Julia Quinn – The Duke & I (Bridgerton #1)

I’ve been wanting to read this book since we binge-watched the Netflix series over Christmas, so it’s been a long time coming!

I bought this book from Waterstones a couple of weeks ago, and then on a trip to Costco I managed to get the next 4 books in the series super cheap, which was a bonus!

I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the Netflix series – it was slightly less ‘raunchy’ in the book, but the storyline followed quite similarly. There were enough differences to keep me following, intrigued by what was going to happen next, but it was familiar enough that I really loved it.

There was a scene in the Netflix series which troubled me, and I was sad to find out it was in the book too. Basically, the Duke has decided that he doesn’t want kids, but hasn’t told his wife. She decides to take matters into her own hands, and all I can say is that what happened felt borderline assault-y to me and it made me feel very uncomfortable, especially when it was made out to be his fault not hers.

But the romance between Daphne and the Duke was just as lovely in the book as the series and it felt like a warm hug of a book. I can’t wait to start the second book and move on from the familiarity of the series to a new story.

My rating: 4Average rating: 3.35
480 pages. Published in: 2000
Read in Paperbackon 17th-19th August 2021

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