The Duke and I

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Relentlessly pursued by match-making mamas and their charges, Simon Bassett, the handsome Duke of Hastings, has grown tired of the societal chase. Tired too is the lovely Daphne Bridgerton, whose matrimonially minded mother is set on finding her daughter the perfect husband.

Neither Simon nor Daphne is happy with this annoying state of affairs and both would give anything for a little peace and quiet. Their mutual wish for a respite from the ton’s marriage mart leads to a pretend engagement–a scheme that is threatened with exposure by Daphne’s suspicious older brother, who happens to know Simon’s way with women very well.

The two never anticipated that a mutual attraction would lead to the very thing they set out to avoid–a wedding. But Simon fears that his painful past may keep him from being able to truly love anyone. And though Daphne cares for him deeply, she won’t settle for anything less than his heart.


No acostumbro a leer muchas novelas románticas, pero ésta es buena. Los personajes quedan definidos, y bien, desde muy pronto. El romance está bien contado, me recordó algo a Jane Austen. Aunque, por supuesto, tiene su parte dramática, una cosa que me parece muy importante es que la novela, en su conjunto, resulta divertida y llena de humor gracias a la forma de ser de sus personajes, cosa nada habitual en el género romántico, por lo que yo he leído. Engancha y se lee de un tirón y rapidito.

Es la primera de una serie sobre los Bridgerton. Ésta está dedicada a Daphne, la mayor de las chicas entre ocho hermanos, y la serie se compone de una novela para cada uno de ellos. En la siguiente, The Viscount who loved me, el protagonista es el hermano mayor, Anthony, el vizconde. Como también la tengo voy a leerla a continuación, a ver si mantiene el nivel.

En general, una sorpresa agradable dentro del género.

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Series: Bridgerton; 1

Publisher: HarperCollins
Year 2004
ISBN 0060751274
Original title: The Duke and I

Language: Inglés

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