Royal Ambition

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 438 ratings

The Dreadful Debutante Publisher's Summary

Arranging a season for an unruly young lady whose habit is to enter drawing rooms by sliding down banisters presents a challenge at best - especially since the hoydenish Mira has a sister of incomparable grace and beauty.

Mira isn’t at all daunted by the local society and its ridiculous marriage mart. Her heart belongs to Lord Charles, who has been the object of her dreams ever since she was a child. But alas, Charles has eyes only for her ever-perfect sister, Drusilla.

Along the sidelines, the Marquess of Grantley enjoys Mira’s jealous antics - although pushing her sister into the fountains has practically ruined her social cachet. It is up to him to restore her to respectability and make her an eligible bride once again. When he succeeds, however, the lovelorn marquess will begin to wish he had left well enough alone.

©1994 Marion Chesney (P)2014 AudioGO
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  • Book 1

    • The Dreadful Debutante

    • The Royal Ambition Series, Vol. 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 116

    Arranging a season for an unruly young lady whose habit is to enter drawing rooms by sliding down banisters presents a challenge at best - especially since the hoydenish Mira has a sister of incomparable grace and beauty. Mira isn’t at all daunted by the local society and its ridiculous marriage mart. Her heart belongs to Lord Charles, who has been the object of her dreams ever since she was a child. But alas, Charles has eyes only for her ever-perfect sister, Drusilla.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Predictable but loved it

    • By Kelly T. on 06-03-15

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • The Savage Marquess

    • The Royal Ambition Series, Vol. 2
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    Certainly the two should never have met. The handsome, wealthy Marquess of Rockingham was the most notorious man in London, as infamous for his violent temper as he was for his intemperate ways. Miss Lucinda Westerville was a country vicar's daughter, as innocent as she was lovely and as proper as a young lady could possibly be. Yet when this improbably matched pair met at a glittering social ball, they had struck the dubious bargain to become man and wife.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narrator, Terrible story.

    • By ButterflyRose on 11-16-14

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 3

    • Miss Fiona's Fancy

    • The Royal Ambition Series, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    The Misses Penelope Yarwood, Euphemia Perkins, and Letitia Helmsdale all smugly informed her that the Marquess of Cleveden was at once the most eligible and the most elusive catch in the London marriage mart. Society's most dazzling beauties had failed to win him over yet, and a newcomer like Fiona didn't stand a ghost of a chance of having him look at her twice.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fancy the fastest way to ruin a good book?

    • By Susynne on 07-03-15

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    • Miss Fiona's Fancy

    • The Royal Ambition Series, Vol. 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    The Misses Penelope Yarwood, Euphemia Perkins, and Letitia Helmsdale all smugly informed Fiona that the Marquess of Cleveden was at once the most eligible and the most elusive catch in the London marriage mart. Society's most dazzling beauties had failed to win him over yet, and a newcomer like Fiona didn't stand a ghost of a chance of having him look at her twice.

    Regular price: $16.95

  • Book 4

    • The Viscount's Revenge

    • The Royal Series, Book 16
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    The handsome but arrogant Lord Charles Hawksborough desperately wants to catch the infernally insolent thief who held him up at pistol point on the King's Highway and rode off with his family's inheritance and jewels. Hawksborough tries just as desperately to not want the piquant and penniless Miss Amanda Colby when this young lady and her twin brother come to stay at his London townhouse during the height of the social season.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but awkward narration habit.

    • By Laurie S on 03-05-18

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 5

    • The Chocolate Debutante

    • The Royal Series, Book 10
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    A woman of independent means with a healthy dose of cynicism about those of the male persuasion, Harriet Tremayne is content with her circle of spinster friends and their devotion to literature, women's rights, and intellectual interests. When she determines to undertake the London season for her beautiful but featherbrained niece, however, she concedes she must appear less a bluestocking and more fashionable to successfully sponsor this impossible young lady whose only real desire, is chocolate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful! Very entertaining!

    • By Erika Johns on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 6

    • Lady Margery's Intrigue

    • The Royal Series, Book 13
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    At age twenty-three, the petite Lady Margery has alreadygraced the rows of wallflowers for many a season. With the one exception ofCharles, the Marquess of Edgecombe and the only man who ever dances with her, Lady Margery will have nothing to do with men; what's more, she does not evenparticularly like Charles. Bored beyond words, she firmly decides this is the end of itall and returns to the comfort of her only love, her home at Chelmswood. Butshe does not find comfort even there.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great storyline

    • By Annette on 07-29-17

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  • Book 7

    • The Paper Princess

    • Royal Ambition, Book 7
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    London was all on edge and astir to have in its midst the exquisite Princess Felicity of Brasnia. What scandal would ensue should society discover that the bejeweled heir to a royal throne was in truth Miss Felicity Channing of Cornwall, fleeing a match she did not want and that had been arranged by her conniving stepfather! It was questionable how long Felicity could carry off this lively masquerade before she would falter, especially since the dark, raffish eyes of Lord Arthur Bessamy seemed to look right through her disguise - and set her spirited heart to pounding.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • delightful narrating

    • By My T. on 12-18-15

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