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.
©2014 Sharie Kohler (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Carmen Rose reads well, but everyone sound alike, both male and females. With a talented narrator "A Good Debutant's Guide to Ruin" could have been entertaining, but even the love scenes sounded like someone reading a recipe. The narrator sure makes a difference.
Historical romance is my genre of choice, but it took me 3 tries to finish "A Good Debutant's Guide to Ruin" -- I cannot recommend it.
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Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan was emotional, fun, and delightful! I really enjoyed this and look forward to the rest of the series.
Narrated By Carmen Rose / Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Carmen Rose did a pretty good job with A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin. I really did love her female voices and her male voices were good too. Her pacing and emotion were good too.
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When I saw A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin book come up as one of the book choices for book club, I was excited to read it. I’d already read Sophie Jordan’s YA Dystopian – Uninvited - and loved it, so I was curious to see how she did with this genre.
I was pleasantly surprised. Some authors I can only read in specific genres – but it looks like Sophie Jordan won’t be one of them. I didn’t love A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin as much as I did Uninvited, but I did really enjoy it.
For one, Sophie did a good job with historicizing her characters. As we talked about in book club, this was a world where women couldn’t do some things without men – and you really felt this. Rosalee – the main character – doesn’t want to be married off to just any man. She wants to fall in love and pick who she’ll marry – but she can’t just throw away society’s expectations.
By playing by the rules, Sophie created a much more complex character. Rosalee is strong and resourceful, but she has to figure out how to use the structures around her to get what she wants. And along the way, she makes some risqué decisions that could get her into lots of trouble – and that make the story that much more fun for us.
A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin did have a potentially oogey point – Rosalee falling in love with her step-brother Declan. So, it didn’t bother me at all. Part of me thinks that Game of Thrones has just desensitized me to this taboo – but more likely its the way Sophie paints their relationship. First of all – they’re step siblings. Secondly, though they did play together as kids, they haven’t seen each other in years. This is not a close sibling relationship. So it worked.
Although the plot was somewhat predictable, there were some unexpected twists for me. Rosalee’s mom is a definite wildcard in the story – and though I wasn’t thrilled by her role (why do parents have to suck so often?) – her involvement keeps you on your toes.
I’m really looking forward to seeing this series develop, since I suspect we’ll be getting the stories of some of the other characters – one in particular I’m already predicting her story – and I’m really curious about the identity of another woman. I’ll definitely continue listening to it, as Carmen Rose did a great job with both the female and male voices. I thought the personalities really came to life the way she voiced them and I hope she’ll continue narrating.
I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fun historical romance with a bit of steam and a couple twists to keep you on your toes.
The heroine, Rosalie, gets dropped off at her stepbrother's, Declan the Duke of Banbury's, house when no one collects her from her boarding school even two years after her graduation. Rosalie has always loved her step-brother and now sees what power and a title has done to change him to a cold and unkind man. Declan on the other hand is not at all happy with having the daughter of his hated step-mother under his roof but sees no other way out of this situation but to marry her off as quickly as possible. Trying to get ride of his Rosalie as quickly as possible, the Duke settles a very large dowry on her. In order to keep propriety, Declan asks his aunt and cousin to move in with them. This ignites a great friendship between the two ladies that later aids her in exploring fun in a manner she would have never dared to undertake had it not been for Declan's cousin and that is where the love story begins...
This was a wonderful lovely story but the suspense just added so much more to this historical romance. Truly enjoyable read if you can get beyond the mind ramblings of the main characters in the book, especially at the beginning. That always exhausts me about any book and this one had it's fair share. However, that being said I still very much enjoyed the story and thanks to S Jordan, I was able to really feel Sophie's pain and anguish as well as her joy. This book develops Declan's character as well but Rosalie's was much more in depth. Can't wait for the next book in the series on Audible.
I did enjoy this book, however based on reviews expected more. The story line was good with a different direction to most but just felt it lacking in some area's to keep me enthralled. Both the main characters are great, just couldn't love it as much as I wished..
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