Title: A Good Rogue is Hard to Find
Series: The Lords of Worth, Book 2
Author: Kelly Bowen
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing: Forever
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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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
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It wasn't so much the humor that got me, and there is plenty of it what with all the sarcasm and innuendos, but the underhandedness of the ton that Ms. Bowen displayed in all its filthy glory.
I admired Jenna's relentlessness as she pursued justice in her own way, making right the wrongs members of society inflicted on those of the lower class. And her reasoning was sound and on point, even to Will who knew no better because he'd never seen his set through someone else's eyes before.
For all his wealth and success at the track, I thought Will would be a pompous ass. But he wasn't. He wasn't even a hard man. He was just...not too crazy about being a duke. His only example of what it meant to be in his position was his father, a brutal and angry man who settled matters with a sneer and his fists. That kind of a legacy will leave a sour taste in anyone's mouth, like it did Will's. For a while there, I thought he'd linger too long over how his father was, thought he'd convince himself that he would end up like his father.
But he didn't and it was thanks to Jenna.
The most poignant moment in this entire story was when Will went to St. Giles to visit a family Jenna had aided. The father of the family, a tailor, had lost his job, and his wife had just given birth. But they had nothing, no money to give a physician to help bring their baby into the world, no way to provide for their child. Stepping into their world was an eye-opening experience for Will. It was there he discovered the tailor was his own, that the tailor's neighbor, who suffered the same fate as the tailor, made the furniture in his mother's home. It was there he witnessed how little regard those of his class had for those beneath them.
In this story, I saw how cruel the ton could be and it didn't surprise me. The ton isn't known for being nice or generous or compassionate, and their reputation precedes them. As a duke, Will could have maintained that reputation and done nothing to help Jenna. He could have turned a deaf ear to anything she said about his set's faults. He didn't. That choice alone enabled him to see that right and wrong could not be defined by society's expectations because he would always be left with a lot of gray, a lot of going against his conscience. Eyes wide open to the dishonor rampant amongst the ton, he finally understood not only Jenna's mission but his mother's hand in accomplishing it.
I fell in love with Ms. Bowen's evocative writing when I read I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm. Reading A Good Rogue is Hard to Find only reinforced my love for her stories. She writes about an era I thoroughly enjoy and brings to light the darkness that hides beneath the beautiful gowns, seemingly endless wealth, poise, and manners. I can't guarantee all readers will feel this way about her stories, but I hope they feel something when they do because a story that makes a reader feel is a story worth remembering and recommending.
Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.
But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.
Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.