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The Debutante Is Mine

(Season's Original #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,472 ratings  ·  137 reviews
From the Season Standard: “A true Season’s Original embodies the class, grace, and style of the ton. Such an honor ensures the recipient her pick of eligible suitors…”

Lilah Appleton’s prospects are looking dim. With one last chance to find a titled husband before she’s forced to wed her wretched cousin, she must make this Season count. Plain, forgettable Lilah must become
Mass Market Paperback, 249 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Avon Impulse
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Stacey is Sassy
That title drew me in...

I'm a SUCKER for a possessive hero. When the title shows possessiveness, it's always going to draw me in. The Debutante is Mine was a sweet little treat that ticked a lot of my favourite qualities in historical romance. I don't think I've read many historical romance stories by this publisher, but I'm now tempted to try a few more. Avon tends to release compact versions of my favourite tropes packed into a little package. I think these shorter reads appeal to me becau
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Debutante is Mine by Vivienne Lorret
Book One of the Season's Original series
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Copy sent by the publisher

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the Season Standard: “A true Season’s Original embodies the class, grace, and style of the ton. Such an honor ensures the recipient her pick of eligible suitors…”

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
The Debutante is Mine is the first full length novel in Vivienne Lorret's historical romance series, The Season's Original. It's fun, romantic, sexy, and even though it has much of the same essence as most historical romances, there's enough uniqueness about it to make it refreshing.

Jack and Lilah are a good match. They are both independent and strong willed, though it takes Lilah a bit of time to embrace her social flaws. The story moved a bit slow in the beginning, but once it picked up I was
Juliana Philippa
I honestly think sometimes that the people who write the back summaries don't actually read the books. Don't get me wrong, it's mostly spot-on, but the whole Lilah-gets-Jack-to-teach-her-seduction-lessons, I mean, not really. It is true that she needs to find a titled husband, and soon, otherwise she has to marry her odious cousin according to her father's binding will (that no one can find a loophole around).

There is a novella that kicks off this series, but this can totally be read as a stand-
Feb 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, kindle
I started this as a buddy read with the always-fun Andrea but I just couldn't keep going with this one. I have tried Lorret's writing in the past and didn't connect even though I always am intrigued by the book blurbs and the covers so I decided to try Book 1 of the new series. I am sad to report that I still don't click with this author. I am stopping this book at 33% because I don't care what happens next and I won't be picking up another story by this author.

There were three things that were
There is a novella prequel in a Christmas anthology A Christmas to Remember that I would recommend reading before this book.

It took a long time for me to get into the story and characters. I was lost and confused at the beginning of the book, because the main characters (the H/h and their best friends) kept mentioning this other male character Vale (who was on his honeymoon) and how he came up with a mathematical formula to find love for a person. Since this book is the first in the series, I f
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Five days. That's how long it took me just to get to page 88 (of 260). I just don't understand why either... The premise of the story is one that I should be loving too. I just kept pushing myself to pick the darn book back up and read some more, as there wasn't really anything wrong with the storytelling. But I was not connecting with the characters at all. I can only guess it was the heroines complete lack of self-esteem, her constantly pushing away the one guy that showed her attention and ac ...more
This started out as a buddy read with Becca, who gave up on this halfway through. I managed to power through, and enjoy it to some extend, but I also had some issues with this.

Most importantly, he plot was just a little too convoluted for my taste. The heroine has to marry a titled gentleman this season, because otherwise a codicil in her father's will states that she has to marry her odious cousin. Her best friend decides to help her out, but she quickly falls in love with the bastard son of a
3.5 stars

While I didn’t love The Debutante Is Mine, it did end up inducing quite a few feels, mainly where the hero and the main couple were concerned. I would also recommend reading the prequel novella, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, before reading this book. It’s not necessary I suppose, but it is helpful in regard to a few key story points as well as serving as an introduction to many of the series’ characters. Plus that novella is super adorable.

Anyway, can I start out by saying how much I LOVED
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted on Got Fiction?

Lilah Appleton is on her third Season, but it's also to be her last. Her father's will had a codicil that if she hadn't married by her third Season, she had to marry her awful cousin since the lands were entailed. Her cousin Juliet, who is recently out of mourning, and her aunt are determined that this season, Lilah will not only snag a husband, but she will be named the Season's Original. (a title bestowed upon one special debutante each Season who is felt to show s
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

A light, sweet treat. The Debutante Is Mine was just an easy read with endearing characters, a race against the clock and plenty of heart as Lilah sets out to turn herself from a wallflower into The Original...the debutante everyone wants to be. She has one month and her entire future is at stake. If she can't become The Original and with it land a marriage proposal she'll be forced to marry her vile cousin.

I really loved bo
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I mean, there was nothing really bad about this book? It just wasn't terribly interesting.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lilah Appleton have to find a husband, and a titled one, before the end of her third and last season or else, she'll have to marry her despicable cousin. It's all written in her father's will. The problem is men doesn't notice her and never remember her, too busy giving attention to her beautiful cousin and friend, Juliet. Each year, the ton chose a debutant to be the "Original." No one really knows what it takes to become one, but it's obviously someone who draw lots of attention . Juliet think ...more
I absolutely loved Lilah and Jake !
I recommend for those who like a lovely historical romance with endearing characters.

More detailed review to come.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars!

I was in a serious need for an Historical romance and this book has been on my shelf for a looong time! I'm so happy I picked this book up because these characters and the plot was so much fun! I really enjoyed the banter and the love between the characters. Jack and Lilah were beyond cute and I was seriously rooting for them.

I love that it wasn't just cookie-cutter happy but it also had some low angst, but not between the MCs but between them and their families. Seeing Jack's strugg
Jessica Grogan
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel like it took me way too long to finish such a short book. The beginning was pretty good but the middle and ending dragged for me. And I definitely feel like the main problem of the entire book was solved way too easily.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story. Loved this but thought the ending was a little abrupt. Lovely read though - really enjoyed it (and adore Jack!).
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise, great characters, but the prose was dense and at times unreadable.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it

JACK MARLOWE believed himself to be the bastard son of an Earl, and while he's rich as Croesus and the aristocrats only want to use him for his money, he's never like them at all. It's probably based on his prejudice against the nobility's own self-restrictive rules that ruined so many lives - the hypocritical nobs. When his friend Vale sent him on an errant t
Jen Davis
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a light, feel-good historical with a couple that’s easy to root for. There aren’t really any surprises. The story progresses exactly as you would expect, from beginning to end. But sometimes, it’s nice to just take the journey, knowing your destination, when the warm and fuzzy feelings hit the spot.

Lilah Appleton has to find a husband of noble birth… and fast. As she nears the end of her third season, she is about to be forced into a marriage with her odious cousin. Her father’s will has
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars, gr2016
Jack lifted his hands to cup her face. “You’re mine, Lilah. Ask Vale. He knows. He sent me to you.” He nodded as if agreeing with himself. “You’re my Christmas present.”

Because of her mother, Lilah believes herself to be ugly. Her mother never has anything good to say about her daughter. And after her father’s death, Lilah was given an ultimatum in his will. Either marry a nobleman before three years has passed, or she would be forced to marry her dreadful and disgusting cousin. But because

Isha Coleman
Every woman loves the bad boy. He may be a jerk but the air of danger and his swoon worthy sex appeal keeps us coming back for more. Vivienne Lorret got it right with Jack. He's the guy no woman should like but despite it all finds hard to resist. I received an ARC of The Debutante is Mine in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Lorret has written a classic romance that is hard to resist. I have already read this story twice and find it just as intoxicating. Lilah and Jack are fire and ice. She ha ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5/5. Somewhat bland and not one of the author's better stories. Entertaining enough and Lilah and Jack are likeable and do create some spark between them. Supporting characters of Juliet and Max tease at an interesting back story, for I love couples who had a shared past love affair.
It's exactly as the blurb says it will be. Pretty cliche but with characters lovable enough for me to forget that.
It was my first book by this author but def won't be my last!
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I do read this series out of order, but as some reviewers wrote this one was better than the second, might as well read in increasing rating order.
I do loved Jack and Lilah, at the first sight, they felt an attractive pulse without even speaking to another.
Lilah has very few time left to counteract her father’s will, as she can’t stand to marry her awful cousin. Her main problem is her lack of self worth, all her life she has been belittled by her parents, so much, she came to believe she
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This book provides everything you expect from it - extremely handsome, muscular and wealthy man that is after a very bland ugly duckling that unexpectedly will turn into a swan just by parting her hair differently. Everything is happening probably in Georgian era so all the dialogues are written in this bizarre modern language with the pretense to sounds sophisticated and aristocratic. And it is still fun. This book knows exactly what it is and skillfully provides you with uncomplicated, steamy ...more
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
As my first introduction to author Vivienne Lorret I have to confess that I am not only impressed by how vivid the author has penned the novel, The Debutante is Mine. This novel is by far one of my top favorites in historical-romance and I honestly could not be more happier in both an author as well as a story.

This entire story was glamorous, lovely and a true historical-romance to the point that I wish many more authors would follow in Lorret's lead. For quite sometime I have been protesting th
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Posted on What I'm Reading

I do adore Vivienne Lorret's stories. The Debutante Is Mine is an adorable read. Back in December Avon put out an anthology called All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke, in there you would find a story called The Duke's Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret. In that particular story we actually met Lilah Appleton, and she was trying to catch the eye of the Duke in order to avoid marrying her skeezy cousin. However, the Duke only had eyes for her best friend, but she's not to u
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Angeline's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

The Debutante Is Mine is the first book I have read by Vivienne Lorret and I loved every moment of it! There is something satisfying about reading a new-to-me author and walking away with a smile. I liked this story from page one... only to have fallen in love with it by the end!

Lilah Appleton is a kind and funny heroine. She is stronger than anyone thinks, including herself. Faced with having to save her family’s name, Lilah is determined
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is Vivienne Lorret's first book in the Season's Originals and it was one of those stories that moved at a nice pace and in which the couple was likable and interesting. I thought the plot was plausible and it moved the story forward and it had me vested in their story.

Let me address this "historical inaccuracy" that everyone is talking about at the end of the story. I honestly didn't even notice it as I was reading the story, and even when it was brought to my attention, I didn't care becau
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USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of series including the Wallflower Weddings, the Rakes of Fallow Hal, the Season’s Original, the Misadventures in Matchmaking, and the MATING HABITS OF SCOUNDRELS. For more information on her books, please sign up for her newsletter @ ...more

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