BOOK REVIEW: The Duke and I & The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Hello bibliophiles! In line with my 2021 Bookish Resolutions, I will do my absolute best to post book reviews in my blog, despite how little or short my thought would be. I’ll be starting it with the collective review of the first two books of the Bridgerton books.

Please proceed with caution as this review might have spoilers.

The Duke and I


Author: Julia Quinn

Published: January 05, 2000

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance

Series or Standalone: Series, Book 1

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 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…

The sole reason why I read the series is because I enjoyed watching the TV show. I actually binge watch the entire show the whole afternoon to night. It just shows how much I enjoyed it. I honestly have no intentions to read the books but I just gave it a go, and it was not bad. I personally struggle with Historical Fiction regardless of how much I enjoy Historical shows, especially those that are surrounding royalty.

Since I watched the show prior to reading the books, I cannot help but compare the show and the books, which might be annoying to some of you. I will do my best to separate both as much as I can.

PLOT. The plot was great. Seeing a complete and new era was such a good relief for me. I honestly didn’t struggle getting into the plot, since I have already understood the tv show’s plot. Regardless of that, there are still things that was not present in the show or added into the show that was or not in the books. I love that this book focuses solely on Daphne and Simon. Side characters were briefly mentioned but nothing too much to overshadow the main topic.

CHARACTERS. Daphne was an okay character. But I have noticed how her attitude have turned the moment she was married. She wasn’t that bad, but you can tell that she became the person that you might not like, because I personally didn’t like her end character. Simon was such a lovable character and I personally feel pity that he suffered such thing and he had to come out as the victim. Which kinda sucks for them and for some reason I have noticed that some people have romanticized it for some reason, which kinda sucks.

As for the rest of the characters, I love them, most especially the Bridgerton siblings. And as much as they weren’t that in the book as focal point, unlike the the show. But I can tell that they adore Daphne so much and that they would do anything for Daphne, most especially the Viscount Anthony Bridgerton.

WRITING STYLE. I have to say that I didn’t struggle with reading this book. Maybe because I was already fully versed with the world and how they speak and the language they use. I really got through it so fast. I love the writing style as it was not that hard to understand.

WORLD BUILDING. I adore how I loved the world in this book. If you know me, you’d know how much I adore United Kingdom or specifically London. I have not read anything that is in that century and it was a good way to be introduced to how life was in that era. Plus the clothes just are amazing to watch and how different it was way back.

The Viscount Who Loved Me


Author: Julia Quinn

Published: December 05, 2000

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance

Series or Standalone: Series, Book 2

But this time, the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry—he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield—the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands—and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister—but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony’s lips touch hers, she’s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself…

I liked this better than the first book. I’ve seen a different kinda of Anthony from the first book and the second book. It was nice seeing the real Anthony and also the rake version of Anthony. (I knew that because he has been like that in the tv show.)

PLOT. I love the plot of this book. It is so different from the first book because the first book solely focus on Daphne and her coming out season and how the entire ton works. As for this, we see another season in the ton and this time it is about a girl that wasn’t entirely born into the society but has to go through the season. I like the fact that we get to see a perspective from someone outside the ton. It is also nice to see a different side of Anthony that we get to see but not as much as in this book.

The fact that Anthony fancied someone else and end up with the other sister, which might seem weird but we can tell from the start that Anthony and Kate has a chemistry that we cannot deny but adore.

CHARACTERS. Anthony seemed different in this book. You can clearly see how good of a brother he is and why he has be the strict brother to their siblings. It is also nice to see why he is like that, especially the fact that his father died young and he things that he would die young too. It was a weird thought for him, but glad that he grow out of that thought. Kate is a great character too. I love how frank she is and how she doesn’t shut up even if she is in front of the Viscount. It also nice to see both Anthony and Kate looks together. They seem to have the same view in life, somehow. It was fun seeing them bicker all the time. But you cannot deny that Anthony really cared for Kate.

WRITING STYLE. Just like the first book, the writing style is the same and I just enjoyed the entire time I’m reading.

WORLD BUILDING. Since this is the second book, it was not hard to get into the world and this time around it was easier to get into it. Love every second of it.


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