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The Duke and I

The Duke and I

Large Print - 2020
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From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. 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 should be amiable...but not too amiable. Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen. Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society--just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend's sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar. The plan works like a charm--at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London's elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule... This novel includes the 2nd epilogue, a peek at the story after the story.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2020]
Edition: First Harper Large Print edition, Large print edition
ISBN: 9780063063235
0063063239
Characteristics: 564 pages (large print) : genealogical table ; 23 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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esrobbins
Jun 09, 2021

I really liked this at the beginning. It felt very Jillian Fellows but then it turned into a Harlequin Romance and it lost its charm. I was looking forward to reading the rest in this series but now I don’t think I’ll bother.

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wiltfisa000
Jun 06, 2021

Netflix definitely hyped up this book quite a lot, though I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed the book’s version and details much better. I think the characters have much more depth and I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a historical romance type of book. I really appreciated the conclusion of what happens after marriage as well.

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Apr 25, 2021
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KS1110
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!).

*** SPOILER/TRIGGER WARNING ***

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.

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mwojewnik
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!

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