The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London

May 1, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from Meryl L Moss Media Relations Inc in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia LondonThe Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London
Series: The Cabot Sisters #3
Published by HQN Books on May 1, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 346
Format: ARC
Source: Meryl L Moss Media Relations Inc
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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.

Prudence Cabot – sensible, courteous, impeccable Penelope – has always done exactly as society demands of her.  Unfortunately for her, the antics and scandals created by her two older sisters overshadow all of Prudence ‘s attempts to be the “good one.”  While waiting for the carriage that will take her to an out-of-town friend, she is provided an opportunity for adventure and spontaneity in the form of a handsome stranger in need of help – Mr. Roan Matheson.  Roan is in desperate search for his missing sister who failed to return with the other family members on the boat from England to New York.  Last he knew, his sister was in West Lee.  Or was it Wesleigh?  Or perhaps it was Weslay.  Thankfully, Prudence steps in to help and the two begin a journey that will change their lives forever.

Wow, this book really sucked me into the story!  I started and finished it all in one afternoon.  Prudence is stuck in a rut with her family and I felt so bad for her.  She feels trapped and helpless, desperate to rise above the scandals of her sisters and carve out a place for herself.  Roan is charming and sweet, but feels the pressures of both society’s and his family’s expectations of him back in New York.  I honestly didn’t know what he was going to choose to do and this tension kept me glued to the chair turning page after page.  Together, these two make an excellent couple, two halves made whole.  From the start, you could see how well these characters complimented each other.  Their love is slow to develop and packs a powerfully emotional punch.

THE SCOUNDREL AND THE DEBUTANTE is the third in The Cabot Sisters series and while reading the previous two books would provide some better context for some of the plot, it really isn’t necessary to read those books to enjoy this one – it stands on its own.  That said, the other two books in the series are also very good and come highly recommended.

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