My Issue With The Bridgertons Series – The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Review)

Overall: 1/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 1/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Duke and I had the potential to be an amazing book, but one scene ruined it all for me.

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// Content Warning: Child Abuse & Neglect, Rape //
Trigger Warning: I will be discussing the handling of rape and non-consensual sex a lot in this review

Release Date: 1/5/2000
Publisher: Avon Books
Page Count: 384 pages
Premise:

The Duke & I is the first book in the Bridgertons series, following Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset. Daphne is the eldest daughter of the Viscount, but the fourth of her eight siblings. Despite knowing most of the young eligible gentlemen in London, she is struggling to capture their interest when it comes to romance. Meanwhile, her eldest brother’s best friend, Simon, the Duke of Hastings, has no interest in marriage or society. However, when he and Daphne meet, they decide to fake a courtship. This way she can be viewed as desirable, and Simon can avoid the various mothers pushing their daughters at him. It sounds like a great plan, but they didn’t prepare for love.

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