The Debutante Files, Book 1
For probably the first time ever, I have started a series at the beginning! Of course this book is a year old, and I heard about it because the second book in the series, All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue, just came out. I haven’t seen it yet but after reading book 1, I am anxiously awaiting its arrival.
Rosalie Hughes has been abandoned at school by her mother for more than two years past her graduation, and finally the headmistress drops her off at her stepbrother’s home. He is Declan, the Duke of Banbary and they haven’t seen each other in more than ten years. He is not happy to see her, and calls his aunt and cousin to come stay for propriety’s sake while he figures out the quickest way to get rid of her.
His aunt is quite meddlesome and is delighted with this new project. She suggests the Duke sponsor Rosalie for the Season and marry her off. He agrees, bestows an enormous dowry on her and off they go. The Duke is a rake and has no desire to marry, but something is happening between him and Rosalie. She has had a crush on him since she was a little girl and he would rescue her when she’d climb trees and be afraid to come down. Now that they are living together those feelings have resurfaced, but he has no interest – or so they both think.
The first marriage proposal comes in a week later from an old titled man who gives Rosalie the creeps, but the Duke accepts without even asking her and Rosalie is furious. She tells her suitor thanks but no thanks, but it makes her realize that this will be her lot in life, to be married off to some old man with money and a title.
Meanwhile, the Duke’s cousin, Aurelia, and Rosalie have become friends. Aurelia confides she wants to have an adventure before they are married off, and manages to convince Rosalie to come with her to what is basically a sex club. Needless to say, things really start heating up after that.
This is an entertaining, fast paced historical novel with great characters, a fun plot and lots of hot sex; just the kind of romance I love. I will be looking for more from this author.
8/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
A GOOD DEBUTANTE’S GUIDE TO RUIN by Sophie Jordan. Avon (July 29, 2014). ISBN 978-0062222503. 384p.