Bridgerton: The Duke & I by Julia Quinn | Reviewed by Michelle


Bridgerton: The Duke & I | JuliaQuinn| Avon | Pub: 6/27/06

“Now doesn’t even compare to tomorrow. And tomorrow couldn’t possibly compete with the next day. As perfect as I feel this very moment, tomorrow is going to be even better. Ah, Daff, every day I’m going to love you more. I promise you that. Every day…”

I recently binge watched Bridgerton on Netflix and boy oh boy WHAT A SHOW! Immediately following my binge watch, I decided I had to read the series. I bought book one, The Duke & I, and fell in love with The Bridgertons all over again.

In the books the siblings are less involved than in the show, which is perfectly fine with me, we mostly are just focused on Simon and Daphne. There were definitely similarities to the show but also lots of differences. For example, in the show no one but the two of them knew they were faking courtship but in the book, Anthony also knew it was fake. That’s just one example and all you will get from me.

Julia Quinn also includes a second epilogue which is about 17 years later and so you see Simon and Daphne and some kids grown up and I really enjoyed being able to see the future for them. I believe it is included in every book and that makes me happy. I usually feel like I always want a bit more at the end so giving the readers a flash forward is really quite nice.

I am patiently (not so patiently) waiting for book 2, TheViscount Who Loved Me, to be available in normal sized paperback with the Netflix cover. Books have to match. *nervous laugh*

If you like historical romance and some steam, this series is for you. (both the show and the books!)

Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

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— Look for BRIDGERTON, coming soon to Netflix.

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… 

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