I classified Bridgerton’s eight books
Introducing the Bridgerton family, The duke & me tells the story of Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter and fourth child of Edmund and Violet, on her journey to find a husband. Although she is a beautiful and interesting girl, Daphne is not seen as a romantic prospect by the men she has met so far.
Enter courtyard side, Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings. The epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, Simon is eager to avoid marriage due to family issues and end the Basset line once and for all. Over time, the two form a mutual agreement: Simon will pretend to woo Daphne, raising her appeal to other men, while Simon, in return, shuns other women seeking his affection.
In the end, their plan doesn’t work and the so-called “invented” relationship turns into a real one.
Let’s start with controversy and shock: The first book pales in comparison to its seven sequels. Besides a few less than decent storylines, there were no intriguing factors to hold you back for the following books.
Sure, it was a great love story between two individuals, but why the inclusion of seven other siblings, who haven’t even been discussed in detail? Why has racism been romanticized? Why was there a love scene that basically explained how Daphne raped Simon while they were intimate? Yes, you read that right.
Between the only engaging factor being Simon and Daphne’s budding romance and the underlying dark themes that kick off the entire series for the Bridgertons, you might want to give this book a quick read before heading to the other seven.