Book Review: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn


Title: The Duke & I

By: Julia Quinn

Genre: Historical Romance

Pages: 433

Release Date: January 5th, 2020

Publisher: Avon

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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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I'm usually not the kind of person to get caught up in the hype of something just because it came out on Netflix, but this story was truly a master piece and I am better for reading it.

The story follows the Bridgertons, mainly Daphne, a young woman out in the game of romance. Somehow, she catches the eye of the Duke, but he has ulterior motives that could derail their frail yet factitious romance.

The characters really brought drama and yet were very likable. I loved the connection between Daphne and the Duke as the somehow fall into their own love trap, the one that they used to avoid love altogether. We all knew it was going to happen, but damn... It was a glorious fall from a cliff, wasn't it?

Even if you've seen the Netflix show... or you haven't... I would recommend reading this book. Its wonderful and full of charm. Can't wait to dive into the next Bridgerton story.


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