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The Duke and I

The Duke and I

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The rakish Duke of Hastings will stop at nothing to hold the marriagemongers and matchmakers of his town at bay, even if it means pretending to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton, but strong feelings soon intervene on both sides of this convenient arrangement. Reissue.


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 faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!

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In an effort to keep himself footloose and single in spite of the efforts of the town's matchmakers, Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, begins a sham courtship with Daphne Bridgerton

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Avon Books, Inc., 2000
ISBN: 9780380800827
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 18 cm


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Quite a few Book, Please! participants said they were interested in Regency Romance because of the Bridgerton streaming series. The series is based on the beloved Bridgertons book series by Julia Quinn. "The Duke & I" is the first volume and covers the romance between Daphne Bridger... Read More »

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Apr 10, 2021

After watching the Netflix series the book lived up to the show. Daphne is a dynamic character and you find yourself rooting for their love story to be successful. Very romantic, books like these are my guilty pleasure.

NicoleB_KCMO Apr 08, 2021

Like many other people, I watched Bridgerton on Netflix and loved it. The well developed, diverse characters! The lush locations! The interpersonal dynamics! And then you read The Duke and I, which only focuses on Daphne and Simon and seems very limited. I almost wish I had read this before watching the show, so I wouldn't keep comparing the two. The show is able to pull details from all the books, so I think I will keep reading this series to keep Quinn's world growing.

LoganLib_Sheridan Apr 07, 2021

After watching the Netflix show this book (which I got for free on audible!) just seemed to go so quick! It definitely had the same feel and tone though. This book is also firmly in the romance genre so don't go anything expecting anything different and you won't be angry or disappointed.

I think the historical nature of it meant it didn't have to be so logical for me so I didn't have that frustration. There was still a bit of unnecessary lack of communication that frustrated me a bit but more so looking back on it.

I loved the use of the fake dating trope though I found Daphne's use of having four brothers as an excuse for knowledge to be excessive and annoying. Any woman who has brothers bases their knowledge of men on them and their father but it doesn't make them an expert.

In saying that I loved Daphne's family, mostly their relationships with each other. I felt it was a lot better than the netflix show. Though anyone with brothers knows that relationship was slightly idealised maybe. Though who knows if we were in that period of history my brother might gallantly protect my virtue to (hah!).


Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault/Rape

There is a scene in this book where Daphne rapes Simon which is absolutely not okay. He's very much into the sex but he is intoxicated and does not agree to having children and Daphne very much knows this and should not have initiated sexual intercourse with him.

I honestly the book would have been more romantic if they'd just talked out it out or had a dramatic fight about it (which they definitely could have had without the rape) and then come back together after realising they missed each other and it wasn't worth fighting about.

Feb 25, 2021

Out of eight Bridgerton's siblings love stories this one falls flat, mainly because of the way the leading characters and their motives are portrayed.
It is hard to believe, that any man in any era would be driven so badly by hatred mixed with denial of his own happiness only. But once he finds the true love against his own wishes he is content and transformed forever - really..??
Also, it is quite tiresome to discover, that almost ALL of Quinn's male heroes are made of pretty same template...At least physically. What happened to all these unfortunate men who are less than 6 feet tall ?
In none of these books is explained how the Bridgerton family became so powerful and popular without the significant fortune or political influence and how the members of the "ton" can afford to maintain their lifestyle on a certain level. Eight siblings of the Viscount family and except for the youngest brother all of them are well off including their Mother... How was that possible...?? Jane Austen would certainly elaborate on the subject.
Netflix series is much more interesting despite being tasteless in depicting so many steamy sex scenes sometimes in the most absurd and impossible surroundings. Julia Quinn is the successful writer, but she is NOT the "modern Jane Austen". Keeping that in mind will help the Reader to get thru these books. The most generous ratings is 2.25 stars out of 5 - for the good effort.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 22, 2021

As an enjoyer of regency era romance, there is a lot to love about this foundation for the Bridgerton Netflix series. I loved the first half-ish of this book. However, I tend to prefer romance where the female characters are trying to stretch beyond the very few options that would have been afforded to women at that time. In this case, Daphne seemed pretty content with those restrictions and was only fighting against her husbandss clearly stated desire to not have children...which, at least for this reader, isn't a compelling conflict to sustain a novel length work.

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 07, 2021

After binge-watching Bridgerton on Netflix, of course I was going to read this book! I never read historical novels, or historical romance so I was hoping it wouldn't be a dull affair but I was pleasantly surprised. This book wouldn't have taken me more than two hours to read and it was fairly modern despite the time it was set in with other historical romances I've glanced at being much denser. This is like historical romance fast food but instead of a food coma, you're just left wanting more Daphne/Simon!

debwalker Jan 28, 2021

Regency romance revival!

ArapahoeKati Aug 11, 2020

My original read gave this three stars, but a reread boosted it up to four because of the plot and the funny banter. There is one particular scene that is problematic, but it also adds a real sense of realism and desperation for a woman's situation that feels accurate with the time period. And this is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2020, can't wait!

Apr 28, 2020

Sexy, dreamy, and funny. Can't get better than that.

Nov 18, 2019

I had pretty high expectations going into this one and it's been on my tbr for years. Knowing the Netflix series is in production hastened my desire to finally get to it and it's sequels. Although I really enjoyed the writing, wittiness, and family interactions, there was a decision by the author in the latter part of the story that threw me for a loop. I just have a hard time understanding why it happened that way or why there wasn't some groveling later. For some readers, there will be no getting past the actions by the heroine. While it ruined her credibility, it didn't ruin the entire story for me. I just wish it either didn't happen at all or that she showed true remorse for her actions. If I overlook that one event, the story is a fun and near perfect HR for me. Instead, I'm taking away a full star for that scene alone. I'm not letting it taint the rest of the series and I'm looking forward to continuing on.

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