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The guide to a happy marriage?.....,
This review is from: The Duke And I: Number 1 in series (Bridgerton Family) (Paperback)I feel terrible because this book was recommended to me by my good friends who absolutely loved it.
I read many historical romance books which I loved, but the way this book was written just wasn't my "cup of tea".
Firstly - the language. Although I believe that may be people spoke that way in 19th century, I honestly can't get over the formality of all the conversations. Seriously? Even the closest of people, mother & daughter, still speak to each other in that stupid formal manner? I found it a bit irritating, but I could live with that. However, I got really fed up with constant banter and ended up skipping a lot of it.
Secondly, the main heroine - Daphne Bridgerton. Of course, there is nothing wrong with wanting to marry a guy you actually love, instead of whoever is a suitable candidate according to society rules. But, I didn't like Daphne's approach to try and lure Simon into a relationship. What was she thinking? That if she kissed him, he would finally realise that she loved him and could make him happy? With just a kiss? C'mon!
Oh yes! He still didn't want to marry you then, so let's put him in the corner and give him an ultimatum: Her reputation will be ruined if he didn't marry her after the kiss! (Not that anyone really saw it....) And lucky her, that seems to be enough for Simon to feel sorry and finally agree to the marriage thing.
Ahhh, but there is a problem - Simon doesn't want to have kids, so it takes Daphne a minute to get over that, nevermind that's what she always dreamt about. But she's a clever girl! One step at a time!
She does her research on how to conceive and what do you know! The answer to the problem is that she must get him drunk enough to ensure she can have her way with him, but he must be sober enough to still be able to do it! (precision...precision...) And yes, that's exactly how you treat the person you love....
Well, on a bright note, I actually liked Simon. I can understand that he's grown up with no intention of ever having kids or getting married due to his lonely childhood with all the stutter problems and his hateful father. This type of "tortured hero" always appeals to the readers, so no surprise there.
And the main part - after all Daphne's selfish actions he would still love her forever, because that's exactly what should happen... Hmmm... I don't think I'd want to try that tactic and find out for myself...
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2013 15:31:47 BDT
Daphne didn't get Simon drunk, he went out and got himself drunk. She might have taken advantage of the situation but as Simon admits to himself later, he was well up for it.
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