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

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  526 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews

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 compani
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Forever
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Feb 13, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

When William Somerhall, Duke of Worth realises his mother's eccentricities are getting out of hand and her household is in uproar, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Firstly, by moving into the dower house with her. And then proceeding to straighten out her finances, her staff and her reputation.

For Jenna Hughes, companion to the Dowager Duchess of Worth, this could be just about the worst news possible. Both she and the duchess are, unbeknown to the duke, involved in busine
I've given this a B at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

I was only a few pages into A Good Rogue is Hard to Find when it became clear that in Kelly Bowen, I’d found a new author worth watching. Most of the débuts and follow-ups I’ve read over the past couple of years have been average at best, but this, Ms Bowen’s second book, is a very accomplished piece of work. It’s full of warmth, humour and intelligence, the characters are likeable and well-rounded and the author has managed to find an unusual plotl
Apr 17, 2015 Kyraryker/WhiskeyintheJar rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

William is a high ranking duke who finds all the trappings that come along with the title more annoying than enjoyable. All he wants to do is be left alone to ride, breed, and race his horses but when talk about his mother's eccentrics starts to get louder, he decides it's time to assert his presence. Jenna is his mother's companion and the mysterious c
Mar 20, 2015 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This is what I call and wonderful, wonderful historical romance!!!!

And intelligent heroine and an intelligent (but utterly confused) hero! What a couple!! Yeahh!!!

I love how Ms. Bowen writes and her dialogues are amazing!

Jenna is fantastic. It's abvious since the previous book that she and the Dowager Duchess are keeping big secrets!

The opening of the story is hilarious with the hero, Will, eavesdropping a conversation between them and understanding all the contrary of they'we talking about! W
Lover of Romance
Dec 03, 2014 Lover of Romance rated it really liked it
WOW!! So good and very emotional soon to come!! Keep these fab books coming Kelly Bowen!!
There must be something seriously wrong with me to give 3 stars to a book Jill recommended.

Bravo to this author for writing about strong women that outshine the hero. You won't find that easily. Also, her books are very interesting from a historical perspective, depicting the harsh life conditions of women and the poor in the Victorian England and the blissful ignorance and neglect of the aristocracy.

The romance, however, once more didn't pull me in. Honestly, it was the last thing I cared abo
4 1/2 stars (rounded down to 4 stars, because Jenna's past and present behavior and Will's somewhat easy acceptance of it didn't feel historically right to me)
Oct 08, 2015 Keri rated it really liked it
A really fun read with zany antics that ended up being a front for more serious goings on. I am going back to pick up the first book and read the 3rd one right now.
Jan 01, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it

Happy to have a new author to enjoy!
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

What a total delight.. or was it? Kelly Bowen really delivered an amazing book. Something I surely didn't see coming. A Good Rogue is Hard to Find is book two in her Lords of Worth Series and I found myself totally captivated.

Ms. Bowen pulled a complete and total sleight of hand on us and instead of a light hearted romp through regency England, we are delivered a daring report of acceptance, desire, revenge (the good kind?) and y
"Foolishly Jenna had thought herself happy these past years, doing what she was good at, surrounded by people she liked. And she had been... content. But now she knew something had always been missing. A hole that had been torn in the fabric of her life years ago had been, for a time, mended. Damn this man and his beautiful heart. Damn the circumstances that were forcing her to let go of something she hadn't known she wanted until it was too late."

I can't believe this book was even better than t
Feb 26, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
The Duchess nearly steals the show in this one but Jenna is a very admirable character and I couldn't help but smile at her sly ways of obtaining her goals and finding her purpose. William is one of those men you just want to hold and of course the history with his father is sad especially since it caused a chasm between himself and the Duchess. But, Jenna's gentle involvement in that relationship helps to bring the two closer.

William and Jenna are not only sizzling hot as a couple but also mak
Jan 01, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC of this book and loved it! I do not write plot spoilers but will say it was well written and original. You do not have to have read the first book of this series (I've got My Duke to Keep Me Warm)to enjoy this one, but it may help explain the hero's mother, the Dowager Duchess and her chickens. The Dowager is one of my favorite characters ever. Will and Jenna (H&h) are interesting, complicated and you will root for them. This book is out April 28 and I highly recommend it. I loo ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Ash rated it liked it
3.5 stars
The author definitely has potential, it was a humorous, enjoyable if ultimately forgettable read.
certain plot points strain credulity and the characters could have been more fleshed out and well rounded, I will however be trying this author in the future
Feb 03, 2015 Tanya rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book and I LOVE this author!

Miss Jenna Hughes has an alter-ego. A Robin Hood-ette sort of ego. And her partner in crime is none other than Eleanor, the Dowager Duchess of Worth. You see, these two women head an amazing historical Ocean’s Eleven type horse-racing heist where they swindle from the rich and give back to the poor. The poor, in this instance, being the shopkeepers who have been reduced to bankruptcy when the ton decides they are above the law to pay for services
Deanna from Deanna's World
I am very sad to say that I did not finish this book. I struggled getting into it and dragged myself through about 25% of the book before I gave up entirely.

The reason? There is too much intentional deception going on, albeit the deception is well meant and it is to serve a greater good.

You see, Jenna and Worth's mother are in cahoots when it comes to swindling the rich to pay the poor, a very Robin Hood-esque scenario. I have no problem with what they are doing. What I have a problem with is w
The one thing I continue to love most about Kelly Bowen’s heroes and heroines is their inherent goodness and drive to do what’s right in an often morally grey world. It makes for poignant storytelling and heartfelt romances.

And while I didn’t feel as strongly about this book as I did its predecessor, I still liked it quite a lot, most notably Jenna and Lady Worth and their crusade of dishing out vigilante justice to the corrupt elite. Even failwhale Will held a certain charming appeal and most i
Liz F
Apr 24, 2015 Liz F rated it it was amazing
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

I saw this book on NetGalley and I went to elementary school with a girl whose last name was Bowen. Just in case this was her writing under a pseudonym, I thought I should try this book. Once I started reading it, certain names seemed familiar. So when I looked it up on Goodreads and saw that this was Book 2 in a series and that I had loved Book 1, I was thrilled that it would continue to be a good book but admittedly, a bit disappointed that m
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
3.5 Stars

A Good Rogue is Hard to Find is the second book in the Lords of Worth series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. It features William, Somerhall, Duke of Worth, who is pretty happy with his life except for the rumors that his mother is losing her mind. He is very protective of his reputation so, after a hilarious visit to her dower house, he decides he is moving in to keep her from ruining her good name. But, he is thrown off when he meets her paid companion, Jenna, who is helping
Like with I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm, the first book in the Lords of Worth series, A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find had me instantly wanting the next book. (Sidenote: thus began the eternal dilemma: ebook or paperback? For once, the latter was cheaper than the ebook, but I really want the ebook. WHY? Now I don't have the book either way because DECISIONS ARE HARD.)

But man. The first half of this book practically had me snorting with laughter. Will's mom, who we meet in the first book, purposel
Apr 02, 2015 Aoi rated it liked it
Shelves: hf-england
I confess some of the happenings went into unbelievable territory, but in this case, it works. A Good Rogue is Hard to Find is a book with a lot of heart.

The first half was a laugh riot as the heroine, Jenna helped by the Dowager Duchess struggle to keep the full extent of their operations undercover. The ensemble staff consisting of a thief-turned-butler and an explosives expert accountant were great fun to read. With careful planning, manufactured deception and hilarious explanations, the tro
Feb 09, 2017 Elena rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, historical, adult
Well, that was a disappointment after how freaking great book one was. I hope this one was the anomaly...
Feb 19, 2017 DemetraP rated it liked it
Most of the action takes place in the ghetto of London, St. Giles, or the dowager's house or the horse track.

Not your typical historical but I enjoyed all of the horse scenes.
Sep 16, 2016 Aly rated it it was amazing
I had expectations for this one, since we met William and Jenna in the previous book. William seemed to me like a serious but laid-back guy, like he's not used to think of others or clueless about feelings.

I was right, but the good thing about this book is the heroine will help him to finally open his eyes and see the injustice there is in their world and he'll learn to take interest in his surrounding and he will help people every chance he gets. That's one of my favorite part, but there were
Katinka (Unquietly Me)
Apr 17, 2015 Katinka (Unquietly Me) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
In A GOOD ROGUE IS HARD TO FIND, Book 2 in Kelly Bowen's Lords of Worth series, a common lady teaches an entitled duke a moral lesson and inspires him to be a better person. Their romance is charming, sweet, and sensual. Though the novel skims the topic of privilege and the dialogue at times is preachy, the narrative is humorous, lighthearted, and fast-paced.

Will, the Duke of Worth, first encountered the heroine, Jenna, at a ball a year ago and was immediately entranced by the mysterious, unknow
Jun 23, 2015 Miriam rated it it was amazing
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 mea
Dot Salvagin
Apr 21, 2015 Dot Salvagin rated it it was amazing
What if Robin Hood was a beautiful young woman (Jenna Hughes) or maybe a wiley old Dowager Duchess (Eleanor Sommerhill, Dowager Duchess of Worth)? What if the “Band of Merry Men” were stable hands, grooms and even a Butler? What if The Sheriff of Nottingham wasn’t the evil villain but the intelligent thoughtful William Sommerhill, Duke of Worth? To answer all those “what if’s”; then you would have this fantastic novel by Kelly Bowen.
This has been such a terrific reading experience. Ms. Bowen un
Amy Quinton
Apr 14, 2015 Amy Quinton rated it it was amazing
Kelly Bowen is quickly becoming one of my auto-buy authors. Her style is unique and refreshing.

A Good Rogue is Hard to Find is about a woman using questionable means to help families in trade who have lost or are about to lose their livelihood due to aristocrats refusing to pay their bills for services rendered. The heroine uses intelligence, skill, deception, and the assistance of a dowager duchess - who pretends to be quite scatterbrained as a cover for their schemes - to seek retribution fro
Jul 31, 2015 Laylah added it
Shelves: dnf
The dialogues are so good, so fresh. The pacing, however, is somehow off. I don't know, but I just seem to not be able to finish this author's books. This one is better than the first, but when I hit the moment the H/h started doing the deed, bam..I lost interest, didn't even finish the scene. Same thing happened in book 1 also. At least in this book I believe the attraction. I want so badly to love this author. I was so thrilled when I read a few first chapters, feeling like I was discovering a ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 09, 2015 08:59PM  
  • Duke of Thorns (Heiress Games, #1)
  • Twice Tempted (Drake's Rakes, #5)
  • The Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides, #3)
  • The Duke's Disaster (True Gentlemen, #0.5)
  • How the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes, #1)
  • His Wicked Reputation (Wicked Trilogy, #1)
  • The Hunter (Victorian Rebels, #2)
  • Put Up Your Duke (Dukes Behaving Badly, #2)
  • The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #3)
  • Scandal Takes the Stage (The Wicked Quills of London, #2)
  • Must Love Dukes (Tricks of the Ton, #1)
  • The Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs, #2)
  • A Sinful Deception (Breconridge Brothers, #2)
  • Deceived (The Wicked Woodleys, #2)
  • The Reluctant Duchess
  • Forbidden to Love the Duke (The Fenwick Sisters Affairs, #1)
  • Mad For Love (Highland Brides, #1)
  • The Duke's Tattoo (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse , #1)
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
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Other Books in the Series

The Lords of Worth (3 books)
  • I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm (The Lords of Worth, #1)
  • You're the Earl That I Want (The Lords of Worth, #3)

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