Balls and house parties, gorgeous dresses, mystery, intrigue, spies, murder, and maybe a little romance... it's the London season!
It's 17-year-old Lady Alexandria Stafford's first Season, and though her mother is gleefully scheming to marry her off to an eligible, preferably wealthy and titled gentlemen, Alex has absolutely no interest in men or the marriage market. After all, when a girl has three older, irritating brothers, along with their best friend, Gavin, always hanging about, who needs a husband? Alex's two best friends, Ella and Vivi, are in total agreement with her.
Along with the beginning of the London season, England is on the brink of war with France- Napoleon has escaped and is stirring up trouble again. When Gavin's father, the Earl of Blackmoor, is killed in a tragic riding accident, Gavin suspects that foul play may be at hand. When both Alex and Ella overhear clandestine conversations between shadowed men, their suspicions are confirmed. The late Earl left information behind that French spies are desperate to get their hands on, and Alex and her friends are sure that Gavin, as the new Earl, is in mortal danger.
When Alex, Ella and Vivi set out to unmask the spy, Gavin does everything he can to protect his best friends' sister (and her friends) from the darker side of London. But when he finds himself falling in love with Alex, the only girl he shouldn't be falling in love with, will he be able to keep a clear head long enough to uncover his father's murderer? Or will the murderer find him first?
If you're not-so-patiently waiting for the next Luxe novel (Splendor, and it doesn't come out until the end of October, grrr!), this one's for you. Sarah MacLean has written a fabulous, opulent debut that's chock full of romance and espionage, and I'll definately be on the hold list for her next book!
(Trying to decide between more Regency fabulousity with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Undone by Brooke Taylor)