Book Review: The Duke and IAuthor: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #1
Genre: Adult Regency Romance
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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...
My Two Cents
I've been duped again. A blogger I follow compared this to Pride and Prejudice, so of course, I was immediately suckered. Let me first point out...this is nothing like Pride and Prejudice. To even compare these two books this way is blasphemy. The ONLY similarity is the teasing banter between Simon and Daphne. Once I accepted this was nothing like the classic...I still wanted to royally blow chunks. I think I've finally learned my lesson about adult regency romances. Bodice ripping is a given in these, and to me, that is the farthest thing from a true romance. Apart from the romance, the end bothered me immensely. What Daphne does to sort of "get even" with the Simon was deplorable, and a far cry from her smart, self-sufficient character. Miraculously I finished The Duke and I, which is why I'm giving it 2 out of 5 stars instead of 1. Read this at your own risk!