I received this book free in exchange for my honest opinion. Delia Langley is a surprisingly intelligent and brave heroine. This is a Steampunk kind of novel where Delia is a type romantic historical heroine with airships. Ms. Dallen does a great job describing how Delia experienced a traumatic event that turns out to benefit her. Delia experienced true freedom for the first time and actively plots to make sure she escapes a life that was choking her spirit to death. Then comes a hero who screws up Delia's plan and she does 1 last desperate act to escape forever. What bothers me is the very same person who screwed up her plans saved her! Insulting. I hope Ms. Dallen writes more about Delia as she would have easily outgrown any self-serving hero. If Ms. Dallen writes Delia as an mature woman she should be formidable. Seriously, the hero was a zero and Delia can do better.
*received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Delia Langley is an incredibly brave and intelligent young woman who has devised a clever escape from her father's machinations and her repulsive future fiancé's clutches. Having spent her life since she was twelve learning to pretend to be what her father and society expects, Delia has perfected the ability to hide her true self – until she meets Nicholas Crawford.
Nicholas Crawford can see through Delia's fake smiles and forced frivolity. He is intrigued by her intelligence and compassion and captivated by her beauty. Despite his father's instructions to not develop an attachment to Delia, as she is promised to another, Nicholas refuses to let Delia settle for a life of misery in a loveless marriage that will squelch her vibrant personality and deny her the opportunity to reach her full potential. Circumstances conspire to force Nicholas and Delia to consider what they are willing to sacrifice for love and each other's happiness.
The concept of a city solely for the wealthy floating above London is an intriguing one and I would have liked to see the mechanics and the story of its creation given more attention and detail. How does it stay up there? Is it on the back of a Whovian-esque Space Whale? [See "The Beast Below", Doctor Who Season 5, Episode 2.] The slums located under the large shadow cast by the isle of Beau Monde, the Shadowlands, are an area rife with poverty and resentment, a breeding ground for rebellion. Fascinating secondary characters are introduced in The Rogue Debutante who will no doubt play a key role in exploring the conflicts between the classes in later installments in the series. I look forward to reading more about the airship pirates and I'm curious about the nobles sympathizing with the oppressed. In the future, I hope the author adds more Steampunk elements beyond the dirigibles Nicholas and Delia are so fascinated with.
I look forward to more of Maggie Dallen's interesting, well-written characters further down the road in The Beau Monde Chronicles.
I enjoyed The Rogue Debutante. I thought it was a pretty good story even though it was a quick read. Do I wish it was a little longer; of course. Do I wish there was a prologue about Delia's time with the pirates; most definitely. Will I survive picking up where we meet Delia and how she's about to enter her season; yes.
So, we meet Delia who is has been kept in a gilded cage ever since her release of the pirates. However, she felt more trapped being in her father's home than with pirates. Now that she's 19, she plans to make her escape. Delia has a carefully laid plan, but she never expected to find someone that might entice her. Now we meet Nicholas Crawley, and his father is friends with Delia's father. His father has agreed to keep an eye on Delia while she's making her debut season. Anyway, both of them are living a double life and neither truly knows about the each others lives. However, they are smitten by one another.
Like I said quick read and I wish it was a little longer. There are time where it could have been dragged out a little more. However, The Rogue Debutante gives a glimpse of what is going on in London. Yes, there is unrest between the two classes: the rich and the poor. It kind of reminds me of the French Revolution in some aspects where you see the poor disgusted by the wealth and wanting to even out the playing field. It seems like that it's starting to brew. It makes me wonder what is going to happen in the story. I wonder if we will see Nicholas and Delia again or will they sail off into the sky. The Rogue Debutante has a great start to a series and leads you to wonder what will happen. It's kind of like a tease in a way. Granted Nicholas and Delia end up together, but it leaves you to wonder what will happen to the pirate and her friend. Basically, a good intro to Beau Monde Chronicles now I have to wait.