The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1) by Julia Quinn *REVIEW*

Rating: no rating

Synopsis: 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…

Review: This may be one of the hardest reviews that I have ever had to write. This entire book was a 4-5 star for me, however, there was a direction this plot took that was NOT OKAY!
I guess I will start with the things that I did really enjoy! I was so in love with all of these characters. I think that is truly the strongest part of this story. From the very start, I was in love with the Bridgerton siblings, as well as Simon. I especially loved the meddling mothers. I think that the romance was done so well, and was perfectly paced. I really enjoyed Daphne and Simon separately, but I especially loved them together.
At about the 80% mark, there was a plot turn that was absolutely unacceptable, and what really bothered me is that there were no real consequences. I think that a good conversation could have been made about this specific action, but instead, the author chose to gloss over it and not show any real consequences. This is something that does not sit well with me and is making this book very hard to give an accurate rating. Because of that, I do not think that I will be giving this one a star rating.
Overall this was a great entry into the historical romance genre for me and I hope to read more of it in the coming year. This is a series I will definitely be continuing and I cannot wait to watch the Netflix adaptation that premieres on Christmas day!

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