Monday, June 20, 2011

Quickie Review: The Debutante's Dilemma by Elyse Mady

Synopsis (Goodreads):
One woman in search of passion
Miss Cecilia Hastings has achieved what every young lady hopes for during her first London season…in 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 Cecelia doesn’t want proper, she wants passion. So she issues a challenge to her suitors: a kiss, so that she may choose between them.

Two men in love with the same woman
Friends since childhood, and compatriots on the battlefields of Spain, falling for the same woman has set Jeremy and Richard at odds, and risks destroying their friendship forever. But a surprising invitation to a late-night garden tryst soon sets them on a course that neither of them could have anticipated. And these gentlemen quickly discover that love can take many forms…
My Thoughts: 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 but it's sweet and sexy.  I liked the contrast between the proper language used to tell the story versus the idea of this young, virginal woman going against societal norms and choosing to take matters into her own hands as far as her suitors are concerned.

More books by Elyse Mady

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
The Debutante's Dilemma was a free download from Carina Press that I picked up on 06/20/11.

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