The Debutante Is Mine
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 ...more
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 ...more
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…”
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 ...more
There is a novella that kicks off this series, but this can totally be read as a stand- ...more
There were three things that were ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
THE MCS WERE CAPTIVATING, THEIR CONVERSATIONS A TAD WITTY AND FRANKLY ENGAGING THAT IT MADE ME LAUGHED ALOUD TO MYSELF.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
It was my first book by this author but def won't be my last!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more