A #1 New York Times Bestseller From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the story of Daphne Bridgerton, in the first of her beloved Regency-set novels featuring the charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix.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 honestfor 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…This novel includes the 2nd epilogue, a peek at the story after the story.
December 1, 2020
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“If you’ve never read romance novels, start here.” — Washington Post“Quinn is . . . a romance master. [She] has created a family so likable and attractive, a community so vibrant and engaging, that we want to crawl into the pages and know them.” — NPR Books“Julia Quinn is truly our contemporary Jane Austen.” — Jill Barnett“Quinn is a consummate storyteller. Her prose is spry and assured, and she excels at creating indelible characters.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Simply delightful, filled with charm, humor, and wit.” — Kirkus Reviews About the Author #1 New York Times bestselling author JULIA QUINN began writing one month after graduating from college and, aside from a brief stint in medical school, she has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. Her novels have been translated into 43 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. Look for BRIDGERTON, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix. <div id="
Hoo boy. I used to read regency romance novels in college all the time and there’s a few books that are genuinely well written and I still occasionally reread them. I heard about the upcoming Shondaland series, which sounds exactly like something I’d love, and decided to check out the books. I had high hopes with all the positive reviews.I’ll get to reviewing the quality of the material after this big thing that completely destroys this book and entire series for me: the main character Daphne rapes Simon and no one cares and there’s no consequences. One review I read also gave a bad review because of this but I genuinely thought they were wrong because there’s no way this would happen in an internationally best selling book with 1000 good reviews, right??? Nope, apparently I discounted how poorly understood male rape is in our society esp with female perpetrators. Was it “violent” or was he “forced”? Not really. Did he “””enjoy it”””? Technically, yes. But he was absolutely wasted, had no idea what was going on (which, drunk sex, it happens and can be fine) and then she (trying not to spoil??) very specifically decides to take advantage of his drunken state and do something to him he has EXPLICITLY said no to, multiple times over several instances. Is his reasoning on why not to do the thing stupid? Yes. More on his ridiculous character later. But it doesn’t matter if his reasons are dumb. He has said no to this many times and she has to sort of hold him down to get him to do it??? It’s very icky and was hard to read. He then, unsurprisingly, freaks out and is very upset and sort of has a mental breakdown? But he’s over it in about one chapter, there are no real consequences whatsoever, and Daphne explicitly thinks to herself “she’s not ashamed of what she did” afterwards. WTF??? I am so surprised more people aren’t taking about this with the adaptation announcement and I really hope the series drastically changes this.Separately from this, is the book good? No, not really. I mean it’s readable, and I was entertained at least in the beginning. The family dynamics are cute and some scenes are funny but I read this 3 days ago and can’t remember anything else good about it. I can barely even remember Daphne’s personality. The pacing of the plot is a bit awkward alongside the pacing of the romantic development. Some scenes just stretch on into awkwardness with cringey dialogue but not in a funny, tongue in cheek way. Simon’s character is ridiculous and melodramatic to the point of exhaustion and the book leans heavily on the whole “tragic backstory” cliche but it barely even makes sense when you find out all his “secrets”. I love cheesy romance cliches and ridiculous characters in regency novels when they’re done well, when the cliches are cheeky and self aware and the book isn’t taking itself too seriously. This book fails at that. And I have no issue when characters act like a-holes or irrationally because of terrible things in their life. They’re only human. But Simon’s whole schtick is just ridiculous and so dragged out it’s almost painful. Romance novels often get a pass for having not great or even bad writing, but I’ve read some genuinely fantastic and well written regency romance novels that are just so much better than this.
❗️Trigger Warning ❗️…I don’t normally give bad reviews. If I don’t like a book I simply move on from it. But this one made me mad and has a lot of good reviews and a Netflix show about to release so here it goes.I was uncomfortable when the hero threatened to rape the heroine. But, as that is unfortunately not uncommon of the historical romance genre, willing to move on. Until less than 30 pages later when the heroine rapes the hero. It made me ill to read. It’s made worse by the book later trying to convince the reader that it was not in fact a rape, when it clearly was. Just because it happened to a man doesn’t make it any less of a rape or any less awful.If it weren’t for the book goal I’m trying to hit, I would not have finished it. The last hundred pages were a struggle.Before that, the book was fine. Not fireworks, just fine. It starts to get corny and a little off track character-wise about 45% of the way through. I’ve heard that the other books are better but I’m not sure I will be able to read them after this one.I still plan on watching the show. Hopefully Shonda Rhimes has sense enough to cut that part out.
Literally the dumbest crap I’ve ever read. And now it’s a series for Netflix?? How is Julia Quinn an award winning author in the romance writer’s hall of fame? People, the bar is low. Get your pens out and write nonsense, and you too can be an award winning author and get paid for crappy television. I swear no one has good taste anymore or even knows what good writing is. I enjoyed the reviews for this book better than the actual book.
I must start the review by stating that I am a huge fan of the genre. I own several books that are written well and I often reread them.I watched the Netflix series and loved it and wanted to read the book. I came thinking I would love it, as I am already a fan of these novels… boy was I mistaken. The producers did a MARVELOUS job at taking a horrible book and making a wonderful series. I advise you not to waste your time, and your money buying this book. Enjoy the series and avoid this book!!!This book is so bad that I found myself rolling my eyes. It’s just so horribly written. About 44% through I wanted to quit reading. I soldiered through but, finally gave up at 87%.. I somehow made it that far through… but I just had to stop. 🙁
She rapes him then justifies the rape as his fault.She sees he’s incompacitated, determines he’s helpless to stop her, and decides that is the only time she can get that she wants. Regardless of his consent. Which he explicitly denied on multiple occasions.During and after the rape, she mitigates the violation with nauseatingly familiar justifications: she knows he wanted it, she couldn’t help herself, it was his fault really for trying to deny her in the first place – he didn’t have a right to say no, she was confused and couldn’t remember exactly who had done what (lady, you sat beside him and methodically planned it out then raped him)!Worst of all, she denies the rape until the bitter end and uses gas lighting techniques to convince them both it never happened.It’s sick. Daphne is the worst excuse for a heronine I’ve read in a long while.
the best thing about this book is that it has renewed my faith that I could too could get a book published
Have to agree more with the negative reviews on here. Decided to read this book in advance of the upcoming Netflix series as I hadn’t heard of the books before but enjoy a good period drama/romance.Agree with the other reviews that the language and narrative were not right for the period the story is set in. It really felt like a supposedly historical version of ‘Gossip Girl.’ Nothing much happens in terms of plot, the events that do happen feel a bit contrived and there’s far too much sex described (one ‘scene’ or so is fine but it goes on and on) and agree that Daphne does indeed rape her husband (!) yet this is all poised as being perfectly acceptable behaviour because she’s apparently justified in her desire to have children at any cost.Although I found myself able to read the book quite quickly, I don’t think I’ll be reading the others. I will give the Netflix series a try though!
I have had this waiting on my kindle for 3 years but made the schoolboy error of reading and allowing myself to be influenced by some negative reviews. I forgot that there are those who write lovely fiction and those who revel in being controversialists and write scathing reviews. Reviewers sometimes forget these are works of fiction so inevitably there will be significant tension,conflicts that are resolved in the course of the story. That is the case here but let’s not get carried away- to describe the events that occur as rape (and i speak as an English lawyer) is a an exaggeration that wholly fails to take into account all of the circumstances. If you were going to be technical Daphne’s consent to marriage and all it entailed was vitiated by her belief that Simon could not have children rather than he had chosen not to have them.So put those issues aside and proceed on the basis that arising out of a very unhappy childhood Simon Duke of Hastings resolved not to have children and then let’s his hatred for his father govern his life. He gets caught in a compromising situation with Daphne Bridgerton then refused to marry her because of the child issue and is challenged by her brother.He apparently prefers to die in a duel rather than marry her, is how Daphne sees it. She intervenes in the duel and they end up married. Daphne soon comes to understand that he could potentially have a child and in a drunken encounter that he is an active participant in she ensures he ‘completes’ the act of intercourse inside her. I think on any rational analysis she does it with mixed motives – she wants a child and she loves Simon very much and wants him to be happy. Not surprisingly she doesn’t want his father to rule his life from beyond the grave. How this is resolved I thought was very well written,there was lots of angst,but essentially I thought Daphne and Simon were great characters and ultimately she did him a huge service . Ignore the naysayers it’s a wonderful story. I intend to read the rest in the series.
Having just finished Lisa Kleypas’s latest Ravenel book I was on the look-out for a new auto-buy author to feed by historical romance obsession when someone mentioned Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series… So I dived into this first book of the series, and found instant joy. The Bridgerton clan our eight strong, all named alphabetically so they are easy to keep in order and each one wonderfully real and witty and deliciously fun to read about. A Regency family with a matriach who keeps them all in line and is desperate to get them all married off. Daphne, the oldest daughter is the perfect match for the uber eligible Simon Bassett – a duke who is dark, handsome and was brought up with a complete lack of familial or parental affection. Of course neither he nor Daphne can figure out at first how perfect they are for each other – Simon’s cynical wit matching Daphne’s lively pragmatism and making for some hilarious exchanges – but when they make a Devil’s bargain to keep marriage minded mammas off Simon’s back by pretending to be engaged it’s not long before the fake engagement starts to feel rather more real than imagined. And not long after that that Anthony – Daphne’s super over protective older brother and Simon’s friend – has gotten wind of the arrangement which threatens to upend Daphne’s reputation. A brilliant introduction to this rambunctious clan with a heart-rending subtext about how important it is to be loved, if you are ever going to lead a full life… Needless to say I soon had a new auto-buy author and had quickly hoovered up all the other Bridgerton books in quick succession. What better way to spend a pandemic, frankly?
I read this because I heard it was being made into a TV series and as such should deserve to be read. It was really much ado about nothing! It is a Regency romp. But it is so contrived. The author creates situations that are not realistic in normal life in order to raise tension in the story. Jane Austen she is not. Nor even Georgette Heyer!
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