She can score a goal, do sixty box jumps in a row, bench press a hundred and fifty pounds…but can she learn to curtsey?
Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.
The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.
This book was a quick but fun read. I enjoyed the main character’s determination to first get out of the event, then to succeed even though she didn’t want to be there in the first place. It was also fun to pick out which character from Pride and Prejudice each person was supposed to be in this re-telling.
Meghan was a pretty great character. She had no time for this debut her mother desperately wanted her to make, or for anything she thought of as too girly, she was so focused on her soccer career and making the national team. She could definitely be judgmental about the girls who wanted to participate and the event as a whole, but the longer she was in it, the more she saw the value. I really liked the relationship between her and her sister and the one between her and her father. The one between her and her mother was interesting, strained, and offered something different than the others.
I do wish we’d gotten to see more of all the other characters. Meghan was the main character but it felt like everyone else, besides her sister at points, were there to support her journey or be an obstacle, instead of being their own character.
The ending felt a bit rushed and confusing. There was a lot of talk through the book about business ventures and real estate deals, and while I understood the main points of it all, it still felt a little too much. It ended up taking me out of the story. And while I enjoyed the debutante aspect of the story, it was also hard to care about the hardships of these millionaires spending so much money on parties and dresses and everything to be perfect, especially when the debutante seemed to take a backseat in the later part of the story.
Overall, I enjoyed the writing and the main character. I would pick up another book by these authors.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.