The Ugly Duckling Debutante (The House of Renwick, #1)

The Ugly Duckling Debutante (The House of Renwick, #1) Since Childhood Sara Has Lived With The Reality Of Being Ugly Something Her Awful Family Never Ceased To Remind Her After Her Sisters Run Off To Gretna Green, She S Left With One Choice Go To London And Take Their Place For A Season It S Up To Her To Marry Well And Save Her Family From Financial RuinA Distant Aunt Decides It S In Her Best Interest To Sponsor Sara For The Season And Help Her Snag A Husband By Any Means PossibleNicholas Devons, Earl Of Renwick, Is A Retired Rake And Consequently Bored With Life He S Given Up Beautiful Women And Carnal Pleasures Desperation Makes Him Decide To Give His Massive Fortune Away And Marry The First Country Girl He SeesLucky For Sara She S That Girl Unlucky For Nicholas, He S To Be Her New Tutor In The Ways Of The Ton Two Waltzes, One Masquerade, A Violent Carriage Ride, And Two Duckless Ponds Later And All That S Left Is A Fun Twist On One Of The Oldest Stories Ever Told

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances Hey guys I m rarely on Goodreads, if you need to reach me feel free to email EMAIL ME rachelvandykenauthor gmail.comFacebook

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  • 247 pages
  • The Ugly Duckling Debutante (The House of Renwick, #1)
  • Rachel Van Dyken
  • English
  • 10 March 2019

10 thoughts on “The Ugly Duckling Debutante (The House of Renwick, #1)

  1. says:

    I wrote a review, but my mom borrowed my computer and closed the browser before I saved it My fault for not saving it I wasn t that happy with the review, so here s my second chance.I enjoyed this book a lot, and it almost got five stars, but things sort of fell apart around the climax I don t like manufactured drama, and the blowup near the end felt like that to me While I agree that keeping secrets from people and being dishonest is wrong, it was clear that the situation that makes Renwick blow up at Sara could have easily been resolved with a long discussion That s why my rating went down to four stars.Otherwise, this is a feel good Regency romance that makes me remember how much I love reading historical romance Renwick is actually a Rake hero that I felt sorry and sympathetic for He actually did all the rakish things that hurt his reputation, and what he did was pretty bad But he suffered for it, was repentant about it and turned over a new leaf Laying eyes on Sara was testing his resolve in the worst way Sara was raised to believe she was as ugly as sin, and when people said she wasn t normal, she winced The truth was she was ridiculously gorgeous That reminded me of Lord Dain from Lord of Scoundrels, who believes he s ugly, but is merely gorgeous in an unconventional way Sara s lack of self esteem is understandable, but I like that she is feisty too She doesn t let Renwick walk all over her, although she is definitely susceptible to his allure and who could blame her.I liked the humor a lot and the chemistry between Renwick and Sara is dazzling They can t seem to keep their hands off each other This is a fade to black kind of romance, and I did miss love scenes I don t always have to have them, but in this case, the missing love scenes were a bit of a let down I really rooted for their happy ending together, and that s part of why the Big Miss was so annoying to me Fortunately, the story finds its feet and the ending is so lovely, with an awesome epilogue.I would recommend this series to Kindle ebook readers looking for good romance that you might never find in the print section of your bookstore and library Renwick is scrumptious and not to be missed by those readers who have a weakness for rakes of the reformed or soon to be reformed variety Sara is the kind of historical heroine you can t help but love.

  2. says:

    I would most likely have loved this book, had I read it when I was in elementary school The Ugly Duckling Debutante is super simple, in every way that it is possible to be so The characters are not bright in neither description or intellect they are not well developed or evolved The plot has been done so much better so many times before It s unclear, but I think that this book was attempting to be a religious romance, but the only indication of it was the lack of sex, the characters sometimes mentioning God s disapproval and the three times they read the scriptures I can t remember if I paid for this, if I did, I hope it wasn t than.99 cents Especially, since I wasn t forewarned that God was somehow involved.

  3. says:

    Main Character Sara, has always been told by her demeaning parents and sisters that she is ugly She has come to accept that she will be a spinster, who would marry her Her parents have already made it well known of her worthlessness and haven t even settled a dowry on her.Then her sisters elope with twin brothers of no means to Gretna Greene It is then left up to Sara to go to London for her first and only season and land a husband She is the only hope for her lousy family Her Aunt, Lady Fenton spirits her off to do what she can to get Sara married to a titled gentleman Upon reaching London, she is to go to her first Ball She runs into Nicholas Devons, a reformed former rake in a hallway, attempting to catch a respite from her first gala.Nicholas Devons, the retired rake Yum Has given up beautiful women and carnal I love that word pleasures CarnalCarnivalThey can both be fun Consequently, he becomes bored with life He meets up with a good friend at the fete and ends up making a bet That he will abstain from woman and rendezvous In return for winning the bet he will win the coveted feather among the ton After said bet he bumps into Sara, who he immediately is attracted to They share a searing kiss and Sara appologizes for her uncomely behaviour and leaves the ball with her aunt Leaving Devons still in lust.The next morning Sara is informed that Lady Fenton s cousin will be tutoring her in the ways of the ton.The next morning Nicholas regrets making a promise to his cousin to tutor a young lady for her first Season in London He gets dressed and leaves for his appointment, hoping that at least it will prove to be amusing.I do adore my historical romances, after all, I like so many others, am in love with Mr Darcy I thought this was a really good book.

  4. says:

    This is a DNF First, this is a Christian romance While there is a market for that, I m not a member I like my romances gritty and to have some sex in it Otherwise, what is the point of reading Anyway, I am really upset that this was not marketed as having a Christian slant, because I don t think that historical dukes really gave a rat s ass about their immortal souls in that particularly Calvinistic way we have today I also don t mind heroes looking for redemption spirituality, but I m pretty sure the Anglican church at the time wasn t about saving people as we are today In short, the book is preachy, and if I wanted to hear a sermon, I d actually go to church.

  5. says:

    Overall, I thought this was a fun regency story I liked our main characters Sara and Nicholas I was sucked in from the beginning and really felt bad for poor Sara and the horrible childhood she had to endure with her awful parents I also respected our reformed rake Nicholas I loved that he was regretful of his past and made a very conscience effort to live a better, moral life I thought Sara and Nicholas had good chemistry together and that together they could help heal each other s past So, a fun story about two people meeting, falling for each other, a few misunderstandings along the way and eventually a HEA not really a spoiler, since this type story almost always ends up with a HEA There were just a couple things that really kept me from loving the story The story switches points of view between the two It felt like half of Nicholas s time was spent desiring Sara, and the other half not thinking he is worthy enough for her okay, maybe like 90% was spent desiring her and 10% doubting himself Sara wasn t quite as bad, but still suffered from desiring Nicholas a lot as well I guess it felt a little over the top, and lust at times than actual love After awhile it seemed a little repeditive.The other minor complaint I had, was that I felt a little disappointed in not seeing Sara s transformation The beginning she is the quiet ugly duckling and then almost overnight she is this confident lady who makes men grovel at her feet Where did she get all this confidence And wouldn t she be shy around guys It s not like Nicholas made an effort to compliment her, in fact he tried not to I wanted to experience of her London season I guess just being away from her awful family was enough to unleash her true personality Content Clean They do marry and consummate things but nothing too detailed.

  6. says:

    I couldn t in good conscience give this that 2 stars due to content I wouldn t call it a clean book by any stretch of the imagination But it wasn t a Harlequin either.Sara has been told her whole life she is ugly and strange When in actuality she is beautiful The whole book is Sara thinking she is ugly and supposedly this innocent girl, but turned into a bit of a skank to me Nicholas is a reformed rake And when I say rake he didn t care if they were married or not, he bedded them with no problem Using the scriptures he has decided to never be with a women ever again I thought it was a mockery to the scriptures to even have them in this book The author could have used them if she didn t throw them out the window every time Sara and Nicholas got alone One scene they are making out in the garden, she is straddling him and he is starting to get into the front of her low cut dress I had to skip quite a few pages Too much content for me to enjoy the story and I knew that though the writing was good and had potential I would never read it again Moral Note Not clean romance, lot of talk of desires and rakes Children out of wedlock I don t remember any language.

  7. says:

    This looked interesting Then I started to read and I just kept getting pissed off.The double standard is alive and well in this book It was why he never talked to women naturally, they never really had anything intelligent to say If he ever did marry, he would want her to be innocent enough not to push him past his physical limitations, and sweet enough to be a good mother WTF I didn t make it very far, but this seemed to be of a preachy Christian romance Most of the ton looked at Christianity as a cult, not realizing it was the one true way to Salvation Of note 5 users shelved this as erotica Granted, I didn t make it very far, but based on the above quotes, I really would like to know what their definition of erotica is 3 as clean romance.2 as Christian.

  8. says:

    I read this, paperback, I know and bought it online This is one of my very favorite regent books, maybe because he is the regent equivalent of my bad boys I love in leather and seal gear This is a must read, you will forget the time and crave the story, sexy funny and I did cry The best There are spin offs

  9. says:

    A rake reformed by finding god and a beautiful debutant who has been raised to think she s ugly but doesn t have any complexes I don t think a longer book who have saved this I found myself going WHAT And then WTF

  10. says:

    With Christmas readily approaching, we now turn to the fun or not so fun task of having to be around family for the holidays While some of us love our families, some are less than thrilled at this prospect, hoping to be able to glide through without a snide remark uttered or awkward silence encountered It is with this spirit that we turn to The Ugly Duckling Debutante, by Rachel Van Dyken Sara, our heroine, has one of the latter previously mentioned families To say that her sisters demean her is an understatement So, with parallels to Cinderella already forming in my head after reading the plot points on the back cover, I dove into this book unsure of how Van Dyken played with the famous Cinderella Story theme Let s find out Sara hasn t had the easiest of childhoods Constantly berated by her parents and older sisters, she grows up accustomed to being called ugly On the contrary, however, as she transitions into adulthood she becomes and beautiful Despite this, her view of herself is as dour as she has been lead to believe, and to add to this the fact that she is forced to take the place of her sisters for a season the social events and important endeavors of the time that were placed upon women so that they could become eligible for dating after they run away and elope As the family s only other child, Sara finds that she must marry for wealth in order to save her family from financial ruin At the same time, Nicholas Devons, Earl of Renwick, is growing tired of his life of debauchery and fornication He decides to eschew all these pleasures and lead a simple life, marrying the first country girl that he comes into contact with Before he is able to travel to the country to find a willing woman, he must first help his cousin and teach the ways of the Ton to Sara When the two meet, sparks ignite Sara finds Renwick devilishly handsome, but thinks that his attention to her is due to her ugliness Renwick cannot believe how stunningly beautiful that Sara is, but is convinced that she is just like the rest of the women he knows, manipulative and fake Will Sara and Renwick ever look past their preconceived notions of each other and find common ground Will Sara ever begin to gain any self confidence back from her life of being called ugly Will Renwick be able to put the deeds of his past behind him Van Dyken included lots of little twists in this story that I didn t see coming When you first find out about Sara s background, as well as Renwick s motivations for casting off his rock star lifestyle, you wonder how these two seemingly different worlds will intersect Van Dyken is able to achieve this is an incredibly clever way that I thought added a lot to the novel Additionally, I really enjoyed Renwick s character, as you get to see him undergo a complete transformation throughout the novel It is these types of character developments that I enjoy most, as you get to see someone go from being completely stubborn and set in their ways to a character full of optimism and humility that was not present at all previously.However, not all is good with this work Part of me kept wondering how Sara kept believing herself to be ugly Yes, we re always reminded that she was constantly told that she is ugly, but I don t understand that at her age she would continue to believe it, especially with the attention Renwick was giving her as well as the marked attentions of other members of the Ton and her maid Renwick was obviously attracted to her, as evidenced by his actions.Despite these few negatives, I definitely found Van Dyken s The Ugly Duckling Debutante to be exciting and extremely entertaining If you re looking for a fun story that pulls you in with a bunch of well placed plot turns, look no further than this book After reading it you ll believe that everyone has it in them to change and be a better person Kimberly Reflections of a Book Addict

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