By all accounts, Simon Basset is on 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 suitors 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’m not a historical romance reader, but I like Julia Quinn’s books. I read them under the pressure of my friends, and although I didn’t become a fan of historical romance genre, I became a fan of Ms. Quinn, and I spent many, many pleasurable hours reading the Bridgertons series.
The Duke and I is written in an amusing style, with witty humor and catchy atmosphere, but I didn’t like the storyline and the main characters, Daphne and Simon.
The story was predictable, and certain parts made me roll my eyes. For example, I simply don’t understand Lady Bridgerton’s behavior, when she is too abashed to speak about “the essence of marriage” to Daphne just before her wedding day. She has eight children, good sense of humor, and dauntless spirit, she simply can’t be that prude.
It is a mediocre romantic story for me, but the Bridgerton family is charming enough to make me continue this series.