Many woman has been ruined by a single kiss.”Excerpt from: T
he Duke and I
by Julia Quinn
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
I learned about this book after seeing Bridgerton on Netflix. I made the decision to watch since I was genuinely interested in learning the reasons why this series gained popularity. I did some research since I was so engrossed in the story and learned that Julia Quinn’s book served as its inspiration. I read it as soon as I got the epub version.
The Netflix series’ plot differed substantially from the novel’s. The novel’s lengthy, uninteresting discussions really got on my nerves, and I found myself losing interest. Although I am quite interested in what happens after the book, 1. I also noted that the prince and the queen were absent from the novel, in contrast to the Netflix adaptation.
I found the book to be intriguing and spent the majority of the time reading it. Although the interpersonal interactions and some scenes are endearing and funny, the plot’s pacing seems slow in compared to the characters’ emotional development. Many portions of the book merely linger in tension and ugliness. You will feel that Simon’s personality is so ridiculous and overly theatrical once you discover all of his secrets that it gets boring. It scarcely makes any sense. Simon’s entire act is preposterous and so played out that it’s almost unpleasant, while I have no issue with characters acting strangely as a result of unfortunate situations but for me this is far below the quality of some of the very great and well-written romance novels I’ve read.
After reading the novel, I preferred the Netflix series since it included several situations that I thoroughly liked watching. Unlike in the novel, the director cut a number of scenes and characters that added a twist to the plot, making it appear fantastic. This novel is a little boring for me. I became quite bored, nearly to the point of skipping several pages.
Even though I found it uninteresting, I want to read the sequel in the hopes that it will be different and better than the first.