The Dreadful Debutante by M. C. Beaton (pseudonym of Marion Chesney) is an f/m historical Regency romance novel, marketed as the 1st in her Royal Ambition series grouping of more light-hearted and possibly comedic novels, free courtesy of publisher Rosetta Books.
This was originally published in 1994 by Ivy Books under the name Marion Chesney, and is about a Marquess reforming a hoyden into respectability for the marriage mart and living to regret it.
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Arranging a season for an unruly young lady whose habit was to enter drawing rooms by sliding down banisters presented a challenge at best – especially since the hoydenish Mira had a sister of incomparable grace and beauty.
Mira wasn’t daunted at all by the local society and its ridiculous marriage mart. Her heart belonged to Lord Charles, who had been the object of her dreams ever since she was a child. Alas, Charles had eyes only for her ever-perfect sister, Drusilla.
Along the sidelines, the Marquess of Grantley was enjoying Mira’s jealous antics – although pushing her sister into the fountains had practically ruined her social cachet. It was up to him to restore her to respectability and make her an eligible bride once again. Yet when he succeeded, the lovelorn Marquess began to wish he had left well enough alone.