The Duke and I

The Duke and I Viral Books This review is dedicated to my dear friend haha Navessa who was thoughtful enough to challenge me to read this book view spoiler Did you people seriously think I

The Duke and I Viral Books This review is dedicated to my dear friend (haha) Navessa who was thoughtful enough to challenge me to read this book. (view spoiler)[Did you people seriously think I would willingly chose to read something like this? Are you insane? (hide spoiler)]My name is Sarah and I'm a survivor. Yes I am. Because I have done it. I have read all 384 pages of this Historical Romance masterpiece. And I am still alive to talk about it. Someone please give me a medal.Where to begin? The possibilities are quite endless. Let's start with the obvious shall we?→ Need I say more? Didn't think so. Moving on.►► The sheer stupidity of this book is staggering. I didn't expect to either like or enjoy it but this went beyond my wildest imaginings. Stupid, non-existent, boring plot! Stupid, clichéd characters! Stupid, manufactured, artificial, ridiculous drama! Stupid everything! Yay! ►► Meet Daphne, our heroine: she's a pathetic idiot with TSTL tendencies who manipulates the shit out of people and doesn't seem to understand the meaning of the word NO. But hey, she's got a great excuse: she's naïve and inexperienced! She doesn't realize she's doing anything wrong! WTF?! [phone rings in the background] Me: hello? Julia Quinn: I'm sorry to interrupt this delightfully enlightening review but I can't let you insult poor Daphne here. Me: you have got to be kidding me. Julia Quinn: no no, I assure you I'm quite serious. Dear old Daff might be a teensy bit naïve but she's witty and clever! Me: err, excuse me but there's a difference between being naïve and being a total, complete twit. Bye now.►► Meet Simon, our hero: he's one of the flattest, most ridiculous, idiotic characters I've ever come across. [phone rings in the background] Me: bloody hell, I'll never manage to write this stupid review for this stupid book. Julia Quinn: I'm sorry to interrupt this delightfully enlightening review again but I can't let you insult poor Simon here. Me: watch it woman, I can be quite the homicidal maniac when I want to. Julia Quinn: oh dear. Such violence! I mean no harm, I promise. I only wish to make you understand how wonderfully dashing, rakish and yet very complex Simon is. Me: excuse me but there's a difference between being complex and being a pathetically clichéd rake wannabe. Bye now.→ Oh will you people just chill for a second?! This gif applies to this section up here ↑↑↑, not this one right there ↓↓↓. You know I ♥ you all despite your appalling taste in books.►► Most of my friends who read this delightful piece of literature keep mentioning its overflowing humour and witty banter. Right. Let's explore our options here:▧ Option A: I have no sense of humour at all and my wit radar is temporarily out of order.▧ Option B: above mentioned friends have clearly lost it.▧ Option C: above mentioned friends were actually talking about this book. → Option A can be discarded right away because I obviously have a fantastic sense of humour and my wit radar is performing quite spectacularly these days. I'd go for option B but if I say so my friend list may plummet. Option C it is.►► The Sleeping Pill Club: Julia Quinn, you can be proud of yourself. You have officially joined the likes of V.E. Schwab, Diana Gabaldon, Charlaine Harris, Stacia Kane and J.C Daniels in this very exclusive club. Congratulations! You have completely mastered total and utter boredom! The cure for insomnia is held in yourwitty banter blah blah blah blah!►► The sexy: you know that feeling you get when you're reading great smut and you're suddenly in dire need of a cold shower? Think of this book as the cold shower. Believe me, you won't be throwing your underwear across the room while reading this story. The make out/sex scenes are even more lacklustre here than they are in Dead Until Dark. I kid you not. Julia Quinn, I commend you for this latest achievement. There is no way in hell I could get pregnant from this. ►► Brow gymnastics: What, pray tell, is this mysterious disease? I do hope it isn't contagious. I have to say there is so much brow action going on in this book I was quite exhausted by the time I turned the last page. There are more than 50 instances of brow gymnastics here. The poor characters' brows are in turn: doubtful, raising, rising, drown together, scrunched, arched, wrinkled, lifted, knit together, quirked and wiggled. Spocky has nothing on these people.►► I am in a very lenient mood today so I shall forgive the author for putting me through all this and will actually go as far as offering her some friendly advice:① To make your plot more exciting: call 1-800-IA, the Ilona Andrews emergency hotline. This week only: 30% discount on Character Development 101 classes.② To help with the humour and witty banter: call 1-800-Oscar, the Oscar Wilde emergency hotline. In case you can't get through (Oscar operators are in high demand), consider reading The Importance of Being Earnest to get an idea of what wit really is.③ For sex scenes that get your readers "boom! Pregnant!": please call 1-800-JZB, the Jericho Barrons emergency hotline. Your case being particularly desperate, please press #4 after the recorded message. You will be redirected to the dedicated Book 4 Chapter 4 line. Listen carefully and you might learn a thing or two. → Don't be shy Julia Quinn! Call the emergency hotlines now, you'll be glad you did! And remember, there are no stupid questions, so ask away! ▧ To all my dear friends who loved this book: shush now, it's okay, I promise you will be fine. We will find a nice big house for you where lovely people dressed in crisp white uniforms will take good care of you. They will give you cute little blue pills every morning and they will dress you in a lovely white jacket with very fashionable (if a bit unusual) sleeves. You will love it.▧ To thoughtful Navessa: just wipe that smug look off your face and pass the vodka will you? ►► One last piece of advice to all you well-meaning human beings out there: the next person to send me a Historical Romance rec is dead meat. 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Can there be any greater challenge to London s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke Lady Whistledown s Society Papers, April 1813By 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 mindedCan there be any greater challenge to London s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke Lady Whistledown s Society Papers, April 1813By 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. Popular Ebook The Duke and I “Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?” Well my Mama refused to find me a duke, even though she is desperate to see me settled down (apparently, I am a spinster at the ripe age of 24). In fact, she laughed at the idea, and then started her "stop reading-start living" lectures, while arranging to introduce me to the Lady of the Caramel's son, who is "rich, young and available"(I think available is her most important quality). Me, well, I ignored her as per usual, and started spinning, following the notes of an imaginary melody, pretending I was dancing with a handsome, sexy and mysterious duke (or prince, I'm not picky).Because that's The Duke and I's major effect; daydreaming.“There were rules among friends, commandments, really, and the most important one was Thou Shalt Not Lust After Thy Friend's Sister.” But Simon Basset couldn't help it. Daphne Bridgerton haunted his dreams, evoking dark fantasies that could not see daylight. There was something about her, something that made him forget who he was and what he was, she was the perfect match for him. She challenged him. But he had taken an oath, and he was determined to keep it. No matter how much he wanted her.Daphne Bridgerton was not a popular debutante. She was witty (perhaps too witty for her own good) , and gentle, but not the kind of woman that would inspire poems and make men go crazy over her. But Simon Basset was different. He made her heart race and her body burn, and when he proposed an arrangement that would benefit them both, Daphne could not refuse. But she also couldn't stop hoping that one day this wonderful man would become hers, body and soul. That she would tear down the walls he was building for years.“When you smile it takes up half your face.''Simon!' she exclaimed. 'That sounds horrible.''It's enchanting.''Distorted.''Desirable.”I've been dreaming of balls and gowns since I was a little girl. I still close my eyes and place myself in fairytales, and a part of me whispers that I was born in the wrong century. Julia Quinn satisfied every girly fantasy I've ever had, and then some more. She had a Jane Austen vibe, but added sizzling tension, steam to make you drool, and a not so gentle gentleman (imagine a dirtier Mr. Darcy, with many issues but always eager to please a woman). It was delicious.The Duke and I was a light, entertaining and uttetly addicting novel. Every time I turned its pages, a brand new old world opened before my eyes, sucking me into a society that demanded of women good manners and healthy heirs but gave them nothing in return, a London shocked but mesmerized by Lady Whistledown’s gossip papers, ballrooms full of Ambitious Mamas that became the nightmare of every eligible bachelor, and a loud family whose banters cracked me up. I must admit there were times I wanted to punch Simon for being so stubborn, guided by the hatred towards his father, but I also ached for his difficult childhood and the lack of love and acceptance that marked him. But Daphne knew that she could cure him and fight his demons, I admired her for her persistance and devotion, and I could empathize with her. Simon and Daphne were an explosive couple, that warmed my heart and my cheeks!“The world seemed somehow different when one was lying down. Darker, more dangerous ... And in that moment, as he slowly closed the distance between them, he became her entire world.” In this world, I was a debutante. An innocent girl seduced by a devilishly handsome duke. A woman determined to fight for the man she loved.And I savoured every single moment.
The Duke Sep , Directed by Roger Michell With Matthew Goode, Helen Mirren, Sian Clifford, Jim Broadbent In , Kempton Bunton, a year old taxi driver, steals Goya s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. Sony Pictures Classics Nabs The Duke For the U.S Variety Sep , The Duke is a Pathe , Ingenious Media and Screen Yorkshire presentation of a Neon Films production Nicky Bentham is the producer and executive producers are Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex Latest News, Pictures The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been settled into their new home in Montecito, California, for almost two months, after purchasing the property Prince Harry s incredible , birthday The Duke and I Bridgertons, by Julia Quinn Jan , The Duke and I is my second foray into historical romance and I can definitely say that I ve found a new favorite genre It s really exciting to go into books and not be able to predict anything since I m not as familiar with the tropes or story structures of the genre. The Duke and I Bridgertons Quinn, Julia The Duke and I by Julia Quinn Audio Edition with nd Epilogue Narrated by Rosalyn Landor Series The Bridgertons Stars For my rereading of this book I chose the audio version I found I enjoyed it just as much as when I read it the first time in print Simon and Daphne are great together I love that Simon finds peace within himself. The duke and the dauphin Character Analysis in The The duke and the dauphin are a duo of grifters who are defined by fraudulence and greed When they first board Huck and Jim s raft after escaping from the angry citizens of a nearby river town, they have already begun their next con.

  1. 1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don t read or write romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the 79,000 jackpot She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.In 2010, Ms Quinn won her third RITA Award in four years and was the thirteenth author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame Her books have been translated into twenty nine languages, and she has been profiled in USA Today and TIME Magazine Her twenty sixth novel, The Girl With the Make Believe Husband, will be released in 2017.

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  1. This review is dedicated to my dear friend haha Navessa who was thoughtful enough to challenge me to read this book view spoiler Did you people seriously think I would willingly chose to read something like this Are you insane hide spoiler My name is Sarah and I m a survivor Yes I am Because I have done it I have read all 384 pages of this Historical Romance masterpiece And I am still alive to talk about it Someone please give me a medal.Where to begin The possibilities are quite endless Let s s [...]

  2. Can there be any greater challenge to London s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke Well my Mama refused to find me a duke, even though she is desperate to see me settled down apparently, I am a spinster at the ripe age of 24 In fact, she laughed at the idea, and then started her stop reading start living lectures, while arranging to introduce me to the Lady of the Caramel s son, who is rich, young and available I think available is her most important quality Me, well, I ignored her as per usu [...]

  3. review posted on Got Fiction Books2.5A lot of my GR buddies love this book, and a few have recommended it to me So I ordered it, and up until a certain part in the end, I really was enjoying it.I won t feel bad about the spoilers in here, because this is an older book, and a ton of people have read it.I liked Daphne, and I really liked Daphne and Simon s interactions, witty reparte, banter all of the above Obviously they were meant for each other, and not in the sickeningly sweet sort of way The [...]

  4. I never thought that I could have a whole book spoiled for me by one action, but this book proved that I could What s so irritating about this is that I was enjoying the book I liked the character s amusing dialogue and the friendship the developed.Things did start to go a bit downhill for me when Daphne chases Simon down at the duel I don t get the most optimistic feeling when I see someone willing to die rather than marry I know it wasn t Daphne in particular, but when the hero has so much bag [...]

  5. When I read a book, I want to become involved emotionally A book that does that is likely to be highly rated Such was the case with The Duke and I.I have a sickness, an infatuation for tortured, dark, conflicted heroes The happy go lucky guys don t capture my imagination nearly so much as their darker counterparts Fortunately, Simon was tortured enough to keep me happy.The beginning of this book was brilliantly done I was already captivated with Simon, the future Duke of Hastings My heart cried [...]

  6. 4,5 lovely stars from me The Bridgertons are a really crazy, but wonderfull family I really had a great timeThis book was funny, interesting and i couldn t put it down The only reason that i put 4,5 stars was because i was torn between and 4 and 5 and that s because even though that it was a really great story, somewhere before the middle had a really slow pace for my taste Well, well, wellI have to tell you that the Bridgerton family aparts from nine membersThe mother and her eight childern God [...]

  7. Disappointed Actually, disappointed doesn t even begin to describe it Unpopular opinion time Once upon a time, I wasn t into historical romance I thought they were silly and anti women, and I wasn t even interested in trying them Thankfully, I discovered historical romances by Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan, and I fell head over heels for the genre I m thanking my lucky stars that I didn t try this book first because I fear I would have never read the genre again I ve been meaning to try this ser [...]

  8. I don t wanna be that guy but let Aunty Liz tell you a spoilerish story gather round, dear children A loving husband, very much in love, is eager to start a family but his wife is not mentally ready yet She s been through a lot so she asks him to wait She needs time to heal That night, the wife enters the bedroom a little drunk Yeah, she s been drinking, my children, don t drive if you re drinking Anyways, the wife is very drunk so she goes to sleep Suddenly, the husband lures her with kisses an [...]

  9. 5 stars Historical Regency RomanceMy introduction to author Julia Quinn was with the books The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr Cavendish, I Presume, and I wasn t at all impressed and found them really boring Several GR friends told me they aren t her best books or indicative of her other works and that I should give her popular Bridgertons series a chance I ve had several of JQ s books on my TBR shelf for quite a while now, and after mourning the end of two of my favorite HR series, Lisa Kleypas s b [...]

  10. It s okay to rape your husband Source Chapter 18 onwards Up until this chapter The Duke and I was on the road to four stars Four and not five because of Anthony s behaviour after witnessing his friend s mouth on his sister s chest in the garden of a house party, challenging his FRIEND to a duel after Simon refused to marry Daphne on the grounds it would make her unhappy because he couldn t give her what she d always wanted i.e children and therefore happiness If Simon really was a friend, Anthon [...]

  11. 5 Fairytale Stars There was nothing attractive to mothers of single daughters than a single duke Unforunately for Simon he is one And he is single And considing he never wants to get married, those mothers are a pain in his arse So he makes a proposition to Daphne, the younger sister of his best friend who is also tired of rejecting pretendents she doesn t want The deal is pretending to be interested in each other and everyone will leave them alone What they don t expect is those feelings becom [...]

  12. Save your pathetic words, Anthony spat I ll see you at dawn Please let there be a duel Pleeeeaaasssse let there be a duel.One sec, flipping the page pause Damn duel I ve always known that I wasn t the sort of woman men dream of, but I never thought anyone would prefer death to marriage with me 3.5 stars I would have definitely gone for a solid 4 star had there been a duel What a missed opportunity that was There are brothers in this family it wouldn t have been a big deal to off one of them.So, [...]

  13. Written in the same vein as Georgette Heyer not quite as good but still very entertaining I must admit I raced through it because, although these books always have happy endings, it was hard at times to see how one was going to be achieved Daphne and Simon were an attractive couple, the three brothers were hilarious and the Bridgerton family as a whole were charming There was lots of humorous banter and some real laugh aloud moments It was a nice, easy read for a Sunday afternoon and I will be l [...]

  14. So this book went from 4 stars to a 2 starsWhere to begin.OH THERE ARE MANY SPOILERS IN THIS RANTERM, I MEAN REVIEWI really enjoyed this beginning of this book I liked Simon and I seriously felt for him He had a horrible father who ignored his existence because of he stuttered Poor, poor SimonThen we have the little chit who to be known as our heroine.her name is Daphne we will not dwell on her attributes since she was a poor excuse for a female character Instead, we will spend time on her dumb [...]

  15. Me encant , no se porqu no hab a le do esta serie y esta autora, no sab a lo que me perd a, me encantaron Daphne y Sim n, y por supuesto todo el combo de Bridgertons

  16. Ah my Gentle Reader, this Reviewer is pleased to report, that one cannot argue against I loved this book It was fun to read about Simon and Daphne finding each other through angry brothers, duels, crazy marriage mind mamas and a few misunderstandings along the way The banter between the was laugh out loud funny as were some of the arguments Simon was a great hero, dealing with his past and the treatment his father dealt him at such an early age, making it his goal in life to prove his father wro [...]

  17. En realidad lo acab ayer a las 2 de la madrugada PORQUE NO POD A SOLTARLO Me enamor como una tonta de Simon me encant el ep logo pero necesitaba m s El nico momento que no me gust fue cuando entre Daphne y Simon se hicieron da o mutuamente llevaban con un tira y afloja todo el libro y cuando por fin parec a que iba bien ZAS A n as no me arrepiento de haberlo le do fue precioso 3

  18. 4.5 starsWhat a great introduction to an understandably beloved and well praised series I won t say anything on the plot, since 90% of my friends here on have read this series, but this is the story about Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings This couple though Their little scheme, which covers about the first half of the novel, was funny and entertaining, and it left room enough for the little quirks of the Bridgertons to be shown Julia Quinn, as I have experienced many times [...]

  19. I loved it I deducted one star for what Daphne did that I didn t think was right, but I still enjoyed Simon and Daphne s relationship so much You can feel how much they love each other Overall this book is a great Historical Romance that I highly recommend.

  20. Primer libro que leo de esta autora y me gust muchisimo Toda la familia Bridgerton es encantadora, divertida y en este caso Daphne y Simon me contaron una historia que me gust mucho, me result super divertida, amena, gil, rom ntica y entretenida Sin lugar a dudas seguir conociendo a esta amplia familia y sus locuras.

  21. My Review This was an entertaining read I loved Simon, the tortured from childhood soul, and Daphne Bridgerton, the one woman who could rescue him from his bitter, angry existence, and give him a future filled with happiness, family and the love he never dreamed he could have.The family interactions were highly amusing in the way Daphne s siblings protected her honor even when she didn t want it protected Another fun side to this book was the inclusion of Lady Whistledown s gossip columns which [...]

  22. Wow Way to ruin the book.I m usually up for morally ambiguous characters and controversial subjects in my books I like being surprised I m not a black or white kind of person I live and think in the grey almost always.But there are some things that are just plain wrong, no matter how you slice it.I ve deliberately avoided this author, hearing the words light and fluffy far too often in association with her books My preference is generally closer to dark and angsty , so I just figured she wouldn [...]

  23. 3.5 StarsThere were rules among friends, commandments, really, and the most important one was Thou Shalt Not Lust After Thy Friend s Sister.Some things never change.As much as I enjoyed it, The Duke and I ended up being my least favorite of the series so far Yeah, like most things in my life, I m experiencing this series out of order Still, an alright Bridgerton book beats most of the stuff I ve read lately so I m left with absolutely no complaints.

  24. Posted on Under the CoversI have been ruined by Lisa Kleypas and all her wonderful historical that until now, I couldn t find an author who could live up to the Kleypas craze Julia Quinn is the answerE DUKE AND I is such a charming story of Daphne and Simon The story captured me with its prologue It starts off with a story of a vulnerable young boy and his prideful father who wished to have the perfect heir When he learns that his son has a speech impediment, he deems him as defective and unwort [...]

  25. Some spoilers ahead, so consider yourself forewarned.Oh where to beginI suppose the beginning was not that bad The characters were a little bit flat, but it was interesting enough Cheesy, but readable.The part when they kiss for the first time was hilarious I m not really sure if it was intended, but still.But then, as Daphne became increasingly pathetic with every chapter, and Simon became an even bigger asshole, the book was quickly turning from readable to insufferable And then it culminated. [...]

  26. My first exposure into Julia Quinn s romance novels was through a recent book Just Like Heaven But, after I heard so many good things about the first book in Julia Quinn s legendary Bridgertons series The Duke and I, I just had to give this book a shot and goodness, was I blown away by this brilliant romance novel Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, had a troubled childhood as his father, the former Duke of Hastings, had rejected him as a child due to Simon s speech impediment Years later howeve [...]

  27. I found a reference to Julia Quinn on a review of another author s work and decided to check her out The Bridgerton series was the one I saw getting the best reviews, so I decided to check out The Duke and I, the first in the Bridgerton saga I loved it As you can tell by the fact that I gave it four stars I don t toss high ratings out to romance novels very often since they re usually overly formulaic, sappy, and repetitive, but I find Quinn s writing to be engaging, funny, intelligent, and plea [...]

  28. After I mentioned that my library didn t have this book, the lovely Malin sent it to me, along with books 2 4 in the series I tried a little bit to resist reading this because I have so many other books I should be reading, but I made it barely to noon the next day before I caved Basically, this book was fun Malin is the best The Duke and I is the first book in Julia Quinn s Bridgertons series, which follows the immense Bridgerton clan, as they live and love of course in Regency England It s som [...]

  29. More like 3.5 stars.It was nice story, when I started reading I thought I am reading bit modernized version of Pride and Prejudice To say that men can be bullheaded would be insulting to bulls.It was light hearted comedy and dash of drama type of story I enjoyed it while reading it so there are chances I will read in the series when I am in mood of light hearted romantic comedy.

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