Title: The Duke and I
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #1 (Books are stand-alone)
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: June 27th 2006 by Avon
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“Heartache, Daphne eventually learned, never really went away; it just dulled. The sharp, stabbing pain that one felt with each breath eventually gave way to a blunter, lower ache—the kind that one could almost—but never quite—ignore.”
Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?
—Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1813
By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.
But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her… but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke… for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love…
4 of 5 stars to The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
The Duke and I is a quick and easy historical romance read with an adorable heroine and a stubborn hero for its leads. I wouldn’t exactly say that the book is forgettable but the story, while enjoyable, isn’t really anything different from the rest of Julia Quinn’s novels. Having said so, a 4-star rating seemed fitting because I was rating the experience, not necessarily the story.
The most memorable aspect of the story was probably the meddlesome Bridgerton Brothers (whose stories I have already read about by the way). It’s interesting to kind of see them in retrospect, in a different light, from how I viewed them in their own respective books.
***cover art: 4/5 stars. Julia Quinn covers are always classy.***