I wouldn't call William Somerhall, Duke of Worth, a rogue. He is a man that is floundering trying to figure out who he is. His father was abusive and to prevent him from hurting her children, his mother sent them away. She sent his sister it Italy and William hasn't seen her in years. Now that he is the Duke, Will avoids his mother. Her eccentricities are getting out of hand. She travels everywhere with chickens. He doesn't want to go to her dinner party and has done everything to avoid it. When he does arrive, he finds the guests evacuating the house at a alarming rate in the dark. In the dower house, he finds the one woman that he has searched for a year after seeing her at his ball. The woman has a snake around her neck and she is his mother's companion. When the chaos clears, Will announces that he is going to move into the dower house. Slowly, Will starts to peel back the layers of what his mother and her companion show the ton only to find that they are engaging in rather risky behavior. And, during the adventure, Will loses his heart.
I hated to see this novel end. At the beginning, Will is so pompous and by the end, he has learned a huge lesson in humility and helping others. Jenna is a strong woman that isn't the normal heroine in a romance novel. She is engaging in "property redistribution" with help from the duchess. When the members of the ton don't pay their bills, the shop owners find Jenna and the duchess. I felt like I had just gotten off a roller coaster when I was done. I cried when Will discovered what Jenna and his mother were doing and started to aid them and I laughed when the servants were introduced. Then there were parts of the novel that made my e-reader melt. There was an attraction between Jenna and Will that most members of the ton didn't have. Will learned some hard lessons about life in his novel.
I loved the characters. From Will and Jenna to the Duchess and the servants. I can not wait for the next novel in this series.
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