Title: The Duplicitous Debutante
By: Becky Lower
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Published: 1 September, 2014
Reviewer: Laura Michaela Banse
Date: 21 August, 2015
Timeperiod: Historical (Prior to 1950 or Primitive Setting)
Content: Use this section only for Erotic Romances – Keep all that apply: M/F
Length: Novel – 228 pages
Heat Level: Spicy (Typical sex scenes in detail, but not explicit)
Rating: 2 Hearts – Not quite my cup of tea. Others may enjoy it, but it was not for me
The Duplicitous Debutante by Becky Lower is the sixth installment in the Cotillion Ball series.
This particular installment features Rosemary Fitzpatrick, author of the Harry Hawk dime novels and the new owner of her publishing company, Henry Cooper. Being 1859, Rosemary writes under the pen name of F. P. Elliott, and it is generally assumed she is actually he.
Henry starts the conflict off by letting his current stable of authors know he expects to meet them in person prior to renewing their contracts. I honestly believe the contracts referenced here are more akin to the author contracts of today than the three styles available in the 1850’s, but I readily admit I could be wrong. And with this one action, the Big Lie starts with Rosemary trying to conceal her true identity while still getting that contract renewed.
I have to be honest here. I had a hard time finishing this novel because Rosemary is not likable at all. Not to me, at least – and I fully understand that I might be in the minority here. It isn’t just that she tries so hard to keep her identity secret – that could be brushed aside considering the background of 1859 New York City, but something deeper that just really irked me.
As an aspiring author myself, I desperately tried to relate to Rosemary, to find even a smidge of redemption worthy behavior in her. I could not. I feel like the author could have done better research when it comes to several terms used, although it appears she did some research into the world of Dime Novels. I will add that I am one of those annoying people who has a thing for etymology and word usage.
Let me state that the sparks between these two was good – believable, even. It was, in fact, the one redeeming feature of an otherwise dragging read. I think this could be a lighthearted read for many, many other people. Just not me.