After the death of her parents and her brother, an Agent of the Crown, Emma Pearson has been left alone and without much money. Her father's solicitor Peter believes that he and Emma are betrothed, but Emma would rather work than rely on Peter. Luckily, a friend of her brother, the Marquess of Downshire finds Emma and offers to take her in as his ward. Emma accepts and now must complete a Season in London. However, this is not as easy as it seems as someone seems to be sabotaging Emma at every step. Bow Street Runner, Simeon Martin is elected to guard Emma. Although, this is a harder job than Simeon realizes. Emma would rather spend her time researching for her news articles on the Anti-Corn Law League that is fighting that laws causing people to starve. Simeon learns that Emma isn't the typical debutante that he thought. Emma's behavior infuriates but intrigues Simeon and he finds that Emma might be exactly what he needs in life.
The Unfortunate Debutante is the seventy book in the Beckett Files series. I would highly recommend reading the entire series in order to get to know all of the characters and their roles as The Unfortunate Debutante brings together characters from many of the previous books. Emma and Simeon take center stage in this story. Emma quickly emerges as another strong female character in the series, determined to survive on her own and not accepting a marriage to Peter as an easy way out. Simeon's character has had a difficult storyline, being spurned in the past and making him wary of any relationship. He's sees Emma as any other spoiled debutante, but quickly learns that she is anything but the fragile young women seeking a rich husband that he thought. I loved the incorporation of England's history into this Regency spy romance. Emma and Simeon's involvement with the Anti-Corn Law League increased the suspense and well as situated the story firmly in the early 1800's. Like many of the romances in this series, their love takes a different path with each of them slowly realizing that the other is what they needed all along. What I enjoy most about these books are the spy elements, although Simeon is a Bow Street Runner and not an Agent of the Crown, he is still involved with the plots against the Anti-Corn league and of course, keeping Emma safe from what Peter has plotted to get her back. Overall, another exciting, sweet and original installment in the Beckett Files.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.