by: Sarah MacLean
Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford doesn’t fit into the world of Regency London — she’s strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and she absolutely loathes dress fittings. Unfortunately, her mother has been waiting for years for Alex to be old enough to take part in the social whirlwind of a London Season so she can be married off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance. Between sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties and country weekends, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in a puzzling accident, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. It’s a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, and suspicion. As she and Gavin grow closer, will Alex’s heart be stolen in the process? Romance and danger fill the air, as this year’s Season begins!
I have always believed that I belong in the Regency era (no seriously, go check my about me - it's in there) and this book let me live my ultimate fantasy because I felt like I was there.
This book is not just about pretty dresses and society, it has a mystery plot as well that keeps you guessing, and of course some extremely funny banter with gossipy members of the ton, because every regency needs those.
I loved the characters in this book, Alex felt real to me partly because she felt so out of place in her regency world, she was not one of those girls who can be pushed aside, and she was definitely not a push over, she wasn't afraid to say exactly what she felt and I loved her for it. Her friends were a bit chatty at times, but I felt a connect with them, it was like they just got each other and it was fun to listen in on their secret conversations.
My favorite aspect of this novel was of course Gavin and Alex's emerging relationship. Sarah MacLean really took time to establish the relationship between them to the point where you're begging for it to happen.
All in all The Season has everything and more, witty banter, mystery, romance, what more could you want? It comes highly recommended.
I have also read Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake which is also amazing, Sarah MacLean is very quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.