Thursday, November 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #7

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Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

This week, I'm featuring my all-time favorite Julia Quinn book:

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, published January 2000


Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town′s marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn′t as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry -- though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon′s heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!

I actually didn't start this series in order and The Duke and I was the last book I read in the series (I actually started with On the Way to the Wedding) -- and I remember just being swept up in the romance and conflict between Simon and Daphne. I thought Julia Quinn built up the tension so well in this story that, when Simon and Daphne have the final confrontation, it is an explosive moment. Quinn's current series is about the Smythe-Smiths who feature very prominently in the Bridgerton series. It's lovely to see glimpses of the Bridgertons in those stories. ^_^

To find out more about Julia Quinn and her books, click below:

Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance for her pick for Throwback Thursday.
Ki Pha of Doing Some Reading also joined us, so make sure to visit her blog for her pick this week.^_^

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)


  1. Woohoo! Julia Quinn~ I absolutely love her!!!!! Her story telling and witty characters are just delightful! ^-^

  2. The Bridgertons is amongst my all-time favourite series! I've just finished reading The Sum of All Kisses and, although nothing ever tops the Bridgertons in my opinion, it still had all the romance, charm and humour that I love so much in Julia Quinn's books.

  3. Hi, Carol! Thank you for the review of The Sum of All Kisses. I haven't yet gotten a copy but will definitely move it up my TBR list thanks to you. ^_^

    Hi, Ki Pha! I love her works, too! But, like Carol, I think her Bridgerton series is her best work to date.

  4. I love this book too! The Viscount Who Loved Me is my favorite JQ, but this is up there. The Duke and I was actually my first historical started the obsession! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I really loved this one, its probably my favorite one of the series.

  6. I love this book and I just adore Simon and Daphne. I also think that this series was Julia Quinn at her best. My ultimate favorite is actually Romancing Mr Bridgerton but this is in my top three from Julia Quinn, the other being The Viscount who Loved Me.



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