Published By: Maggie Dallen
Release Date: January 22nd, 2016
Series: Beau Monde Chronicles #1
A rebellion is brewing and everyone must pick a side....even pirates and debutantes.
Delia Langley has been a prisoner all her life - a prisoner to high society and its conventions. A prisoner to her wealthy father's overprotective measures. A prisoner to a fiance-to-be in an arrangement made by her father to have a royal heir. In fact, the only time in her life that Delia ever felt free was when she was captured by the much-feared pirate Blackheart and his crew, and held for months while her father negotiated her ransom.
Now nineteen, Delia is ready to leave another prison, the manmade "city in the sky," Beau Monde, where she's been tucked away, high above London all these many years. Her marriage to Lord Thaddeus Templeton will be announced after her debutante ball, and the wheels will be set in motion for Delia to take her place as a proper society lady. Except she has other plans. Masquerading as Madame X, a French pirate, Delia has arranged to purchase her own pirate airship from the mysterious "Professor." But her well-laid plan for escape has no room for distractions. Especially not Nicholas Crawford, the dashing, bachelor son of the family that's hosting Delia during her London visit. He's ruggedly handsome - and he's impossible. She doesn't expect to fall for him, but there's no denying the electricity that surges between them. A future with him would ruin everything, but her attraction to him is only one of many surprises poised to thwart her pirating plans in this charming steampunk tale.
The title of the book and the cover were the initial draw and the description pretty much sealed the deal on me wanting to know more about Delia. So, never having read anything by Maggie Dallen before and having a general infatuation with the Steampunk genre I gave it a go and found Rouge Debutante to be a fun, engaging and well written start to a new series and a caste of characters that I want to know more about.
Delia is quite an interesting character. She can go toe to toe with the most vapid members of the ton like a pro when necessary, but if she can avoid it she does. She has this mix of self determination, innocence, intellect and compassion that makes her feel approachable. The title infers that she has a bit of a rebellious streak, and in essence she does, but there is a sound reason for what motivates her to leave everything behind and that is really what sold me on Delia and has me wanting to follow along on her journey.
While this is Delia’s story, we also get some insight about the other characters that may or may not be key players in this series and each of them had me interested in them for one reason or another. Nicholas I liked as much as I liked Delia. I hope we see more of Coraline, Delia’s friend. The Professor was interesting. And then there is Thad and Delia’s father. I want to know what is going on with them because I get the gut feeling that there is a lot more more going on than we were shown.
This novella did exactly what any first in a series novella should do, that’s introduce the world, the characters and their motivations in a clean, simple and engaging way that hooks a reader and will have them wanting more before they reach the end of the story.
The Bottom Line: I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what adventures await Delia and the rest of the characters in the world of the Beau Monde.
~ ARC provided by Rock Star PR LC in exchange for an honest review ~