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Society Girl

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Sam Dubarry is a cynic. Growing up in the foster system in NYC does that to you. And falling in love is by far the stupidest thing you could do in her opinion.

But there’s one thing she craves more than anything—family. The illegitimate American daughter of an English Lord, Sam is desperate to make her father take notice of her. Which is where the Animos Society comes in.

Published August 19th 2019 by Entangled: Embrace
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Yna the Mood Reader
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"Finding love in this world was so hard. If he could write it into a song and give it back to people…maybe they would remember him. Maybe he would mean something."
Published August 19 : Buy a Copy at Amazon 📖
📚 Series:  Maybe?
📚 Genre: Romance.
📚 POV:  Third person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Misogynistic pigs! Ugh. I hate them. Public Humiliation. Prejudice.
⚠ Read if: you love stories about English nobility, but in a modern setting.

Society Girl tells the story of hal
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Entangled for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Society Girl
By: Alys Murray

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Society Girl is a compelling look at the importance of validation and belonging. Sam is a lost soul. She's been in the United States foster system but eventually ends up in England to be with her father, whom she has never known. No one sees Sam, and that has been the sad story of her life. No validation from her father or anyone else that she is seen and loved. Sam decides to
Elizabeth Neal
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Sure, you could call Sam a cynic, and she'll accept the label, life having taught her it's the truth. Growing up in the system gave her some hard lessons in life and they've followed her into adulthood. She doesn't believe in fairy tales, only that you're pretty much an idiot if you do. What she would like is to be accepted for who she is, but the circumstances of her birth make that a little difficult. You see, her dad is an English lord, and she's simply his illegitimate half-American daughter ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Society Girl was an interesting read. It showed the insights of the aristocracy and the lengths people are willing to go to belong. Sam is quite a despicable character, with little to no redeeming qualities, leaving you to feel empathetic and sympathetic towards Daniel.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Samantha is struggling to fit into the society she finds herself. To do that she has to become a new version of herself. Danny is a sweetheart from the wrong side of the track. The story tells a sad tale of the adult child who has never been given the validation she wanted from her parents. She struggles with self worth issues and is on a destructive path. The one person who sees her and loves her she ultimately shatters. She has to work very hard at repairing the broken pieces, starting with he ...more
Robin Bielman
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A smart, engaging, unputdownable story with one of the most romantic heroes I've ever read! Loved this book! ...more
Caz Avery
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
*This is not spoiler free*
This book was good, I enjoyed the relatively well known set up 'convince someone to fall in love but don't fall in love yourself' but in a new and interesting scenario that added a bit more punch to the fall out.
At times I did want to give Samantha a bit of a slap, but I think that was an intended feeling! I also wanted to kick Captain in the teeth, again, I'm pretty sure the writing was on my side there! The characters are likeable even with their flaws (except the tru
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Best is the one man who truly sees Sam. The real her. The new mechanic for her father, Daniel is everything the Animos’ aren’t. Kind, honorable, good. But then the worst thing she can imagine happens.When I started reading I couldn't put it down. Alys Murray is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book. ...more
Laurie Batzel
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting romance you won't be able to put down!

Alys Murray has written a love story that will melt the hardest heart and remind all of us what it's like to feel the earth move.

*My Little Book Nook*
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Samantha Dubarry has lived most of her life in and out of foster homes. She is well-acquainted with loneliness and as jaded as they come. She’s cynical and guarded, her necessary armor against vulnerability. But, after being whisked off to Oxford to live with the father she never knew she had, Sam thinks she might actually have a chance to belong. To finally have a family. And she thinks joining Animos, a secret society, is the answer. All her previous attempts to catch her father’s attention an ...more
Sarah Slusarczyk
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Sam Dubarry is a young American woman, she wanted what she never had; a family. Growing up in foster care was brutal and all she wanted was a family to call her own. Finding her father, a man of English nobility then knowing that he doesn’t care for her, it hurt. Now she has a new goal. To be accepted by her father Sam is determined to try out for the Secret Animos Society at Oxford. This is a male run group, making Sam the first woman to have anything to do with the Society.

After accomplishing
Briana Cooper
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Savannah Hendricks
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story has it all! A Father-daughter relationship, a love story, and the ultimate, a story about self-worth and self-esteem. The love interest, Daniel is vulnerable and wonderful, and pairs well with someone, Sam, who is the complete opposite. This story represents the lengths we go to, to belong in society and for that society to accept us.
Linda Maples
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down

I loved the healing process that this heroine goes through. She is complex, damaged and flawed which made the story more interesting and rewarding than your average love story. The hero is a true romantic that you’ll be pulling for the entire time.
Adam Davies
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murray has an art for drawing you into the book in just the first few chapters, I couldn't put it down! It's a cool, gritty read but with a great romance and great characters. ...more
Diane McConnell
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Sam decides to not take it anymore!

Sam Dubarry wants to be accepted by her father so she figured trying out for the secret Animos Society at Oxford as the first woman member because then he would have to notice her. Sam had done everything that the society wanted but she had to make someone fall in love with her and take them to an Animos Society ball. Sam had gotten close to Daniel Best who was taking care of her father’s car collection in between working at his grandmother’s shop while trying
Anandi Puritipati
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Society Girl for over a month now. And that has nothing to do with the book and everything to do with me. I was super busy last month as you already know, and to top that, romance is not exactly my genre of....expertise. But I have read @writeralys' debut and I loved it so I was really excited to read Society Girl!! And I was so pumped when I got approved for the ARC of it right away! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Society Girl, without giving too much away, follows Sama
Sarai Henderson
All she wants is to be loved, but is she too blind to see that it might be right in front of her? Sam, the main character in this book has lived in foster care since her mother died, but now that she has found her father, all she wants to do is make him proud. The things that this woman goes through to be part of an all male society is crazy. I feel like she has no respect for herself as a woman to allow these men to treat her in such a fashion. I guess I really don’t understand her need to be a ...more
Yana Herbosa
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I honestly surprised myself with a lot of firsts with this book. First of all how this was written. I honestly refuse to read any book that isn’t told from the perspective from the main characters of the story and to be honest with you I was planning on extending my read with this book because of that. As I continued reading, I just appreciated the narration style that the book came with and could not put it down. It was just written with so much raw emotion and wonderful imagery that everything ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Samantha Dubarry is kind of the worst and I LOVE IT.

I love Alys Murray’s writing. She crafts situations that feel real and gives her characters motivations and decisions that make sense. Both Samantha and Daniel are acting in ways that they truly believe are best for them. They both want something more than anything else in their lives and aren’t afraid to go after it, even if we the reader can see that they are making HUGE mistakes. Alys lets them make those mistakes and takes us through to the
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ayls Murray does it again! This author i have read and loved each book she has written! Each book is a tottaly different genere and her writting style each time is 100 in each ! This book i loved the character Samantha has never had it easy in life and now finds it difficult to accept good things can happen, This fantasic page turning story of romance and hope will leave you believing if you take the chance in love you may find it, does Sam choose to trust in love and that she may have her dream ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun story, especially if you’ve ever lived sorority life (or wanted to). You’ll find yourself shouting out loud at Sam, who will basically do anything to get the thing she’s always wanted in life: a real family. This made it hard for me to connect with her, though. I found myself rooting for her and wanting to protect her one moment and then wanting to smack her in the next. However, Daniel is a dream and I was glad the story ended the way it did, I just wish Sam would’ve come to her s ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow- this book was not at all to my liking. I thought the premise sounded good but once I actually started reading- nope. Sam, her father, and Animos were just too much for me.

**I received a copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Jeeves Reads Romance
I wanted to like this... but the heroine made it impossible to do so. Though the writing makes the pages flow easily and the plot is unique, I just could not get over our heroine’s behavior and it soured the whole book for me. The story follows Sam, a young American who recently found out that she’s the daughter of English nobility. She grew up in foster care and she would do anything - really, some truly atrocious things - in order to have a family to call her own. Her father is cold and disint ...more
Billie Gillespie
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam is desperate to fit into her father's world. Growing up in the American foster care system, Sam doesn't know until she's a young adult that her father is a British aristocrat. She's determined to earn his acceptance by joining the secret Animos Society at Oxford that her father and brother are both a part of even though the organization has never allowed a female member. The leaders of the Animos require Sam to perform degrading tasks in order to achieve membership. The hardest of which requ ...more
i should have known that the comparison to cruel intentions would mean that society girl would be less of a swoony romance. there's a lot of really bad behavior happening in this book, and sam dubarry is mostly a jerk.

she is so focused on getting her father's approval that nothing, literally nothing of the awful things she does and lets happen sinks in. her focus is on that one thing. and while that kind of single-mindedness can seem admirable, it's also just hard to like someone who misbehaves
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was overall well written and an intriguing scenario. Sam is an attention starved 20 something desperate for her fathers approval that she’s willing to push aside the people that actually give her time and attention to get it . Her goal is to get into this “secret society “ which is apparently not that secret at any cost. She is so tunnel visioned she truly is willing to settle on a life she doesn’t really want if it means her father will grant her the time of day. The story was predictable ...more
This Feral Housewife
A story of how people think you should act. A heartbreak and society. An easy to read story that will keep you attention from start to finish.
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Alys Murray is an author who writes for the romantic in all of us. Though she graduated with a degree in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master’s in Film Studies from King’s College London, her irrepressible love of romance led her to a career as an author, and she couldn’t be happier to write these stories!

Her debut novel, The Christmas Company, was the first original Christmas no

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