The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

April 3rd, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 50 Comments

3rd Apr
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
The Duke and I
by Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #1
Published by: Recorded Books
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 12 hours and 8 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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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 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…

Audiobook historical refreshing ROMANCE

Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?

—Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1813

When the opportunity to review the audio of  THE DUKE AND I, by Julia Quinn came along, I jumped at the chance. The first book in the Bridgertons series, this historical romance delivered with strong characters, humor, delicious banter and swoons.

An almost on the shelf, strong, confident, and feisty heroine and a damaged Duke form a plan to enjoy the season by faking a courtship. And the game is afoot. I absolutely love this trope and Quinn’s version was delightful. I read this tale years and years ago and only had a vague recollection of enjoying it. The tale was narrated by Rosalyn Landor, and she brought these characters to life. I enjoyed the voices she created for each character. She nailed the Bridgerton siblings capturing their back and forth banter and interference. I felt she nailed Daphne from her candid honesty to determination. It is rare that I enjoy a female narrator’s male voices, but she brought Simon to life.

So these two are faking a courtship. The momma’s of the ton aren’t chasing Simon with their unwed daughters in tow, and other men are starting to take notice of Daphne.  Only things are getting complicated. Simon is dreaming of kissing his best friend’s sister, and Daphne just might be falling for the Duke himself.

Quinn did a fantastic job of introducing us to all of the Bridgerton siblings and their mother. I loved her brothers, and her mother made me gigglesnort more than once. She gave us a strong sense of Daphne and why she hasn’t found a match. Simon Basset’s story will tear at your heart even as you want to whack him over the head with your fan. Their chemistry felt genuine, even if it shocked them. I loved that Daphne was bold, and Simon scolded himself for his wicked thoughts. It was delivered with a delightful mix of courtship, friendship, laughter, and angst.

While I am not a fan of drama, angst, and miscommunication, Quinn made it realistic and didn’t draw it out. She had me experiencing their emotions as she threw in meddling family. This couple went through growing pains and their own personal growth. The tale wrapped up wonderfully and included an epilogue that made me smile.

The audio edition also includes a novella, THE DUKE AND I: THE EPILOGUE II (Bridgertons #1.5) I adored this peak into the future lives of this couple and others. I always imagine what happens to a couple and it was extra sweet having loose ends wrapped up while discovering what is happening in their future. We also get a glimpse into Colin and Penelope’s life.

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About Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn

#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-eight languages, and she has been profiled in USA Today and TIME Magazine. Her twenty-third novel, The Sum of All Kisses, was released in late 2013.

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50 Responses to “The Duke and I by Julia Quinn”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Nadene, I felt the same way two years ago. Now I am an addict. It takes a little while, you need to train your brain to listen. In the beginning, I would sit and listen. Now I can multitask and listen. I even listen in the shower! I recommend started with a favorite author or genre.

  1. Geybie's Book Blog

    I love the sound of this! Interesting. I don’t mind drama and angst as long as they are put in a story for purpose and everything works together. Awesome review, as always, Kim. 😀

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    A fake relationship and a series revolving around a family?? Win! A feisty heroine?? Win-win! Quinn is an author I’ve been dying to read, Kimberly. Glad you enjoyed your revisit with this one and that the narrator did such a great job of bringing the characters to life! If I don’t already own this one – and you never know with me 😉 – I think I’ll pick up this one in audio since it has the novella. 🙂
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  3. Anna

    Great review, Kimba! I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now, and have been debating on whether or not to choose the ebook or the audiobook option. I’m glad to know that the narrator for this is a good one!
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  4. Katherine

    I reread this one recently and was surprised that I loved it just as much as I did the first time! I did read there was some controversy on an action of Daphne’s part that leads to the biggest conflict. I’m torn about it because while he wasn’t willing on the very end he was very willing on all the rest and knew who she was and all that. I love getting to know the Bridgertons and can imagine this was a delight on audio!
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  5. Lark

    I like this book; it has a lot going for it, including Quinn’s trademark witty humor. But there’s one scene that has always really bothered me. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, so I’ll just say that Daphne does something that would make a lot of readers uncomfortable if their genders were reversed. (You can probably figure out which scene I’m talking about.)
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