Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?
--- Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1813
By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely---and almost-on-the-shelf---Daphney Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth--it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke as declared her desirable.
But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it's his devilish smile, certainly it's the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her...but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke...for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love...
My Rating: 5 out of 5
I really loved this book. I adored the relationship between Simon and Daphne! I also thought it was heartbreaking how Simon grew up and how he lived his life and I loved how Daphne helped Simon in the end! Stuttering is a big issue and even today people don't understand how to treat someone who stutters and I loved how this book addressed stuttering. But besides that I really enjoyed their relationship it was not typical of romance books and the change of pace was enjoyable! I can not wait to see how the rest of the family finds love!