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The Scoundrel And The Debutante (The Cabot Sisters, Book 3) Paperback – March 10, 2016
A debutante ready for trouble!
Miss Prudence Cabot is now regarded as an unsuitable bride for a gentleman; thanks to her sisters, she’s tainted by scandal. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger enlists her help, she simply can’t deny the temptation.
Roan Matheson needs to quickly find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side – and in his bed – Roan must choose between his obligations and forbidden desire.
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- Publisher : Mills & Boon (March 10, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0263921581
- ISBN-13 : 978-0263921588
- Item Weight : 6.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.21 x 0.91 x 7.01 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,839,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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**** Minor Spoilers Follow ****
First, no young woman of that time period would have done what Prudence did. She wouldn't have ever really considered setting out on her own, because she knew it would destroy her reputation. No young woman of that time would have even been allowed to leave home without a maid or chaperone with her. Also, Prudence knew just how badly a ruined reputation would affect her and her family. The things her older sisters had done had already ruined her reputation, so men were not interested in courting her -- even though she was considered beautiful. Her pain from that would have been enough to keep her from doing what she did.
Second, it was irritating how she kept telling her sisters it was their fault she couldn't attract any suitors. Yes, it was their fault, as their actions were scandalous. But, in Honor's book, Prudence encouraged Honor to do whatever would make her happy -- knowing that Honor would do something scandalous to get what she wanted.
I liked Roan fairly well, but didn't like that he was OK with ruining Prudence's reputation and then going home to America. Yes, it was mostly Prudence's fault, because what she did was incredibly stupid, but he did go along with it. That was odd, especially considering he was in England to get his sister, who was ruining her own reputation with stupid choices.
I also got irritated at both Honor and Grace, Prudence's older sisters. They got upset when she told them it was their fault she couldn't find a suitor. But it WAS their fault, and they knew it. They just didn't want to admit that their actions had hurt her so badly.
Because of the historical inaccuracies, and my dislike of Prudence's stupidity, I didn't really care if she found her HEA. This one gets 2.5 stars from me, rounded up to 3 stars.
**** End of Spoilers ****
My rating system is below.
1 star -- Hated it, or did not finish. I usually only give this rating if some of the content is truly objectionable to me, like if one of the main characters does something really awful, and gets away with it.
2 stars -- Didn't like it. This rating usually means that I thought the writing wasn't very good, the editing was terrible, I didn't like the characters, or it had other major flaws.
3 stars -- I liked it, but had some minor issues with it. This rating means that there were minor editing issues, the story needed more character development, it was just too unrealistic, or had some other fairly minor issue. The majority of books I read get this rating – I do not consider it a bad rating.
4 stars -- I liked it a lot. This is a high rating for me, and I rarely give a higher one.
5 stars -- I loved it, and will probably read it again. Very few books are good enough to get this rating from me. The ones that do are usually classics.
She was unforgivably plain.
She was horribly diseased.
Or, her older sisters’ scandalous antics four years past had ruined her.
Utterly, completely, ruined her.”
I enjoyed the third book in Julia London’s The Cabot Sisters series just as much as the first two books! This author has a way of twisting what readers have come to expect from the historical romance genre (two individuals from high society, with the female often playing the part of naïve virgin) and presenting us with something different. The series begins with four sisters who are forced to find alternative means of survival as disaster looms. Their beloved stepfather passes away and their stepbrother’s fiancé is more than ready to kick them to the curb when the time comes. As if this is not enough, their mother is beginning to suffer from more overt signs of mental deterioration, which could spell the end for their place in society and the possibility of marriage. The road to Hell, as they say, is paved with good intentions. You can check out my review of The Devil Takes a Bride (book two) here (http://wp.me/p4CsrG-3X).
In The Scoundrel and the Debutante, Prudence has completely run out of hope for a proposal, and her family refuses to see the role they have played in ruining her reputation. After being summoned to assist a friend after the delivery of her baby, Prudence is ready to get out of the house and the lonely future that lay ahead. When the opportunity presents itself, Prudence gives in to her urges and chases after something she desires. Roan Matheson is an American hunting down his wayward sister in England, but somehow he manages to keep moving further and further from his goal. Prudence offers him assistance, and they are drawn together on a fantastic and definitely reputation-ruining escapade. Roan, however, is already spoken for – and he needs to fulfill his duties as the head of his family through marriage. Prudence is waffling on the decision to go with Roan or to live with him as a fond memory when a blackmailer steps in to offer the proposal she had coveted…but where will this leave the lovebirds?
Check out my full review here: http://wp.me/p4CsrG-5k
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I really liked the way this book sneaked up on me. It started quite benignly with Prudence Cabot preparing to visit a friend who had recently given birth, but before long her adventure begins and what an adventure it is!
I identified with Prudence. She's the good girl, the dependable member of the family, the one everyone relies on to do the right thing and the girl least likely to do anything scandalous. Prudence, however, feels trapped by her life, by the scandalous ways her older sisters went about meeting and marrying their husbands, and by the responsibility of caring for her mother. When she meets Roan Matheson and decides that for once in her life she'd like to do something adventurous, just for herself, I rejoiced for her.
Roan too bears the responsibility of family expectations. He's in England to find his sister and take her back to America to marry into a family with which there are strong business ties. Roan is also expected to marry to benefit his family business and despite feeling nothing for his chosen bride Roan expects to do the right thing ... until he meets Prudence.
Julia London has the uncanny ability to create really believable characters, who remain believable even when faced by a string of improbable circumstances. Even the supporting characters are well rounded, displaying both good and bad characteristics so that while you might not like a particular character for his choice of actions you can understand the motivation behind them.
Overall this book has been just a delight to read. It is essentially a feel good historical romance with just the right amount of substance. Read it on its own or as part of the series and I can guarantee it will leave you smiling.