The Duke and I ePUB ✓ The Duke eBook Ü

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10 thoughts on “The Duke and I

  1. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    This review is dedicated to my dear friend haha Navessa who was thoughtful enough to challenge me to read this book view spoilerDid you people seriously think I would willingly chose to read something like this? Are you insane? hide spoiler


  2. Merphy Napier Merphy Napier says:

    Okay here we go I read this because it's my friend's favorite and she wanted me to give it a go I think it's important to try new things because I've fallen in love with genres this way Unfortunately I really didn't like this and here's whyWhat I liked The build up for this romance was really well done The characters had great chemistry when they were falling in love My initial intro to the characters was great easy to latch on to them The male MC has a stutter My son has a stutter and seeing the Duke's struggle hit me in my mommy heartWhat I didn't like oh boy here we go Our female MC was really smart until she wasn't Then she was really really not Daf has four brothers We're reminded of this a lot She's really wise sassy and knows that the Duke is a Rake player with lots of experience which doesn't intimidate her Until the night before her wedding Suddenly the girl knows less than a houseplant view spoiler This intelligent intuitive woman who pays attention to her brothers and the people around her who is in her 20's has no idea how babies are made And is shocked when she learns you have to have sex Then she's shocked to learn sex can be just for fun This is not a product of her time I've read a lot of classics and while it was a very different time women were not left this in the dark The way the whole scene plays out is way over the top hide spoiler


  3. chan ☆ chan ☆ says:

    why would you ruin a perfectly good romance with a rape scene just because it was a guy doesn’t mean it’s not rapehoping the creators of the netflix adaptation uh change that


  4. Laura Laura says:

    review posted on Got Fiction? Books25A lot of my GR buddies love this book and a few have recommended it to me So I ordered it and up until a certain part in the end I really was enjoying itI won't feel bad about the spoilers in here because this is an older book and a ton of people have read itI liked Daphne and I really liked Daphne and Simon's interactions witty reparte banter all of the above Obviously they were meant for each other and not in the sickeningly sweet sort of way They were fun to watch together I hated Simon's father Hated him so much What a bastard Simon at one point said his father wanted an heir not a son So well put The two of them decided to fake an interest in each other so that all the match making mamas would leave Simon alone and Daphne could have better prospects because with a handsome duke interested in her suddenly every man finds her lovely At one point Daphne has 6 suitors 7 if you count Simon in one room and one is reciting poetry bad poetry from one knee for her Too funny their plan was actually workingBut around 200 pages in or so it all began to lose some of its appeal Daphne is bossyno problem there I'm bossy totally works for me But she becomes arrogant than bossy at one point and this is right around the part where Daphne's brother catches Simon with his mouth on Daphne's breast He says Marry my sister or else or something as cliched Simon who we all have known since moment one is never going to marry Simon tells Daphne that Anthony and Benedick her brothers tell Daphne that But still Daphne feels even though Simon never claimed any feelings of any sort towards her that Simon cares enough for her to marry her instead of duel with Anthony Wrong Simon would never raise a pistol at his friend Anthony so he goes in with the assumption that he will die Daphne says I I've always known that I wasn't the sort of woman men dreamed of but I never thought anyone would prefer death to marriage with meWow that line made me want Simon to explain things to her He says If it could be anyone it would be you which was heartbreaking but not enough So Daphne gets her other brother Colin to take her to the duel so she can scam the duke into marriage she tells him people saw them in a compromising position and he just has to marry her so she won't be labeled damaged goods I didn't buy it yes some folks saw them leave together but it was still manipulating That is where I began to dislike Daphne She manipulated him into marriage trying to justify that he might not want to live but he might live to save her It made no sense to me She pressured him for marriage got it and they were actually happy for a while but to me it felt hollowDaphne found out from the housekeeper what kind of childhood Simon really had and about his awful father who berated him then declared him dead to any who would listen all because Simon stuttered as a boy SPOILERSDaphne finally understood that when Simon said he couldn't have children he didn't mean he couldn't father them but rather that he could never be a fatherhe wouldn't have children Her dream of a family was deadWhat bugs me here are 2 things1 She went in knowing no children would result2 When Simon was drunk and aroused and she wouldn't let him pull out That sobered him up pretty uickly That whole scene was a mess she was wrong Absolutely manipulative and wrong Simon was absolutely right to be furious That drunken scene was sweet and touching and funny and thenthat I was so angry because Daphne then rationalized to herself that it's not like she went in thinking I'm going to force him to come inside me She did She said she felt powerful and loved itAnd for her to not explain to her family that he was angry because she did something to let them think Simon was a prick for his boorish behavior really made me lose a lot of respect for both Daphne and Julia uinnSimon was the one who had to apologize yes he lied I was mad he never clarified but good LordDaphne just infuriated meSo the book was good til Daphne became a master manipulator For her to give Simon ultimatums about no sex until you say we can have children was selfish and pretty messed up of herThe ending was sweet but not sweet enough for me to forgive the mess Daphne made of Simon's their lifefuture


  5. Katerina Katerina says:

    “Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?” Well my Mama refused to find me a duke even though she is desperate to see me settled down apparently I am a spinster at the ripe age of 24 In fact she laughed at the idea and then started her stop reading start living lectures while arranging to introduce me to the Lady of the Caramel's son who is rich young and availableI think available is her most important uality Me well I ignored her as per usual and started spinning following the notes of an imaginary melody pretending I was dancing with a handsome sexy and mysterious duke or prince I'm not pickyBecause that's The Duke and I's major effect; daydreaming “There were rules among friends commandments really and the most important one was Thou Shalt Not Lust After Thy Friend's Sister” But Simon Basset couldn't help it Daphne Bridgerton haunted his dreams evoking dark fantasies that could not see daylight There was something about her something that made him forget who he was and what he was she was the perfect match for him She challenged him But he had taken an oath and he was determined to keep it No matter how much he wanted herDaphne Bridgerton was not a popular debutante She was witty perhaps too witty for her own good and gentle but not the kind of woman that would inspire poems and make men go crazy over her But Simon Basset was different He made her heart race and her body burn and when he proposed an arrangement that would benefit them both Daphne could not refuse But she also couldn't stop hoping that one day this wonderful man would become hers body and soul That she would tear down the walls he was building for years “When you smile it takes up half your face''Simon' she exclaimed 'That sounds horrible''It's enchanting''Distorted''Desirable” I've been dreaming of balls and gowns since I was a little girl I still close my eyes and place myself in fairytales and a part of me whispers that I was born in the wrong century Julia uinn satisfied every girly fantasy I've ever had and then some She had a Jane Austen vibe but added sizzling tension steam to make you drool and a not so gentle gentleman imagine a dirtier Mr Darcy with many issues but always eager to please a woman It was deliciousThe Duke and I was a light entertaining and uttetly addicting novel Every time I turned its pages a brand new old world opened before my eyes sucking me into a society that demanded of women good manners and healthy heirs but gave them nothing in return a London shocked but mesmerized by Lady Whistledown’s gossip papers ballrooms full of Ambitious Mamas that became the nightmare of every eligible bachelor and a loud family whose banters cracked me up I must admit there were times I wanted to punch Simon for being so stubborn guided by the hatred towards his father but I also ached for his difficult childhood and the lack of love and acceptance that marked him But Daphne knew that she could cure him and fight his demons I admired her for her persistance and devotion and I could empathize with her Simon and Daphne were an explosive couple that warmed my heart and my cheeks “The world seemed somehow different when one was lying down Darker dangerous And in that moment as he slowly closed the distance between them he became her entire world” In this world I was a debutante An innocent girl seduced by a devilishly handsome duke A woman determined to fight for the man she lovedAnd I savoured every single moment


  6. Catherine Catherine says:

    I never thought that I could have a whole book spoiled for me by one action but this book proved that I could What's so irritating about this is that I was enjoying the book I liked the character's amusing dialogue and the friendship the developedThings did start to go a bit downhill for me when Daphne chases Simon down at the duel I don't get the most optimistic feeling when I see someone willing to die rather than marry I know it wasn't Daphne in particular but when the hero has so much baggage that death is preferable to his other options I know the road ahead is not going to be smooth I started to get nervous about how something with that weight would be handled by the author She has skill but in all the books I've read by her they all seemed very light and not really serious at all I was willing to go along for the ride thoughIn some ways I wish I had stopped reading half way through and never got such a bad taste in my mouth I know that Simon lied by omission in letting Daphne assume he wouldn't have kids because he couldn't have them But who can really blame him? He was ashamed of how he was when he was a kid If he would have said he just plain wouldn't have kids she would have demanded to know why and he would have had to explain all his humiliation Who would willingly do that? She had to maneuver him into marrying her in the first place He would have rather died in the duel than marry her and be put in that situation She was even the one that initiated the situation that led to them having to marry She seems to forget it was all her idea toward the endI just can't help but think that the whole conflict in this book was manufactured by Daphne The way the book was written seems to make Simon seem like the bad guy when what she did to him was unforgivable I was ready for Simon to find someone new after that I can't believe he came back and actually apologized to her She tried to take a baby from him by force I'm sorry I know he was into it but he was drunk and didn't realized she wouldn't let him pull away at the end When he realized he started struggling That right there is force If a man had done that to a girl there would have been a lot people upset by itI know that Daphne made a token statement about being okay with him not wanting kids if it was for the right reason but I doubt that She was consumed by the thought of children like she wouldn't have been complete without them Besides she may not have agreed with his reasons but who is she to try and say he doesn't have a right to feel that way?I don't know if I'll read any of her I've read her other Bridgerton books and decided to finally read the 1st one and I thought most of them were ok but this one really disturbed me I don't know if I want to risk feeling like that again I read to watch two people fall in love not to watch someone try to force her husband to impregnate her


  7. Jessica& Jessica& says:

    45 Simon makes my heart stutter Stars The Duke and I has been on my TBR list for years but I just never got around to reading it Now I can't believe I waited so long I wasn't two chapters into this book before I knew two things for sure 1 I loved the Bridgertons and 2 Julia uinn would be a new favorite author This book grabbed me right out the gate It captivated my heart and I fell in love with this big loud but sweet family This book was cute at times sad and had me laughing out loud times than I can count Simon totally broke my heart It bled for the way his dad was to him and for all he had to suffer because of it Simon was damaged but he was still a great guy Daphne was funny sassy and very independent I loved that she was honest and didn't play games when it came to how she felt Simon and Daphne were very sweet together They had a strong connection from their first meeting I loved them as a couple They weren't perfect they messed up did things that hurt the other but in real life love is messy and people are imperfect Simon and Daphne's missteps made them human and relatable I loved Daphne's whole family Her older 3 brothers really had a cute protective roll in this book I can't wait to read their books too I also loved her mom The whole family was very cute and endearing Overall a great read and I think Julia uinn has herself a new fan girl


  8. Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} says:

    It's okay to rape your husband Source Chapter 18 onwardsUp until this chapter The Duke and I was on the road to four stars Four and not five because of➜ Anthony's behaviour after witnessing his friend's mouth on his sister's chest in the garden of a house party challenging his FRIEND to a duel after Simon refused to marry Daphne on the grounds it would make her unhappy because he couldn't give her what she'd always wanted ie children and therefore happiness If Simon really was a friend Anthony would've asked uestions about the why and been tenacious in getting an accurate answer instead of jumping into a duel where he'd be forced to kill his friend;➜ The following duel scene the next morning when Daphne outright lies to Simon about others besides Anthony witnessing their intimate act to prevent Simon from being killed in the duel and to force him to marry her followed by Simon omitting the fact he won't have children and instead says he 'can't' have them so he doesn't have to tell her his very personal reason whyI swallowed these things hoping it would come out later and they'd forgive each other in the endWhat I was not expecting was Daphne's grotesue arrogance and selfishness in taking advantage of her drunk husband after she found out the truth denying him sex and companionship and not allowing him to pull out during sex so she could have the children she'd always wanted They'd been MARRIED TWO WEEKS there was plenty of time to discuss his problems his worries about even contemplating children and instead she takes the choice from him against his will as he struggles with her once he realises her intentions After what Simon's father did to him Daphne's behaviour is even worse because she knew about Simon's stuttering and his father's abandonment of Simon because of this And then two months after Simon leaves her he finds he misses her and he CAN'T REMEMBER WHY HE LEFT IN THE FIRST PLACE thereby excusing any wrongdoing on her part But not only that Daphne sends her angry brother after Simon without telling him she was the reason Simon left and not Simon himself So four stars to one If the gender roles had been reversed I'd expect people would've been outraged at the rape Completely ruined a perfectly good book and my first and possibly the last by Julia uinn


  9. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    When I read a book I want to become involved emotionally A book that does that is likely to be highly rated Such was the case with The Duke and II have a sickness an infatuation for tortured dark conflicted heroes The happy go lucky guys don't capture my imagination nearly so much as their darker counterparts Fortunately Simon was tortured enough to keep me happyThe beginning of this book was brilliantly done I was already captivated with Simon the future Duke of Hastings My heart cried for him I wanted to see him overcome the obstacles that were unfairly set before him to become the man he was capable of being And boy did he become uite a manImagine my surprise that for all my affinity for Simon that the star of this story was Daphne? She started out very mild sweet typical Regency heroine not necessarily standing out But by the end of this book I loved her She was just the woman that Simon needed He was what she wanted and she was going to get her man and wouldn't settle for less than all of him She had mettle and she wasn't afraid to challenge Simon to change the future and to shake free from the chains of the past which held him prisoner Perhaps he never would have found true happiness and joy if Daphne had not hammered gently and not so gently at times at the walls around his heartThe event that puts a strain on their marriage could be read in different ways I like that Ms uinn put that scene in It was a brave move on her part And there is enough ambiguity there to wonder if there was some culpability on Daphne's part And it turns around some of those ever present outcries we often get about sexual dynamics in romanceI liked that Simon had his so called 'flaw' I don't tend to care for perfect characters because I don't enjoy rooting for them nearly so much as the flawedless than perfect ones I loved that Daphne accepted that about him and thought he was wonderful for overcoming the obstacles he faced and that she thought he was brilliant She loved him so much enough to fight for him and she did many times In fact I'd call Daphne the Knight in Shining Armor of this book Go DaphneWhat was underwhelming about this book? Well I thought some of the humor aspects were a bit off I couldn't find the balance between humor and angst On the plus side I did like the family dynamics and the humor they brought to the situation Those were some of my favorite humorous moments I liked very much that Daphne's family were useful weapons in her arsenal to win her fair prince Simon had never felt the loving bonds of family He was captivated by the Bridgerton family dynamics good and bad I must say that Anthony annoyed the crap out of me He was a bit of a hypocrit I think that he forgot that Simon was a man he respected and that he cared about his best friend When he saw that Simon and Daphne had an attraction to each other Simon became his enemy He refused to believe that Simon could be honorable I know what you're saying I realize that Anthony took his responsiblity to protect his sister seriously But if Simon could look at the situation from Anthony's vantage point I would hope that Anthony would try to do the same I didn't see him doing that I do have to say that I really admired how well Daphne stood up to her over protective brothers especially when they tried to interfere in her marriage She put her foot down and she needed to or that wouldn't even stop for as long as she was married The other thing that bothered me about this book was that at times it seemed to lapse into a modern voice I know I shouldn't be so picky but that's a rather large pet peeve of mine However I do have to say that for the most part Ms uinn does the Regency period very wellI thought this was a good book and probably my second favorite novel by Julia uinn after To Sir Phillip with Love I don't go for the lighter Regencies that much but this had enough angst in it to keep me pretty happy Although I read it for a challenge and to get it off my tbr pile where it had been languishing for several years I ended up reading it very uickly and I enjoyed it very muchOverall rating 42550 stars


  10. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    Disappointed Actually disappointed doesn't even begin to describe it Unpopular opinion timeOnce upon a time I wasn't into historical romance I thought they were silly and anti women and I wasn't even interested in trying them Thankfully I discovered historical romances by Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan and I fell head over heels for the genre I'm thanking my lucky stars that I didn't try this book first because I fear I would have never read the genre again I've been meaning to try this series for some time now I've read Julia uinn before and I really liked Because of Miss Bridgerton EVERYONE has told me to try the original Bridgerton series starting with The Duke and I So of course I decided to take the series on and I even bought the next couple of books following the first However I'm absolutely flummoxed by the love for this book Daphne Bridgerton was the worst heroine that I've read in a long time She is meant to be strong and spunky but I thought that she was self serving and TSTL I actually hated her She manipulated poor Simon every step of the way She forced him to befriend her she forced him to marry her and forced him in other ways that found absolutely morally reprehensible She was vile truly and thought herself to be entirely blameless throughout the story Simon didn't uite make sense either He had a rakish reputations one that I didn't see any evidence of in the story and had a twisted mentality about his situation He was self pitying and broody and though I didn't like him I thought he got the short end of the stick being stuck with Daphne To top it off the book was way too long and it took me ages to finish the audiobook I wasn't motivated to keep listening even with a flawless narration from Rosalyn Landor who did her very best to add personality and sympathy for these odious characters I know a very unpopular opinion but this book only gets as high as 2 stars because of the narration Otherwise it would be in 1 star territorygoodreads|instagram|twitter|blog


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The Duke and I ❰Download❯ ✤ The Duke and I Author Julia Quinn – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke—Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers April 1813By all accounts Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke—Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers April By all accounts Simon The Duke eBook Ü 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 desirableBut 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 uite as much sense as falling in love.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Duke and I
  • Julia Quinn
  • English
  • 13 October 2016
  • 9780380800827

About the Author: Julia Quinn

New York Times bestselling author Julia uinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read or write romance and The Duke eBook Ü and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the jackpot She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball country music and plush toys but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary an.


10 thoughts on “The Duke and I

  1. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    This review is dedicated to my dear friend haha Navessa who was thoughtful enough to challenge me to read this book view spoilerDid you people seriously think I would willingly chose to read something like this? Are you insane? hide spoiler

  2. Merphy Napier Merphy Napier says:

    Okay here we go I read this because it's my friend's favorite and she wanted me to give it a go I think it's important to try new things because I've fallen in love with genres this way Unfortunately I really didn't like this and here's whyWhat I liked The build up for this romance was really well done The characters had great chemistry when they were falling in love My initial intro to the characters was great easy to latch on to them The male MC has a stutter My son has a stutter and seeing the Duke's struggle hit me in my mommy heartWhat I didn't like oh boy here we go Our female MC was really smart until she wasn't Then she was really really not Daf has four brothers We're reminded of this a lot She's really wise sassy and knows that the Duke is a Rake player with lots of experience which doesn't intimidate her Until the night before her wedding Suddenly the girl knows less than a houseplant view spoiler This intelligent intuitive woman who pays attention to her brothers and the people around her who is in her 20's has no idea how babies are made And is shocked when she learns you have to have sex Then she's shocked to learn sex can be just for fun This is not a product of her time I've read a lot of classics and while it was a very different time women were not left this in the dark The way the whole scene plays out is way over the top hide spoiler

  3. chan ☆ chan ☆ says:

    why would you ruin a perfectly good romance with a rape scene just because it was a guy doesn’t mean it’s not rapehoping the creators of the netflix adaptation uh change that

  4. Laura Laura says:

    review posted on Got Fiction? Books25A lot of my GR buddies love this book and a few have recommended it to me So I ordered it and up until a certain part in the end I really was enjoying itI won't feel bad about the spoilers in here because this is an older book and a ton of people have read itI liked Daphne and I really liked Daphne and Simon's interactions witty reparte banter all of the above Obviously they were meant for each other and not in the sickeningly sweet sort of way They were fun to watch together I hated Simon's father Hated him so much What a bastard Simon at one point said his father wanted an heir not a son So well put The two of them decided to fake an interest in each other so that all the match making mamas would leave Simon alone and Daphne could have better prospects because with a handsome duke interested in her suddenly every man finds her lovely At one point Daphne has 6 suitors 7 if you count Simon in one room and one is reciting poetry bad poetry from one knee for her Too funny their plan was actually workingBut around 200 pages in or so it all began to lose some of its appeal Daphne is bossyno problem there I'm bossy totally works for me But she becomes arrogant than bossy at one point and this is right around the part where Daphne's brother catches Simon with his mouth on Daphne's breast He says Marry my sister or else or something as cliched Simon who we all have known since moment one is never going to marry Simon tells Daphne that Anthony and Benedick her brothers tell Daphne that But still Daphne feels even though Simon never claimed any feelings of any sort towards her that Simon cares enough for her to marry her instead of duel with Anthony Wrong Simon would never raise a pistol at his friend Anthony so he goes in with the assumption that he will die Daphne says I I've always known that I wasn't the sort of woman men dreamed of but I never thought anyone would prefer death to marriage with meWow that line made me want Simon to explain things to her He says If it could be anyone it would be you which was heartbreaking but not enough So Daphne gets her other brother Colin to take her to the duel so she can scam the duke into marriage she tells him people saw them in a compromising position and he just has to marry her so she won't be labeled damaged goods I didn't buy it yes some folks saw them leave together but it was still manipulating That is where I began to dislike Daphne She manipulated him into marriage trying to justify that he might not want to live but he might live to save her It made no sense to me She pressured him for marriage got it and they were actually happy for a while but to me it felt hollowDaphne found out from the housekeeper what kind of childhood Simon really had and about his awful father who berated him then declared him dead to any who would listen all because Simon stuttered as a boy SPOILERSDaphne finally understood that when Simon said he couldn't have children he didn't mean he couldn't father them but rather that he could never be a fatherhe wouldn't have children Her dream of a family was deadWhat bugs me here are 2 things1 She went in knowing no children would result2 When Simon was drunk and aroused and she wouldn't let him pull out That sobered him up pretty uickly That whole scene was a mess she was wrong Absolutely manipulative and wrong Simon was absolutely right to be furious That drunken scene was sweet and touching and funny and thenthat I was so angry because Daphne then rationalized to herself that it's not like she went in thinking I'm going to force him to come inside me She did She said she felt powerful and loved itAnd for her to not explain to her family that he was angry because she did something to let them think Simon was a prick for his boorish behavior really made me lose a lot of respect for both Daphne and Julia uinnSimon was the one who had to apologize yes he lied I was mad he never clarified but good LordDaphne just infuriated meSo the book was good til Daphne became a master manipulator For her to give Simon ultimatums about no sex until you say we can have children was selfish and pretty messed up of herThe ending was sweet but not sweet enough for me to forgive the mess Daphne made of Simon's their lifefuture

  5. Katerina Katerina says:

    “Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?” Well my Mama refused to find me a duke even though she is desperate to see me settled down apparently I am a spinster at the ripe age of 24 In fact she laughed at the idea and then started her stop reading start living lectures while arranging to introduce me to the Lady of the Caramel's son who is rich young and availableI think available is her most important uality Me well I ignored her as per usual and started spinning following the notes of an imaginary melody pretending I was dancing with a handsome sexy and mysterious duke or prince I'm not pickyBecause that's The Duke and I's major effect; daydreaming “There were rules among friends commandments really and the most important one was Thou Shalt Not Lust After Thy Friend's Sister” But Simon Basset couldn't help it Daphne Bridgerton haunted his dreams evoking dark fantasies that could not see daylight There was something about her something that made him forget who he was and what he was she was the perfect match for him She challenged him But he had taken an oath and he was determined to keep it No matter how much he wanted herDaphne Bridgerton was not a popular debutante She was witty perhaps too witty for her own good and gentle but not the kind of woman that would inspire poems and make men go crazy over her But Simon Basset was different He made her heart race and her body burn and when he proposed an arrangement that would benefit them both Daphne could not refuse But she also couldn't stop hoping that one day this wonderful man would become hers body and soul That she would tear down the walls he was building for years “When you smile it takes up half your face''Simon' she exclaimed 'That sounds horrible''It's enchanting''Distorted''Desirable” I've been dreaming of balls and gowns since I was a little girl I still close my eyes and place myself in fairytales and a part of me whispers that I was born in the wrong century Julia uinn satisfied every girly fantasy I've ever had and then some She had a Jane Austen vibe but added sizzling tension steam to make you drool and a not so gentle gentleman imagine a dirtier Mr Darcy with many issues but always eager to please a woman It was deliciousThe Duke and I was a light entertaining and uttetly addicting novel Every time I turned its pages a brand new old world opened before my eyes sucking me into a society that demanded of women good manners and healthy heirs but gave them nothing in return a London shocked but mesmerized by Lady Whistledown’s gossip papers ballrooms full of Ambitious Mamas that became the nightmare of every eligible bachelor and a loud family whose banters cracked me up I must admit there were times I wanted to punch Simon for being so stubborn guided by the hatred towards his father but I also ached for his difficult childhood and the lack of love and acceptance that marked him But Daphne knew that she could cure him and fight his demons I admired her for her persistance and devotion and I could empathize with her Simon and Daphne were an explosive couple that warmed my heart and my cheeks “The world seemed somehow different when one was lying down Darker dangerous And in that moment as he slowly closed the distance between them he became her entire world” In this world I was a debutante An innocent girl seduced by a devilishly handsome duke A woman determined to fight for the man she lovedAnd I savoured every single moment

  6. Catherine Catherine says:

    I never thought that I could have a whole book spoiled for me by one action but this book proved that I could What's so irritating about this is that I was enjoying the book I liked the character's amusing dialogue and the friendship the developedThings did start to go a bit downhill for me when Daphne chases Simon down at the duel I don't get the most optimistic feeling when I see someone willing to die rather than marry I know it wasn't Daphne in particular but when the hero has so much baggage that death is preferable to his other options I know the road ahead is not going to be smooth I started to get nervous about how something with that weight would be handled by the author She has skill but in all the books I've read by her they all seemed very light and not really serious at all I was willing to go along for the ride thoughIn some ways I wish I had stopped reading half way through and never got such a bad taste in my mouth I know that Simon lied by omission in letting Daphne assume he wouldn't have kids because he couldn't have them But who can really blame him? He was ashamed of how he was when he was a kid If he would have said he just plain wouldn't have kids she would have demanded to know why and he would have had to explain all his humiliation Who would willingly do that? She had to maneuver him into marrying her in the first place He would have rather died in the duel than marry her and be put in that situation She was even the one that initiated the situation that led to them having to marry She seems to forget it was all her idea toward the endI just can't help but think that the whole conflict in this book was manufactured by Daphne The way the book was written seems to make Simon seem like the bad guy when what she did to him was unforgivable I was ready for Simon to find someone new after that I can't believe he came back and actually apologized to her She tried to take a baby from him by force I'm sorry I know he was into it but he was drunk and didn't realized she wouldn't let him pull away at the end When he realized he started struggling That right there is force If a man had done that to a girl there would have been a lot people upset by itI know that Daphne made a token statement about being okay with him not wanting kids if it was for the right reason but I doubt that She was consumed by the thought of children like she wouldn't have been complete without them Besides she may not have agreed with his reasons but who is she to try and say he doesn't have a right to feel that way?I don't know if I'll read any of her I've read her other Bridgerton books and decided to finally read the 1st one and I thought most of them were ok but this one really disturbed me I don't know if I want to risk feeling like that again I read to watch two people fall in love not to watch someone try to force her husband to impregnate her

  7. Jessica& Jessica& says:

    45 Simon makes my heart stutter Stars The Duke and I has been on my TBR list for years but I just never got around to reading it Now I can't believe I waited so long I wasn't two chapters into this book before I knew two things for sure 1 I loved the Bridgertons and 2 Julia uinn would be a new favorite author This book grabbed me right out the gate It captivated my heart and I fell in love with this big loud but sweet family This book was cute at times sad and had me laughing out loud times than I can count Simon totally broke my heart It bled for the way his dad was to him and for all he had to suffer because of it Simon was damaged but he was still a great guy Daphne was funny sassy and very independent I loved that she was honest and didn't play games when it came to how she felt Simon and Daphne were very sweet together They had a strong connection from their first meeting I loved them as a couple They weren't perfect they messed up did things that hurt the other but in real life love is messy and people are imperfect Simon and Daphne's missteps made them human and relatable I loved Daphne's whole family Her older 3 brothers really had a cute protective roll in this book I can't wait to read their books too I also loved her mom The whole family was very cute and endearing Overall a great read and I think Julia uinn has herself a new fan girl

  8. Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} says:

    It's okay to rape your husband Source Chapter 18 onwardsUp until this chapter The Duke and I was on the road to four stars Four and not five because of➜ Anthony's behaviour after witnessing his friend's mouth on his sister's chest in the garden of a house party challenging his FRIEND to a duel after Simon refused to marry Daphne on the grounds it would make her unhappy because he couldn't give her what she'd always wanted ie children and therefore happiness If Simon really was a friend Anthony would've asked uestions about the why and been tenacious in getting an accurate answer instead of jumping into a duel where he'd be forced to kill his friend;➜ The following duel scene the next morning when Daphne outright lies to Simon about others besides Anthony witnessing their intimate act to prevent Simon from being killed in the duel and to force him to marry her followed by Simon omitting the fact he won't have children and instead says he 'can't' have them so he doesn't have to tell her his very personal reason whyI swallowed these things hoping it would come out later and they'd forgive each other in the endWhat I was not expecting was Daphne's grotesue arrogance and selfishness in taking advantage of her drunk husband after she found out the truth denying him sex and companionship and not allowing him to pull out during sex so she could have the children she'd always wanted They'd been MARRIED TWO WEEKS there was plenty of time to discuss his problems his worries about even contemplating children and instead she takes the choice from him against his will as he struggles with her once he realises her intentions After what Simon's father did to him Daphne's behaviour is even worse because she knew about Simon's stuttering and his father's abandonment of Simon because of this And then two months after Simon leaves her he finds he misses her and he CAN'T REMEMBER WHY HE LEFT IN THE FIRST PLACE thereby excusing any wrongdoing on her part But not only that Daphne sends her angry brother after Simon without telling him she was the reason Simon left and not Simon himself So four stars to one If the gender roles had been reversed I'd expect people would've been outraged at the rape Completely ruined a perfectly good book and my first and possibly the last by Julia uinn

  9. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    When I read a book I want to become involved emotionally A book that does that is likely to be highly rated Such was the case with The Duke and II have a sickness an infatuation for tortured dark conflicted heroes The happy go lucky guys don't capture my imagination nearly so much as their darker counterparts Fortunately Simon was tortured enough to keep me happyThe beginning of this book was brilliantly done I was already captivated with Simon the future Duke of Hastings My heart cried for him I wanted to see him overcome the obstacles that were unfairly set before him to become the man he was capable of being And boy did he become uite a manImagine my surprise that for all my affinity for Simon that the star of this story was Daphne? She started out very mild sweet typical Regency heroine not necessarily standing out But by the end of this book I loved her She was just the woman that Simon needed He was what she wanted and she was going to get her man and wouldn't settle for less than all of him She had mettle and she wasn't afraid to challenge Simon to change the future and to shake free from the chains of the past which held him prisoner Perhaps he never would have found true happiness and joy if Daphne had not hammered gently and not so gently at times at the walls around his heartThe event that puts a strain on their marriage could be read in different ways I like that Ms uinn put that scene in It was a brave move on her part And there is enough ambiguity there to wonder if there was some culpability on Daphne's part And it turns around some of those ever present outcries we often get about sexual dynamics in romanceI liked that Simon had his so called 'flaw' I don't tend to care for perfect characters because I don't enjoy rooting for them nearly so much as the flawedless than perfect ones I loved that Daphne accepted that about him and thought he was wonderful for overcoming the obstacles he faced and that she thought he was brilliant She loved him so much enough to fight for him and she did many times In fact I'd call Daphne the Knight in Shining Armor of this book Go DaphneWhat was underwhelming about this book? Well I thought some of the humor aspects were a bit off I couldn't find the balance between humor and angst On the plus side I did like the family dynamics and the humor they brought to the situation Those were some of my favorite humorous moments I liked very much that Daphne's family were useful weapons in her arsenal to win her fair prince Simon had never felt the loving bonds of family He was captivated by the Bridgerton family dynamics good and bad I must say that Anthony annoyed the crap out of me He was a bit of a hypocrit I think that he forgot that Simon was a man he respected and that he cared about his best friend When he saw that Simon and Daphne had an attraction to each other Simon became his enemy He refused to believe that Simon could be honorable I know what you're saying I realize that Anthony took his responsiblity to protect his sister seriously But if Simon could look at the situation from Anthony's vantage point I would hope that Anthony would try to do the same I didn't see him doing that I do have to say that I really admired how well Daphne stood up to her over protective brothers especially when they tried to interfere in her marriage She put her foot down and she needed to or that wouldn't even stop for as long as she was married The other thing that bothered me about this book was that at times it seemed to lapse into a modern voice I know I shouldn't be so picky but that's a rather large pet peeve of mine However I do have to say that for the most part Ms uinn does the Regency period very wellI thought this was a good book and probably my second favorite novel by Julia uinn after To Sir Phillip with Love I don't go for the lighter Regencies that much but this had enough angst in it to keep me pretty happy Although I read it for a challenge and to get it off my tbr pile where it had been languishing for several years I ended up reading it very uickly and I enjoyed it very muchOverall rating 42550 stars

  10. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    Disappointed Actually disappointed doesn't even begin to describe it Unpopular opinion timeOnce upon a time I wasn't into historical romance I thought they were silly and anti women and I wasn't even interested in trying them Thankfully I discovered historical romances by Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan and I fell head over heels for the genre I'm thanking my lucky stars that I didn't try this book first because I fear I would have never read the genre again I've been meaning to try this series for some time now I've read Julia uinn before and I really liked Because of Miss Bridgerton EVERYONE has told me to try the original Bridgerton series starting with The Duke and I So of course I decided to take the series on and I even bought the next couple of books following the first However I'm absolutely flummoxed by the love for this book Daphne Bridgerton was the worst heroine that I've read in a long time She is meant to be strong and spunky but I thought that she was self serving and TSTL I actually hated her She manipulated poor Simon every step of the way She forced him to befriend her she forced him to marry her and forced him in other ways that found absolutely morally reprehensible She was vile truly and thought herself to be entirely blameless throughout the story Simon didn't uite make sense either He had a rakish reputations one that I didn't see any evidence of in the story and had a twisted mentality about his situation He was self pitying and broody and though I didn't like him I thought he got the short end of the stick being stuck with Daphne To top it off the book was way too long and it took me ages to finish the audiobook I wasn't motivated to keep listening even with a flawless narration from Rosalyn Landor who did her very best to add personality and sympathy for these odious characters I know a very unpopular opinion but this book only gets as high as 2 stars because of the narration Otherwise it would be in 1 star territorygoodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

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