Monday, August 18, 2014

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan's newest historical romance, A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin is one of her best.
Rosalie Hughes is brought to her stepbrother Declan's house because she is no longer able to stay at the finishing school that she had attended for the past ten years. Declan is not happy at first to have her there because of her mother but he is persuaded to change his mind and set her up with a dowry so that he can marry her off quickly and get her out of his house.  He has his aunt and cousin come to stay with him and Rosalie to keep it proper and in the end he finds out that he can't live without her.

Rosalie had always liked Declan and she knew it was wrong to think of him as anything but her stepbrother but feelings have a tendency not to listen to the brain. As she spends more time with Declan she realizes that she is indeed in love with him but she knows that they aren't supposed to be together according to society's rules so she decides to try and find someone to marry and be happy but one trip to a special club that Declan frequents and her life changes forever thanks to her stepbrother's cousin, Aurelia. 

When Rosalie sees Declan there she is shocked at first and then she decides that she wants to experience more out of life so she asks for one kiss from a stranger and she is shocked when she sees Declan come into the room. She leaves the club in a panic but after an encounter with Declan she goes back one last time to tell him goodbye.  Declan has no idea who she is and he falls in love with the mystery woman but still wants to be Rosalie too and is confused by the whole situation.

Rosalie's mother, Melisande, comes back into the picture and decides to be the mother that she is supposed to be but with ulterior motive and what happens at the house will shock those who read. I was ready to scream and throw myself into the book and beat the mom but I knew I couldn't but she gets her comeuppance.

In the end all ends the way it should and it was a wonderful read and full of oh my goodness moments and turn the pages to find out what is going to happen next. Can't wait to see what evolves between Aurelia and Dec's best friend Max. There is sure to be fireworks there.

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