"Perfect blend of Suspense, Romance & Intrique"
Reviewed by Susan Gorman
Posted June 19, 2015
Kelly Bowen presents a new twist in the Robin Hood trope
A GOOD ROGUE IS HARD TO FIND. I adored this book because
it's a different take on the popular Duke-themed
historicals. The author effortlessly mixes great
and settings, fabulous banter and serious social
in her storyline.
Eleanor, the Dowager Duchess of Worth is an pivotal
character in Ms. Bowen's first novel I've Got My Duke to
Keep Me Warm. Eleanor and her companion Jenna Hughes make
quite a team and I was thrilled to have them featured in
book two of the series! Neither character is what they
appear to be at first glance. The author adds details and
provides insight into these multi-faced characters as the
story progresses. I loved the laugh-out loud dialogue
between the Duchess, Jenna and Will when Will begins to
questions about his mother's activities. The dialogue is
cleverly written and adds so much to the storyline and
confuses Will just enough!
After Will accompanies Jenna to the Seven Dials section of
London on a mission of mercy, he begins to understand why
his mother and Jenna are involved in their crusade to help
the poor. The novel touches on the social hierarchy of the
times by illustrating how the rich focused on their social
status , their beautiful custom made clothing and their
appearance versus paying their bills. The trip to London
a turning point for Will. He is falling in love with
Will needs to decide if he can trust his mother and Jenna.
Can Will see the social injustices the average person
and will he choose to make a difference in society?
I adored this character and loved his exasperated
interactions with his mother, her loyal staff and Jenna.
The conclusion of A GOOD ROGUE IS HARD TO FIND is the
perfect blend of suspense and intrigue which kept me
guessing until the last page. The plot is very original
well researched and reminded me of the Paul Newman and
Robert Redford movie The Sting. Each of the main and
secondary characters contributed to the story as Eleanor
and Jenna's scheme begins to unfold. I was so invested in
the storyline that I stayed up late to finish the book.
Loved, loved the ending!
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
. . . 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 .
Excerptâ€śDonâ€™t think you can divert me,â€ť Worth growled. â€śI take
a break from ledgers that seem to have been creatively
tallied by a drunken jester, only to find you skulking
about in my motherâ€™s rooms. I want to know what you were
doing.â€ť His gaze flickered to her hands still clenched
at her sides. â€śShow me your hands.â€ť
Jenna forced herself not to react. The diamond suddenly
felt like it was the size of an apple against her palm.
â€śAre you accusing me of something, Your Grace?â€ť
Worth let out a bark of what sounded like bitter,
disappointed laughter. â€śIâ€™m fairly certain I already
â€śOf course. You believe me to be a thief, based on the
fact you discovered your motherâ€™s hired companion looking
for an article of clothing in her rooms.â€ť She was
stalling, and they both knew it.
The duke closed the distance between them again. â€śI
donâ€™t believe, I know. Show. Me. Your. Hands.â€ť
Jenna swore inwardly. If she handed the diamond over to
the duke, that would open a whole barrel of questions she
had no interest in answering. Like why a supposedly dead
marchioness had left a supposedly lost fortune in
diamonds with a supposedly eccentric duchess to sell.
And what that money was used for. And why Jenna was
sneaking one out of the house. Goddammit, but the Duke
of Worth was beginning to make life difficult.
â€śVery well.â€ť In a swift motion, Jenna brought her hands
up in front of her chest, dropping the diamond down the
front of her bodice even as she opened her fingers to
For a moment, Worth looked stunned. â€śWhat the hell did
you drop down the front of your dress?â€ť he snarled.
â€śI have no idea what youâ€™re talking about,â€ť Jenna replied
placidly. She had gotten herself out of stickier
situations than this. Distract and deflect. She dropped
her hands again.
â€śI demand to know what you took.â€ť
â€śNothing, Your Grace.â€ť
â€śYou have something in the front of your dress,â€ť he
â€śI have since I was twelve years old.â€ť
Worth started in shock before he swiped his hands through
his hair angrily. â€śYou think this is funny?â€ť
â€śA little.â€ť She was forcing a sangfroid she didnâ€™t feel.
The duke let out a string of expletives better suited to
the London docks. â€śYou have five seconds to produce
whatever you have in the front of your dress, or I swear
by all that is holy, I will rip your bodice in half and
retrieve it for you.â€ť
â€śAh. Is this your area of expertise?â€ť
That stopped him short. â€śWhat the hell is that supposed
Jenna smirked at him and cocked a brow. â€śI thought
bodice ripping might be part of your overwhelming charm.â€ť
Worthâ€™s eyes darkened even further. â€śVery well, Miss
Hughes, have it your way.â€ť
Godâ€™s teeth, he was calling her bluff, and in truth, he
had every right to do so. Though sheâ€™d be damned if she
conceded. â€śDo your worst then,â€ť she dared.
She watched as the dukeâ€™s hands went first to her
shoulders, then to the edges of her bodice. She felt the
backs of his fingers brush against her bare skin as he
curled them under the seam at the top of her breasts.
Jenna remained perfectly still, her breath caught in her
chest and her heart thundering against her ribs.
He had long fingers. Beautiful fingers, actually,
covered in small nicks and scars and calluses that
attested to the fact this duke understood physical
exertion. And they were tracing the neckline of her
dress in slow, sure movements. Her stays were suddenly
suffocating. The air around her had thickened. Every
muscle in her body had clenched, and it wasnâ€™t in fear.
It was in anticipation.
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