The Duke Who Came to Town
The Honorable Scoundrels
by Sophie Barnes
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
She doesn’t want to be a kept woman…
Josephine Potter knows she must retain her employment to provide for her younger sisters and to maintain the house. While a young woman working as an accountant – at a hotel no less – could be frowned upon by some, it’s still a respectable way to earn a living. No matter what a certain duke might think. Besides, Josephine has a few rules she lives by: Don’t rely on others, don’t accept money from someone you don’t know, and never allow a man to control your life. But when she is fired from her job, Josephine may have to bend a few rules…
Devon, the Duke of Snowdon, has never met a more bull-headed woman than Josephine Potter! The Potter sisters are granddaughters of a Viscount and should not have to work for a living. So despite Josephine’s arguments, Devon insists she end her employee status immediately and accept a stipend for her and her sisters. When she is then fired, she accuses him of meddling in her life…and things are about to heat up despite the cold winter weather. As they work together to figure out why Devon’s hotel is losing money, a mutual attraction that won’t be denied, grows between them.
But when rumors of impropriety abound, can Josephine’s reputation be saved…or will her life be destroyed by scandal?
This is the third book in this series about the Potter sisters and the only one I read in the correct order. I accidentally read books one and two out of order but it did not seem to matter at the time. I am glad that I read this one last though. Although reading it out of order may be a mistake it can stand on it’s own through almost all of the story.
Josephine Potter has been working at the local hotel as an accountant to maintain household expenses and help take care of her two younger sisters. Although working at any position is frowned upon by the gentry, it is imperative that Josephine maintain her position.
Devon, the Duke of Snowdon having met Josephine, decides he has never met a more stubborn woman. He must have her, but doing so would ruin the lady and that is not an option.
When the rumors of impropriety spread will he be able to save Josephine’s reputation?
Although this short sweet novella does blend with the other two in the series, it is not necessary to read the other two to enjoy most of the story because the connection is not apparent until near the end. The three novellas finally come together to blend near the end of this story.
I gave this story 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 1 of 5 flames as this story contains only sweet kisses and no real intimacy.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher to read via NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
About Sophie Barnes
Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.
She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.
When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
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