The Debutante Files 1, 1.5, 2
July 29, 2014 | November 14, 2014 | July 28, 2015
So I finally popped my Sophie Jordan cherry and it was glorious! I've been hearing fantastic stuff about her, it seems this lady can write ANYTHING, from historical to new adult, to YA fantasy, and would ace it every single time. I thought I'd start with her historical romances and I'm glad I did because not only is The Debutante Files utterly delightful and sexy, it also whet my appetite to read (or hoard) more historical romances. Like most of you, the historical romance genre was my gateway drug to my reading addiction, but it's been a long time since I felt the desire to read books in this genre. Until now, and for that I want to thank SJordan.
A GOOD DEBUTANTE'S GUIDE TO RUIN: This is a step-sibling romance. I have to admit, I got nervous because... ick! It's just a step away from being incest IMO. But this wasn't anything like that at all because Declan, the Duke of Banbury, and his stepsister, Rosalie Hughes, didn't really grow up together so they didn't really have a sibling relationship.
I enjoyed this one very much, Declan and Rosalie's push and pull was tense as both of them were honoring the technicalities of their relationship. It didn't last long though because there's an undeniable attraction despite the push back from both parties. The conflict was great too, Rosalie's mother got in the way and tried to ruin Rosalie and Declan's union. Oh boy, that lady is evil and is not fit to be a mother. Rosalie's mother is the ick here and not our happy couple. It was a nerve-wracking climax-conflict-resolution which ended happily.
AN HEIRESS FOR ALL SEASONS: This is a novella, which is a surprise because the series features Declan and his best buds. This one features Will, the Earl of Merlton, and his American heiress, Violet Howard. This may be a novella, but SJordan delivered the same level of tension like in the previous book. Violet didn't really want to shop for a husband as she wants to marry for love. Will disagreed though and really charmed the bloomers off Violet. Girl didn't really stood a chance. There was good, though predictable, twist, it's still enjoyable although I would've preferred this to be longer.
ALL THE WAYS TO RUIN A ROGUE: This is my favorite story of the three. Aurelia and Max, Declan's cousin and bestfriend respectively, has been on each other's throats since book 1. We see the tension and friction building up between these two and I absolutely love their love story! Aurelia, considered a spinster, is too spirited and opinionated to be considered marriageable by her peers. She's always been in love with Max, but his rakish ways got in the way of what could be. So for years, these two has been bickering until they're finally faced with the reality that they have a thing.
There was a lot of silly confrontations, sexy encounters, and multiple back and forths between these two. Aurelia is so sassy while Max isn't letting her off the hook quite easily. These two went toe to toe and I was giggling and swooning over their developing romance like a lovesick teen!
The Debutante Files is absolutely fantastic. The dialogue is witty, the romance piping hot, the tension delicious, I can't wait for the next book. I don't know who the next couple is, Declan's crew are all settled. I might have missed it, but SJordan didn't leave clues as to who the next couple might be. If you have any gossip about this series, please have mercy and leave a comment below. I want to know who's HEA we're getting next!