Sara’s Review of The Debutante is Mine by Vivienne Lorret

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Rating: paw4

Publisher: Avon

Date Published: April 12, 2016

Series: Season’s Original #1

Goodreads Description:

From the Season Standard: ”A true Season’s Original embodies the class, grace, and style of the ton. Such an honor ensures the recipient their pick of eligible suitors…“

Lilah’s Appleton’s prospects are looking dim. With one last chance to find a titled husband before she’s forced to wed her wretched cousin, she must make this Season count. Plain, forgettable Lilah must become the Season’s Original. Desperate, she seeks help from the devilishly charming, untitled, and thoroughly unsuitable Jack Marlowe. All she must do now is resist the tempting rogue…

Bastard son and self-made man, Jack Marlowe loathes the aristocracy. When he meets Lilah, he expects her to be like all the other greedy husband-hunters. But she’s far more dangerous. Her alluring smiles and sharp tongue intrigue him. Before he knows it, he agrees to help her find a husband, revealing tricks to ensnare any man. The only problem is, his plan works too well—on him.

When Lilah becomes the belle of the ball, Jack realizes he may lose her forever-unless he can take a chance on love and claim his debutante…

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Review:

For my first time reading Lorret’s writing, I will confess that I am wishing I had discovered this author much sooner. This was a refreshing, entertaining read with several moments of humor, characters you can easily become fond of and characters that you love to hate, and two leading characters whom you want to have their happily ever after. It’s a story that readers will enjoy reading now and again later down the road when in need of a pick me up.

Lilah is a wonderful character. It’s a shame that both her parents were unloving souls and that her male cousin is so horrible. I can’t blame her for having such a poor view of her appearance and situation, which is why I was cheering when she made the decision to take control of her own life. For all the insecurities, Lilah truly is a strong willed, fierce individual who just needed the right guy to help her find the confidence in herself that those closest saw in her. Meanwhile Jack is the kind of guy I could easily fall for. Having fought for everything in his life, he’s truly a strong, motivated person, but he’s also got a soft side to him which Lilah is able to influence. Together the two are perfect and it makes me question this Marriage Formula that was mentioned periodically throughout the book. While the connection between them was instant, their actual falling in love was slow with moments of sweet passion. I will admit that I grew frustrated with them both at times for not realizing sooner that they were meant to be together, but if they had gotten together soon there wouldn’t have been a story, and their realization of their feelings for each developed in a way that is true to life. As such, I can’t be too upset that it took them a while to finally let their hearts guide them.

The one thing that threw me while reading this book was the well established secondary characters. Ivy, Vale, Julia, and Max were introduced in a way that made me wonder if I was missing a book, and in turns out that I was in a sense. Upon completion of this story I learned that Ivy and Vale’s story is told in an anthology called All I Want For Christmas is a Duke, and I sort of wish that I had learned of this prior to reading because I would have enjoyed discovering more about these two and how they came about being married. As it is, I will be securing a copy of the anthology soon in order to remedy this little problem. I really want to know what this Marriage Formula is all about. Likewise I’m really hoping that Lorret’s next book in the Season’s Original series will focus on Julia and Max because theirs is a story that is just dying to be told! There’s no question there is history between these two and my curiosity is piqued enough that I’m wishing that it was August already.

As I mentioned, this book not only has characters whom you will enjoy, but also characters that you will loath deeply. Lilah’s cousin Winthrop is so sleazy and oily that my hackles were immediately raised the moment he appeared in the story, and my dislike of him did not dissipate with each meeting. Likewise Lilah’s Mother is a real piece of work. The scene between her and Lilah toward the end broke my heart and I wanted to scratch the woman’s face to shreds when it was done. The fact that I felt such strong emotions for the characters that Lorret created is a sign of just how skilled her writing is. It’s not often that I find an author who can evoke an emotional reaction out of me, so I relish those who do.

Overall, this was a fun read that I can easily see myself reading again at some point, if not several times as time goes by. I anticipate picking up Lorret’s other series soon too as I’ve heard that they are equally as fun and refreshing. So if you love Historical Romance, are looking for a book that will have you laughing one minute and muttering in disgust or rolling your eyes the next, and/or just looking for something new to try, I highly recommend this title. Trust me, you won’t regret it, murr!

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Excerpt:

In the midst of the terse exchange, Jack Marlowe kept a steady eye on Lilah as he moved into the room. Briefly, she wondered if he was trying to remember her name.
He would not be able to, she knew. And for once, she wouldn’t care a fig. Jack Marlowe was the one man whose amnesia would make her elated beyond measure. Nonetheless, she sat straighter, waiting for him to give up the attempt and for his gaze to leave hers.
His mouth quirked at one corner. “Miss Appleton. A pleasure to see you again.”
A jolt of surprise snapped through her, causing the pulse at her throat to quicken. A flood of heat prickled her cheeks and her ears turned hot too.
“Mr. Marlowe, have you been introduced to my niece?” Aunt Zinnia asked, disapproval lacing her tone.
He inclined his head in something resembling both an answer and an absent gesture of greeting. However, everyone in the room knew that ladies of the nobility deserved first consideration, not last. “I took the matter upon myself, earlier today in fact.”
Aunt Zinnia’s gaze sharpened. “Do you mean to say that you introduced yourself to Miss Appleton?”
“Yes,” he answered with a chuckle.
“Jack, that simply is not done in society,” Mrs. Harwick added fondly but with a waggle of her finger.
“It is fortunate, then, that Miss Appleton and I did not meet in society but in the garden instead.” He turned to Lilah, an unrepentant grin on his lips. “Unless you would consider our first meeting on the street this morning.”
So he had seen her. The smile, the salute—those had been for her? Something warm inside of her fluttered. For an instant, she nearly forgot how much she disliked him. Nearly.
“The street!” Aunt Zinnia gripped the edge of her armrests. The subtle nuances in her expression that usually relayed her disapproval were now quite evident. “Marjorie, were you aware of this?”
“Of course not. Had I known, I would have made the proper introductions. After all, Jack has been Maxwell’s friend since they were in school together.”
This did not appear to appease Aunt Zinnia. “Lilah, you must think of your reputation. To be seen engaging in conversation with a man to whom you have not been introduced—and in a public square, no less—could endanger your options of finding a suitable match. We cannot afford to make any errors.”
Lilah knew this all too well. “Aunt Zinnia, there was no ‘exchange’ in the street whatsoever.”
“I beg to differ,” Jack added, the certainty in his tone drawing far too much attention. “I distinctly recall your smile cast in my direction.”
All eyes fell upon her. She clasped her hands to make sure she wasn’t holding cymbals after all.
“No, I was laughing at the man who had the audacity to ride a war horse in the middle of town,” Lilah corrected, forcing that errant fluttering to cease. “You must excuse Mr. Marlowe, for I believe he would like nothing more than to incite riots wherever he roams.”

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original Series.

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Posted on April 19, 2016, in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours