The Debutante Is Mine (Season's Original Series #1)

The Debutante Is Mine (Season's Original Series #1)

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by Vivienne Lorret

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From the Season Standard: “A true Season’s Original embodies the class, grace, and style of theton. 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


From the Season Standard: “A true Season’s Original embodies the class, grace, and style of theton. 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 the Season’s Original. Desperate, she seeks help from the devilishly charming, untitled, and thoroughly unsuitable Jack Marlowe. All she must do now is resist the tempting rogue…

Bastard son and self-made man, Jack Marlowe loathes the aristocracy. When he meets Lilah, he expects her to be like all the other greedy husband-hunters. But she’s far more dangerous. Her alluring smiles and sharp tongue intrigue him. Before he knows it, he agrees to help her find a husband, revealing tricks to ensnare any man. The only problem is, his plan works too well—on him.

When Lilah becomes the belle of the ball, Jack realizes he may lose her forever—unless he can take a chance on love and claim his debutante.

Editorial Reviews

Fresh Fiction
“a sweet romantic novel that sweeps you away with an engaging story line [...] THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE is a light and an easy read with wonderful dialogue and charming characters.”
Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Lorret seems to have found fresh ways to spin the old into new.”
Sophie Barnes
“A romantic treat to be savored.”
New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath
“DARING MISS DANVERS is perfectly enchanting. Vivienne Lorret has woven a delightful, romantic tale that is certain to charm readers.”
New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan
“SO GOOD. Unputdownable! This is the author you’ve been waiting for!”
Publishers Weekly
★ 02/01/2016
A will and a bet create the drama in the riveting first Season’s Original novel from Lorret (All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke), set in Regency-era London. According to her father’s will, Miss Lilah Appleton has until the end of her third season to find a noble husband; if she fails, she has to marry her horrible cousin. The final season has arrived and none of the gentlemen she’s met even remembers her name, nor has anyone offered a proposal. When confirmed bachelor Jack Marlowe meets Lilah, he’s intrigued by her sharp wit and scolding tongue, and he immediately takes a liking to her. When he learns that her predicament could result in a life similar to his mother’s, he becomes determined to prevent that fate and therefore offers to assist her in finding a suitable husband. They fall in love, but because of his status, a match between them will not satisfy the requirements of the will. A well-crafted plot, well-developed characters, and last-minute revelations set the bar high for the sequels. (Apr.)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Season's Original Series , #1
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5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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USA Today bestselling author, Vivienne Lorret loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order…but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original series.

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The Debutante Is Mine 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
So – little secret – I requested this book the moment I saw it available. Devoured it – and forgot to write my review – and had to read it again. And I think it was better the second time around. Lilah has One Chance to make a splash during her third and final season and procure a proposal, or she’ll be married off to her cousin. She not only wants to make A Splash, she wants to be The Original, upon whom all other debutantes and girls of marriageable age fail to measure up. There’s only one problem: she doesn’t see herself as particularly wondrous, just desperately in need of a proposal. Jack is the son of an Earl, but born on the wrong side of the blanket. He’s decided he’s not interested in marriage or the machinations of society, and has worked hard to make something of his own life apart and aside from his titled father. Until recently, he was ignored by his father, and he’s not particularly interested in his assistance now. But, his friend who is married to Lilah’s best friend has asked him to deliver her some flowers, mostly to help stir interest in the young girl. And when the flowers are delivered, it sets off a chain reaction of events that has Jack wondering if his friend’s theory of ‘matchmaking’ actually works. Delightful and wonderful, Lilah takes the bull by the horns and asks Jack, as just a friend mind, to help turn her into an irresistible catch. He sees little wrong with the prospect, and begins to help her achieve her goals, but he sees that even before all the changes, Lilah is near perfection….. for him. Charming characters with wonderful dialogue and a few stolen kisses added a sweetness to this story that overcame the couple’s own insecurities and difficult moments. Together they are wonderful, and Lilah blossoms under Jack’s attentions, even as she has momentary thoughts that he’s the one, title or no. With moments from other characters from The Duke’s Christmas Wish (a novella prequel of sorts) the story is rich and emotionally available. Lorret is an author you just want to read – her stories leave you satisfied and smiling, with only a few moments of angst along the way. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
loveforthemoon 3 months ago
This book was enjoyable. Wish they hadn't alluded so much to a past relationship with Juliet and Max, only to discover that we will find out none of their mysterious past, until we buy the next book. I wish the ending had not been done with Lilah's aunt and Juliet there.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It was ok.
skelley55 7 months ago
I loved this book. Jack is intriguing and swoon worthy. Lilah is the friend everyone loves. The plot just kept me pulling for their HEA.
Rachelo 8 months ago
Vivienne Lorret is a new author to me, but I can assure you she'll be on my radar for good after having such fun reading The Debutante Is Mine! Watching Lilah grow in confidence and character--and falling in love, of course--was nothing short of delightful. Lilah Appleton is unspectacular. With a mother who only tears her down and an imposing father's will only giving her three Seasons to find a titled husband--or she'll be forced to marry her disgusting cousin--Lilah is running low on time and confidence. A plan to become the Season's Original brings Lilah into unknown territory, but at the same time, she's drawn to Jack Marlowe--wholly unsuitable, wholly attractive. From the first page, I liked Lilah a lot. At first, she's far from confident, but she's still true to herself. So when the plan to become the Original comes into play, it's worrying that Lilah will be forced to change to find a husband. But she doesn't! Lilah manages to come out of her shell, but she's only becoming a better version of herself. It's clear her friends and family love her because of who she is, and only want to help her--not make her into someone she's not. Far and away, this what what I loved most. Lilah finds she can make a splash in society--and not some falsified version of herself. Of course, there can't be a great romance without a hero! Jack Marlowe was not the kind of character I expected. He's disillusioned with the aristocracy, and almost seems the surly rake, but he proves very quickly that he's deeply loyal and completely willing to give up anything for the people he cares about. He realizes that falling in love is inconvenient and not what he expected to do, but he never resists it. He always wants Lilah, and never does a thing to hurt her. Needless to say, swoon! If I had any complaints, it's that things wrap up a little too quickly and neatly. Of course, they're going to have a happy ending, but Jack seems to manage to get over his problems without much difficulty. No brooding, not even a kind of freakout? Obviously, I don't mind my happy ending, but I thought maybe a little more of a struggle for him would've been appropriate. The Debutante Is Mine is, clearly, a lot of fun. I flew through it and have to get my hands on more from Vivienne Lorret--especially the continuation of this series!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Enjoyable to read but the ending could have been better. I felt it was cut short and was left wondering about the impacts of their happily ever after that the epilogue didn't quite address. Overall it was a quick read around 200 pages long but despite the shortness the character development was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed the book and characters. The ending could have been stronger. The epilogue could have been better too.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I'm loving this new series, including the novella The Duke’s Christmas Wish in the All I Want for Christmas is a Duke Anthology, where we first meet Jack. He is finally going to fulfill his friend Vale's favor to send flowers to a Miss Lilah Appleton. There was a connection from their first meeting, even before knowing each other's name, that continued to grow every time they met. I loved their conversations their banter as much as I loved the romance building between them. The surprise towards the end was perfect and I loved the ending. Can't wait for the next book! I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Every woman loves the bad boy. 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. Lilah and Jack are fire and ice. She has the heart and sweetness that he lacks. Yet they blend well together. These two share common traits in so many ways but bring out the best in each other. Beautiful. Copyright of Night Owl Reviews