The Debutante's Dilemma

Elyse Mady
The Debutante's Dilemma
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Carina Press
Release Date
November 2010
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Ménage or more

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 Cecilia 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, Jeremy and Richard have found that falling for the same woman has set them 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...

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 04, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
110 people found the following review helpful
Short and frank, THE DEBUTANTE'S DILEMMA is a riveting tale of a young woman's conflict as she not only has to choose between two suitors, but it would seem she was headed for a passionless union with either man.

Miss Cecilia Hastings was fortunate to have caught the attentions of two of the most eligible bachelors in the ton--Lord Jeremy Battersley, Earl of Henley, and Richard Huxley, Duke of Wexford. Both are wealthy and kind, proper gentlemen to their very toes. How was she to choose between them?

It seemed she couldn't. Her main concern is that the men didn't seem to desire her, for they, inveterate rakes that they are, never--not once!--took liberties with her. And this disturbed her, because she didn't want to be leg-shackled in a passionless marriage.

Cecilia is certainly refreshingly different from other Regency ladies in this respect, despite being innocent of what exactly "passion" entails. However, the story is too short for us to know more of what kind of person Cecilia is except that she knows what she wants and dares to risk much to get it as she comes up with a daring scheme that would see her win all or...lose all.

Meanwhile, Jeremy and Richard are close friends and in a bind due to their love for the same woman. How would their friendship survive when she made her choice? Ms. Mady navigated us through the waters of their friendship, which I think is unique and well-done, as I've not yet read a story which tackled this problem with satisfaction.

THE DEBUTANTE'S DILEMMA is a great sexy read when you're looking for a quick fix. I love love love the ending, and I know others may not agree with me, but I think that's the only possible ending the author could've made.

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