The Duke and I by Julia Quinn is the first novel in the Bridgerton series! Don’t tell me you’re not obsessing with the latest Shondaland production: Bridgerton. Well, this book focuses on the relationship between Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings.
Blurb: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?—Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1813
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 ruse 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 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.
Book Review: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
If you saw the TV show before reading the book, you need not worry at all! I mean, the show does follow this growing romance between Simon and Daphne but it also includes different perspectives from other characters that are not even mentioned in this book. So be ware, you might find the book a little bit different.
I need to admit that this book has popped my cherry regarding Regency Romance Novels! I didn’t even know about these books before watching the show on Netflix (best Christmas present by the way!). They’re very easy to read and super entertaining.
Are you wondering about those steamy scenes between Simon and Daphne? Well, let’s just say they’re very present in the book if you know what I mean…
All in all, this book was perfect to start the year. Who doesn’t want to reform a handsome rake of a Duke?! So if you loved the show, be sure to start reading the books ASAP!
Show Review: Bridgerton Series (The Duke and I by Julia Quinn)
As I said before, the book and the show do have a lot of differences. The main one being, that most characters in the show are not even mentioned in the first book.
For instance, Marina is nowhere to be found in The Duke and I, despite holding a key character in the TV series. I’ve yet to read the other books in the Bridgerton Series, but I assume the show kind of merged them all so that we could have a more concrete story around Simon and Daphne. To be honest, I think they did a great job with the adaptation.
I LOVED how they worked with an inclusive cast. I believe they did a wonderful job bringing these characters to life. Moreover, the art direction as well as the music was on point!
If you haven’t read the books, I highly recommend reading them along with the Bridgerton soundtrack and you’ll feel within Queen’s Charlotte ball in a matter of seconds!
PODCAST: Gone with the Book
If you feel like discussing this show further, go ahead and listen to this episode in my podcast: Gone With the Book! (Spanglish alert)!