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 . . .
REVIEW: 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.
This novel does not publish until April 28, 2015. Thus, I have tried to add as many teasers as possible without giving away any spoilers.
Connie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher