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A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin: The Debutante Files (The Debutante Files Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Jordan
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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.


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    About the Author

    Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows..


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
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    • Print Length: 390 pages
    • Publisher: Avon (29 July 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00GFZW3W2
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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    Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas Hill Country, where she wove stories of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she is also a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.

    She lives in Houston, and when she is not writing she enjoys true crime and reality TV shows. She also writes paranormal romances under the name of Sharie Kohler.

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    4.0 out of 5 stars Great 20 Aug. 2014
    By by MR
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    Loved this book great story well written I do like sophie Jordan.... if I have one little complaint it's that most American author's never get the money quite right for the period they are writing about £30.000 even in this day is quite a lot of money then it most have been like millions
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 Oct. 2014
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    book very good and excellant condtion
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read 23 April 2015
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    An entertaining romp.
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    Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  107 reviews
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Can you ever just be whelmed? I think you can in Europe. 8 Oct. 2014
    By Layla A - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I really, really like Sophie Jordan's NA stuff - "The Ivy Chronicles" is one of my favorite NA series. I think she's a great writer. That said, I was only moderately into her Regency romance, "A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin," though I look forward to seeing what the rest of the series looks like (I'm very interested in Aurelia's story, for example).

    Here was my biggest problem with the book: I didn't believe Rosie and Declan's relationship. And admittedly, because they're step-brother and step-sister, I was going to need to be hella convinced. But there is so. much. emotional baggage that they have to work through and I'm not convinced that they do. I don't think Declan really understands Rosie - and for good reason, because he can only see her as her mother's daughter.

    Without being totally spoilery, it suffices to say that Declan has survived some pretty serious trauma at Rosie's mother's hands that leaves him conflicted as to his feelings over Rosie. (We have a mere 30 pages to cover the following: revelation of trauma; how does he feel about Rosie?; she's different than her mom and he loves her.) And I maybe wanted more space for them to process this because this revelation does absolutely change their relationship (Rosie says, "You must hate that you are marrying me. Her own daughter," and Declan is unable to deny it. He moves fairly quickly after that to asserting his love, but meh, I needed some more time with this.)

    This book is, I think, trying to sort through issues of power and control, but I'm not sure where it lands (i.e., do Rosie and Declan end up in as equitable a relationship as you can get in a Regency romance?). For example; Declan tries to marry Rosie off without asking her how she feels about it; he feels powerless because Rosie's been dropped on his doorstep (figuratively-ish); Rosie knowingly makes out with Declan at a Regency kink club (without telling him that it's her, which ... in light of future plot points, augh); Rosie goes to said kink club, though, to seize control over her own fate and have a say in who she makes it with. They're two people who have been made to feel powerless in different ways, but ... although I think the novel tries to align their experiences of powerlessness, I'm not sure it works. (It's still fundamentally different to be a titled rich dude than it is to be penniless and forced to bounce around from house-to-house, including houses where you almost get raped, ergh. tl;dr: Rosie doesn't have power over Declan in the same ways that he is given power over her by society.)

    A final note: no, no, no, if you want to buy that she is your step-sister and not your sister (a silly distinction to make though it is - step-siblings are family, too), maybe don't call her by her childhood nickname ("Carrots") at key relationship moments. Like in bed. Or when you're proving your love to her by rescuing her. It's already weird that you're reenacting scenes from your childhood, don't remind me of it by calling her "Carrots." Which is also Anne Shirley's nickname and no one else's!

    A huge thank you to the Avon Addicts program. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ended up really liking this one 29 July 2014
    By Jen (Red Hot Books) - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a romance involving a step-brother and sister pairing. It could easily get squicky. Not only did this romance avoid any gross-out factor, I found it very engaging. There is just the right amount of longing and self-denial, mixed up with some delicious sexual tension. It really worked for me.

    Rosalie has spent the past seven years at boarding school –that’s two years longer than she was supposed to stay. Two years after graduation; two years without anyone paying tuition; two years with no word from her mother. She has nowhere to go except to her step-brother and childhood friend, Declan, who is now Duke of Banbury. To call her arrival a surprise would be an understatement. Declan had not thought of the young girl he called “Carrots” in years. She was too inexorably linked to her mother, the viper who turned his father against him and made his life miserable. So his reunion with Rosalie is nothing like she had hoped for.

    Despite his misgivings, he does his duty and invites her to stay in his home while he searches for her mother. And that morphs into a plan to marry her off. But somehow along the way, he begins to remember why they were once so close. Even more, he begins to burn for her, against his better judgment.

    I ended up really liking both Rosalie and Declan. He was, indeed, a bit of a jerk in the beginning but we learn, he has just cause. The more I got to know him, the more I started to started to see his feelings for Rosalie as a bit of a miracle. I loved the way the author brings them together physically in the early. The private club… the masks… it was all very sexy and really amped up the tension when we saw them together again in daily life.

    Rosalie is a good blend of practical, fiery, and adventurous. With the mother she has and the abandonment she has faced, it would be easy for her to be a whiner, but she is not. I loved how she stood up for herself and her future. And I loved, loved, loved her interactions with Declan.

    This book scored with me in character development, romance, and physical intimacy. If the step-sibling thing doesn’t bother you, I suggest you give this one a shot.

    Rating: B+
    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sophie Jordan has started a series that is sure to become many readers’ favorite. The characters are real and easy to relate to 29 July 2014
    By Gaele - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The first installment of a new series from Sophie Jordan brings us Rosalie, a 20 year old woman who is suddenly left in her step-brother’s entry hall by her former school mistress. Two years after graduation, and no one had responded to repeated requests to provide shelter and opportunity for her. Her mother is a faithless and selfish woman, widowed and living a scandalous existence. The only relation, if one uses the term loosely is her step-brother, Declan, Duke of Banbury, who by familial obligation should make provisions for her.

    There are only two small problems: she hasn’t seen him in some 15 years and her mother was the reason that Declan was tossed out of the family home never speaking to his father again. Declan has no plans to marry or attach, and his anger from his stepmother’s deceit and the subsequent family fracture has colored all of his days.

    The story proceeds apace as Rosalie and Declan have several encounters where he slowly comes to see that she is not her mother, but his stubbornness and prejudice won’t allow him to process the fact. More time between them is spent sniping at one another: Rosalie won’t back down from her ultimate dream: having more. She fantasizes about having Declan – he is her standard to which she compares everyone. For his part, no woman is intriguing him anymore, he has this odd fascination for Rosalie, but he has decided that she is off limits.

    These two are just adorable, even if their communication is horrible: yet when they share a first kiss the electricity is not to be denied. Yet, as with all romance stories, their path has many obstacles and issues, and Rosalie’s mother Mellisande appears to throw a huge wrench in everyone’s life. Secondary characters arrive and are developed with an emotional overlay that suits their future encounters: distasteful characters present and interact with qualities that suit their personalities. A particular favorite was Aurelia, who befriends and protects Rosalie, even as she introduces her to some daring and scandalous adventure.

    A fast paced story that was over before I knew it, Sophie Jordan has started a series that is sure to become many readers’ favorite. The characters are real and easy to relate to, with concerns, issues and questions that are logical and feel real. And the connection between Rosalie and Declan is electric and intoxicating, and serves to reinforce their pairing.

    I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 5 Aug. 2014
    By The Romance Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Reviewed by Ashia
    for TheRomanceReviews.com

    A GOOD DEBUTANTE'S GUIDE TO RUIN is the first book in The Debutante Files. Conflicts arise when stepsister feels a strong attraction to the stepbrother she hasn't seen in seven years.

    Rosalie Hughes is the ward of Declan, Duke of Banbury. She also happens to be his stepsister. When she comes of age and is sent home from school, she has to come to terms with her attraction to the duke and his hatred and disgust of her mother. Yet, he does his duty by her, bestowing her with a dowry and accepting the first marriage of proposal that came her way.

    When Rosalie realizes this, she yearns for freedom, for a choice that is hers to make alone. When a friend invites her to Sodom, a club that noblemen frequents, she goes along, disguised with a mask, wanting only to choose the person who will receive her first kiss. To her surprise, she meets Declan...and somehow, they combust. What happens when she reveals her identity to Declan?

    Rosalie is a great heroine; she knows her station in life, she abides by it, yet she also dares to reach out for a chance to live life as she wants it. Her situation brought home to me the fact that women in her times don't have much of a choice--even the matter of her husband is decided by her father, or in Rosalie's case, by her guardian. It is only an indulgent father/guardian who would care for the woman's wishes, and how many of those are there? So, I applaud her for taking the chance to have the freedom to choose, no matter if it is just the man who will receive her first kiss. However, I don't get what she sees in Declan, aside from the feelings she had for the younger Declan.

    With regard to Declan, outwardly, he's the typical Regency rake who is prone to drinking and womanizing. However, it is because he experienced a great trauma that he loses himself in these things. So, a tortured hero who should have tugged at the heartstrings, and yet, I don't feel much sympathy for him. I mean, his situation is certainly heartrending, but I don't feel connected to him. Moreover, I don't feel that he's in love with Rosalie. Lust, yes, but the deeper feelings? Not so much.

    So, while they are both great characters individually and I can definitely see the sparks between them and feel the sexy hotness they create together, emotion-wise, they don't satisfy as much. And it's not because of their pseudo-sibling status. Actually, they don't have much to do with each other for seven years, as they lived apart and don't get to see the other, so I doubt if they even see each other as "sister" or "brother". They just happen to be step-siblings by the circumstance of their parents' marriage.

    Still, it's a good read for someone who loves historical romances. I'm actually giving this book 3.5 stars. The pacing of the story was just right, and there were lots of suspenseful and spine-tingling moments, though the villains and their actions were predictable. With this book as the first in the series, there are more to look forward to. I'm especially awaiting Aurelia's book, who promises to be a spirited heroine and more than a match for her hero, whom I think will be Max (Declan's friend).
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD STORY RUSHED ENDING!! 4 Jan. 2015
    By Edwina "I Love books" - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I enjoyed A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin. What I didn't like was the rushed ending. Why do author's always add a kidnapping scene involving the Heroine in the story? The kidnapping scene has been done way to many times!! I am sick of it!! It shows the author is adding to the word count and not caring about thinking of a good ending to the story. Why not do a grand wedding or the couple going through having there first child together? Something more entertaining then the go to kidnapping scenario. This was so unnecessary and broke up the momentum of the growing love and romance of the couple. The kidnappers in this case was Rosalie Hughes mother and her lover Peter and all they get is basically a slap on the hand for what they did to Rosalie and Declan. I don't like it when villains don't get due punishment for there crimes in the story.

    I did think the characters were very well written and Rosalie was a perfect heroine and Declan the perfect Duke. I enjoyed Declan's Aunt Lady Merlton an his cousin Aurelia.

    The story starts with Rosalie being dropped off at her stepbrothers the Duke of Banbury Mayfair mansion by the head mistress Mrs. Heathstone of Harwich School for Young Ladies. Poor Rosalie has no were to go. Her neglectful mother has refused to call for her these 2yrs. past since she finished her schooling. Declan the Duke of Banbury hates his stepmother but allows her daughter who is no blood kin to him stay at his residence. Rosalie has always cared for Declan for the few years they lived together as children she would follow him around. He called her Carrots becasue of the color of her hair. Declans father believed the lies his stepmother had told about him and his father kicks him out of the house. 10yrs later Declan is now the Duke.. Needless to say Declan and Rosalie fall in love. Let me say again they are Not blood related. There association with each other is what they struggle with in there developing love and sensual feelings toward one another. All in All I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next book in "The Debutante Files"
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