REVIEW of Diamond in the Rough (American Heiresses #2) by Jen Turano

Diamond in the RoughPoppy Garrison is more used to working on a horse farm than mingling with New York’s elite four hundred. When she accepts her estranged grandmother’s offer to give her a “season,” she soon discovers that her klutzy ways and outspoken manner make her stand out–and not in a good way. A visiting Englishman, Reginald Blackburn, gets her out of one dangerous scrape after another. At the urging of Poppy’s grandmother, he even acts as her social tutor to help her better fit into New York’s social setting.

As Poppy draws the apparent attention of one lord and one rich businessman, events take a more dramatic turn. Are all of the kerfuffles in Miss Garrison’s wake merely due to clumsiness, or is she actually the victim of sabotage? Can Poppy become a diamond of the first water, or is it enough to hope that she will survive the social season with her life intact?

In true Jen Turano style, this book shows Poppy in one hilarious fiasco after another. At the beginning of the story, we find her dancing a quadrille when her tiara attaches itself to the sleeve of her diminutive partner’s jacket. Reginald, a brooding and proper Englishman, is intrigued by Poppy’s carefree ways and generous with his etiquette lessons. Although he is, purportedly, supposed to be helping his titled cousin find a bride, he finds himself growing attracted to Poppy himself. But will the secret Reginald is keeping from Poppy prove heinous enough to drive them apart?

This enjoyable farce has a bit of the Jeeves and Wooster flavor to it. The story is good for a few chuckles and falls heavily on the comedy side of romantic comedy. Although it is the second in the American Heiresses series, the books stand alone.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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