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

Sophie Jordan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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..


Product Details

  • File Size: 717 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062222503
  • Publisher: Avon (July 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GFZW3W2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ended up really liking this one July 29, 2014
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read August 4, 2014
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD STORY RUSHED ENDING!!
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? Read more
Published 25 days ago by Edwina "I Love books"
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it :)
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Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00

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Published 1 month ago by Felicia The Geeky Blogger
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Published 1 month ago by Dolores Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Lo estoy it! Great Reading. I am waiting for Aurelia book. Oh! it will be good. Enjoy this book a lot.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Chico
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one
I loved this book and hope the series continues as strongly. The characters were well flushed out and there was tons of drama. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MBeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it! The plot was interesting
Like it!
The plot was interesting, and kept me reading.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, not a waste of money!
Love this book! It will definitely stay on my shelf to be read again. Well, my hypothetical shelf because I read this on my kindle app, lol.
Published 2 months ago by C. McClanahan
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Historical Romance
3.5 stars.
When I saw A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin book come up as one of the book choices for book club, I was excited to read it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Berls
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Sophie Jordan grew up 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 and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. 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. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

website: sophiejordan.net

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