Review: The Scoundrel and the Debutante

Title: The Scoundrel and the Debutante (The Cabot Sisters #3) 23280203

Author: Julia London

Rating: ★★

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: Four years ago, Honor and Grace Cabot became embroiled in scandals, the consequences of which have been passed down to their two younger sisters. Prudence is aggravated; rather than achieve the marriage and happiness her sisters have, Pru cannot receive an offer because of Honor and Grace’s previous behavior. So, when given the opportunity, she takes an adventure by purchasing passage on a stagecoach due to the handsomeness of an American in search of his sister.

Typically, I love when historical romance stories take an adventure, but this one was did not match my tastes. For one, Prudence’s need for an adventure came out of nowhere, and she somehow thought this was a pass for all of her bad decisions and the consequences they would bring. I was easily able to follow along with the book, though it is noteworthy that I never really felt much of a connection to it.

At least Roan Matheson, the American of Prudence’s desires, was an improvement from the other males I have recently come across in my romance readings. He was not a jerk; in fact, he was kind, and witty, and sensual. I could see why Prudence liked him. As for the conflict in this book? It was very minimal in my opinion, and unfortunately did nothing to make me feel the supposedly great love between hero and heroine. To sum it up, I liked the hero, but the rest of the book needed more adventure and perhaps characters who actually had to show some responsibility for their choices rather than get away with everything. This would have given the story some much needed tension.

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