Society Girl
Sam Dubarry is a cynic. Growing up in the foster system in NYC does that to you. And falling in love is by far the stupidest thing you could do in her opinion.But there’s one thing she craves more than anything—family. The illegitimate American daughter of an English Lord, Sam is desperate to make her father take notice of her. Which is where the Animos Society comes in.The exclusive Oxford University club is her family’s legacy—and full of the worst kind of rich men. But becoming the first female member will take everything she has. Maybe more.Daniel Best is the one man who truly sees Sam. The real her. The new mechanic for her father, Daniel is everything the Animos’ aren’t. Kind, honorable, good. But then the worst thing she can imagine happens…The Society will let her in, if she destroys the one person she might be falling in love with first.

Society Girl Details

TitleSociety Girl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 19th, 2019
PublisherEntangled: Embrace
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary

Society Girl Review

  • Nicole ❤
    January 1, 1970
    "Finding love in this world was so hard. If he could write it into a song and give it back to people…maybe they would remember him. Maybe he would mean something." Published August 19 : Buy a Copy at Amazon 📖 📚 Series:  Maybe?📚 Genre: Romance.📚 POV:  Third person.📚 Cliffhanger: No.⚠ Content Warnings:  Misogynistic pigs! Ugh. I hate them. Public Humiliation. Prejudice.⚠ Read if: you love stories about English nobility, but in a modern setting.Society Girl tells the story of half-Americ "Finding love in this world was so hard. If he could write it into a song and give it back to people…maybe they would remember him. Maybe he would mean something." Published August 19 : Buy a Copy at Amazon 📖 📚 Series:  Maybe?📚 Genre: Romance.📚 POV:  Third person.📚 Cliffhanger: No.⚠ Content Warnings:  Misogynistic pigs! Ugh. I hate them. Public Humiliation. Prejudice.⚠ Read if: you love stories about English nobility, but in a modern setting.Society Girl tells the story of half-American Samantha/Sam Dubarry that only wants to be loved and accepted by her newfound father who is part of an all-male secret society, Animos. Though her halfbrother Thomas hates what she is doing, she insists on going through hell just to get that stamp of approval.In her journey, she experiences an instant attraction with their mechanic, Daniel. But she is someone jaded and does not believe in love, and Daniel is a hopeless romantic. Plus, love can hinder her goal to be the first female member of the Animos Society.Aaaaah. This was such a great quick romance read. A cynic and a romantic plus throw in the British noble life in the mix!I enjoyed the healing, self-love, and acceptance that Sam goes through. I love Daniel and all the musical references scattered throughout this book. This was a very satisfying read that was so hard to put down!I think that this would turn into a series, but I am a bit unsure. If it would, though, I hope it would be the story of Thomas and his Mud Duck, Iris.What an amazing romance! Congratulations to the author!☁ THE CRITERIA ☁🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ ☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.18/5 ☁ Much thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy. 📚 Blog ♡ Bookstagram 📚
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Entangled for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. Society GirlBy: Alys Murray *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟Society Girl is a compelling look at the importance of validation and belonging. Sam is a lost soul. She's been in the United States foster system but eventually ends up in England to be with her father, whom she has never known. No one sees Sam, and that has been the sad story of her life. No validation from her father or anyone else that she is seen and loved. Sam decides to Thank you to Entangled for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. Society GirlBy: Alys Murray *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟Society Girl is a compelling look at the importance of validation and belonging. Sam is a lost soul. She's been in the United States foster system but eventually ends up in England to be with her father, whom she has never known. No one sees Sam, and that has been the sad story of her life. No validation from her father or anyone else that she is seen and loved. Sam decides to take control of her life and become the first female member of an all male secret society at Oxford. This will surely get her father's attention. Of course, though, the over privileged boys of this society must haze Sam before she can become a member. They can do what they please because their status in society is secure no matter what. Those on the outside must claw and fight to become a part of the inner circle. Only a person with extremely low self worth would do what Sam does. She's become a villain. Ultimately, she's tasked with the destruction of Daniel, a guy who actually sees and loves her as she is. Sam uses his love for her to shatter him. It's the ultimate ironic betrayal. She's too blinded by her own self loathing to see the recognition and validation Daniel gives her. Sam has been unimportant for so long, so she assumes that's all she'll ever be. It's what we all want-to know our existence is important and we belong. Will Sam ever realize that she does matter? Is she too far gone to recognize love? While I sympathize with Sam's character, I don't like her. She's mean and self centered. Daniel is a kind, selfless loving character, and I did like him. The story is engaging, revealing and thought provoking. Overall, it's a solid read with a unique premise and a bit of darkness that will keep you reading.
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  • Elizabeth Neal
    January 1, 1970
    Sure, you could call Sam a cynic, and she'll accept the label, life having taught her it's the truth. Growing up in the system gave her some hard lessons in life and they've followed her into adulthood. She doesn't believe in fairy tales, only that you're pretty much an idiot if you do. What she would like is to be accepted for who she is, but the circumstances of her birth make that a little difficult. You see, her dad is an English lord, and she's simply his illegitimate half-American daughter Sure, you could call Sam a cynic, and she'll accept the label, life having taught her it's the truth. Growing up in the system gave her some hard lessons in life and they've followed her into adulthood. She doesn't believe in fairy tales, only that you're pretty much an idiot if you do. What she would like is to be accepted for who she is, but the circumstances of her birth make that a little difficult. You see, her dad is an English lord, and she's simply his illegitimate half-American daughter. Determined and desperate to get his attention, Sam decides to become a member of the Animos Society, an exclusive Oxford University club. The catch...they only except men.Daniel, her dad's new mechanic, is the exact opposite of anyone in the Society, and while he's everything Sam needs, that fact may not help her get what she wants...acceptance. But Daniel not only sees the real her, he's also falling for her.Surprisingly, Daniel may be her ticket to getting in - she just has to betray the man that holds her heart. What choice will Sam make? The one who truly loves her and wants what's best for her? Or doing what she must to gain the attention of the father that abandoned her.One-click now to see which option she chooses.**I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
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  • Suzette
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha is struggling to fit into the society she finds herself. To do that she has to become a new version of herself. Danny is a sweetheart from the wrong side of the track. The story tells a sad tale of the adult child who has never been given the validation she wanted from her parents. She struggles with self worth issues and is on a destructive path. The one person who sees her and loves her she ultimately shatters. She has to work very hard at repairing the broken pieces, starting with he Samantha is struggling to fit into the society she finds herself. To do that she has to become a new version of herself. Danny is a sweetheart from the wrong side of the track. The story tells a sad tale of the adult child who has never been given the validation she wanted from her parents. She struggles with self worth issues and is on a destructive path. The one person who sees her and loves her she ultimately shatters. She has to work very hard at repairing the broken pieces, starting with herself, before she can be worthy of the love of a good man. This is a good book that explores the disparity that still exists in British society.
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  • Shakera
    January 1, 1970
    Society Girl was an interesting read. It showed the insights of the aristocracy and the lengths people are willing to go to belong. Sam is quite a despicable character, with little to no redeeming qualities, leaving you to feel empathetic and sympathetic towards Daniel.
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  • Anadosen
    January 1, 1970
    Daniel Best is the one man who truly sees Sam. The real her. The new mechanic for her father, Daniel is everything the Animos’ aren’t. Kind, honorable, good. But then the worst thing she can imagine happens.When I started reading I couldn't put it down. Alys Murray is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.
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  • Robin Bielman
    January 1, 1970
    A smart, engaging, unputdownable story with one of the most romantic heroes I've ever read! Loved this book!
  • Brit *My Little Book Nook*
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha Dubarry has lived most of her life in and out of foster homes. She is well-acquainted with loneliness and as jaded as they come. She’s cynical and guarded, her necessary armor against vulnerability. But, after being whisked off to Oxford to live with the father she never knew she had, Sam thinks she might actually have a chance to belong. To finally have a family. And she thinks joining Animos, a secret society, is the answer. All her previous attempts to catch her father’s attention an Samantha Dubarry has lived most of her life in and out of foster homes. She is well-acquainted with loneliness and as jaded as they come. She’s cynical and guarded, her necessary armor against vulnerability. But, after being whisked off to Oxford to live with the father she never knew she had, Sam thinks she might actually have a chance to belong. To finally have a family. And she thinks joining Animos, a secret society, is the answer. All her previous attempts to catch her father’s attention and earn his love haven fallen short, but now, with admittance to Animos so close, she can almost feel her father’s arms around her. All she has to do is pass one last test…
Daniel Best
Musician 
Poet
Optimist
Infallible RomanticHe is the exact opposite of Sam. Even his name denotes the absolute goodness of him. He’s gorgeous, he’s kind, he’s talented, and he is the only person who truly sees Sam. Daniel Best is everything Samantha Dubarry could ever hope to want, and nothing she’s allowed to have. Will Sam let her quest for acceptance blind her to the potential for true love, or will Daniel's romantic optimism penetrate her armor and prove that she needs noone's acceptance but her own?Society Girl by Alys Murray is beautifully written. The prose is elegant and poetic, the characters are authentic and lovable, and the story is sweet and charged with emotion. I loved how Daniel is the hopeless romantic to Samantha’s heartless cynic, and how despite their differences, their chemistry is undeniable. Daniel’s tender optimism is so heartwarming, and I fell in love with him immediately. My heart ached for Sam and all the things she felt she needed to sacrifice to be worthy of the Dubarry family. Her backstory was so perfectly aligned with her personality, too, that even though I know zilch about secret societies, I still felt like I could relate to her. She is beautifully and understandably flawed. Society Girl is a sweet, romantic story that touched on all of my emotions. Definitely recommend.*ARC Provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Sarah Light
    January 1, 1970
    Sam Dubarry is a young American woman, she wanted what she never had; a family. Growing up in foster care was brutal and all she wanted was a family to call her own. Finding her father, a man of English nobility then knowing that he doesn’t care for her, it hurt. Now she has a new goal. To be accepted by her father Sam is determined to try out for the Secret Animos Society at Oxford. This is a male run group, making Sam the first woman to have anything to do with the Society. After accomplishing Sam Dubarry is a young American woman, she wanted what she never had; a family. Growing up in foster care was brutal and all she wanted was a family to call her own. Finding her father, a man of English nobility then knowing that he doesn’t care for her, it hurt. Now she has a new goal. To be accepted by her father Sam is determined to try out for the Secret Animos Society at Oxford. This is a male run group, making Sam the first woman to have anything to do with the Society. After accomplishing ever task they gave her, the Society then gives her another. Make someone fall in love with her and take that person to the Animos Society Ball.Enter Daniel Best; the one man who she would never want to hurt. Daniel is charged with taking care of her father’s car collection and spends his free time at his Grandma’s shop, determined to make his dream of becoming a singer come true. Daniel is one of the most fantastic characters I have had the pleasure of reading in some time, he is sweet, gentle, kind and an all-around good person. Sam goes to the extreme with this group, and there were some parts of this book that really made me not want to finish it.Sam’s journey shows her parts of herself I don’t think she was ready to see, but also teaches her a few lessons that were necessary. A very good story and one I would recommend to other readers.
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  • Briana Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a minute to finish this book and I regret that because I was so scared of what was going to happen leading up to the ball and after that I put this book on the back burner a couple of times. But I decided to finish it and while the climax nearly broke my heart for Daniel, I’m so glad I got to read the HEA. I’m so glad Sam got her family and decided to believe in love. The ending is worth all the anticipation throughout the book. Great job on a unique storyline unlike anything I’ve rea It took me a minute to finish this book and I regret that because I was so scared of what was going to happen leading up to the ball and after that I put this book on the back burner a couple of times. But I decided to finish it and while the climax nearly broke my heart for Daniel, I’m so glad I got to read the HEA. I’m so glad Sam got her family and decided to believe in love. The ending is worth all the anticipation throughout the book. Great job on a unique storyline unlike anything I’ve read, Alys!
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  • Sarai Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    All she wants is to be loved, but is she too blind to see that it might be right in front of her? Sam, the main character in this book has lived in foster care since her mother died, but now that she has found her father, all she wants to do is make him proud. The things that this woman goes through to be part of an all male society is crazy. I feel like she has no respect for herself as a woman to allow these men to treat her in such a fashion. I guess I really don’t understand her need to be a All she wants is to be loved, but is she too blind to see that it might be right in front of her? Sam, the main character in this book has lived in foster care since her mother died, but now that she has found her father, all she wants to do is make him proud. The things that this woman goes through to be part of an all male society is crazy. I feel like she has no respect for herself as a woman to allow these men to treat her in such a fashion. I guess I really don’t understand her need to be accepted. I absolutely loved Daniel and how vulnerable he was. He loved Sam, and she loved him, but she was willing to throw it all away. It was a nail biter at the end. Will Sam stay with Daniel?Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.Check out Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina for Books, Movies, Recipes and more. BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS | BLOGLOVIN
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  • Linda Maples
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t put it down I loved the healing process that this heroine goes through. She is complex, damaged and flawed which made the story more interesting and rewarding than your average love story. The hero is a true romantic that you’ll be pulling for the entire time.
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  • Laurie Batzel
    January 1, 1970
    Riveting romance you won't be able to put down!Alys Murray has written a love story that will melt the hardest heart and remind all of us what it's like to feel the earth move.
  • Adam Davies
    January 1, 1970
    Murray has an art for drawing you into the book in just the first few chapters, I couldn't put it down! It's a cool, gritty read but with a great romance and great characters.
  • Diane McConnell
    January 1, 1970
    Sam decides to not take it anymore!Sam Dubarry wants to be accepted by her father so she figured trying out for the secret Animos Society at Oxford as the first woman member because then he would have to notice her. Sam had done everything that the society wanted but she had to make someone fall in love with her and take them to an Animos Society ball. Sam had gotten close to Daniel Best who was taking care of her father’s car collection in between working at his grandmother’s shop while trying Sam decides to not take it anymore!Sam Dubarry wants to be accepted by her father so she figured trying out for the secret Animos Society at Oxford as the first woman member because then he would have to notice her. Sam had done everything that the society wanted but she had to make someone fall in love with her and take them to an Animos Society ball. Sam had gotten close to Daniel Best who was taking care of her father’s car collection in between working at his grandmother’s shop while trying to make it as a singer. Sam decided to ask Daniel to go to the ball but it didn’t go as he expected when he found out the contest that the Animos Society had with its members.Sam is a broken character in the being of the story but after the end she finds her spine and takes down the Animos Society by bringing them into the sunlight so that regular people would see who and what they were.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Jeeves
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this... but the heroine made it impossible to do so. Though the writing makes the pages flow easily and the plot is unique, I just could not get over our heroine’s behavior and it soured the whole book for me. The story follows Sam, a young American who recently found out that she’s the daughter of English nobility. She grew up in foster care and she would do anything - really, some truly atrocious things - in order to have a family to call her own. Her father is cold and disint I wanted to like this... but the heroine made it impossible to do so. Though the writing makes the pages flow easily and the plot is unique, I just could not get over our heroine’s behavior and it soured the whole book for me. The story follows Sam, a young American who recently found out that she’s the daughter of English nobility. She grew up in foster care and she would do anything - really, some truly atrocious things - in order to have a family to call her own. Her father is cold and disinterested in her, so she decides to join the infamous Animos Society in an attempt to bond with him. Unfortunately, the initiation into Animos requires Sam to do some seriously unflattering things - including making one of her employees fall for her and humiliate them in public. When she meets Daniel, the family’s new auto mechanic, she is torn between wanting to truly date him and wanting to use him for her own gain.Daniel is perhaps one of the sweetest, most gentlemanly guys I’ve read about in romance novels, and that makes Sam’s actions even more atrocious in comparison - which, yes, I understand is probably the point. But Sam goes to too many extremes in order to join Animos, when she could’ve found love and acceptance in other ways. I can’t say that I hated the book, because I was invested in the story from beginning to end, but I was really hoping Sam would learn her lesson much sooner than she did. Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. It’s an intriguing book but Sam really tainted it for me.
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  • Billie Gillespie
    January 1, 1970
    Sam is desperate to fit into her father's world. Growing up in the American foster care system, Sam doesn't know until she's a young adult that her father is a British aristocrat. She's determined to earn his acceptance by joining the secret Animos Society at Oxford that her father and brother are both a part of even though the organization has never allowed a female member. The leaders of the Animos require Sam to perform degrading tasks in order to achieve membership. The hardest of which requ Sam is desperate to fit into her father's world. Growing up in the American foster care system, Sam doesn't know until she's a young adult that her father is a British aristocrat. She's determined to earn his acceptance by joining the secret Animos Society at Oxford that her father and brother are both a part of even though the organization has never allowed a female member. The leaders of the Animos require Sam to perform degrading tasks in order to achieve membership. The hardest of which requires her to "date" an employee of the family to only dump them in public at a society sponsored ball. As she is going through the process, Sam selects to date Daniel, a new employee at her home that is in charge of the fleet of vehicles. Sam discovers that Daniel is a true romantic that believes in the power of love, where she is a skeptic that does not think that love exists. Can Daniel change her mind or does Sam finally achieve acceptance from her father by earning a member in the Animos Society? I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    i should have known that the comparison to cruel intentions would mean that society girl would be less of a swoony romance. there's a lot of really bad behavior happening in this book, and sam dubarry is mostly a jerk. she is so focused on getting her father's approval that nothing, literally nothing of the awful things she does and lets happen sinks in. her focus is on that one thing. and while that kind of single-mindedness can seem admirable, it's also just hard to like someone who misbehaves i should have known that the comparison to cruel intentions would mean that society girl would be less of a swoony romance. there's a lot of really bad behavior happening in this book, and sam dubarry is mostly a jerk. she is so focused on getting her father's approval that nothing, literally nothing of the awful things she does and lets happen sinks in. her focus is on that one thing. and while that kind of single-mindedness can seem admirable, it's also just hard to like someone who misbehaves so badly. that daniel best even allows her to apologize is something. but he's like the sweetest, kindest, purest heart. of course, he falls in love with sam. he's the kind of person who is going to love the broken soul over any number of beautiful ones. in the end, this was a good read, but it wasn't an enjoyable one. i prefer my romance reads with a little less hazing and humiliation.**society girl will publish on august 19, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (embrace) in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Amanda Yates
    January 1, 1970
    A story of how people think you should act. A heartbreak and society. An easy to read story that will keep you attention from start to finish.
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Ayls Murray does it again! This author i have read and loved each book she has written! Each book is a tottaly different genere and her writting style each time is 100 in each ! This book i loved the character Samantha has never had it easy in life and now finds it difficult to accept good things can happen, This fantasic page turning story of romance and hope will leave you believing if you take the chance in love you may find it, does Sam choose to trust in love and that she may have her dream Ayls Murray does it again! This author i have read and loved each book she has written! Each book is a tottaly different genere and her writting style each time is 100 in each ! This book i loved the character Samantha has never had it easy in life and now finds it difficult to accept good things can happen, This fantasic page turning story of romance and hope will leave you believing if you take the chance in love you may find it, does Sam choose to trust in love and that she may have her dreams actually come true? Fantastic read!!! Loved it!
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