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Let me begin by saying that I am not a romantic, and if it hadn’t been for Ana, I would not have purchased this book. With Fabios and unkempt maidens on the covers and taglines like “If he had to TAME her, he WOULD!” I, like most cynics, dismissed the genre as stupid and foolish. breaks out laughing However, I had never attempted to read a romance novel before… I’m pleased I took the chance! While you can bet your bottom dollar that there are plenty of romance ‘novels’ (for lack of a better term) out there with no plot other than bodice ripping and descriptions of throbbing phalluses, there are also true romance novels with great characters and solid themes (and of course, the requisite steamy sex). The Duke and I is a lovely, sexy novel that falls into the latter type. It’s a whimsical, enjoyable book that I thoroughly loved… This took roughly 3 hours to complete.

Daphne Bridgerton is a sweet, quick-witted young lady with a wicked sense of humour. She is the Bridgerton family’s eldest daughter, and she is being pushed out into society by her ambitious mother (dubbed “ambitious mama”) to find a spouse. The Bridgertons are neither in financial distress nor in need of social advancement, which is nice in a regency period romance where the heroine is frequently penniless/indebted/of low social standing—but Violet Bridgerton (said ambitious mama) is in a frenzy to marry off her daughter. Simultaneously, Simon Basset, Earl of Clyvedon, Duke of Hastings (isn’t that a mouthful) is re-entering society after achieving renown as a rake during his university days and roaming the world to avoid dealing with his tyrannical father. Hastings is close friends with Daphne’s older brother, Anthony, and so is forbidden from coveting his friend’s sister by the unspoken man-rule between friends. Of course, nothing is ever that simple, and Simon runs into Daphne and saves her from an aggressive suitor. He finds himself irreversibly attracted to her even before he knows who she is.

Simon, who has vowed an oath never to marry, makes a proposal to the level-headed Daphne after receiving a taste of the frantic marriage-minded ton. They will establish a false attachment to each other, freeing Daff from her mother’s marital plots and preventing any matronly ambitions towards Simon at the same time. Meanwhile, Simon persuades Daphne that her stock will skyrocket since all men desire what they cannot have.

You can probably guess where this is headed.

The Duke and I isn’t quite the literary equal of a Glasgow winter feast—but it isn’t supposed to be. It’s a light, breezy romance that reminds me of a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. It won’t stick with you after you’ve finished it, but it will satisfy a sweet and smooth hunger.

Aside from the food metaphors, The Duke and I is a good time. The characters are generic, and the plot is predictable, but it is effective for what it is. Daphne is clever, attractive, altruistic, and compassionate. Simon, despite being referred to as a rake and possessing a dark secret (he gasp stutters), is a lovely, moral man who is ashamed of his past and has some daddy issues to work out (again with the daddy issues!). Daphne, the lovely woman that she is, saves him from his own issues, and they both live happily ever after after a little time of stress and miscommunication. While the writing isn’t especially good–people laugh way too much and their eyes glitter way too much–it is well-paced.

And because it’s impossible to discuss a romance novel without touching the subject of sex…

Confession: When it comes to most romance novel sex scenes, I find myself extremely embarrassed and collapsing into fits of laughing (parts of A Hunger Like No Other with the lead guy “groaning, straining against his traus” come to mind). That’s what we’ll term the “embarrassment factor.” Thankfully, the embarrassment factor was reduced in The Duke and I, and the sex was hot without being ludicrous. It was amusing to read about Daphne’s complete lack of understanding and purity when it came to intercourse, and Simon and Daff’s first experience is hot good fun.
It was nice for me. lights a post-coital cigarette
Quotes/parts to remember: Daphne and Simon’s rendezvous in the garden, where they share their first kiss (and a little more), is scorching. Ms. Quinn manages to keep a light innocence to temper the intense things in all of the romantic situations, and the effect is absolutely charming.
Additional Thoughts: Each chapter of the work is preceded with a short passage from Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, a gossip column for the rich and famous (think US Weekly, not The National Enquirer). The style and decision to keep the articles published throughout the narrative is adorable and unusual, and it gives the book a nice sense of realism.

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 ruse 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.

Summary The Duke and I PDF

After fifteen years of miscarriages and stillbirths, the Duke of Hastings is overjoyed when his wife gives birth to a male child in the late 1700s. Simon Basset is the name of the child, and he will one day become Duke of Hastings. The duchess dies after childbirth due to complications, and the duke leaves Simon in the care of a nurse while he attends to his business. When the duke returns two years later, he is shocked to see that Simon has not yet begun to speak. When Simon returns two years later, he can speak, but he stutters. The duke refers to Simon as an idiot and is enraged that he will not be able to fulfill his duties. Simon’s nurse teaches him how to speak without stuttering, and when he is eleven, they travel to London to see the Duke. Simon’s father rejects him once more at this point, and Simon swears to be the polar opposite of his father.

The tale now takes place in the year 1813. Daphne Bridgerton, the family’s eldest daughter, has been hunting for a suitable partner for the past two years. She believes that most men regard her more as a friend than a potential match, and she aspires to marry a man for whom she has genuine feelings. Daphne, the youngest of eight children, aspires to have a large family one day. Daphne is approached by a man who has already proposed to her twice while at a ball. Daphne strikes him and knocks him out when he refuses to leave her alone, only to discover that Simon Basset, the new Duke of Hastings, has been witnessing their entire interaction.

Simon recognizes Daphne as Anthony Bridgerton’s sister, and Daphne admits that she is aware of Simon’s wild reputation. They make their way back to the ballroom and dance together. Daphne admits she would like a marriage and children as they dance, but has yet to find a suitable suitor. Simon informs Daphne that he has no desire to marry or start a family. Simon then advises that he and Daphne stage a courting so that he won’t be disturbed by society moms attempting to marry their daughters to him, and Daphne will appear to other men as a more romantic choice. Daphne agrees to the plan, but when Anthony sees his sister with his wild friend, he becomes enraged. When Anthony confronts the pair later, they reveal their lie. Anthony opposes their idea because he is concerned about his sister’s image, but he agrees to remain silent on the condition that Daphne and Simon never be alone together.

During their sham courtship, Daphne and Simon grow acquainted, and they begin to feel a mutual desire that they know they can’t act on. Daphne and Simon go for a walk in the garden during one of the balls and end up kissing. Anthony catches them and threatens Simon with a duel unless he marries Daphne. Simon says that he can’t marry Daphne since it would crush her aspirations if he did. Daphne’s brother Colin informs her at home that she and Simon were spotted entering the garden together, and Daphne realizes that her reputation is on the line.

Daphne and Colin rush to halt the duel since they fear Anthony is angry enough to kill Simon. Daphne arrives and informs Simon that if he does not marry her, her reputation will be shattered. Simon accepts Daphne’s marriage proposal but informs her that he is unable to have children. Daphne promptly responds that she will still marry him. Daphne’s mother tries to explain to her what will happen when she and Simon marry the night before the wedding, but her explanation is hazy. She informs Daphne that if the act is repeated often enough, it will result in a child, and Daphne wonders if Simon would be able to complete the marriage if he is unable to have children.

Daphne and Simon stay at an inn on their route to Simon’s ancestral home in Clyvedon after the wedding. Daphne is embarrassed by her lack of knowledge regarding marriage relationships. When Simon learns Daphne is concerned that he won’t be able to complete the marriage, he assures her that he is fully capable. They kiss, but Simon pulls away before ejaculating.

Daphne pays a visit to Mrs. Colson, the housekeeper, after Daphne and Simon have settled in at Clyvedon, and she learns of Simon’s childhood stutter and his father’s severe rejection of him. Mrs. Colson also discusses the former duke and duchess’ inability to conceive, stating that in order to have a child, a man must produce a “strong, healthy seed.” When Daphne and Simon have sex again, she discovers that when he withdraws, it’s because he doesn’t want to make her pregnant. She instantly realizes that he is capable of having children, but that he has chosen not to do so. When Daphne accuses Simon of using her ignorance, he adds that he doesn’t want to have children because he wants his family title to pass down to his offspring. Simon goes to a pub and gets drunk after yet another quarrel. He and Daphne make love when he returns to Clyvedon, but this time she holds him down so he can’t retreat. Simon, enraged, abandons Daphne and returns to one of his other estates.

Daphne also departs Clyvedon, relocating to Simon’s London home, Hastings House, in order to be closer to her family, who are befuddled by Simon’s absence. Daphne notices that her menstruation is late and believes she is pregnant while she is there. Anthony is enraged that Simon has abandoned Daphne and travels to the country to visit him, bringing a letter from Daphne informing him of her pregnancy. Simon comes to London, but when he sees Daphne again, he discovers that she was wrong and that she isn’t pregnant after all. Simon is asked by Daphne if he has ever thought whether he actually does not want children or if he is simply trying to spite his father. Simon eventually comes to the realization that he wants to live for himself rather than his father. Daphne gives birth to David, their fourth child and first son, four years later. Simon knows that he will always adore his son, just as he does his three daughters.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a 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. Buy from the best gift card exchange

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Setting: Regency England
Sensuality Rating: 7

Relentlessly pursued by match-making mamas and their charges, Simon Bassett, the handsome Duke of Hastings, has grown tired of the societal chase. Tired too is the lovely Daphne Bridgerton, whose matrimonially minded mother is set on finding her daughter the perfect husband. Neither Simon nor Daphne is happy with this annoying state of affairs and both would give anything for a little peace and quiet. Their mutual wish for a respite from the ton’s marriage mart leads to a pretend engagement–a scheme that is threatened with exposure by Daphne’s suspicious older brother, who happens to know Simon’s way with women very well. The two never anticipated that a mutual attraction would lead to the very thing they set out to avoid–a wedding. But Simon fears that his painful past may keep him from being able to truly love anyone. And though Daphne cares for him deeply, she won’t settle for anything less than his heart.

The Duke and I is rich with author Julia Quinn’s trademark humor and engaging dialogue. Beneath the Regency charm of this novel, however, dwells an insightful exploration of the impact of childhood trauma and the healing power of love. Quinn just keeps getting better and better, a fact that’s sure to delight readers. –Lois Faye Dyer –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Details About Bridgerton by Julia Quinn ePub

  • Name: Bridgerton
  • Author:  Julia Quinn
  • ISBN: B00UG8RP8Q
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
  • Format: PDF/ePub
  • Size: 1 MB
  • Page: 433
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