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.
Historical romance is not a genre I usually read, as I tend to not like adult romance, but I figured I’d give this one a try, since it’s written by Sophie Jordan. She's the author of one of my favorite new adult series, The Ivy Chronicles, so I was excited to try one of her historical romances. Although I doubt historical romance will ever be my favorite, A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin was still an enjoyable read!
The premise surrounds Rosalie, who ends up being taken in by her stepbrother. She has to find a husband quickly, as her stepbrother wants her out as soon as possible. Rosie was definitely relatable, as she wanted to make her own way and found herself hoping to actually find love in a marriage-something rare in that society. Declan was very hot and cold to me. At times, he seemed like a good match for Rosie, but at others he wasn’t the most bearable, in how much he tried to fight what he felt for her, for no other reason than her mother. Her mother was one of the most awful I’ve read about in a while. She is shown to be nothing more than selfish and manipulative.
For the plot itself, there’s various secrets and mysteries intertwined, one of which involves Declan meeting a certain masked girl at the club, not knowing that it’s actually Rosie. That was an interesting twist on the plot for sure. However, for the romance itself, I wish there had been more emotional buildup to why Rosie and Declan liked each other, rather than just physical. It seemed like a lot of their relationship was based solely on physical attraction.
This book is definitely an adult novel, in terms of content. There’s quite a few sexually explicit scenes, and I found myself skipping or skimming over those scenes. This book is one for more mature readers, especially due to some revelations that occur throughout the novel.
Although not one of my favorite books, Sophie Jordan is a gifted writer and I’m planning to give the second book in this series a shot. I heard it’s set to star Aurelia, one of my favorite secondary characters with her wit and straightforwardness. I’m hoping that the romance will occur between her and Max, another secondary character. They are hilarious together! :) I’d give A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin 3 out of 5 flowers.