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The Duke and I

(Bridgertons #1)

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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
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Published October 7th 2016 by Recorded Books, Inc. (first published January 5th 2000)
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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
Merphy Napier
Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, adult, one-star
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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✘✘ 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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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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Catherine
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Warda
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
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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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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ 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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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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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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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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Mo
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christy
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
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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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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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Starr (AKA Bam Bam) 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
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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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Wendy'sThoughts
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Julia Quinn Fans, Historical, Romance
5 Whistledown Netflix Stars * * * * *
January 8, 2021-Happy New Year! This Interview with Nicola Coughlan is very good BUT has SPOILERS https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020...
12/31/2021, I can't seem to stop! Happy New Year To All<333
and Here is A Profile on Nicola Coughlan, Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbZTv...
12/30/2020-UPDATE-There has been many articles about this series, whether they be positive or negative. On Bustle.com, they have quite a few articles covering all sorts of persp
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Cait (Caitsbooks)
Check out this review (and more) over on my blog!

Quick Stats:
Overall:
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
Premise:

Th
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Holly
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
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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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Jessica
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
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Bethany
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,
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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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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!
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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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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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
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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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“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."
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