Title: A Good Rogue is Hard to Find
Genre: Historical romance
Author: Kelly Bowen
Publisher: Forever, April 28, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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 . . .
What if Robin Hood was a beautiful young woman (Jenna Hughes) or maybe a wiley old Dowager Duchess (Eleanor Sommerhill, Dowager Duchess of Worth)? What if the “Band of Merry Men” were stable hands, grooms and even a Butler? What if The Sheriff of Nottingham wasn’t the evil villain but the intelligent thoughtful William Sommerhill, Duke of Worth? To answer all those “what if’s”; then you would have this fantastic novel by Kelly Bowen.
This has been such a terrific reading experience. Ms. Bowen unfolds this story throughout the book with surprises coming when you least expect them. She keeps us guessing right along with our hero. And what a treat to have a hero who doesn’t make drastic mistakes and listens to those who try to make him understand. He is good hearted and handsome, what more could our heroine ask for? Jenna and the Dowager Duchess are in cahoots but they doubt William will condone their nefarious activities. Compounding Jenna’s lies is her attraction to William. “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
We are introduced to Heath, Earl of Boden, and his sisters Viola and Julia. Heath is the hero of Ms. Bowen’s next novel. All the side characters from stable staff to merchants appearing for only a page or two are well developed. Ms. Bowen’s knowledge of horses and Regency racing is impressive.
If you are looking for a reading experience with a swift pace, heated encounters, perfectly nuanced protagonists all wrapped up in spendidly entertaining prose, then look no further than this terrific book. Yup, I really liked this one.