A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find (Lords of Worth Series #2)

A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find (Lords of Worth Series #2)

by Kelly Bowen

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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.

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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455583836
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Lords of Worth Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 243,686
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

RITA-award winning author Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. 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.

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A Good Rogue is Hard to Find 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just found this new author and am very excited about her writing style. It flows easily and without being overly "flowery". Ms. Bowen has a knack for writing scenes with humor and heart. There were several scenes with the chickens in her books that had me literally rolling on the floor. The book is steamy in a tasteful way and not overdone. Bravo to Ms. Bowen for this entire series, I've read all 3 novels in 4 days.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
William Sommerhall, Duke of Worth, enjoys the good life. He’s handsome, rich, fun-loving and indulges his passion for breeding racehorses. Quite concerned with the gossip about his mother’s eccentricities, he pays her a visit and when he witnesses firsthand the pandemonium caused by this behavior, he decides to move in with her to put her life to rights and redeem her reputation. For both the Dowager Duchess of Worth and her companion, Jenna Hughes, this decision comes at the worst time as the Duke’s presence is sure to throw a wrench in their business. Both women have been playing Robin Hood at the races for a while, something that the upstanding Duke of Worth will not condone. William is seen to be a leader in horse-racing circles and is very vocal about ridding the sport of all dishonor. A GOOD ROGUE IS HARD TO FIND starts out on a very hilarious note and had me laughing so hard I was in tears. However, the lighthearted tone takes a more serious turn as the details of the schemes involving Jenna and the Dowager Duchess are revealed. Underneath the glamorous lifestyles of the ton is the dishonorable behavior of failing or refusing to pay debts owed to the tradesmen and the lack of legal options available to the tradesmen to recoup their monies. Jenna has been directly affected by this behavior and resolved to see such wrongs righted. Unfortunately, without a voice in the lawmaking process, alternative ways are devised leading to the scheme to recover, recoup and retrieve. The methods devised by the cohorts in this scheme to keep the Duke from finding it out were very funny and finding out that the Duchess’s eccentricities were a carefully cultivated cover was too much! I enjoyed the dialogue and had a really good laugh at the antics of the characters. However, some of the plot seems improbable and requires a huge suspension of disbelief. For me, some of the things Jenna was involved in brushed up against the illegal side and it made the romance with William seem a bit hard to believe, especially as he is such a straight and honorable man. In spite of that, A GOOD ROGUE IS HARD TO FIND was still a funny and enjoyable read. Source: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I won an ARC of this book and loved it! I do not write plot spoiler reviews but will say it was well written and original. This is the second book of a trilogy by a wonderful new author but you don't have to read the first one, "I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm" to enjoy this one. It may help to explain the hero's mother, The Dowager Duchess and her chickens. The Dowager is one of my favorite characters. Will and Jenna (H&h) are interesting, complicated and you will like them. I look forward to Kelly Bowen's next book, "You're the Earl that I Want" featuring the Will's best friend. I think you will enjoy this book . I did.
mlorio More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by the author. I really liked it. While the story is more imaginative than realistic the characters are winners. I will definitely be reading other titles by this author. Highly recommended.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
A Good Rogue is Hard to Find is another great book by Kelly Bowen. This is the second book in the Lords of Worth series and can be read as a stand-alone. This is the story of a handsome, charming and carefree Duke of Worth and the beautiful and mysterious paid companion of the Dowager Duchess, Miss Jenna Hughes. I loved Eleanor, the Dowager Duchess, more than the heroin, Jenna was a nice character too but I didn't like the way she talked to the hero most the time, besides that everything about this book was great and amazing. I can't to wait to read her next book. Thank you Kelly Bowen
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
The Duchess almost steals the show from Jenna and Will with her antics! Will has finally found the woman he's been looking for the past year where he least expects it - his mother's house as her companion. But things are not what they seem, and Jenna has a hard time trying to keep him from discovering what they are up to. Unfortunately, the more time the spend together, the harder it is for both of them to resist the attraction between them. Even though the plot is a bit far fetched, the writing is great with plenty of humor to go with the heavier subject of poverty. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading the next book about Will's sister and his best friend.  ARC via NetGalley
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
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. (Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)
gaele More than 1 year ago
A deceptively titled story leads readers to expect a light and fluffy read, when what is truly between these pages is surprisingly laden with depth and social awareness, a Robin Hood like story of supporting the downtrodden despite the titled positions of the protagonists.  William is the Duke of Worth, and completely involved in following his own desires.  Racehorses, wealth and a title keep him busy, with few concerns of society’s censure, but whispers of his mother’s increasing eccentricities are causing him worry.  Jenna is the companion to the Dowager Duchess, Eleanor, and her dedication to Eleanor and their ‘business’ is complete. Eleanor’s  life when her husband was alive was typical of the day: few options or rights, and she carefully cultivated the impression of a dutiful wife, slightly empty-headed, and pleasant, without ambitions.  But years ago Eleanor started to cultivate a network of people willing to help her, and with Jenna, their plans are moving ahead full steam.  With Will’s appearance in residence in the dower house, and his determination to rein in his mother and her spending, the story moves  from lighthearted banter and small subterfuge, as the wealth-redistribution plans of his mother and her companion come clear.  Despite his shock at the unusual philanthropy, what bothers Will more is the fact of Jenna, and his inability to not be attracted to her.  Slowly their attraction builds and is displayed with their interactions: banter, humor and the realization that they are meant for one another. While the story starts as a lighthearted romp, as the lack of recompense the merchants and commoners have when they are refused payment from the titled classes that have used their services. The social conventions, inequities, and lack of balance in society  is made clearer to Will, and he soon understands his mother’s mission, and admires Jenna’s determination and ability to ‘manage’ her wishes.  A fun, surprisingly deep and wholly enjoyable story.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I loved the overall package found in this book. The hero William is arrogant (he's a duke, so some would argue he has a right to be), but not over the top with it. He's really looking out for his mother when it appears she's gone over the edge. I loved the story as he discovered just what his mother is (and isn't) after he moves in with her to (he hopes) curb her eccentric behavior (peacocks are the least of it). Jenna - such a good woman who took the lemons life gave her and definitely made lemonade with them. She was hurt in the past but instead of letting it destroy her and her future, she forged her own path and decided to make the upper class pay (their bills) - she didn't humiliate them necessarily, just found ways to remind them of their obligations without it ever being traceable back to her and who she is. William and Jenna made a fantastic couple. I loved seeing the two of them come together and give in to the feelings that sparked between them. William had seen Jenna in her "mixing with the nobility" guise a year before and didn't connect his mother's companion with that glittering woman for most of the book until it was practically thrown in his face and I enjoyed that, and the fact that he didn't hold it over her head or blackmail her in some fashion for it. Definitely worth a read and I want to read more by Ms. Bowen in the future. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
William Somerhill, the Duke of Worth, has not being paying the attention to his mother that he should. But all that is about to change. The Dowager Duchess has been carrying around chickens and doing other eccentric things and William is determined to keep his mother from ruin. He didn't count on his mother's companion running his astray. Miss Jenna Hughes is more than just a companion to the Dowager Duchess, she runs her stables and is in charge of getting the funds for their secret endeavor. When William decides move in with his mother, the ladies plans might just be ruined. How can she hide their secret agenda? This has got to be one of the funniest books I have read lately! The Dowager is hilarious and had me laughing out loud at her outrageous comments and actions. I predict that Bowen will become one of my all time favorite writers! Having read book one in the series right before starting this one, I knew the antics that the Dowager was involved in. I had hoped that there was more to her son, than what little we had seen in that story. Bowen did not disappoint!! The interactions between Jenna and William were some of my favorite. With Jenna trying to hide what she was really doing and William trying to fight his attraction for his mother's companion, the story kept me enthralled! This is definitely on the top of my list for favorite books of all time. I can't wait to see what this new author has in store for us next!! Thanks go out to Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This book was so not what I was expecting. I was sure I was going to read a story with some comedy moments. Instead I read a story that tore me apart. Kelly developed this story line and brought up a subject I never would have considered. Major Spoiler. This should be the poster book for tough people. William, Duke of Worth,, is surprised by his over the edge Mother, Duchess of Worth. She has a companion, Jenna, who is supposed to control the Duchess. William has no idea they are in cahoots to help people in need. Eleanor sells jewels for money. Jenna trains horses for winning races for money. William soon learns how much of a snob he has been. This is a deep dark story. There are so many spoilers, twists and turns. Be prepared and have tissues close at hand. There were places I read 2 pages and had to walk away. I won't say more so please consider reading this book. Kelly is a new author for me and maybe for you too. It will make a good re-read story. Enjoy!  I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
London, June 1817 William (Will) Somerhall, the Duke of Worth, has a reputation as a complete rogue.  He owns Breckenridge estate and runs it well, but his main interest is horse racing.   Will’s mother, Eleanor, the Dower Duchess of Worth lives in the Dower House on his estate.  Will avoids visiting her as she has become known as being extremely eccentric.  Unable to say no again to her many invitations, he agrees to attend a dinner party but arrives late to find total chaos.  Chickens are running around the house and his mother has a pet python she has named Phillip. Will is introduced to his mother companion, Jenna Hughes.  He is immediately smitten with her as she is the same woman he met at a ball a year ago and disappeared before he could get to know her.  Fearing that his mother has totally taken leave of her senses, he insists that he is going to move in with her. Ah, but Jenna and her mother have a secret that slowly starts to come to light.  The Duchess has built a very impressively large horse barn and has acquired some outstanding horseflesh.  As Will has always prided himself on being a horse expert, he is surprised to find these expensive horses.   Jenna claims to be the daughter of a now deceased surgeon and thus has good medical knowledge.  What she fails to add is that her father was a veterinary surgeon.  When the Duchess first met Jenna, she was extremely impressed with her knowledge of horses and immediately hired her to be her “companion.”  However, she is much more than that.  Jenna has known extreme poverty and has seen many shop owners lose their businesses due to the fact that some arrogant customers don’t even bother to pay their bills.  Thus, she is on a mission to change that and, hopefully, get a law introduced into the House of Lords where people will be forced to pay their bills. As Jenna and Will become attracted to one another and Will learns more about her plans, he is quite intrigued to join with her to help in her campaign. The unique way in which Jenna and the Duchess have schemed to help the poor and carry on with the horse racing is knitted together beautifully in this book.  The plot is quite different from what I’ve read before and I must say that the author has a fabulous imagination.  I enjoyed the novel very much and look forward to reading more from Kelly Bowen.