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The Duke And I: Number 1 in series (Bridgerton Family)


The Duke And I: Number 1 in series (Bridgerton Family)

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    Julia Quinn(Author)

'The most refreshing and radiant love story you'll read this year.' - Lisa Kleypas

Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?
-Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1813

After enduring two seasons in London, Daphne Bridgerton is no longer naive enough to believe she will be able to be marry for love. But is it really too much to hope for a husband for whom she at least has some affection?

Her brother's old school friend Simon Basset - the new Duke of Hastings - has no intention of ever marrying. However, newly returned to England, he finds himself the target of the many marriage-minded society mothers who remain convinced that reformed rakes make the best husbands.

To deflect their attention, the handsome hell-raiser proposes to Daphne that they pretend an attachment. In return, his interest in Daphne will ensure she becomes the belle of London society with suitors beating a path to her door. There's just one problem, Daphne is in very real danger of falling for a man who has no intention of making their charade a reality...

'Quinn's witty Regency-set romantic comedies are the nest best thing to Georgette Heyer' - Gloss

'Wise, witty and oh so delightful, Julia Quinn is truly our contemporary Jane Austen' - Jill Barnett

Relentlessly pursued by match-making mamas and their charges, Simon Bassett, the handsome Duke of Hastings, has grown tired of the societal chase. Tired too is the lovely Daphne Bridgerton, whose matrimonially minded mother is set on finding her daughter the perfect husband. Neither Simon nor Daphne is happy with this annoying state of affairs and both would give anything for a little peace and quiet. Their mutual wish for a respite from the town's marriage mart leads to a pretend engagement--a scheme that is threatened with exposure by Daphne's suspicious older brother, who happens to know Simon's way with women very well. The two never anticipated that a mutual attraction would lead to the very thing they set out to avoid--a wedding. But Simon fears that his painful past may keep him from being able to truly love anyone. And though Daphne cares for him deeply, she won't settle for anything less than his heart.

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Julia Quinn(Author)
  • Piatkus; New Ed edition (8 Jun. 2006)
  • English
  • 4
  • Romance
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  • By ImaginationBird on 19 May 2017

    This is a sweet book, but it's a bit shallow and you don't get deep enough into the character's world to care.Daphne is looking for a husband to start a family with, but all the boys think of her as a friend. Simon is a Duke who never wants to get married or have children, so him and Daphne pretend they're heading towards getting engaged so that he's left alone by desperate mothers, and Daphne gets the pick of the guys who now want her because she's the object of a Duke's affection.Obviously, they end up in love, and this causes all sorts of problems because they want different things, and they have to overcome obstacles to truly be together.The romance happened very quickly, even for a book set in the Victorian age, and you never truly got to like a particular character or know their personality. Therefore, whilst this was a quick and enjoyable read, I rate it 3 stars.

  • By Zeenat Mahal on 8 January 2014

    This wasn't the first Bridgerton book I read but as soon as I'd read the other one, I knew I had to read them ALL. So I began in chronological order. The Duke and I is absolutely marvellous. Simon is both funny and endearing and of course he's very much a Duke, you cant miss that. Daphne Bridgerton is my second favourite Bridgerton sister, the favourite being Hyacinth. Daphne is smart and the encounters between her and Simon are hilarious and romantic at the same time, but there's Julia Quinn for you. She pulls this off in every book! Love this writer.Simon's dark childhood overshadows his life. He doesn't want to marry. Yet, he cannot resist Daphne. The shadows linger and Daphne must fight them alongside Simon. However, as circumstances would have it, the Duke must choose between being honourable and being honourable. What's the choice? Read the book and find out. Although the books can be read separately, it's so much more satisfying reading them in order. Start with this. You'll love the Bridgertons.

  • By Anniekin on 4 December 2012

    The Bridgertons are an entertaining family developed by the brilliant Julia Quinn. This is the first of an addictive series that can read as stand alone or a set. In this book the likeable but not marriageable (apparently!) Daphne meets Simon a man determined to live his life alone. They come up with a plan to have Simon left alone from all the stalkers.....I mean girls looking for a husband and to make Daphne more appealing to the opposite making her unavailable. However true love comes into the equation however can Daphne overcome Simon's painful past?

  • By Kindle Customer on 26 June 2017

    Julia Quinn's books are delightful and amusing, but not trivial. Beneath the surface they deal with serious matters, such as rejection and revenge in this case. Well worth the read.

  • By Arty on 7 August 2017

    very good and the second one is also ok good stories i only get the odd one or two.

  • By Kindle Customer on 1 June 2017

    fell in love with this family, what a lovely series

  • By Helen Hancox on 25 November 2006

    Apparently the author chose the pseudonym Julia Quinn so that her books were beside Amanda Quick's on the shelves and more people might buy them. Amanda Quick is, of course, hugely successful in this genre but I believe Julia Quinn is a much better author - and this book is a good example of that. If you want complete accuracy in historical detail then this is perhaps not the best author for you - her characters speak with American turns of phrase and rather more 20th century than 19th century worldviews in some cases, but this is common to so many Regencies it's almost de rigueur now - if you can read it as fiction and not history you'll be fine."The Duke And I" is the first of the Bridgerton series, focusing on daughter Daphne, and it's a good Regency Romance like many out there (there are also, of course, countless dreadful Regency Romances in print too!) However, like "The Viscount Who Loved Me", the second book in this series, Julia Quinn's characters have a lot more depth than you often see in modern books of this genre.Yes, we have the usual requirements - balls, gowns, the marriage mart and all the rest of it - but this series delves more closely into family dynamics and character growth. Daphne is the fourth child and the first girl of the Bridgerton family; her father died some time ago and her mother has brought up all eight children in a strong atmosphere of love. This was by no means usual at this time amongst the aristocracy - nannies and nursemaids often functioned more as parent figures than the actual parents - and it has enabled Julia Quinn to build a foundation of strong ties between brothers and sisters that she uses in the books.And this is the contrast between Daphne, the heroine, and Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, the hero. His upbringing was completely different - his father rejected him, thinking he was stupid because he stammered, and Simon vowed to avoid marriage and children to get back at his father - the direct line of the Dukes of Hastings would die with Simon. But when he meets Daphne and they discover that a sham betrothal would be of benefit to both of them, their plans start going awry.What's so good about this book is the way in which the characters begin to understand each other. Daphne learns to stand on her own two feet away from her family - particularly her brothers - and Simon learns to deal with the dreadful legacy that his father has given him. This book often deals with strong emotions and I, for one, think Daphne's behaviour at one particular point is unforgiveable, but I suppose it's this warts-and-all portrayal of two people trying to come to terms with sharing their lives together that is so powerful about the story.

  • By dorothy rowe on 19 June 2006

    This is such fun - a wonderfully witty novel full of sparkling dialogue and lovely characters. Even if you don't usually read historical romances I urge you to give this book a try as it's more like chick lit in a Regency setting than the more classic Georgette Heyer-style of historical romance.It's a wonderful chocolate souffle of a novel - light-hearted and easy to digest but oozing with charm. A real treat - and deliciously satisfying!

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