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The Duplicitous Debutante

(Cotillion Ball Saga #6)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  28 reviews
In 1859, ladies of New York society are expected to do three things well: find a husband, organize a household, and have children. But despite her mother’s best intentions, making her debut is the last thing on Rosemary Fitzpatrick’s mind.

Writing the popular Harry Hawk dime novels as F.P. Elliott, she’s too busy hiding her female identity from her new publisher, Henry Coo
Paperback, 226 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Crimson Romance
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The Lit Bitch
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot that worked for this novel for me. I loved the chemistry between the Rosemary and Henry. They were each such strong characters on their own that when they came together their chemistry was a force to be reckoned with.

The setting and the little attention to the historic details all worked well for me. The author does a wonderful job with the historic facts and events which added to the story but didn’t distract from it. She added in a lot of details about fencing which I thought w
Joanna Lloyd
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another book in Becky Lower’s Cotillion Ball Series! This time the radical Rosemary, duplicitous author of dime-store novels is the match-making focus of the determined Charlotte, matriarch of the Fitzpatrick family. Rosemary shows no interest in the opposite sex; her romantic thrills are found in the potboiler novels she writes under the pseudonym F P Elliott. Unfortunately the new owner of her publishing company insists on meeting the elusive Mr Elliott. As she feints and parries with the hand ...more
Micah Persell
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, the chemistry between Henry and Rosemary is white hot!! They are by far my favorite characters of the series, not just for their heated interactions with each other, but for the masterful nuances of their personalities. They were both interesting and complete persons on their own, which is, in my opinion, something that is not found often in a genre that can sometimes rely too heavily on the idea of lovers completing each other. This series just gets better and better!
Rachel T
5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

Oh Becky Lower! I have been with you from the start of the Cotillion Ball series and I am determined to make sure that you find long lost family members of the Fitzpatrick family to add to this series because not only can I NOT get enough, but cannot image this series ever concluding. Perhaps the children of all our couples?? LOL

So YES I LOVED THIS BOOK. I was anticipating Rosemary's story and boy did you ever deliver.

Rosemary Fitzpatrick is the spitfire of this
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I greatly enjoyed this book and was intrigued from the moment I made it past page 2. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and sometimes, I feel that the authors don't always get the feeling of what it was really like in that time period. Though I will never know for sure, what the United States was like in the 1900's, I know that what I read in Becky Lower's book seemed extremely realistic and true to the point. I enjoyed the witty repartee and intelligent conversa
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
19 year old Rosemary Fitzpatrick has been writing and having her dime novels published under the guise of F.P. Elliott, presumably thought to be a male by Cooper Publishing. Everything has gone smoothly until the head of the publishing company decides to send his son, Henry Cooper, to check out the authors and meet with them personally. Rosemary gets herself into a tizzy and once she meets this handsome gentleman and introduces herself as F.P. Elliott's secretary, Henry Cooper is entranced with ...more
E.E. Burke
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-the-west
How refreshing to discover a historical romance series featuring the American aristocracy. Rather than Regency London, this novel is set in pre-Civil War New York City, which warred with Boston for the quality and quantity of Yankee blue bloods. The eccentric Fitzpatrick family rather reminds me of Julia’s Quinn’s Bridgertons--and you know it’s impossible to read just one of their stories.

The heroine of The Duplicitous Debutante, Rosemary Fitzpatrick, authors dime novels under a pen name that wo
Melanie Adkins
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nineteen year old Rosemary is a little unconventional. Of course she comes from an unconventional family. Rosemary's family supports women working outside the home. Very few people agree with the idea of women in business. Rosemary writes dime store novels. She's very happy until she receives a letter stating she has a new publisher. He wants to meet his new authors. Rosemary knew she had to find someone to portray F.P. Elliott.
Henry Cooper is given the small publishing company as a test. His
C.T. Collier
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Duplicitous Debutante hooked me immediately with its likable, romantic hero Henry Cooper and heroine Rosemary Fitzpatrick, both of whom are beset, at the start, with one complication after another.

As a successful author with a male pen name, Rosemary must convince Mr. Cooper, the son of her long-time, chauvinistic publisher, to continue her contract, without his finding out that F.P. Elliott is a woman. And she desires to convince Henry Cooper, the man, that she is a worthy match for him an
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fast Paced and Entertaining.

Becky Lower writes about intelligent, self-reliant heroines strong enough to take on intelligent, self –reliant heroes. The sparks fly. The Duplicitous Debutante does it again. Well written and entertaining, Lower pulled me in on the first page and kept me there.

Rosemary Fitzgerald writes dime novels under cover of the name F.P. Elliot. Since her false name uses initials, she doesn’t so much claim to be male as allow her publisher to assume what he wants to believe an
Patty Lynch
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a continuation of the Fitzpatrick family and is Rosemary's story. Rosemary is a writer of dime novels using the pen name of F. P. Elliot. When the publishing house that she writes for is sold the new owner wants to meet all the current authors of the books he publishes. Rosemary is in a quandary and asks her brother and father to pose as F. P. Elliot, however they are both unable to do this service. Rosemary decides to act as the secretary for F. P. Elliot and hope she will suffice. Need ...more
Monica Tillery
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why I just joined this series now, but I'll definitely go back and read the previous books in the Cotillion Ball series. Becky Lower gives us a fresh story, unique premise, and amazing chemistry in The Duplicitous Debutante. I was engaged from the beginning and didn't want it to end! I forget how much I enjoy historical romance until I pick up something like this. If you're looking for something a little different and love clever banter and engaging writing, this is the book for you ...more
InD'tale Magazine

This piece was filled with easy to love characters.

Read full review in the 2015 March issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Katie O'Connor
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fabulous read. Great characters, a great story.
Loved the settings and the conflicts.
I am a convert, I will be reading Becky Lower again. Soon!
I highly recommend this book.
Got Romance!  Reviews
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Spicy
Reviewer: Laura
Date: August 21, 2015
The Duplicitous Debutante by Becky Lower is the sixth installment in the Cotillion Ball series. 

This particular installment features Rosemary Fitzpatrick, author of the Harry Hawk dime novels and the new owner of her publishing company, Henry Cooper. Being 1859, Rosemary writes under the pen name of F. P. Elliott, and it is generally assumed she is actually he. 

Henry starts the conflict of
A.E. Jones
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The 6th book in the Cotillion Ball Series by Becky Lower is a treat. Ever since I found out in an earlier book that younger sister Rosemary was writing dime novels, I have been anticipating her story.

I loved the heroine AND hero in this story. Rosemary Fitzpatrick is secretly writing dime novels under a male pseudonym since at that time in history (1859), women were not supposed to be able to write about stories of the Wild West. She is headstrong and heart strong and can take care of herself. B
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Didn't finish half way through. This book had an interesting premise, but it was just too boring and slow for me. Also, it's written in a writing style that I don't care for. It's alternating points of view which can be okay, but this is written like when a situation occurs through the female pov, the next chapter then has the male pov dissecting how he felt in that same scene that was given from the female pov the chapter earlier. And then vise versa with the next chapter. It gets so repetitive ...more
Amanda Shalaby
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rosemary Fitzpatrick’s turn has arrived, and her love story is one for the books! (Yes, pun intended.) Our darling little dime novel author is a huge success with her Harry Hawk series, but will her new publisher Cooper & Son Publishing be ready for a female novelist? More specifically, “& Son”, the handsome Mr. Henry Cooper? This duplicitous debutante attempts to keep her writing byname, F. P. Elliott, separate from Rosemary Fitzpatrick, debutante extraordinaire, and you can just imagine the fu ...more
Danielle Haas
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Duplicitous Debutante by Becky Lower is a charming and heartwarming story, continuing the saga of the lovable Fitzpatrick family. I’ve read several of Ms. Lower’s books, and I have to say, this may be my new favorite! Rosemary Fitzpatrick, the author of a popular dime-novel, feels the need to hide her true identity so that her work can be printed and respected…something that might not be possible if it were known she’s really a high-born lady. Her ploy has worked, until her publisher is boug ...more
Peggy Bird
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every time I read one of Becky Lower's Cotillion Ball series about the Fitzpatrick siblings, I think "this is my favorite one." And every time she releases a new one I change my mind in favor of the new one. And it's happened again with "The Duplicitious Debutante." This book tells the story of Rosemary, who writes dime novels about the American West using a pen name her publisher has assumed belongs to a man. When Henry Cooper, the son of the publisher, takes over the operation of the business ...more
Elizabeth Meyette
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Duplicitously Delightful
As a former fencing student, I love how Becky Lower uses fencing as a metaphor for romance in The Duplicitous Debutante. The feinte, the riposte, the touche all mirror the dance between Rosemary Fitzpatrick and Henry Cooper as she tries to conceal a secret that could end her writing career—a very unusual career for a young lady of a prominent family in the 1850s. Until she knows Henry Cooper’s attitude about women’s rights, Rosemary must hide the fact that she is Cooper &
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
"The Duplicitous Debutante" is the first book I've read by Becky Lower and it certainly didn't disappoint! Heroine Rosemary Fitzpatrick's deception (writing dime novels under the guise of a man), considering the time period (1859), and her aversion to the opposite sex because of her love for her profession are definitely believable. When she meets hero Henry Cooper, that aversion flies out the window, and the two are instantly--and constantly--attracted to each other. Wonderful storyline! As one ...more
Susan James
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully done! I read a lot of historical and I highly recommend the Duplicitous Debutante, both for historical accuracy and delightful characters.

Rosemary Fitzpatrick has a secret life. She writes dime novels with a half breed Indian hero and the new publisher wants to meet his most successful author. Rosemary's afraid if Henry Cooper finds out that she's a female, her career will be over. She poses as the author's secretary when she's forced to meet him. The immediate attraction between t
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not so much of an actual historical event as the hook in this one but the inability of women to be independent and have a career without the 'support' of a man (husband/father/brother) is highlighted, alongside the phenomenom of the dime novel. And of course, the fencing - terms and positioning being a constant theme. Towards the end references are made to the Gold Rush as a theme for further FP books.
Rosemary is a fiesty independent lady in a time when this is not the norm. She is fortunate in
L.A. McGinnis
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book- Rosemary and Henry's romance is woven through 1859's New York society: Cotillion balls and carriage rides, while she flawlessly introduces the themes of women's independence, arranged marriages and dying societal rules through the storyline. Strong writing, interesting characters and fast pacing will keep you turning the pages, and I especially loved the plotline revolving around the publishing world.
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
"May be I am not in the mood for an HR" that's what I thought because I read 15 pages and I was just so very bored, it seemed all too predictable ,.... and after I had to do violence to myself to keep on reading it mainly because of the ecstatic reviews .... I am sad to say that I should have followed my first impression : Promising Premise - Boring characters and relationship.
Sheryl Wolford
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Amazon best-selling author Becky Lower has traveled the United States in search of great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it in America on a covered wagon headed west or in Regency England. Her Cotillion Ball Series features the nine children from an upscale New York family prior to and duri ...more

Other books in the series

Cotillion Ball Saga (9 books)
  • The Reluctant Debutante (Cotillion Ball Saga, #1)
  • The Abolitionist's Secret (Cotillion Ball Saga, #2)
  • Banking on Temperance (Cotillion Ball Saga, #3)
  • The Tempestuous Debutante (Cotillion Ball Saga, #4)
  • Blinded by Grace (Cotillion Ball Saga, #5)
  • Expressly Yours, Samantha (Cotillion Ball Saga, #7)
  • A Widow's Salvation (Cotillion Ball Saga, #8)
  • The Forgotten Debutante (Cotillion Ball Saga, #9)

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