Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin (The Debutante Files, #1)
Release date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Debutante Files #1

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.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A charming, sweet, and enjoyable historical romance, A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin was a fantastic read. I really liked this wonderful book. From the lovely romance, to the unexpected secret, this book was a delight.

Rosalie was a lovely heroine. She wasn't openly defiant, but she was determined to carve out her own choices in any way she could. Even it it meant visiting a highly scandalous club. My only complaint was that I wished she had stood up to her horrible mother sooner, but she did eventually, so it wasn't a problem. I thought she was a perfectly likable character.

Declan was wonderful. To be honest, I thought he was a complete jerk at first. He judged Rosalie based on his negative feelings for her mother and treated her poorly as a result. It was especially annoying because they had been friends of a sort when they were young, so he should have known better. But, after finding out why he hated his stepmother, I understood his resentment. His hatred for that shrew of a woman was so (rightfully) strong that he had difficulty separating it from his feelings for Rosalie. But, beyond that tangle of emotions, Declan was a more honorable man than he believed himself to be and he could be so sweet when he allowed himself to be. By the end of the book, I really liked him.

The romance was great. It progressed realistically as Declan came to the realization that Rosalie was nothing like her mother. I liked how that was done. It made the romance more believable. And, from the start, these two had a ton of chemistry, though they were in denial about it at first. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was kept hooked the entire way through. The secret of why Declan hated his stepmother so much was a shocking surprise that I never saw coming. And, there were a few twists along the way as Rosalie's mother fought to get her own way. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin was a fantastic historical romance. I really liked this delight of a read and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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