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Duke & I [Mass Market Paperback]

J Quinn
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Jan. 6 2000 Avon Romantic Treasure (Book 1)

Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn't as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry -- though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon's heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that is seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!

Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn't as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry -- though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon's heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that is seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn't as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry -- though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon's heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that is seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!

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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

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"Ms. Quinn writes delightfully fast-paced, funny, sparkling, and bright romance. " -- -- Romantic Times

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5.0 out of 5 stars D-d-d-d-duke! April 26 2004
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The first installment of the Bridgerton series focuses on the eldest Bridgerton sister, Daphne. This is an emotional joy ride in how Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings found true love with Daphne Bridgerton. Simon grew up motherless, rejected by his father, and with a speech impediment to boot --he stutters. He overcame this impediment but it still comes out especially in times of great emotional strain.
Simon met Daphne when he rescued her from an obssessed suitor. The Duke just came back from living abroad and found out that Mamas with marriageable daughters kept hounding him; whereas Daphne needed to raise her marriage desirability among the eligible bachelors of the ton. So they struck a deal, they will announce a sham engagement. Of course, once the proposals started pouring in for Daphne, Simon thought that the sham engagement must be turned into a real one. And before anyone could say "Duke of Hastings," they were married.
Daphne found bliss and happiness in Simon's arms, and wants to start a family; but Simon's painful childhood is blocking the way to their total happiness.
"The Duke and I" started off lighthearted but it has moments where you truly feel for the characters. I like Daphne's strength and her determination to pull Simon out of the dark remembrance of his past.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Entertaining Oct. 20 2003
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I agree with a couple other reviewers that most of this dialogue seemed highly anachronistic. It made me reflect "These people sound straight out of Brideshead Revisited" which was set in the 1920s I believe. Everyone is very witty, slap-happy, and droll. Phrases such as "dumb as a post," "where the hell?" and "butterfly kiss" indeed weren't in use as early as 1813, as well as words like "teeny" and "dither."
Is this what is called a "costume drama"? There was no detail as to their surroundings, clothing, or technology of the time. It didn't make me feel "You Are There." I, too, felt she had been too lazy to do any research. However, I do like the hero. I get tired of "perfect" heroes who are handsome, rich -- oh wait, I guess Simon is both of those! -- but at least he had some flaws which to my trivial mind makes him "deeper." :)
Overall, just way too much cutesy dialogue that went on and on forever.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Bodice Ripper May 10 2003
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As an avid Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer fan, I'm always looking for a quality Regency romance. I wish these reviews had warned me to LOOK FURTHER. There are at least three extended sex scenes in this book (I'm talking pages and pages) ... with only the barest of nods to the challenging conventions of the Regency genre. It's no surprise the author is an American ... and a young one at that. Unless soft porn is your thing, re-read some of the real stuff instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars refreshing introduction to Quinn March 29 2004
By S. Lin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Duke and I is a splendid book and a great introduction to the writing style of Julia Quinn!
Simon Basset has never been perfect in his father's eyes, and having failed, he's decided to thwart his father forever by being everything his father never thought he would be, including refusing to marry and continue the long and mighty Hastings ducal line. And however much he wants Daphne Bridgerton, he refuses to go back on his vow.
Daphne has always been friendly...so friendly in fact, that potential suitors never consider her a likely candidate for marriage. That is, until Daphne meets Simon. Even though he tries to be aloof, not only because of his vow but because Anthony Bridgerton (a long-time friend of Simon's) threatens his neck, Simon cannot help but be attracted to Daphne during the span of their pretend courtship.
Caught in a compromising position, they are forced to wed, and both are at the beginning of a journey to learn more about themselves and each other. Of course, included is a healthy dose of humor. Julia Quinn is IMHO, one of the best writers of witty dialogue, not to mention the incredible Lady Whistledown! Her books are bound to make you laugh out loud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book that started it all... March 6 2004
By Jem S.
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It was very unfortunate for me to read the FIRST book in the series as the LAST one. Because of that reason, I will never find out if I could have reacted differently if I read them all in order. But in order or not in order, this is DEFINITELY worth the hunting I did just so I can finally read Daphne's story.
Daphne is who u call "one of the guys"; the girl who boys can hang out with--period: no marriage intentions or whatsoever. But as it turns out, there is one Duke out there that will fall for her charms nonetheless. The only problem is, this is one of those Dukes who has a depressingly destructing childhood. If he consulted a psychiatrist-if there is one on that time-then we won't have to go through another emotional-roller-coaster-self-conflicted-ride...but since they weren't (probably)offering any psychology courses for the ton, we have to rely to the "healing power of love", whew! that is HEAVY eh? So here we have Daphne, who wishes to have a loving husband and lots and lots of children, falling in love with Simon, who had a bastard of a father, and sweared to his death that He will never, I repeat, NEVER continue the line of the Basset's ancestry; therefore, ending the dukedom with him. But of course, when you have the Bridgertons, what else could go wrong? You'll surely have a happy-ending.
I don't know if Quinn has brothers and sisters, but I was surprised and impressed on how he completely captured the "barbaric" relationship between siblings. I laughed so hard especially when Daphne and one of his brother get into the fighting mode--physically. There is also a family dinner which you CAN'T miss...I mean, the Bridgertons in a family dinner...it almost killed me!hehe--Violet Bridgerton will completely crack u up!
As a wrap-up, half of the book is simple and easy-going with all the charms and antics u'll expect from a Bridgerton book, and half of the book is emotional, touching and sweet as u'll expect from Quinn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridgertons 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 8 months ago by Zeenat Mahal
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this book!!!
This book was so good i couldnt put it down. This is my second book from Julia Quinn and she's now one of my favorite authors along with Johanna Lindsey, Judith McNaught and Josie... Read more
Published on June 1 2010 by BookLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Julia Quinn is incredibly funny. This is not my favorite book in the series because I love Anthony Bridgerton and The Viscount Who Loved Me is my favorite. Read more
Published on April 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Near Perfect Romance Novel!
I absolutely loved Simon and Daphne was a great heroine. Simon's horrible upbringing and treatment by his father made me want to grab him in a hug and hold him forever. Read more
Published on April 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Quinn's best in my opinion!!!
This is the first novel in the "Bridgeton" series...followed by "The Viscount who Loved Me" "An Offer from a Gentleman" "Romancing Mr... Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by Alena
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and charming!
What a delightful read! This is my first book from Julia Quinn and I am enchanted. For sure, I will soon be reading the Bridgerton series. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2003 by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars First In A Fabulous New Series
Julia Quinn has a definite winner in The Duke and I! This entertaining novel introduces the delightful Bridgerton family, which happily Quinn will no doubt revisit in later novels... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2003 by Trisha A. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Julia Quinn has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and this book was partially the reason. I started with Romancing Mr. Bridgerton and worked my way backwards... Read more
Published on July 29 2003 by Jeannie Ruesch
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