Title: The Last Debutante
Author: Julia London
Format: Print ARC
Length; 356 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Who is the captive and who is the captor? When a sexy laird holds a spirited English lady for ransom, she turns the tables and steals his heart. The lush Scottish Highlands are a tempting setting for seduction in New York Times bestselling author Julia London’s sparkling new novel.
The last person Daria Babcock expects to find in her grandmother’s home is a brawny, naked Highlander. She doesn’t buy Mamie’s explanation about finding the poor man shot in the woods. Nor does she trust the gorgeous laird, who insists his own memory fails him. But Daria came to Scotland looking for adventure and romance, and after the intriguing stranger kidnaps her, she gets her wish—and so much more. . . . -Goodreads
"The Last Debutante" is the fourth book in the The Secrets of Hadley Green series. Starring Daira Babcock, a spirited albeit sheltered English Rose, who at 21 finds herself still unmarried and without prospect. When her beloved grandmother writes home from Scotland, requesting that someone send her much needed funds; Daria jumps at the chance for adventure.
This is a wonderful book that though part of a series, has a story that has no trouble standing alone. Daria is a leading lady who manages to be both fresh and unpretentious while maintaining her intelligence and wit.
Action and a bit of comedy are present from the opening chapters, in which readers are introduced to Daria's feisty and resourceful grandmother and a certain Scottish laird.
Though there is romance in this read, it takes a backseat for most of the read to the secrets, intrigue, and power plays that surround both Daria and the young laird.
Romance between the two does bloom sweetly and slowly, despite both strange beginnings and less than hospitable surroundings.
There are secrets that will change Daria's life, as scandal from her father's past comes back to haunt the family and possibly bar Daria from true love forever.