Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon
Released on June 27, 2006
This! This book is proof that participating in reading challenges is a wondrous thing. I needed a historical romance off my shelf that met the criteria for a #Romance-opoly Challenge space and this one fit the bill. I’ve been meaning to read this author and this series for eons (you’ve never said that before, right?) So, finally, here we are. Me sitting with a big grin of satisfaction, but also a wince or two for waiting so long to enjoy the good times of this intro to the boisterous and fun Bridgerton clan and the men and women who fall in love with them.
First up in the series, The Duke and I, was a splendid start. From the early moments we meet the future duke, Simon, as a child, I wanted to hug him hard and cheer him on. Then kick his arrogant jerk of a father in the seat of the britches. Daphne Bridgerton, liked by all and not able to meet a worthy man who wanted to be more than friends, was the perfect match for this man who didn’t think he had it in him to love and marry.
Their meet cute was hilarious and set the tone for everything that came after. I loved their banter, acrimonious and fun exchanges, friendship, and the growth of more than attraction between them. Their ‘let’s pretend we’re an item’ along with Simon being the friend of the oldest Bridgerton was the ploy that kept them in each other’s sights.
The humorous tone to this book got my attention early, but it was the heartfelt situations and personality of Simon that really captured me. I was all in and flew through this book, barely coming up for air. I sighed, laughed, and swooned in turn.
But, there is a reason this isn’t a five star. Around the half-way point, I started to encounter a bossy, manipulative, overly naive heroine. I didn’t find her amusing. She had her mind set and that was that. Did I hate her no, but I dropped down into ‘she’s okay’ while still adoring Simon. A little shine off the apple, but it didn’t ruin the book for me.
I can’t wait for Anthony’s book. Not sure when I’ll get to it, but I sure won’t wait years like I did with this one. Yep, worth the love that I saw so many people giving this one. Historical Romance fans who want a solid gem from the backlist and dusty shelves can do no better than The Duke and I.
Mt. TBR #24
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Romance-opoly #11 Austen Row (HR recommended by hosts)