“At the stroke of midnight…
One minute Grace Lancaster is an overworked event manager organising 2013’s New Year’s Eve ball… The next she’s kissing a rather gorgeous man at the Regency themed party. Everyone’s entitled to an out-of-character New Year’s kiss, right? Except Jasper Mossman, Earl of Bingham, isn’t at a costume party – he’s a real-life gentleman from 1813…
And, it seems, kissing a man in Regency London has consequences!
What Grace considers normal behaviour scandalises Regency society and so far she’s provided the irrepressible gossips of the ton with a season’s worth of conversation! In a scramble to protect her reputation, as well as his own, Jasper insists that they marry for the sake of her honour. Marrying Mr Darcy might be a 21st century girl’s dream – but the reality is far from romantic. Corsets are uncomfortable, no running water is disastrous! Grace had always planned on falling in love before she got married, but when Jasper takes her in his arms she just might believe she’s finally found her very own Prince Charming.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21842288-debutantes-don-t-date)
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Carina UK for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was reminded of the movie Kate and Leopold, which featured Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan. While the movie was very sweet, with some funny scenes, this book fell a bit short.
I would say my biggest issue was with character building. I felt some of them, such as Jasper, acted inconsistently. I do not know if it was because the author wanted to write a racy book set in the Regency era, but it was odd to have Jasper thinking as a gentleman of that time and age would and then, in the next page, all that proper behavior and manner of thinking were thrown out of the window.
Another thing that bothered me was that Grace didn’t seem at all bothered with the fact that her showing people her cell phone could have drastic impacts in the future, or rather her present. As that is a concern present in nearly every story that involves time travel, I felt it was really weird. Furthermore, Grace didn’t seem nearly as bothered as she should be by the fact that she somehow ended up in a time 200 years before her own.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5