As the cram-packed “J” shelf in my library will attest, I haven’t bought a single book by Sophie Jordan that hasn’t earned a place in the “You’ll want to read this again” department. A GOOD DEBUTANTE’S GUIDE TO RUIN has now been assimilated into that collection.

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.

Rosalie and Declan have a LOT stacked against them from the start. First off is the fact that it was her mother who was the cause behind his banishment from his father’s life when he was still just a boy. Then, there are their own hostile feelings, his that she is just an extension of her mother and hers that he is cold, controlling and wants nothing to do with her, just like her mother. And of course, there is the whole step-siblings issue that cannot be ignored.

…Ms. Jordan has created a couple and a cast of characters that are completely three dimensional in your mind as well as your heart.

 Ms. Jordan sure likes to challenge herself, but thankfully, for us reader, she always meets the challenge beautifully.

Tackling a story with a borderline taboo pairing is tricky, but in this case, where the couple only briefly knew each other as children (but long enough to start to form a friendship) and meet again many years later as adults feels more like a great creative stepping stone than a serious hurdle. It quickly becomes secondary to the emotional story that slowly unravels between Declan and Rosalie as they fight those feelings and the undeniable attraction brewing beneath the surface.

There was so much with this story that could have gone horribly wrong if handled differently, but instead Ms. Jordan has created a couple and a cast of characters that are completely three dimensional in your mind as well as your heart.

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.