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A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find

(The Lords of Worth #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  966 ratings  ·  171 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, 342 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Forever
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Feb 13, 2015 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
This was a re-read, but my first review for the book. And I loved it just as much the second time around:)

The heroine, Jenna, is marvellous. Intelligent, independent, resourceful beautiful and idealistic, she is running a campaign together with the Dowager Duchess (the hero's mum) to recover money owed by aristocrats to impoverished tradespeople. The hero Will (a duke, of course), is wonderful- attractive, compassionate and struggling to find some point to his title, and indeed, to his life.
Joanna Loves Reading
Emotionally compelling. Well balanced between details, story and character development. This was a lovely read from beginning to end. In every story I have read of Bowen's thus far, the beginning has grabbed me right away. This one actually had a page or two of something normal. Just two guys, lamenting their (lofty) lot in life, the Duke reluctantly deciding he must (tardily) go to his mother's dinner party. Enter mayhem.

The reader gets to experience the understanding and unfolding of said mayh
Apr 17, 2015 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
3.5 Stars

A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find was another delightful entry in the Lords of Worth series with an amazing heroine and a wonderful group of side characters.

Miss Jenna Hughes has worked for years to ensure that those who are wronged receive what is theirs from the upper class who believe themselves above the law. With Eleanor, the Dowager Duchess of Worth, Jenna is able to accomplish her goal until the duchess’s son shows up throwing a wrench in their secret plans. After news of his mother’s
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, my first book by Kelly Bowen. It was a tad over the top and fanciful but all in good humour and the characters were quite loveable and appealing.
Feb 03, 2015 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
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-novel

Yes, yes, I know the book was making a point about economic and political inequality – but the Dowager Duchess with her razor sharp mind and outrageous masquerade, pulling a Scarlet Pimpernel over the whole of the Ton, stole the show.

Her ducal son Will and her companion-in-crime Miss Hughes also are a great couple as they dance around each other, no pretense of denials, both admitting immediately there is an attraction, with most of the obstruction coming from our heroine taking a reasonable am
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
It did take me a bit to get into it. All of the "mystery" was a bit annoying through at least 1/2 the book. There is a really sad thing that I could have went without. The cause they champion was interesting and a good topic to explore.
Liz F
Apr 24, 2015 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
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 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 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, romance, adult
Well, that was a disappointment after how freaking great book one was. I hope this one was the anomaly...
Rosey Waters
Despite the fact that Kelly didn't lean in hard on the Luke/Will crush that I would have LOVED (I mean, I guess I know why, you can't have the hero's attention get split, but Will's reaction to Luke was GREAT), I really loved this. Kelly Bowen is fantastic, and totally one of my favorite authors by now.
Bleh. It was just too damn boring and irritating.
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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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