Review

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty:

Love ignores every rule…

Here’s a book that has been everywhere lately. Or at least everywhere on my Twitter feed. And without a doubt it’s because of it’s soon-to-be Netflix debut. I know I’m late to this party but…. O M G The Bridgerton series!

Now, admittedly I am one and a third books into the series, but I know what I like when I see it. And what I like is this, all wrapped up in a little paperback package.

First and foremost: the humor. Boy, does Julia Quinn bring the humor to this book!

Second: the characters. I absolutely love the entire cast, and not just the main ones. With a series like this, frequently there’s a secondary character who’s book I’m dreading, but that’s not the case with this one. I can’t wait for them all!

Third, and most importantly: Who is Lady Whistledown??? For those who have read it, no spoilers, but I had a theory that was absolutely blown out of the water. So, I guess I’ll just have to see!

If you like historical romances with humor, definitely check this one out. And then we can all binge the Netflix series when it arrives!

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