Welcome to my stop for the first book in the Ribbons and Rogues Historical Romance series from Jessica Jefferson. Please be sure to check the other tour stops to see what others thought about the story, be sure to read the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 Amazon gift card to celebrate the release of GOING ROGUE.
Childhood friends, Meredith and Derek are separated by deception and manipulations, and the manipulations and deceptions are frequent and ever present throughout the story. Meredith was ‘posing’ as the belle of the ball, taking up the leadership of an infamous deb group called the Ribbons. Her great auht, at the behest of her mother, is sponsoring her debut to make her a profitable and socially enhancing match. And Meredith, despite her love for Derek, jumps into the group of society cats like a woman born: pretending to be the spoilt, snotty and uptight miss that is everything bad about the debutantes each season.
Derek was convinced that social enhancement was the best step for Meredith, but when he goes to London and sees what she has become, and her dismissal of everyone not ‘of a certain class’, he leaves brokenhearted, certain their friendship and affections are things of the past.
Fast forward and Daniel has returned, a Scottish title and years of experience at sea under his belt. His mistrust of the creature that Meredith has become and learning of her less than sparkle-clad reputation give him pause, but not enough to quash his standoffish and even arrogant behavior, now that he is ‘acceptable’ as a suitor.
Everything in this story, as I started to read, was telling me that I could not possibly love it as much as I did: told in multiple points of view, although the lion’s share of perspective comes from Meredith, it was often hard to instantly distinguish those who were deceptive for a purpose that would enhance Meredith’s standing, or simply to keep her on the outside of a society she really didn’t belong to considering her birth and financial circumstances.
Yes, I expect some manipulation to stand between hero and heroine, but it seemed as if everything was working to be a giant plot, just for the purpose. Soon it all became clear, if a bit messy with Derek’s belief that he is only interesting to her because he is showing interest in another and his own circumstances are greatly improved.
Slowly the two come to face their own hurt feelings, misconceptions and dare to dream that affection lies beneath the newly acquired facades. I couldn’t stop reading, and cheering on these two who were, against all the formidable opposition, drawn to one another like magnets.
Love, lies, false promises, mercenary mothers and great character change and development for both Derek and Meredith, and you can’t put this book down. A wonderful start to a series with promise for many great things: a perfect summer read.
Title: Going Rogue
Author: Jessica Jefferson
Series: Ribbons and Rogues #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Published on: 6 May, 2015
Source: Author via Tour Company
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 47 minutes
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The ribbon means you have it all – beauty, wealth, power ... everything but love.
Miss Meredith Castle leaves behind everything she knows to join her great aunt in London and become leader of the infamous girls’ club, The Ribbons. She’s willing to make whatever sacrifices necessary to redeem her ailing mother, even if that means leaving her childhood love behind to scale London’s social ladder.
When Derek Weston’s best friend receives the offer of a lifetime, he encourages her to take it. Unwilling to let her go completely, he chases after her, only to find the sweet girl he loved replaced by a spoiled debutante. A broken man, he leaves London to start a new life at sea.
Five years later, Meredith realizes her reign as Queen of the Ball is about to come to an end, if she doesn’t do something to fix her tarnished reputation. Pairing up with the Season’s newest wallflower seems like the perfect plan, until she finds out her demure friend is being pursued by the very man she thought she’d never see again. Only, Derek Weston isn’t who he used to be. He’s inherited a Scottish title and grown into an arrogant man she barely recognizes; yet in her heart, she knows she still loves him. Torn between her past and an uncertain future, can she find a way back to the life she used to have and the boy who once adored her?
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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