Title: The Duke and I
Author: Julia Quinn
Official Synopsis: By all acounts, Simon Basset is one the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy sutiors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her… but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke… for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love…
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve come to adore Julia Quinn. I’ve read several of her novels and have loved all of them. The Duke and I is the perfect mix of romance and raunch. Fo’realz. Quinn is so good at writing amazing characters. I loved Daphne for being a strong woman who is not only incredibly kind but also intelligent and witty. She doesn’t let people walk all over her, but she’s sweet and compassionate. Simon is your typical haunted duke, yet he manages to possess a sense of humor that lends him a degree of softness. He has excessive baggage, and the way Daphne helps him handle it is extraordinary.
Daphne’s large family of siblings is definitely a rag tag group of characters, each having their own personalities and quirks that enlighten the story. I’ll definitely be picking up a few more Bridgerton novels in the future.
I’m keep thing this review simple, really, because this novel was pure elegance. Romantic, funny, sensual, tragic…it had everything. It’s really the quintessential romance novel. SO glad I picked it up.
What I loved about this novel: Perfect mix of romance, raunch, and humor
What I didn’t like: —
Romance: 5/5 Raunch: 3/5