“The Duke and I”

Published by Avon Books in June 2006

I was intrigued with the Netflix trailers of the series so I got the first book and couldn’t put it down!

I loved the fake dating trope and wished that played out more. I knew this was a steamier read and I do appreciate that it was more realistic in how Daphne and Simon got married but there were issues.

Simon grew up unloved by his father and it killed Simon that he never could earn his father’s approval. Simon vowed to never have children so that the title would end with Simon, it seemed like just desserts for his father. But against his plans, he marries Daphne to save her reputation but the real danger is he’s starting to care for his wife. He refuses to give her children.

I didn’t care for Daphne. This was before she tricked Simon. There didn’t seem to be much depth to her. I loved Simon’s growth. I do want to watch the series and read the other books to see what happens with the siblings.

This book contained intimate bedroom scenes and is gray-area of rape- I would say it’s consensual but it didn’t end that way so at least classify it as assault. So take that what you will.

By Leslie_G

I love books and anything bookish!

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