Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford doesn’t fit into the world of Regency London — she’s strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and she absolutely loathes dress fittings. Unfortunately, her mother has been waiting for years for Alex to be old enough to take part in the social whirlwind of a London Season so she can be married off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance.
Between sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties and country weekends, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in a puzzling accident, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. It’s a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, and suspicion. As she and Gavin grow closer, will Alex’s heart be stolen in the process?
Romance and danger fill the air, as this year’s Season begins! (via Goodreads)
I really like the book cover, although I don’t know how well it fits the story. It looks like three girls that don’t like each other are really pissed off…which is definitely not a feature of the book. But, I guess since this is a YA novel you can’t have a swooning female in the arms of a half-naked Fabio.
I read quite a bit of adult historical romance, and this book, to me, was basically one of those books without the steamy scenes. I don’t say that as a criticism at all, I just feel like those scenes were left out in order to put a YA stamp on the book. I wish more books were written that way! Leaves more room for character development versus clothes removal.
The tension and chemistry between Alex and Gavin was brilliantly realized, they were both very dynamic characters! I loved Alex’s best friends Ella and Vivi too.
Like with many romance novels, the mystery part of the book seemed more like a token plot so that the whole book won’t be made up of the love story. It wasn’t boring, but it wasn’t fully realized either.
If you’re a historical fiction or romance fan, this is definitely a book you’ll enjoy! I hope Sarah MacLean writes more YA romance along these same lines (her adult romance series is fantastic too!).