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The Scoundrel and the Debutante

The Scoundrel and the Debutante - Julia London Book Info
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2015 by HQN Books (first published April 28th 2015)
edition language English
series The Cabot Sisters #3
other editions (1)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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When a man on a mission takes on a beautiful but unlikely ally, seduction and adventure are inevitable…

The dust of the Cabot sisters' shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she's tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can't deny the temptation.

The fate of Roan Matheson's family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he's out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart's obligations and its forbidden desires.

My Thoughts

Prudence is not happy with the fallout caused by the actions of her older siblings, especially when she finds herself to be thought to not be worthy of marriage by any of her families peers. When she is shipped off to visit a family friend who has recently given birth to her first child her normal obedience slips its leash and the most level headed of the Cabot foursome follows her heart for once instead of her head.

Roan Matheson has traveled to England from New York to fetch his sister home, little did he expect to come across a young English miss who is as headstrong and willful as his younger sister. When Prudence unexpectedly meets Roan she has no idea that the handsome American will make her heart race, none before him has ever come close. With this in mind she undertakes the next leg of her journey, not with the escort that her family planned for her to travel with but instead on the coach that is to take Roan to the last known place where it might be possible to find his sister.

The coach is overcrowded with passengers so Prudence and Roan share a seat, a very tight fit which allows them plenty of time to become aware of each other as well as to exchange a bit of conversation.

As the pair find themselves stranded by a broken wheel with their fellow passengers Prudence conceives the notion to find her own way rather than waiting for another coach to come along. This proves to be the second error in judgement on her journey as it results in her and Roan being left alone.

The following days prove to be even more of an adventure than our dear Prudence ever dreamed of having, she finds herself seduced by and seducing Roan in turn. Things are all well and fine until they end up meeting a member of the nobility who runs in the same circles as her sisters, will the consequences of her actions finally become more than Prudence can bear or will love prevail? The answer may not surprise you but the solution to preventing another scandal is rather neatly executed with the minimum of fuss.

The Cabot sisters are notorious in 1800's London High Society, the "Ton" have labeled the exploits thus far of the two oldest sisters Honor and Grace as scandalous. This time the exploits of third sister Prudence prove to top their escapades in spades but the question is whether or not the adventure she and American Roan Matheson share becomes gossip or a romance that will surely live on in the hearts of readers of their alluringly provocative tale.

For me this was a wonderfully acted out story that proved that even women in the nobility sometimes had to act out of character to achieve their fondest dreams, Prudence may not have lived up to her name but in the end being prudent was not the right thing to do.

[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]