The Season by Sarah Maclean
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Versions: hardcover, paperback, kindle
Summary (from barnesandnoble.com):
Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued--in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.
When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!
I recently read and reviewed Sarah Maclean's other book called Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. And as you guys have read, I loved and adored her book (if you didn't see my review you can read it here). And since I loved her first novel so much, I decided to buy her newly released first Young Adult book so I bought this one on my kindle. And let me just tell you, I was very disappointed. The Season is about a girl named Alex who has a lot of brothers so she has become "one of the boys" over the years. But her mother is pushing her to get married so during her first season, she has to act prim and proper. Gavin, who isn't her brother but is as close to her family as one is back to see Alex after his father dies. While trying to figure out who committed the crime, Alex starts having feelings (non sisterly) for Gavin.
Overall, the plot line and characters fell very flat for me. I was expecting scenes such as in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake which I adored so much. Half the time I hardly understood Alex and Gavin's connection to each other because it was very rushed.
Will I reread it?
Very unlikely, but I encourage you to give it a try if this sounds like a good book to you. Even though I did prefer Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake-this one was entertaining and worth the money.