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The Debutante's Dilemma

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  56 reviews

One woman in search of passion

Miss Cecilia Hastings has achieved what every young lady hopes for during her first London duplicate! She's caught the eye of not one but two of England's most eligible bachelors. Both Jeremy Battersley, Earl of Henley, and Richard Huxley, Duke of Wexford, are handsome, wealthy and kind, the epitome of proper gentlemen. But Cec

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Published (first published November 2010)
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MrsJoseph *grouchy*

This was a rather adorable erotic romance that I was greatly surprised to really enjoy.

I picked up a copy of The Debutante's Dilemma in 2011 when it was being offered as a free download by Carina Press. I have to admit...the cover really drew me in: it's gorgeous and so romantic. I ran into my first roadblock when I opened the short and realized it was a love triangle story. Ugh. I hate love triangles with a passion that cannot be denied so I immediately c
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The description caught me straight away - A debutante that is caught between wanting two men – who in return want her back.

The first thing I noticed about this book was the amount of detail that went into the historical style of writing. It was constant and full on and frankly I was blown away at the amount of detail for a first time author – Elyse Mady truly did a fantastic job, but for someone that doesn’t read a huge amount of his
Heather in FL
So, wow... who knew those proper "Ton" folks could be so freaky deaky?

At first, I wasn't sure I would make it through this story. The language is very much how they used to speak: proper and flowery and such. Eventually I got used to it, and it added to the "ambiance" of the story.

So this was the story of debutante Cecelia. It's her first Season, and she's in high demand. She's caught the eye of both a Duke and an Earl, who have both asked her father for her hand, but she wants to marry for lov
Mary Gramlich
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Can a woman have two many men in her life?

Miss Cecilia Hastings is a striking beauty and the toast of the ton with not one but two handsome and eligible bachelors asking for her hand. These are not just any men mind you trying to obtain her favor these two men are the best of friends and have been since their first adventure after moving from the cradle to the adventure. Cecilia is envied and criticized by her peers and for making these two men choose between her and their friendship.

What Cecili
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was one of those short, sweet little stories that dives right into the issues at hand and moves things along at a quick pace. I get a kick out of books where the perfect girl ends up being a bit wild (for the record, I also like books where the wild girl ends up respectable- as long as she gets to be naughty in bed!) or where the civilized trappings of society are tossed aside so that our main characters can experience true happiness.

What can I say? I liked this one. It isn't groundbreaking
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
i was gonna to rate this 5 stars and shelved it to my favorite. really. till before i read the epilogue, i was sure i would do just that.

despite a novella, we got to learn so much about each character, about the men friendship. though the writing style a bit hard to consume. the passion and longing described in a way that immersed me in.

i know how they would solved their problem. and i was so ready to overlook the impossibility of it done at that era. but what makes i took out the one star is th
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, galley
I will always be drawn to historical romances that happen in or around Victorian or Regency London, so of course I had to check out this story from NetGalley. It was only 70 pages long, so a rather quick read. I liked it, but I wish it had been longer. There was much unsaid that could have been included, to round the story out (like who the groom was or even a follow-up scene after things were 'settled'). Nevertheless, it was a nice way to escape for an hour.

But next time, Ms. Mady, I implore yo
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
I was really enjoying this book - right until the last chapter. What a copout ending! It was obvious the author didn't want to resolve the "dilemma" of the title so she opted for the vague route, which almost totally ruined the whole story for me. I'm glad this was a freebie, as if I'd had to pay for it I would be really annoyed. I can only assume she ended up with the Duke - he had the bigger title - but... grrrr. Mady's other works have been recommended to me but now I'm not so sure.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, ebook, erotica
2-1/2 stars. I liked the lilty, formal language a lot. I liked that the ending was a tad ambiguous. There was the misuse of a word (discrete/discreet), which bugged. But a) it was too short and because of that, b) I can't buy how the debutante was initiated into the pleasures of the flesh when she hadn't been so much as kissed. And, well, I didn't really care that much about the characters; I simply didn't know anything about them.
Om Prakash
Dec 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
The storyline doesn't get its peak of emotions and satisfaction.
Lack of fine language not so intrigued by the words used by the author to describe the emotions. It was a blatant piece of writing.
Dahlia (yadkny)
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
Two men vying for the attentions of the same woman is never a good thing, or is it?

Cecilia, having been raised in a proper and prosperous household, has never had so much attention showered upon her like she has now. The whole of society is waiting on an expectant breath for her to show favor of one suitor over the other, but she holds back. Her reasoning is regardless of looks, title, or wealth, but of what will become of her when she is taken as a wife. Deep down she craves for her husband to
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Debutante’s Dilemma by Elyse Mady
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

The Debutante’s Dilemma takes us back to a time where carnal relations aren’t discussed much less a consideration for marriage. The only reason for a marriage match was for both families to profit. That wasn’t a good enough reason for Miss Cecilia Hastings though. The talk of the ton, she is a delight to have at any event. She is not only beautiful but well educated and well spok
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Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Amusing and to the point, The Debutante's Dilemma made up for its lack of too good to be true leading characters with a wit I appreciated. I find it rather remarkable that for all intents and purposes Wexford, Henley and Cecilia were perfect paragons of all that is good. Other than the short fall-out between Henley and Wexford, they remained utterly civilized. And Cecilia, even with her daring scheme, did it for the simplest of reasons--she wanted passion in her marriage.

I don't mean for that to
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
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A scandalous read too shocking for its time!

Cecilia Hastings is young woman in search of a man who will make a proper husband in London's society and a passionate lover in the bedroom. During her first London season she's managed to charm two potential suitors, Jeremy Battersley the Earl of Henley and Richard Huxley the Duke of Wexford, who also happen to be best friends. Cecilia enjoys the company of both her suitors, bu
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Debutante's Dilemma by Elyse Mady is a quick erotic romance story of Miss Cecilia Hastings who has been the eye of the ton with her beauty and background. With two of England's most eligible bachelors, Jeremy Battersley, Earl of Henley, and Richard Huxley, Duke of Wexford, both expressing their want of her hand in marriage, Cecilia is at a dilemma of what to do. She has feeling for both of them as well as they do for her.

Cecilia decides that she doesn't want marriage without passion. She com
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Little romance novella set in Regency England. Debutante Miss Cecelia Hastings is being courted by two of the most eligible bachelors of the whole empire. Yet before she can make a choice between the two of them, she has to ask them something. Something of the utmost discretion.

Even though I generally dislike love-triangles, I got this novella for free, so I figured I'd give The Debutante's Dilemma a try. Because the choosing between the two men was actually the focus of the story, it felt less
Christin (Portrait of a Book)
I love historical fiction, especially anything set in Regency London. And such a book with a little romance added in? Even better!

It was easy to be swept away in this story; the language and the society parties took me to another country and century. Mady delivered a high quality of writing that reminded me why I love classic novels. The style was, for the most part, consistent; but occasionally a seemingly modern word would creep in and I would be jarred for a moment.

Even still, for the majori
Between the Covers
I love historical fiction, especially anything set in Regency London. And such a book with a little romance added in? Even better!

It was easy to be swept away in this story; the language and the society parties took me to another country and century. Mady delivered a high quality of writing that reminded me why I love classic novels. The style was, for the most part, consistent; but occasionally a seemingly modern word would creep in and I would be jarred for a moment.

Even still, for the majori
Freya Duquesne
This was a fun read. I really wish it had been made into a full-length novel, because the first part of it was mostly telling. It felt like a summary of a larger work. But I loved the characters--I wish we could have learned more about the two male leads. There was a homoerotic charm about their friendship that was very intriguing. It would have been nice to learn more about the heroine as well.

The Scene at the end was well written, sensual and explicit without being crass. It stayed true to th
Stephanie Kline
Sep 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed with this novella. I had previously read another Elyse Mady book and LOVED it, so I was excited to start this one, but there are absolutely no redeeming qualities to this story. First of all, the story is too short (as novellas are), to really develop an interesting story. The characters are just kind of thrown together and you don't actually get a good sense of who you're reading about. Secondly, I found the story to be completely and utterly unrealistic. I can't give anyt ...more
Feb 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
The language in which this book was written was good. In fact, it was the only good thing in the book, because as for the rest...

The story is not developed. We are thrust in the middle of a story with only a sexual act as it's ending. That's it. There is a bit talk about her dilemma as she can't decide which one of the guys she wants most, but nothing major because the sexual act was spread on more pages than the actual dilemma. The "novelty" may be that it was set in the Regency era, but well,
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, nicely done — I really like the language, how it's written; it's a good match for the period in which it's set, almost like a Jane Austen without the light humor. The content of the story, goes from polite parlor room to erotic, though, so it may surprise some readers who came to this book for the Regency setting and yet dive in without reading the blurb. Hint: it's a little more than just a love triangle, folks.

I liked it, though. Probably my only nitpick about it is that you don't
Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
The Debutante's Dilemma is a historical romance set in 1800's London, in the height of the Season. It is a time of strict moral codes of behavior and the Cecilia Hastings is far more passionate than her prim and proper fellow debutantes. Cecilia was a likeable character, and as relatable as a character from another century and society can be. Her emotional struggle between her heart and the rules of society was well-written and well-developed, and drew me in as a reader. While you knew from the ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, menage
What the f**k is this? I haven't read anything more stale or boring in a long while. I tried to make my way through this novella, but my brain kept shutting down. I had to skim my way through it. Even that was impossible.

There was a huge distance to the characters, there was no way to connect with them. And who tagged this book as erotica? Seriously! There is nothing erotic about it. It's dry and boring, and the little "scene" at the end was just....not sexy or erotic.

This was half-way poetic an
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
This novella is not for the faint of heart…of the prudish variety that is…

It is a short and racy account of one women’s decision between two men…in which a compromise, of sort, is reached. I was a little taken by surprise when I read it because I would have categorized this as Erotica (maybe I’m wrong with the label) more than a Regency romance.

The story jumps to the point very fast and packs a quick powerful punch. There is not a lot of depth to the plot and the characters are skimmed over rat
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
A novella that is set in the classic historical romance genre and format, but which highlights once again that there were women and men who appeared to be completely bound and gagged by the rules of the ton but who managed to live life according to their own dictates. A young debutante is so beautiful as to be classified as one of the "Incomparables" and who has her pick of the aristocratic bachelors is stuck quite literally between two best friends. Both are madly in love with her, both are bou ...more
Laurie Gold
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: hist-erotic-rom
"When I requested The Debutante's Dilemma from Carina Press via netgalley, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but the summary harkened back to the days of the Traditional Regency Romance, which I've missed desperately since Signet and Zebra cancelled the last two remaining imprints. I have a stack of un-read Trads that I turn to as palette cleansers - 11 made it onto my Top 100 Romances ballot - and with this one available digitally, couldn't wait to dive in."

Thus begins my blog review of Mady'
Dec 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
After reading the summary for the Debutante’s Dilemma, I pictured a romantic story where two best friends argue over who gets the heroine, fight a little bit, and then reconcile while the heroine chooses a groom to everyone’s satisfaction. But I got so much more.

Both Richard and Jeremy (best friends by the way) are in love with Cecilia who in turn, loves them both. So what is a girl on the marriage-mart to do? Why give them a task, silly! Cecilia is determined to have passion in her typical Ton
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An enthusiastic and voracious reader of everything from 18th century novels to misplaced cereal boxes, Elyse has worked as a freelance magazine writer for the past several years.

Her first work of fiction, The Debutante’s Dilemma, was published by Carina Press in the fall of 2010. Her first contemporary romance, "Learning Curves" was published in June, 2011

In addition to her writing commitments, El

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