The Duke and I by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 21 July, 2014 by Amanda / 10 Comments

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}The Duke And I by Julia Quinn
Series: The Bridgertons #1
Also in this series: It's In His Kiss, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, On the Way to the Wedding
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed

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...

The Bridgertons are my favorite family.

Thoughts on The Duke and I

*flails all over you until it’s awkward*

Hi. HI. I love Julia Quinn. Many talk about how much they love the Bridgertons, but I didn’t start my Julia Quinn reads with this series, which is often suggested you do.

(I don’t always follow suggestions.)

Even so, words cannot convey how much I adore this family and how Julia Quinn portrays them. I love the Bridgertons. I could read an entire book devoted to their antics. And because I started with book 7 (who am I?), seeing them at the very beginning was that much better.

I was so excited for the rest of the books that I bought book 2 and requested book 3. Everyone says book 4 is the one to die for. Or that it’s their favorite. Because Colin. I can already see it. And I am excited.

But the duke. And Daphne. This isn’t necessarily my favorite couple. I wasn’t always fond of the duke and his choices. (Sorry, Simon, but Daphne was so right it hurt.) But I couldn’t help getting swept up in their romance. And for me? That’s a win.

Julia Quinn is the ultimate comfort read. And I can’t wait to dive into the rest of this series.


Filed under: ESR: 8, Historical Romance, Review: Amanda,


10 Responses to “The Duke and I by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I got so excited when I was going through my bloglovin feed and saw this book and your blog! I’m flailing too!!!

    I’m glad you liked this. The Duke and I is fantastic. Definitely book four is the most amazing. Because of Colin, but also because of Penelope. Penelope is just about awesome.

    OH and book three. Actually sometimes I like book three more than four. But then sometimes I like four more. I can’t choose. There is this AMAZING scene in The Viscount Who Loved Me – it will make you laugh so much. But I am not going to spoil you.

    What did you think of Lady Whistledown? I think her columns are hilarious.

    Julia Quinn wrote a 2nd Epilogue for each of the Bridgerton stories, and I just started reading them last night. Well, actually I was listening to them (I love audiobooks!) and it is making me want to read them all again.

    Can you tell that I ADORE Julia Quinn?? Sorry for going on and on. I just can’t help myself, and I get so excited when someone discovers JQ and reads this series.

    • Whoops! Actually I mean that I love Book Two and Book Four the most. Sometimes I get the order a little mixed up, because I didn’t love An Offer From a Gentleman that much. Well, that isn’t true. I liked it, but the other three books I LOVED! What i mean to say is that The Viscount Who Loved Me and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton are my favorites in this series.

    • I’m hoping to get my hands on book 4 this weekend or next week. (Can’t decide if I want the ebook or physical copy, honestly.) I love this series so much. And I’ll have to look into the epilogues.

  2. Love it! Flail away! There’s actually something nice about starting in the middle of the series and LOVING it — it means you get to go back and read them all in order and reread that book with even more knowledge and, therefore, love. That being said, I do love me some Julia Quinn.

  3. I love Julia Quinn! She’s one of my favorite romance authors, especially the Bridgertons series. And of those, my favorites are #2 and #4 (Anthony and Kate, and Colin and Penelope. Because Colin. And Penelope. And because the humor and the dialogue are just about perfect in both books.) Great review, by the way. I agree with you completely about Simon – and about the relationship pulling you in anyway.

  4. I could’ve sworn I commented on this already. WHOOPS. Anyway, glad to see you finally got the first Bridgertons book. I’ve definitely read this one. I’m pretty sure it’s what got me hooked on Quinn. I think I’ve read the next one too . . . I know I have it . . . and 3 . . . AND 4, which is good news, b/c this “everyone” you speak of does not speak to me, so I had not heard that book 4 is the one to die for. Looking forward to it now though ;)

    • Hmm. Yes. Everyone is a bit of an exaggeration (as I am wont to do), but yes, get thee to reading JQ! I’ve read 2 and 3 now, so it’s a matter of impatiently waiting for 4.

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