Penelope has always been the "good" Cabot sister on the straight and narrow following the scandals brought to the family by her older sisters, but she's done with it. She wants to finally live and see what all the fuss is all about. Guilty by association anyway, so why shouldn't she live?
On her way to a friend's estate to see her beloved friend and new baby, Penelope get waylaid by a handsome American in search of his wayward sister who remained in England instead of returning home to fulfill her marriage promise to a local man of means.
Roan Matheson needs to find his sister and soon. The financial stability of his family depends on it. When he finds the assistance of an unaccompanied woman at one of the stops on the road, he is taken with her but cannot be swayed from his given path. Unknowingly to Roan, Penelope gives up her seat on a private coach to her destination in lieu of an adventure with the handsome American. When danger strikes the public coach they have been traveling in, Roan and Penelope begin a journey that will change both of their lives forever.
Roan also has a planned destiny to fulfill, but Penelope is temptation in disguise. Together on the search for Roan's elusive sister the sparks between them ignite into a full blown love affair that threatens to change his plans as well as tarnish Penelope's reputation even further. Both Penelope realize that what they share can't go further than the now even though it hurts more than either could have ever imagine to admit. Once Roan finds his sister, their futures need to be secured and what Roan's well-meaning but misunderstood sister says to Penelope not only breaks her heart, but frees Roan from a future with her.
The third installment of The Cabot Sisters series, The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London is a great addition to the series. Coming to know each of the Cabot sisters in their own rite is a pleasant journey, coming to understand their motivations and feelings is a wonderful surprise. I love Penelope's path to coming into her own and her throwing caution to the wind when it comes to her attraction to Roan. Even after his initial bout of arrogance, I found myself liking Roan immensely and hoping for the perfect HEA for this couple from two different walks of life who both deserve the love that has grown between them