The Duke And I : Number 1 in series Paperback
by Julia Quinn
Part of the Bridgerton Family series
'The most refreshing and radiant love story you'll read this year.' - Lisa KleypasCan there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?-Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1813After 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
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/05/2006
- Category: Historical romance
- ISBN: 9780749936570
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Review by Anniik
This was my first Julia Quinn book - and I will be hunting up all the others I can find! This book was charming, witty and tender, all at the same time. The relationship between Simon and Daphne was given proper time to build, and neither character was perfect - both displaying quite obvious faults - Simon for brooding and not allowing himself to forget the past, Daphne for fairly obvious selfishness in the scene were she takes advantage of Simon's drunkeness (although not of him, exactly). Another charming part of this book are the presence of Daphne's brothers and sisters - all seven of them - who all have their own books later, but are all developing individual characteristics already. I wish that she had given a little more time to Simon coming around at the end, but that's really the only problem I have with this book. Can't wait to read the rest!
Review by Cynical_Ames
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 friend, Anthony would've asked more questions about the why and been more tenacious in getting an accurate answer instead of jumping into a duel where he'd be forced to kill his friend;
? The following duel scene the next morning when Daphne outright lies to Simon about others, besides Anthony, witnessing their intimate act to prevent Simon from being killed in the duel and to force him to marry her, followed by Simon omitting the fact he won't have children and instead says he 'can't' have them so he doesn't have to tell her his very personal reason why.
I swallowed these things hoping it would come out later and they'd forgive each other in the end.
What I was not expecting was Daphne's grotesque arrogance and selfishness in taking advantage of her drunk husband after she found out the truth, denying him sex and companionship, and not allowing him to pull out during sex so she could have the children she'd always wanted. They'd been MARRIED TWO WEEKS, there was plenty of time to discuss his problems, his worries, about even contemplating children and instead she takes the choice from him against his will as he struggles with her once he realises her intentions.
After what Simon's father did to him Daphne's behaviour is even worse because she knew about Simon's stuttering and his father's abandonment of Simon because of this. And then two months after Simon leaves her he finds he misses her and he CAN'T REMEMBER WHY HE LEFT IN THE FIRST PLACE, thereby excusing any wrongdoing on her part. But not only that, Daphne sends her angry brother after Simon without telling him she was the reason Simon left and not Simon himself.
So, four stars to one. If the gender roles had been reversed I'd expect more people would've been outraged at the rape. Completely ruined a perfectly good book, and my first, and possibly the last, by Julia Quinn.