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The Duke And I: Number 1 in series (Bridgerton Family) [Hardcover]

Julia Quinn
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27 April 2006 Bridgerton Family (Book 1)

After enduring two seasons in London, Daphne Bridgerton is no longer naive enough to believe she will be able to be marry for love. But is it really too much to hope for a husband for whom she at least has some affection?

Her brother's old school friend Simon Basset - the new Duke of Hastings - has no intention of ever marrying. However, newly returned to England, he finds himself the target of the many marriage-minded society mothers who remain convinced that reformed rakes make the best husbands.

To deflect their attention, the handsome hell-raiser proposes to Daphne that they pretend an attachment. In return, his interest in Daphne will ensure she becomes the belle of London society with suitors beating a path to her door. There's just one problem, Daphne is in very real danger of falling for a man who has no intention of making their charade a reality...

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (27 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749907738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749907730
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,946,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is the author of award-winning historical romance novels, including the New York Times bestselling Bridgerton series which begins with The Duke and I. Other titles in this series are: The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It's in His Kiss and On the Way to the Wedding. She is also the author of a number of standalone titles, including: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and Mr Cavendish, I Presume. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.

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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 town'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 humour 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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"'Quinn has a smart, funny touch... That's reminiscent of Helen Fielding' TIME MAGAZINE 'The most refreshing and radiant love story you'll read this year' LISA KLEYPAS"

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very worthwhile Regency 25 Nov 2006
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Apparently the author chose the pseudonym Julia Quinn so that her books were beside Amanda Quick's on the shelves and more people might buy them. Amanda Quick is, of course, hugely successful in this genre but I believe Julia Quinn is a much better author - and this book is a good example of that. If you want complete accuracy in historical detail then this is perhaps not the best author for you - her characters speak with American turns of phrase and rather more 20th century than 19th century worldviews in some cases, but this is common to so many Regencies it's almost de rigueur now - if you can read it as fiction and not history you'll be fine.

"The Duke And I" is the first of the Bridgerton series, focusing on daughter Daphne, and it's a good Regency Romance like many out there (there are also, of course, countless dreadful Regency Romances in print too!) However, like "The Viscount Who Loved Me", the second book in this series, Julia Quinn's characters have a lot more depth than you often see in modern books of this genre.

Yes, we have the usual requirements - balls, gowns, the marriage mart and all the rest of it - but this series delves more closely into family dynamics and character growth. Daphne is the fourth child and the first girl of the Bridgerton family; her father died some time ago and her mother has brought up all eight children in a strong atmosphere of love. This was by no means usual at this time amongst the aristocracy - nannies and nursemaids often functioned more as parent figures than the actual parents - and it has enabled Julia Quinn to build a foundation of strong ties between brothers and sisters that she uses in the books.

And this is the contrast between Daphne, the heroine, and Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, the hero.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An utterly charming novel... 19 Jun 2006
This is such fun - a wonderfully witty novel full of sparkling dialogue and lovely characters. Even if you don't usually read historical romances I urge you to give this book a try as it's more like chick lit in a Regency setting than the more classic Georgette Heyer-style of historical romance.

It's a wonderful chocolate souffle of a novel - light-hearted and easy to digest but oozing with charm. A real treat - and deliciously satisfying!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
As usual, JQ has written a winner, this book is absolutely wonderful. The Bridgerton family are both adorable and hilariously funny, especially Violet, Daphne's mother, and I like the way that the hero isn't perfect. Some authors make their heroes out to be Gods, JQ made Simon totally human, complete with flaws, which made him even more sexy. Daphne is a very funny, down-to-earth heroine, and together Daphne and Simon are lovely, likeable characters. The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five is because although the sex scenes are pretty hot, they're not as steamy as I like them! Apart from that, this book is perfect and I can't wait to read the next one in the series, about Anthony, Daphne's sexy eldest brother. Julia Quinn is a fantastic author, she should be very proud.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW what a marvellous read ! 24 July 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved the Bridgerton Clan and can't wait to read more of them, what a boisterous, rakish family! Daphne's season really makes a lovely entree for the coming sequels. Simon is a hero with an enchanting flaw, that resulted in a major rift between Simon and his father when he was child. He has struggled all of his childhood to overcome this and succeeded, but the hurt child within him still rules the life of the handsome man. Daphne is a lovely woman, oh I loved her eyes!(Thx JQ!) You just have to read how a friendship to outsmart the Ton developes in a sensuous romance. How Simon deals with Daphne's protective gang of three elder brothers. Daphne's Mother struggling to enlighten her daughter about the marital act.. It is laugh and tears guarantied.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meet the Bridgertons (and prepare for a treat) 4 May 2007
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Ah, the 'Bridgertons'. Eight siblings; four boys, four girls; named in order from A-H. Eight books detailing their lives, friendships and their mother's (sometimes relentless) quest to marry them all off. For nothing less than love, of course. Not to mention Lady Whistledown. Oh my!

If you've not stumbled across Julia Quinn before then you're in for a treat. No one writes Regency Romance with such wit, flare and heart-warming amusement, and 'The Duke and I' is no exception.

Simon Basset, the new Duke of Hastings, is freshly arrived in London having spent several years abroad avoiding his father. Now that the old duke is safely dead, the first person Simon looks up is his best friend Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton, who issues dire warnings about insipid debutantes and their matchmaking mamas. However, none of this signifies to Simon because he has plans to Never. Ever. Marry. So the whirl of the London 'ton' holds no interest for him, which should make the avoidance of his fate simple. Really.

But when he attends a ball to pay his respects to a dear old friend, he's rather surprised to stumble upon a damsel in minor distress. Far from providing a chance for heroics, said damsel saves herself and finds herself faced instead with a rakish duke. Then, just as Simon begins to enjoy himself, he discovers the damsel's indentity: Daphne Bridgerton. His best friend's sister.

It isn't one of the best night's of Daphne's life. As the oldest Bridgerton daughter, she recieves the brunt of her matchmaking mother's endeavours to force her children down the aisle to matrimonial bliss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridgerton No 1
This wasn't the first Bridgerton book I read but as soon as I'd read the other one, I knew I had to read them ALL. So I began in chronological order. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zeenat Mahal
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romp.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the witty dialogue and the characters very much. I will definitely read the rest of these stories.
Published 9 months ago by Laurajojo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Duke and I
I love Julia Quinn. I find that she is an amazing author and i do love my historical romances. The bridgerton series is amazing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by HFL
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms Quinn at her best
I love Julia Quinn for her humour and original story lines. She never disappoints and the quality seems to keep going. One of her earlier novels that I have re read. Read more
Published 12 months ago by littelgems
2.0 out of 5 stars In the minority
Having been urged by reviewers of other novels to read Julia Quinn as they consider her to be the epitome of Reegency Romance I gave her a try. I'm in the minority here. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Julia Quinn had me laughing out loud with this wonderful story. The characters are delightful and I particularly love the interactions between the Bridgerton siblings. Read more
Published 14 months ago by coppertop
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love the Bridgertons
Have read and re-read the novels. Cannot get enough of them. They are pure page-turners and put a smile on my face.
Published 14 months ago by Nadine
5.0 out of 5 stars love this!
as with all EJ books, just fabulous! well rounded characters, good storyline. I have loved everthing so far EJ has written.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this
The Bridgertons are an entertaining family developed by the brilliant Julia Quinn. This is the first of an addictive series that can read as stand alone or a set. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Kinsella
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It's a book you don't wanna miss.Everything was adorable from the cover to the story! Light and funny entertainment! Read more
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