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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 Bridgertons No 1 Jan. 11 2014
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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. The Duke and I is absolutely marvellous. Simon is both funny and endearing and of course he's very much a Duke, you cant miss that. Daphne Bridgerton is my second favourite Bridgerton sister, the favourite being Hyacinth. Daphne is smart and the encounters between her and Simon are hilarious and romantic at the same time, but there's Julia Quinn for you. She pulls this off in every book! Love this writer.
Simon's dark childhood overshadows his life. He doesn't want to marry. Yet, he cannot resist Daphne. The shadows linger and Daphne must fight them alongside Simon. However, as circumstances would have it, the Duke must choose between being honourable and being honourable. What's the choice? Read the book and find out. Although the books can be read separately, it's so much more satisfying reading them in order. Start with this. You'll love the Bridgertons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this book!!! June 1 2010
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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 Litton. It's so easy to love the hero of this story unlike many romance novels where the hero is dark and brooding and doesnt seem to care if he hurts the heroine feelings. Simon does care and shows it and he's so endearing because of he's flaws. And Daphne is so charming because of her outspoken maners and her take charge attitude. I definetly recommend this book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious April 7 2004
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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. However, Daphne and Simon are both endearing characters and their story will keep you riveted from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Near Perfect Romance Novel! April 1 2004
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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. The stuttering made me fall head over heels for him. He was so REAL. I actually found the stuttering a bit sexy when he did it as an adult. He was so passionate and so intense. I just loved him!
The Bridgertons are an awesome family and the rest of the series is as wonderfully warm and sensual as "The Duke & I."
I highly recommend this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars refreshing introduction to Quinn
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,... Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by S. Lin
4.0 out of 5 stars The book that started it all...
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... Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Jem S.
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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