After watching Bridgerton on Netflix, I found myself curious about Julia Quinn’s romance novels that form the foundation of this series. The first book was written in 2000. The author has been on the New York Times Best Seller List and inducted into the Romance Writer’s Hall of Fame.

BRIDGERTON: THE DUKE AND I does not disappoint. It is as hot and steamy a read as the TV show is visually! What I enjoyed the most, is seeing what sections of the book Shonda Rhimes extracted and what characters and events she totally created from her imagination that were no where to be found in the book. Usually this would bug the hell out of me, but I can honestly say, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Daphne and the Duke as much as seeing them on the screen. I can also say I have a very vivid imagination.

The book includes two epilogues as well, so it takes the reader further into the lives of the Bridgerton’s. I enjoyed learning more. It is an easy book to read, but do take care and find privacy during the many lusty reading moments. Did I mention it is a “hot” book? And even though the characters are described visually different in the book, I loved Shonda’s casting. I heard Julie Andrews’ voice at the beginning of each chapter and only had eyes for Rege’-Jean Page as the Duke.

BRIDGERTON: THE DUKE AND I is a fun read. It can heat up a house on a cold day and leave the reader anticipating what wonderful adventures are yet to come in the following seven books about the Bridgerton family…one for each of the eight siblings. How great it is to be a part of Shonda’s and Julia’s world.

BRIDGERTON: THE DUKE AND I is available in print.

Can’t get enough BRIDGERTON? Check out Mike and Esta’s review from earlier this year.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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