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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
"Ms. Quinn writes delightfully fast-paced, funny, sparkling, and bright romance. " -- -- Romantic Times
"Quinn will give you pleasant dreams." -- --- Romantic Times
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 morePublished on April 7 2004
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 morePublished on April 1 2004
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 morePublished on March 6 2004 by Jem S.
This is the first novel in the "Bridgeton" series...followed by "The Viscount who Loved Me" "An Offer from a Gentleman" "Romancing Mr... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by Alena
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 morePublished on Sept. 21 2003 by Kelly
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 morePublished on Aug. 24 2003 by Trisha A. Howell