The Duke And I Mass Market Paperback – Jun 27 2006
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
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
Inside This Book(Learn More)
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
~Daphne Bridgerton, the daughter of a Viscount and the eldest daughter of eight children is tired of the social whirl and the ton's endless matchmaking going on. She wants love, love like her mother and father shared. She will settle for no less. Even if she has to pretend to be courted by a Duke that has NO intention of EVER getting married!
The Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset, has lived a life of trying to overcome his secret problem that has caused his father to pretty much abandon him as a son. When his father dies, Simon feels no grief, just relief. But the scars haven't healed from a horrible childhood. His revenge on it, to never marry and let the illustrious title of Dukedom die a quiet death when he does. The plan...pretend to court his best friend Anthony Bridgerton's sister in order to keep the ton's matchmakers at bay and out of his hair until he can come up with a better idea. What he realizes is that Daphne is not some silly girl he can play 'pretend' with.
The two get caught up in their own lie and they find themselves wishing it were all real. Then when an incident causes Daphne's eldest brother and Simon's best friend for so many years to cry foul, a friendship is tested and the 'game' has come to an end. Will Simon, the new Duke of Hastings learn to forget his father's evil presense in his memory?Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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
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
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by Karen Mercury
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
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 morePublished on July 29 2003 by Jeannie Ruesch