The Duke and I

The Duke and I

by Julia Quinn

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Overview

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in her beloved Regency-set series featuring the charming, powerful Bridgerton family—soon to be a Netflix series.

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…

 

 

 

 


 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062911414
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Series: Bridgerton Series , #1
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 56,167
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.

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Duke and I (Bridgerton Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 523 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been sampling historical romances (about fifty authors in all) and this easily changed my views that the genre contains content not worthy of commentary. With multi-dimensional main characters, a simple yet thoroughly engaging plot, and excellent writing, this first 'Bridgerton' has captivated me enough to get a Nook, simply to be able to access the entire series. Julia Quinn is easily one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way Dafne shows her emotions didn't sound disgusting nor exaggerated.  She still have innocence but with a spark if naive naughtiness... Her actions are believable, understandable & practical considering the situation Simon is in, well.. the situation, they're both in.  I also liked the idea that Simon & Dafne started as friends then developed into something deeper.  They shared thoughts & dreams as well as fears & insecurities. They understood each other before words are passed, they formed a special bond before marriage - this is somewhat unusual in historical romances novels that I have read so far.  I would like to mention my teeny bitty complaint about this story though, I wondered what happened to Nurse Hopkins. She who supposedly loved and took care of Simon ever since he was a baby. I would have loved to read about her. It would be nice to read her proud reaction to see what Simon had accomplished. Since she was the encouragement & Simon's maternal support, it would have been nice to see her involved in Simon's life all throughout the book. Oh well, this is just a small flaw which I thought I'd mention. Oh it won't be fair not to mention the famous Lady Whistledown's gossip column.  My!  Not only is she mysteriously accurate, she is so funny.  Her column is one of my favorites in this book. This was my first (certainly not my last) Julia Quinn book and I was highly impressed with her ability to create characters who don't always speak and behave the way you expect them too. Daphne and Simon's relationship is believable, they seem like "real" people and their problems were fairly ordinary and not overly dramatic or contrived. The secondary characters each deserve (and will probably get) a book of their own. Quinn also had a knack for making me laugh -- the humor was not forced or too cutesy, just well written. Although this book is set in the Regency period, it is not your "traditional" Regency as it does contain some frank sex scenes and the characters often act with a more modern sensibility than one might expect. In any case, this was a great read and I am eagerly looking forward to reading Quinn's other novels.   
Angel_Caido More than 1 year ago
Julia Quinn's The Duke and I was one of those books that swept me off my feet, and made me fall in love with Regency Romance novels. I find her books to be pure romance, along with a comedic twist, that makes you longing for more. Once I was done with this, I had to read the rest of the Bridgerton family novels. To the reader, I guarantee that once you begin to read this book, you will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I read by Julia Quinn! And I fell in love with her writing, it is soooo good. The story line was interesting and very enjoyable. The characters were funny and felt like real people. It was just amazing and I have been trying to get my hands on all of Julia Quinns books!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1813, Simon Basset, the duke of Hastings, is prime meat for the mothers of débutantes and is front-page news for the gossipmongers of the ton. Everyone seems to need to read the recurring installments of Simon¿s non-matrimonial life as described by columnist Lady Whistledown. Rumors abound that the bachelor has selected a fiancee, a veritable nobody named Daphne Bridgerton.

Actually, Simon and Daphne have cut a deal to pretend they will be getting married. He is no longer a candidate for every mother and she has the opportunity of meeting beaus since she has been relegated upward by a duke. Daphne does not want to marry anyone except the love of her life. Simon wants to marry no one. However, neither one accounted for love exploding between them when they first made their agreement.

Very few writers are on a par with witty Julia Quinn (see HOW TO MARRY A MARQUIS) when it comes to a humorous, entertaining Regency romance. The mighty Quinn¿s latest novel, THE DUKE AND I is a jocular tale that will leave sub-genre fans fully satiated yet desiring more works, especially starring Lady Whistledown and her column.

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BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
This was a great read.The writing is beautiful. I loved this romance book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and well written. Enjoyed the plot because it was different from many other romance book I've read. Highly recommended!
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Pretty Good.................................................................. Nice girl from nice family meets nice duke from horrid family.   Predictable but well written.   I would like to know what was in the letters though.   I would  definetly read the next one.
atzbech More than 1 year ago
What else is there to say?! Reading a book by Julia Quinn is absolutely heaven! Good story here, great writing; humorous, witty, fun. I laugh til I cry at times. Wonderful book! Wonderful author!
Romancefanatic More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely superb. I started reading this morning and I am hooked. Sadly, I have no battery power on my nook (ahhhhhhhh!!!!) so I will have to finish when I get home. No more ad hoc break from work ;) Ms. Quinn writing style is captivating. I immediately fell in love with the characters; their strength and wittiness. Thus far one of the best books I've read in a while. Can't wait to finish!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a very good romance novel, that introduced us to the Bridgertons. Wonderful family. Simon has a lot of issues but I was glad that Daphne was there to help him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! This book had the perfect balance of drama and resolution. Enough to keep you on the edge of your seat but not completely bitting your nails. I love the development of all the characters. The Bridgerton family is amazing. I love all three of the older brothers and how protective they are of Daphene. I like the twist behind Simon's past, his stammering being his downfall interesting change from the normal male character's past. I love the witty banter between Simon and Daphene and how their relationship developed very naturally. One of the better books I've read in a long time. The addition of the scandal sheet at the beginning of each chapter just topped off this book. This is an amazing book that I absolutely recommend to anyone.
Sugarbeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a fan, not only of series of books, but also of Regency Romances. There is something beautiful about a romance written amongst the sparkle and glitter of balls, dashing gentlemen in formal dress and beautiful women in stunning gowns. Add to that, the pleasure of following a group of characters through a number of books and my day is complete!The Duke and I is our introduction the the Bridgerton family - a family of 8 children all named in alphabetical order from oldest to youngest. The matriarch of the family is a widow who lost her husband relatively early to a bee sting - a subject the plays a role in many of the books. Instead of starting this series with the eldest of the family (Anthony), Julia Quinn has started the series with Daphne who is the fourth born, but the eldest daughter of the family. One common theme to this series of books is that Lady Bridgerton (the mother) seems to live to marry off her brood of children and deals with crisis after crisis with humor and good sense. The other common theme to all these books are periodic excerpts from ¿Lady Whistledown¿s Society Pages¿. As we find out in this book, Lady Whistledown publishes a news sheet that many members of the ton read regularly and it frequently features the activities of the Bridgertons. At this point we don¿t know who Lady Whistledown is, but much time is spent speculating who she is and commenting on the contents of her new sheet.Our story begins with Daphne and Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, forming an attachment - a tendre as it were - to protect Simon from all the match-making mothers and to make Daphne appear more attractive to to potential suitors. The thought is that Daphne will appear more attractive to other men if she the consort of a Duke. Soon their pretend tendre becomes all too real with both of them forming feelings for one another. Simon has a history with his father and is determined not to marry and have his family line die with him. Simon soon finds his heart warming up and finds himself jealous of the men surrounding Daphne. Daphne discovers herself spending more and more time with Simon regardless of the flocks of other men around her. While all of this is happening we are continually entertained with the shenanigans of Daphne¿s siblings and mother as well as commentary by Lady Whistledown. In true Regency romance fashion our story has a happy ending with a few tears shed along the way.I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Duke and I. Although it is an older book, it provides a strong start to a series that I love! The Bridgerton series had me enjoying my reading time; frequently losing track of time and reading far into the night. Although I come from a larger family, I don¿t think that my siblings and I interact in quite so humorous and demonstrative a fashion. I look forward to reading the next installment and seeing if I can guess who Lady Whistledown is! Stay tuned for more of this series!
avernon1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Did you ever want to date your brother's best friend? Did he make you shiver with a look across the room.... or make you gasp for breath as he whispered a secret in your ear... or make you tingle all over as his fingers accidentally brushed your skin? If he is as hot and roguish as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, you definitely would want to make him yours!Simon is a tortured hero, a man who overcame a great obstacle at a very early age. But not without its costs. Although he lives a carefree life as a Duke, his life is really just an empty shell filled with hate. Simon doesn't even realize how much the hatred inside of him is eating away at his soul, his future, his happiness. That is, until he meets Daphne Bridgerton, his best friend's sister.Daphne is a member of the Bridgertons, a boisterous, funny, drama-filled family full of love for each other. Simon and Daphne devise a plan. They PRETEND to be courting. This will keep all of the ton's conniving mothers away from Simon and it will give Daphne many suitors just clamouring for the girl that the Duke supposedly wants to make his own. But in true romantic style, this friendship becomes more, for Daphne becomes the one woman who can save Simon from his bitter, angry existence and give him a life filled with laughter, family and love, three things he didn't feel he even wanted or deserved.I truly enjoyed this book. The Bridgerton family is one you cannot help but enjoy, from Anthony, the over-protective older brother, to Colin, the fun-spirited, young rogue, to Violet, the matriarch of the family. There is great use of dialogue with descriptions of family interactions that were very amusing. The author has managed to reveal that true love can break down barriers, even walls of hatred around one's heart. Daphne was a ray of hope shining into Simon's dark-filled soul, revealing the truth....for all Simon truly wanted was to be loved for who he was. Isn't this what we all want?
Catherine331 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never thought that I could have a whole book spoiled for me by one action, but this book proved that I could. What's so irritating about this is that I was enjoying the book. I liked the character's amusing dialogue and the friendship the developed.Things did start to go a bit downhill for me when Daphne chases Simon down at the duel. I don't get the most optimistic feeling when I see someone willing to die rather than marry. I know it wasn't Daphne in particular, but when the hero has so much baggage that death is preferable to his other options I know the road ahead is not going to be smooth. I started to get nervous about how something with that weight would be handled by the author. She has skill but in all the books I've read by her they all seemed very light and not really serious at all. I was willing to go along for the ride though.In some ways I wish I had stopped reading half way through and never got such a bad taste in my mouth. I know that Simon lied by omission in letting Daphne assume he wouldn't have kids because he couldn't have them. But who can really blame him? He was ashamed of how he was when he was a kid. If he would have said he just plain wouldn't have kids she would have demanded to know why and he would have had to explain all his humiliation. Who would willingly do that? She had to maneuver him into marrying her in the first place. He would have rather died in the duel than marry her and be put in that situation! She was even the one that initiated the situation that led to them having to marry! She seems to forget it was all her idea toward the end.I just can't help but think that the whole conflict in this book was manufactured by Daphne. The way the book was written seems to make Simon seem like the bad guy when what she did to him was unforgivable. I was ready for Simon to find someone new after that. I can't believe he came back and actually apologized to her. She tried to take a baby from him by force! I'm sorry I know he was into it, but he was drunk and didn't realized she wouldn't let him pull away at the end. When he realized he started struggling. That right there is force. If a man had done that to a girl there would have been a lot more people upset by it.I know that Daphne made a token statement about being okay with him not wanting kids if it was for the right reason, but I doubt that. She was consumed by the thought of children like she wouldn't have been complete without them. Besides, she may not have agreed with his reasons, but who is she to try and say he doesn't have a right to feel that way?I don't know if I'll read anymore of her. I've read her other Bridgerton books (and decided to finally read the 1st one) and I thought most of them were ok, but this one really disturbed me. I don't know if I want to risk feeling like that again. I read to watch two people fall in love, not to watch someone try to force her husband to impregnate her.
fishhook7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't remember enough from one romance to another to keep track of which characters I liked/disliked from which book. That might change with this one. This is certainly my favorite of hers. It's certainly my favorite romance from this year but it's different enough from J. Crusie that I can't say that it's my favorite overall. Certainly a good read for romance readers. I recommend it.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All his life, Simon Basset has struggled to be everything his cold-hearted father was not. But now, as the next duke, he finds that harder than ever, especially when the ton obviously expects him to join the marriageable crowd. So he concocts the perfect plan with Daphne Bridgerton, a friend¿s sister: they will pretend to be romantically attached, which will keep the conniving mothers away from him and up her romantic appeal to potential suitors.But as Simon and Daphne get more comfortable around each other, Simon realizes she is smarter than any other woman he has met, and Daphne sees the vulnerabilities behind his façade. But they¿re just pretending to be attached to one another¿right?What happens when plans go wrong? It could be the worst¿or best¿thing to happen to them.While not as steamy as I tend to prefer my historical romances, THE DUKE AND I stands out from the crowd with its enviably witty dialogue and memorable characters. The banter between Mrs. Bridgerton and the Bridgerton siblings nearly had me bursting out in laughter at inopportune moments. Consequently, I enjoyed Simon and Daphne as a couple, and thought that their relationship was well-played. I did want more heat though! (Perhaps I am more dirty-minded than the norm¿)That said, I look forward to reading more from Julia Quinn. She has a way of creating crush-worthy characters that color up an otherwise ordinary historical romance world.
SabrinaJeffries on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you don't fall instantly in love with this duke who doesn't know his own heart, I don't know why. Simon is a hurting soul, and the heroine knows exactly how to heal him.
BewitchedBookworms on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whether you're a die hard Regency Romance fan or looking to get introduced to the genre, this first book of the Bridgerton series is a perfect fit. Witty and wry, full of love and angst, and a marvelous "Happy Ever After," you'll be sure to fall in love with Daphne and Simon and the entire Bridgerton clan.
SarahWhitt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All Daphne Bridgerton wants is the dukes attention, little does she know that is all he can think of! If you have ever loved a man that doesn't believe in the word this book is for you! The kind of book that makes your heart race, tears swim in your eyes and has you laughing out loud in the same evening. When you read as much as I do, often times it is hard to remember all the books you have read. I sometimes find myself buying/borrowing a book from a friend and only to later realize the books is oddly familiar and that I have read it before.... I read this book years ago (most likely one of the very first historical romances I ever read) and I still remember the details of this amazing book! It truly deserves to be in hardback.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset, make a bargain to avoid matchmakers by pretending an attachment, which of course backfires when they fall in love. A bit too much melodrama, but I guess some drama is needed, lest their love develop too naturally. Sexy and romantic, I do love the bantering Bridgertons¿
lemuralley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am flabbergasted that so many people enjoy a book where the heroine RAPES the hero. To do something so sneaky, underhanded, and horrifying made me despise Daphne. I can't help but believe that if Simon was the one who'd wanted a child while Daphne didn't, and then hforced himself upon her while she was drunk in order to get that child, the response to this book would be a lot less positive. The rest of the Bridgerton books are (I think) just fine, but this one made me angry and sick to my stomach.
Jen7waters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aww, this was such a cute book. I read it in one day - couldn¿t put it down because I was having SO MUCH FUN with the Bridgertons (I don¿t think I even ate properly during those 24 hours xD). Albeit the last part made me roll my eyes a couple of times, but pregnancy and baby drama usually makes that part of my anatomy behave in such manner - and there¿s nothing I can do about it.This was my first Julia Quinn novel and I was very impressed by her writing. I can¿t explain exactly why, but I found her style a bit different from every other historical romance I've read until date - which was a good thing.I loved the heroine Daphne, her vividness, her innocence, her caring manner, her teasing, and the way she snaps at her brothers when she has to. But seriously, I had a blast with every character, no exception, for they are all hilarious. The Bridgerton family is portrayed in such a funny, lovely way, that I often wished I was some distant cousin and could jump in there, so I could have fun with them. I can¿t even decide if I was sorry for Daphne or not with the whole business of her brothers being jealous of her suitors (the main reason why the girl is still a spinster), because that situation makes way to so many great scenes, and of course, kept her free for Simon.So far, Anthony is my favorite brother, just because he would always make me laugh my head off with his ¿WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!¿ moments. The poor guy¿backstabbed by his best friend who dared to break the Thou Shalt Not Lust After Thy Friend's Sister golden rule! *eheh* (Get a grip, Anthony.)As I¿m sure I¿ve made it clear, there¿s more to this story than just the romance, since I barely mentioned it, but of course this book is first and foremost about Simon and Daphne, about how they'll get together despite his daddy issues, and her jealous brothers. And it was sooo nice to watch them interact. I couldn't get enough of it, especially when he's "fake"-courting her. So cute! I will admit the last part was a bit corny though. (Too many I love you-I love you too scenes! But hey.)No doubt I¿ll be reading the next one in the series as soon as I can get my hands on it. Can¿t wait to see how this complete nonsense of falling in love, getting married, having to deal with jealous (and dangerous - murderous really) family members, is going to find Anthony and bite him in his perfectly shaped arse.(I forgot to mention the scene when Daphne's mother explains her what happens on the wedding night. My God...I had to put the book down for a couple of minutes, and find a tissue to wipe the tears of laughter running down my face. Great comedy moment!)
Serayna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very average historical romance, I waited more after hearing so many praising comments about Julia Quinn. A stammering hero was plus, but otherwise the main couple was quite boring. I could think about reading also the other books in the series, but I wouldn't buy them.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Up until I was about 150 pages into The Duke and I, I was beginning to think I had started my second much-lauded romance series in a row, only to be sorely disappointed with it, but somehow Julia Quinn managed to pull out all the stops during the second half of the book and make me forget most of my frustrations from the first half. The two halves almost seemed like they were written in completely different styles. The beginning of the book wasn't bad, but it did dip down into the just OK range for me a few times. This part is extremely dialog heavy, and while there is some clever and witty repartee, the conversations can also drag on a bit too long. Most of the early chapters are virtual wall-to-wall dialog (great for dialog junkies, but utterly exhausting for an introvert like myself to read) punctuated with occasional passages of prose that more closely resembled narration than character introspection. This made it very difficult for me to get to know or develop a connection to the characters. Considering that most of what occurred during the first half were family interactions, I realized much later that Ms. Quinn was likely using this part of the book to set the stage for the Bridgerton series by giving readers insights into the family dynamics of the Bridgerton clan. There is very little relationship building between Simon and Daphne except for Simon attending a few Bridgerton family functions, and the couple having an attraction for one another that makes them wish that their pretend courtship was actually real. The sexual tension is very minimal, with the hero and heroine not kissing, nor barely even touching, until that halfway point. I did enjoy getting to know the Bridgertons and adored the loving, close-knit feel of their family (one I wouldn't mind calling my own), but I couldn't help but tire of the excessive amount of light, social chitchat, and found myself wishing for some deeper and more meaningful interactions. Well, I got my wish approximately halfway in, when the dialog began to take a more serious turn, the prose became more introspective, and both became much more balanced. The tension between Simon and Daphne ratcheted up almost instantaneously as they share a passionate encounter that leads to all sorts of angst and difficulties to overcome, which was what I had been so desperately longing for. From this point on, the story was top-notch and almost sheer perfection for me.After reading the heartbreaking prologue about Simon's childhood, I was fully expecting him to be a thoroughly tortured hero. Because of the weaknesses in the first half of the book, I did begin to question my assessment, but I shouldn't have worried. Simon's mother died in childbirth and his father was a cold man who never showed him an ounce of love, and in fact, reviled him for having a stutter. In spite of, or perhaps because of, his father's rejection, Simon stubbornly set out to be the very best he could be. He was incredibly intelligent, and with the help of his gentle, caring nurse, he learned to control his speech, and was able to enjoy a prosperous education even though his father tried to deny him that as well. Simon grew into a good and kind man, but he was also deeply embittered and resentful toward his father after years of constant emotional abuse and had vowed never to marry or have children of his own because of it. Simon truly didn't realize just how much the anger was eating him up inside or how desperately he needed to love and be loved in return until Daphne came into his life, shining a ray of hope into his darkness.In sharp contrast to Simon's upbringing, Daphne's had been brimming full of love, laughter and unbreakable family bonds. She is sweet and kind to everyone, including one annoyingly needy and pathetic suitor. Coming from a large family, she wants nothing more than to marry and have children, but unfortunately, she has become the girl that every guy wants to be friends with, but no one wan