I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan
Also in this series: An Heiress for All Seasons
Series: The Debutante Files #1
Published by Avon on July 29th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
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.
Rosalie Hughes knows that she has no alternative but to go to her step brothers home in London, since she has no other place to go. Her mother left her at a school years ago and Rosalie hasn’t been able to reach her, and Declan is the only one she knows she can reach out to, not knowing the kind of reunion it will be. When they were younger Rosalie would get into all sorts of mischief and Declan was always there. Even now there is a part of her that loves him. Declan is not the same man that once climbed into trees with Rosalie and swam in the ponds. He has changed, and her mother is the reason. Only Declan knows the truth that changed him forever. Now he is the Duke of Branbury and he is a rake of the highest order. While coming home with a group of friends and ladies of the night, he comes across a figure in his sitting room…a young woman he hasn’t seen in years. Even now he tries to block his feelings for her, but it seems that his heart is stronger than his will and he can’t help but fall for this woman that held his heart years ago. Now he will need to make a choice, a choice that could imprison him or free him…
This story is the first book in the latest series by Sophie Jordan. Sophie Jordan is a personal favorite of mine and I always know that I will love her, and I adored this one. I just flew through this story because I just couldn’t get enough of it, and when it sadly ended I was satisfied but thinking “its over already??” There is such sensuality to this story and oh boy enough to curl your toes with pure bliss!!! I LOVED it!!! The epitome of what I love in a solid regency romance. Not many authors can write like Jordan can and a SOLID A++++ to this author. What a winner of a story.
The story begins with Rosalie having no place to go, so Declan being a rogue and rake is rude and intolerant but can’t kick her out, something holds him back. So he decides to bring his aunt and cousin to his bachelor home to act as chaperone’s and introduce her into society so he can get her wedded and out of his hair. Rosalie is tired of orders and not having any joy or any say in her own life especially from Declan, who is so different from the boy she played with and followed around. So she decides to dress in disguise and go to a notorious night club “Sodom”, where she can find a man who will kiss her with desire. The man she finds unexpectedly….Declan….a man she has dreamed about and when he kisses her with such passion she is lost.
I loved the relationship between these two….it definitely has its rocky hills and jagged cliffs in the relationship….but what a sunset there is at the end!! These two are a hoot and I adored both of them and they seemed just right for each other. They definitely know how to make fireworks pop and what a engaging story this was!! The chemistry between them is electric….sizzling, sweet, tender and powerful!! There are so many scenes that pull you in further in the story. From the first page you will be hooked…line and sinker. I couldn’t put it down at all…I was having way too much fun with this one. It just makes me want to read the rest of this authors books that I have yet to read. This story was a treasure to read….with jewels of characters, a golden romance to enchant you…..and from beginning to end it will DAZZLE!!!