Adult Romance Review: Let "The Last Debutante Fill Your Romantic Dance Card

The Last Debutante (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #4)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

My Thoughts
"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. 

This multifaceted romance is not one to be missed.  A perfectly balanced combination of romance, mystery, and drama sure to keep pages turning and hearts skipping a beat.

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May said...

sounds like a good book! i have seen this writer's books a lot but never read it. will try it now,

BLHmistress said...

I love when books in a series can be read as a stand alone. I have been wanting to read Julia London's books for awhile. This one peeks my interest because it has highlanders and I am a huge fan of historical romance as well.

Cali Willette said...

Thanks for the review I haven't read this one in the series yet, and I am glad to know it's good.
-Cali W.

Eva said...

love historical romances like this and the Scottish highlands make it that much better!

thanks for the review

Alina said...

I haven't read anything by this author but this book sounds like a nice read. I'll have to look into this series. Thanks for the review!

Froggy said...

The book looks good! I need to pick it up! Thanks for the review!

Meghan said...

This looks beautiful and I love Julia London and romance... and history!

CindyWindy2003 said...

sounds like a good book, interested because its more than just a romance with some comedy and "intrigue" as you said, thanks so much, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

Terri. said...

I love historical romance! Sounds like a great book. Thanks!

Ruth Hill said...

I am glad to know that this has romance, comedy, and is well written (and can stand on its own). I'm going to add it my TBR list!

hhkaufman78 said...

This looks like a great read.

eg kaufman

Sarah Hayes said...

sounds great! very intreging

Marlene Breakfield said...

This sounds like my kind of read. Thanks for the review.

Melinda Dartmann said...

Loved the review! Definitely going to put this author and series on my read list. Thanks so much!

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