The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London

For a historical romance this book is red hot! These two lovebirds go at it multiple times. Even in a bathtub!

What’s it About? 

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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.

First Impressions

Prudence believes she is doomed to never find a good marriage match due to her frivolous sisters who landed their husbands in rather unconventional ways. This book made me realize that, according to Victorian England era principles, I am a full on spinster. Prudence thought that being 22 and single was bad? I’ve got a few years on ya sista! Anywho, Prudence manages to meet a dashing American, and decides to accompany him in a stagecoach whilst he searches for his sister. They encounter many a misadventure together, and what with all the bouncing and wheel breaking going on, a romance quickly develops between the two travelers.

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Stand-Alone? 

This is the third book in the Cabot Sisters series, and I hadn’t read the other two before starting this one. For the majority of the novel, I really thought this could be read as a stand-alone. I had read the synopses of the first two novels, and thought I had a pretty good idea of who was who.

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However, I must say I was slightly confused when Prudence is reunited with her sisters at the end of the book. They’re astonished at her lack of propriety in traveling alone with a single man, without a chaperone in sight. Not to mention some of the other sexy antics the two got involved in, even though it was all done in the name of love. But it sounded like her sisters haven’t exactly played by the rules when it comes to “landing” a husband, so their shock and disapproval sort of seemed a bit hypocritical to me. That being said, having not read the other books in the series I feel hesitant to call them out completely.

Series: Cabot Sisters, book 3. I’d probably recommend reading them in order.

Should you read it? It was a decent historical read. Prudence and Roan are certain of their love for each other, but once they are reunited with her family, they start to question the difference between love and infatuation. Will their love fade once things settle back to normal after the excitement from the road? You’ll just have to read to find out!

Smut Level: I’m used to historical romances being on the tamer side, but my eyes definitely got wide in a few places. This is no Jane Austen romance!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $6.49 Kindle Price. HQN Books. 346 Pages

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