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The Duke and I

(Bridgertons #1)

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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
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Kindle Edition, with 2nd epilogue, 433 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Avon (first published January 5th 2000)
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ChocoholicReader I guess clean is a matter of opinion, but this book has 2 fully descriptive sex scenes, so I would not describe it as clean.

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✘✘ 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
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Merphy Napier
Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: one-star, adult, romance
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
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Laura
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
review posted on Got Fiction? Books

2.5
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
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chan ☆
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
Katerina
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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,
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Catherine
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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
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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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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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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
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Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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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
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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
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Shawna
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)
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NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,5 lovely stars from me***

The Bridgertons are a really crazy, but wonderfull family!!!
I really had a great time...
This book was funny, interesting and i couldn't put it down!!!

The only reason that i put 4,5 stars was because i was torn between and 4 and 5... and that's because even though that it was a really great story, somewhere before the middle had a really slow pace for my taste!!!

Well, well, well...
I have to tell you that the Bridgerton family aparts from nine members...
The mother
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Chan
Mar 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Catarina
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
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
One of my 2020 reading goals was more reading and less reviewing. That being said, The Duke and I was a scrumptious bite of historical romance and I was 100% along for the ride. Angsty, with a hero who is a jerk (but actually not). Since the series will be coming soon, you need to make this book a reading priority asap!
NMmomof4
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was an enjoyable read. I did, however, have some major issues with Daphne's behavior towards the end that causes their separation (view spoiler)
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Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
The Duke and I is my second foray into historical romance and I can definitely say that I've found a new favorite genre. It's really exciting to go into books and not be able to predict anything since I'm not as familiar with the tropes or story structures of the genre. I found myself enchanted by the lovable Bridgerton family and I cannot wait to devour this entire series and then watch the upcoming Netflix adaptation! The one thing I will say is that I was loving this book, and I was leaning t ...more
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* 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 woul
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Seffra
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So this book went from 4 stars to a 2 stars...

Where to begin....

OH THERE ARE MANY SPOILERS IN THIS RANT..ERM, I MEAN REVIEW...

I really enjoyed this beginning of this book. I liked Simon and I seriously felt for him. He had a horrible father who ignored his existence because of he stuttered... Poor, poor Simon...

Then we have the little chit who to be known as our heroine....her name is Daphne... we will not dwell on her attributes since she was a poor excuse for a female character. Instead, we wi
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Nadia
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
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Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
2.75

OH BOI

sooo I finished this book (I FINALLY FINISHED A BOOK OMG I CAN READ AGAIN) and I have like a GAZILLION thoughts about it. I have no idea how the hell I'm going to rate this. My mind is SWIRLING LIKE A FREAKING TORNADO with opinions on this, and I need a minute to put them in order so I can try to write a somewhat coherent review.

EDIT: So I come from the future to say that I actually enjoyed this book a lot, uuuntil the protagonist did something extremely fucked up and problematic towar
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Phrynne
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in the same vein as Georgette Heyer - not quite as good but still very entertaining! I must admit I raced through it because, although these books always have happy endings, it was hard at times to see how one was going to be achieved! Daphne and Simon were an attractive couple, the three brothers were hilarious and the Bridgerton family as a whole were charming. There was lots of humorous banter and some real laugh aloud moments. It was a nice, easy read for a Sunday afternoon and I wil ...more
Elena C.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
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Rane
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 fath
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish


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
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2020
It was so slow at first but things picked up by 50% mark and I can tell you that there's not a lot happening except for drama between the two characters.
[Aengell]
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

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 exper
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Gavin
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I recall enjoying the Bridgerton books when I read them in my younger days so, inspired by the news of a Netflix TV adaptation being in the works, decided to finally start that reread I'd been pondering for years. Did this book live up to my original memories? Yes and no. It was an enjoyable and worthwhile read for sure but definitely had a few more flaws than I remembered.

I do enjoy Quinn's writing and the tone of her story. The writing is engaging and the story had a great mix of romance, humo
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