Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Reader's Opinion: THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn

The Book
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…


A Reader's Opinion
The Bridgertons are some of my favorite fictional characters - right up there with Johanna Lindsey's Mallory family. The Duke and I does a wonderful job laying the groundwork for the entire series. In this book the reader has a chance to fall in love with the family. Simon and Daphne have just enough friction to make the reader sit back and want to enjoy the unraveling of what proves to be an enjoyable relationship. Sure, they aren't without their issues and they come together initially for all the wrong reasons, but it's a fun journey. What I like best about the Bridgertons is the escape they give a reader from everything. One wouldn't read these books for a history lesson or because you want a drama riddled with angst-these are just good fun books. These are all delightful stories and I recommend them for pure enjoyment.

Content: The books all have up close and personal scenes in one form or another. When He Was Wicked has the most graphic content in my opinion. Nothing raunchy, but it's there.

Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Reader's personal library  



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