Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
HE THOUGHT HE’D SEEN IT ALL . . .
The rogue’s life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what’s afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still.
. . . UNTIL HE MEETS HER
He’s tall, dark, and damnably intelligent-unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the “redistribution business,” taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it’s going great – until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .
This is another wonderful story by Ms. Bowen. I loved the first in the series and I am happy to say that this just as good. I am adding another to my best books of the year. There are cover ups, diversions, humor and of course romance to satisfy any historical reader.
William Somerhall, Duke of Worth is worried about his mother. He has been hearing and witnessing some strange behavior and believes he must take action. He decides to move in with her, much to the dismay of both his mother and her companion, Jenna Hughes.
Miss Jenna Hughes helps his mother with her daily activities and hides some very damaging secrets from the world. Eleanor, the dowager, is not what she portrays to the public and neither of them wants the duke to find out what they are hiding. When William moves in, all bets are off as he becomes aware of what his mother and the fabulous Miss Hughes are up to.
Ms. Bowen is on a roll with me, I love the two books in this series and I am excited for more. She has created engaging characters with intriguing plots and I had a hard time putting this down. We met several of the characters featured here in the first book and I was so fascinated and anxious to read this one, and it did not disappoint.
Jenna is amazing; she is funny, resourceful and knows what she wants in life. She has experienced sorrow and pain and now goes to great lengths to live as independently as possible. I adored her when we met her in the first book, a companion to Eleanor that looks the other way, ignoring her eccentricities and strange behavior, which help to cover up the ongoing deceptions the two are engaged in.
I liked William so much in this book; he truly cares for his mother but does not know what to do about her. They have not been close for years, yet they both want to move their mother/son relationship forward which brings out several hilarious moments when he tries to understand her, I laughed at several of her mishaps that left him shaking his head. And William and Jenna are perfect together; he met her a year ago and has been searching all of London for the mysterious woman only to find her with his mother. He was smitten with the woman he remembers, but the more he gets to know the real her, the more he realizes her depth and intelligence are exactly want he wants.
Secondary characters help make this book so engaging, I love Eleanor and want more of her antics. I also enjoyed each unique person who works for Eleanor and helps keep her secret as well as their own. There is Luke the young butler, his brothers Joseph and Paul and of course George, the deaf secretary, they all made me laugh and enjoy this even more.
The pace is fast as the twists and turns keep you turning the pages until the end. I love how the real Eleanor and Jenna are revealed and how William embraces the lifestyle they are living. He is very accepting and goes all in with their madcap adventures. I can hardly wait until the next in the series which will feature William’s sister and his best friend.
I give A Good Rogue is Hard to Find by Kelly Bowen 4.5 Stars!