The Duke and I
“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… ”
Last year I started reading the Bridgerton series starting with the third book “An Offer From a Gentleman” and adored the books. I intended at the time to read the entire series, but only managed to read 3-8 and missed the first two. Now, I finally got around to reading this book, the first of the series, and I definitely should have read it before. It was great to be back into the world of the Bridgertons. I adore this family and how Quinn has written them.
It was great to be back into the world of the Bridgertons. I adore this family and how Quinn has written them. While an interesting story, this is not my favorite of the series mostly due to Simon. Simon is a difficult character to understand. I feel that my difficulties with his character stem from unresolved issues. His inner monolgue could have used a lot more flushing out.
I did really enjoy Daphne though. She is a passionate, wonderful heroine who sticks things out. She also knows how to break the tension in a scene.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and would recommend the series to historical romance fans.
About the Author
In 2010, Ms. Quinn won her third RITA Award in four years and was the thirteenth author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages, and she has been profiled in USA Today and TIME Magazine. Her twenty-sixth novel, The Girl With the Make Believe Husband, will be released in 2017. ”