Title: A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin
The last woman on earth he would ever touch . . .
Declan, the Duke of Banbury, has no interest in ushering Rosalie Hughes, his stepsister, into society. Dumped on him with nowhere else to go, he's determined to rid himself of the headstrong debutante by bestowing on her an obscenely large dowry . . . making her the most sought-after heiress of the Season.
. . . is about to become the only one he wants.
But Rosalie isn't about to go along with Declan's plans. Surrounded by fortune hunters, how is she supposed to find a man who truly wants her? Taking control of her fate, Rosalie dons a disguise and sneaks into Sodom, a private club host to all manner of illicit activity—and frequented by her infuriatingly handsome stepbrother.
In a shadowed alcove, Declan can't resist the masked temptress who sets his blood afire . . . any more than Rosalie can deny her longing for a man who will send her into ruin.
Author: Sophie Jordan
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Foreplay, All Chained Up, Hell Breaks Loose, Fury on Fire
Series: The Debutante Files #1
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: 29 July, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
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The first installment of a new series from Sophie Jordan brings us Rosalie, a 20 year old woman who is suddenly left in her step-brother’s entry hall by her former school mistress. Two years after graduation, and no one had responded to repeated requests to provide shelter and opportunity for her. Her mother is a faithless and selfish woman, widowed and living a scandalous existence. The only relation, if one uses the term loosely is her step-brother, Declan, Duke of Banbury, who by familial obligation should make provisions for her.
There are only two small problems: she hasn’t seen him in some 15 years and her mother was the reason that Declan was tossed out of the family home never speaking to his father again. Declan has no plans to marry or attach, and his anger from his stepmother’s deceit and the subsequent family fracture has colored all of his days.
The story proceeds apace as Rosalie and Declan have several encounters where he slowly comes to see that she is not her mother, but his stubbornness and prejudice won’t allow him to process the fact. More time between them is spent sniping at one another: Rosalie won’t back down from her ultimate dream: having more. She fantasizes about having Declan – he is her standard to which she compares everyone. For his part, no woman is intriguing him anymore, he has this odd fascination for Rosalie, but he has decided that she is off limits.
These two are just adorable, even if their communication is horrible: yet when they share a first kiss the electricity is not to be denied. Yet, as with all romance stories, their path has many obstacles and issues, and Rosalie’s mother Mellisande appears to throw a huge wrench in everyone’s life. Secondary characters arrive and are developed with an emotional overlay that suits their future encounters: distasteful characters present and interact with qualities that suit their personalities. A particular favorite was Aurelia, who befriends and protects Rosalie, even as she introduces her to some daring and scandalous adventure.
A fast paced story that was over before I knew it, Sophie Jordan has started a series that is sure to become many readers’ favorite. The characters are real and easy to relate to, with concerns, issues and questions that are logical and feel real. And the connection between Rosalie and Declan is electric and intoxicating, and serves to reinforce their pairing.