally ready yet. She's been through a lot so she asks him to wait. She needs time to heal.

That night, the wife enters the bedroom a little drunk. Yeah, she's been drinking, my children, don't drive if you're drinking. Anyways, the wife is very drunk so she goes to sleep. Suddenly, the husband lures her with k
Apr 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was surprised when I discovered this book is gonna be a tv show. I mean are we going ignore that rape scene? But maybe, just maybe, since tv adaptations are rarely loyal to the real thing, they’ll ignore that scene. And won’t include it in the tv show. Spoilers or not I no longer care. This is unacceptable and if genders were reversed the book and tv show would’ve received hate to no end. Please guys tell me how most are raving about the tv show and ignoring what happened in episode 6? He clea ...more
Cait (Caitsbooks)
Check out this review (and more) over on my blog!

Quick Stats:
1/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 1/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Duke and I had the potential to be an amazing book, but one scene ruined it all for me.

// Content Warning: Child Abuse & Neglect, Rape //
Trigger Warning: I will be discussing the handling of rape and non-consensual sex a lot in this review

Release Date: 1/5/2000
Publisher: Avon Books
Page Count: 384 pages

Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
I read this book a LONG time ago. And since then, I've LOVED the Bridgerton series. (Until the last several years when the writing went way downhill).

BUT, I will recall this start fondly, tho it's not my fave of the "good" Bridgerton books. It nevertheless made me fall in love with an author for that time in my life.

Well, I can't tell you all that much about the writing of the book now, looking at soooo many years ago, but I CAN tell you that 1) I would prob not like it as much now bc my tastes
Elena C.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Julia Quinn writes delightfully funny banters.

Julia Quinn has an obvious knack for romantic comedy.

Julia Quinn can turn the simple act of taking a glove off into something sensual.

Julia Quinn is utterly confused about what constitutes consent and what doesn't.

*spoilers ahead*

Just imagine: you've repeatedly stated that you do not want to have kids. You're taking every possible measure to ensure you don't end up pregnant. But hey, your partner knows best. So the day you have way too much to drink
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Julia Quinn Fans, Historical, Romance
5 Whistledown Netflix Stars
* * * * *
February 21, 2021- If you are interested in the Original Lady Whistledown from History, this video tells all...
February 2021
Congratulations, Being #5 of Amazon’s Most Popular Romance Novels of 2020!
January 21, 2021-Psssst, Lady Whistledown Has News!
Dearest Readers,
The ton are abuzz with the latest gossip, and so it is my honor to impart to you: Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season...In the Spring of 2
2.5 stars

How in the world are they going to turn this into a Netflix series?! It's coming out on Netflix on Christmas Day and is produced by THE Shonda Rhimes, but seriously I have no idea how they are going to pull it off because there are some SERIOUSLY QUESTIONABLE things going on in this book. (12/28/202 UPDATE: I have now watched the Netflix series, that comparison is at the end of this review) The book starts off great - I loved the introduction to the large Bridgerton family, they felt li
I can't believe I never got around to writing a review on this! I loved this book so so much and how it was a fake dating story. The whole Bridgerton family is so endearing and I loved how close they all were to each other. Anthony, Benedict, and Colin are overbearing older brothers and I loved them and how protective they were of Daphne. When Simon comes into the picture, it was so cute when he realized that Daphne was actually his best friend's sister, another romance trope I love.

From the pr
Some spoilers ahead, so consider yourself forewarned.

Oh where to begin...

I suppose the beginning was not that bad. The characters were a little bit flat, but it was interesting enough. Cheesy, but readable.
The part when they kiss for the first time was hilarious. I'm not really sure if it was intended, but still.

But then, as Daphne became increasingly pathetic with every chapter, and Simon became an even bigger asshole, the book was quickly turning from readable to insufferable.

And then it culm
Re-read/listened to the audiobook version Oct'2018:

5 stars (with some quibbles) - Historical Romance

The audiobook narrator was great, and overall, it's still a 5-star read for me. But I will say, I didn't like or agree with the heroine's actions. (view spoiler)
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Bokcirkeln vid världens ände
  • What I Did for a Duke (Pennyroyal Green, #5)
  • London's Perfect Scoundrel (Lessons in Love, #2)
  • The Rake (Lessons in Love, #1)
  • The Wedding (Lairds' Fiancées, #2)
  • Bara lite till
  • Devil's Bride (Cynster, #1)
  • Sikta högt
  • Blå, blå höstvågor
  • A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1)
  • Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1)
  • Once and Always (Sequels, #1)
  • Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1)
  • Mi Orgullo y tus Prejuicios
  • Worth Any Price (Bow Street Runners, #3)
  • Två hjärtans karameller
  • Encontrada (Perdida #2)
  • Välkommen till Flanagans (Flanagans, #1)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, an ...more

Other books in the series

Bridgertons (8 books)
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)
  • An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons, #3)
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons, #5)
  • When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons, #6)
  • It's in His Kiss (Bridgertons, #7)
  • On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgertons, #8)

Articles featuring this book

We all want to spend more time lost in the pages of great books. That's the idea behind our annual 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge! It's...
287 likes · 71 comments
“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.”
More quotes…