The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell

The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell

The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly BellThe Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell
Published by Entangled: Select on July 25th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
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five-stars

A horse race in trousers on Rotten Row. Visiting a gaming hall in a dress that would make her mother faint. Sneaking an invitation to a masquerade ball attended by only the wickedest, most debauched members of society…
None of these things are scaring off bookish but strong-willed Amelia Bishop’s stuffy, egotistical fiancé.
The only thing left is to entice childhood friend Nicholas Wakefield into a truly engagement-ending scandal. The Wakefields are the height of propriety, and Nicholas’s parents have made it clear a wife from the neighboring Bishop family would be unacceptable…
But Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than just a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind about him being merely the boy next door.

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Amelia’s family have been outcasts in society since her older sister Julia was born with a disability. That didn’t stop Nicholas, the second son of Lord and Lady Wakefield, from becoming friends with both sisters. Nick and Amelia have always liked each other but were both too afraid to admit it. Now Nick has been summoned home after two years abroad to find his father losing his mind and Amelia engaged to Embry. Amelia thinks Nick could never be attracted to her and is surprised when just being near him gives her tingles. She doesn’t feel that way when she is with her fiance. Speaking of Embry, he is older and was previously engaged to the woman he loved but it ended when she tragically died. He is trying to make Amelia fit the image of his beloved and will go to any means to marry her including blackmail. Amelia tries to call off the engagement after Embry insults her sister but he will not have it. What follows is hilarity at its finest with several attempts at causing a scandal to become single again. Of course Amelia will need help from her sister, Nick, and Nick’s friends and we also get introduced to Jasper, the heir to the Duke of Albemarle, who is quite scandalous himself.
I really loved this cast of characters except for Embry and Lady Bishop but seeing as one is the villain it’s not surprising. I felt that Amelia went through a lot during her engagement and I loved when she finally put her foot down and stopped letting her family tell her what to do. Nick was quite swoon-worthy but could be a real jerk at times. He was dealing with a lot as well though and did eventually fix his wrongs. Julia was so fascinating. She didn’t let anyone pity her and if they tried she made sure they saw the error of their ways. I cannot wait for her story. I loved Jas and hope to see more of him in the next book.

About Kimberly Bell

Kimberly Bell writes historical romance from her cabin in South Lake Tahoe or the beaches of Southern California (it’s a super tough life).
She's a pretty hardcore introvert that loves dogs, cheeseburgers, and occasional day drinking. She also spends way too much time on twitter because she thinks she's super hilarious and she’s trying to get that rumor to catch on.

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Monster Among the Roses by Linda Kage #ReleaseBlitz

Will you dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses?

MONSTER AMONG THE ROSES
Fairy Tale Quartet #1
Linda Kage
Releasing July 24, 2017

 

“Do you know how to get to the rose garden?”
“No, you can’t go there. A monster lives there.”
 
Shaw Hollander is desperate.
 
Broke, unemployed, and determined to help his ailing mother, he falls on the good graces of a wealthy benefactor who is willing to give Shaw a job at his mansion in order to pay off his mother’s debts. Suddenly finding himself surrounded by lavish riches, he has no idea what his duties truly entail until he’s sent to the rose garden and meets the tragically mutilated Isobel.
This Beauty and the Beast story holds true to the core of the fable while shaking off the element of fantasy and dragging it into present day reality. Shaw and Isobel are ready to let you climb into their four-wheel-drive pickup and take a ride with them into their version of happily ever after, but only if you first dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses.

I grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now I live in Kansas with my husband, two daughters, nine cuckoo clocks, and a cat named Holly. My life’s been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing’s always been a major part my world, and I’m so happy to finally share some of my stories with other romance lovers.

I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, and I’ve been through a writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s Literarture, and then I continued my writing lessons by majoring in English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

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#24in48 Readathon: Updates

I decided to try the #24in48 Readathon this go around. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read a full 24 hours but I’m going to try. I have several books I want to read and I would love to get a few of these knocked off my list this weekend. Here are my options:

  • The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell
  • A Dance with Seduction by Alyssa Alexander
  • Ethan’s Daughter by Rachel Brimble
  • Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Intro Survey

1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

Im in Mississippi, USA.

2.Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

Nope. This is my first time and I’m excited!

3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?

Michelle from Because Reading mentioned it in a post on Facebook.

4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

That’s a tough one. I’d probably have to say Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker. The blurb makes it sound so good and I can’t wait to see what happens!

5. Tell us something about yourself.

I’m married to an amazing man and we have a beautiful daughter who keeps us super entertained. I work as a chemical engineer and of course own this blog. I love to escape into new worlds so every chance I get my nose is stuck in a book.

6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

You can find me here on the blog, on Twitter, and Instagram. I’m going tomix it up a little since Twitter and Instagram are more accessible when I’m not at home.

Hourly Updates

Hours 1-8 I was either asleep or trying  to sleep lol

Hours 9-10 I read part of The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell and played with my daughter.

Hours 11-13 I took a break from reading to spend time with my family and am now getting ready to get back to reading for another hour or so.

Hours 14-48 I got bad about updating. I think I only read a total of 6 hours. Which with a 1 year old that isn’t bad. I’m happy because I read 1 book and started on another.

 

Hour 12 Challenge

I chose to go with places I would road trip to:

1. I would of course start my road trip at Hogwarts because why not.

2. I would want to visit Wardham from Zoe Yorks Wardham series because it seems pretty and fun.

3. I want to go to Middle Earth!

Monthly Wrap-up: May 2017

May was a very stressful month and I used reading to help relieve that stress. I got married on May 27th and the wedding couldn’t have been any more perfect. Everything didn’t go quite as planned but the weather was nice and the ceremony was exactly what I had hoped for. My daughter didn’t want to walk down the aisle but when she saw her dad standing at the other end waiting for her she ran to him and that made it so much better.

Books Read
All About the D by Lex Martin and Leslie McAdam
Unstoppable by Cindy Skaggs
His Family of Convenience by Amy Ayers
The Boss by Melissa Schroeder
Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen
The Magnate’s Marriage Merger by Joanne Rock
Bayside Desires by Melissa Foster
Betting the Bad Boy by Stefanie London
Real Deal by Piper Rayne
How to Lose a Highlander by Michelle McLean
Sexy Motherpucker by Lili Valente
The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris
When a Lady Dares by Tara Kingston
Belle’s Tale by Mallory Reaves
The Beast’s Tale by Mallory Reaves
Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison Cole
Until You by Denise Grover Swank
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When a Rake Falls by Sally Orr #Review

When a Rake Falls by Sally Orr #ReviewWhen a Rake Falls by Sally Orr
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 7th 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
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three-stars

To win a race to Paris, dashing Lord Boyce Parker hires a balloon. He expects to be crowned the victor and become famous for his courage and intelligence. Only then can he regain his father’s respect from the scandal of publishing the naughty book The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide.
Bluestocking Miss Eve Mountfloy makes a bargain with the handsome Pink of the Ton. She’ll fly the balloon during the dangerous crossing to France, if he lets her finish her scientific experiments to predict violent storms and thereby save lives.
Eve proceeds with her studies, but the results are not what she expected. Chafing to keep warm creates unusual sensations everywhere. Then when Lord Parker asks if she is curious about the heat generated by a kiss, well, she is curious. It seems Lord Parker is performing experiments of his own that will forever change Eve’s perception of the word "results."

Review
 When a Rake Falls is the first book by Sally Orr I have read. I must say that I wasn’t all that impressed. I liked Boyce and Eve but this story was lacking continuity. There were times where it was really hard to follow what was happening and it got confusing. There is a lot of scientific talk in the middle of the story that in my opinion takes away from the story. I’m all for science and talking about science but it didn’t help this book out. I love that Eve is a female scientist and that Boyce helped her with her experiments. However, I think there was too much detail focused on those and not enough elsewhere. I got really bored halfway through and probably should have just given up but I don’t like not finishing a book.
three-stars

Carson by Melissa Foster #BlogTour #Review

She needs to move forward with her life, 

but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?

CARSON
Bad Boys After Dark #3
Melissa Foster
Releasing July 11, 2017
World Literary Press

Second chances really do exist…

As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life–in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.

Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved–the one she ran away from all those years ago. She needs to move forward with her life, but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?

Maybe showing up in the middle of the night unannounced isn’t the best route to unraveling the past and figuring out her future, but Tawny has played it safe for ten long years, and it’s only made her long for the man she never should have walked away from. Now she’s back in Carson’s life, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only he knew what that mistake was…

 
 
Carson is the third installment in the Bad Boys After Dark series but can be read as a standalone. One of the things that I love about Melissa Foster is that she has a much larger series called Love In Bloom that these books are a part of too. I love how she made this whole world in which to put her characters and it shows in each book.
Carson screams bad boy. I mean he does expose secrets for a living at his international security business. He should know relationships forged on secrets don’t last but that doesn’t stop him from having one with his best friend, Tawny. She ends up running away from him though and he has no idea why. Tawny can’t get Carson out of her head. Now she’s back and he’s determined not to screw it up.
Another great book in this series! I have loved all three so far. Melissa Foster is excellent at character development and telling a story in a way that captivates you. I look forward to more from her!
Rating: 4.5 stars
 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
 

Adjunct Lovers by Liz Crowe #ReleaseBlitz

A brew that brings two lovers full circle.
ADJUNCT LOVERS
A Brewing Passion Novella
Liz Crowe
Releasing July 18, 2017
Totally Bound
When Ross and Elisa open their new business in Detroit, they believe they’ve embarked on a dream life, complete with their beloved, precocious daughter. But owning and running a restaurant is not for the faint of heart, and Elle quickly becomes laser-focused and obsessed, while Ross spends his days consulting, or concocting new beers on his pilot system—and wondering why she won’t agree to set a date for their wedding. When their restaurant—named “Komfort” for its focus on the comfort foods of various cultures—is featured on a nationally televised tour of hot new eateries, its popularity shoots into the stratosphere, and Elle’s stress level reaches a breaking point.
 
Faced with a mutual inability to communicate beyond their robust sex life, Ross issues an ill-considered ultimatum: the restaurant or him. Stunned when she refuses to consider such a ridiculous demand, he’s forced to come to terms with his own selfish tendencies. Hoping to repair the damage he’s done, he concocts a new beer inspired by her, using a recipe for a classic German-style Kölch. He crafts the final product using a special ingredient designed to catch Elle’s attention. It does. But not necessarily the way he’d planned.
 

“Adjunct Lovers” fills in the story begun in LIGHTSTRUCK, and provides a closer look at Ross’s and Elle’s complex personalities as they make their sexy way toward happily ever after—with the help of a very special brew.

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Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
 
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
 
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

Money Saving Mom’s Make Over Your Mornings

If you’ve been a reader here for a while then you know that I have been trying to get more organized in my life and at home. A few months ago I came across the Make Over Your Mornings course by Crystal Paine.If you don’t know who Crystal Paine is then you are truly missing out. She is known for her blog Money Saving Mom where she gives advice about money management and time management among other things. She wrote this great book called Money Saving Mom’s Budget where she walks you through the baby steps needed to set up a successful budget.

Anyways, back to Make Over Your Mornings… This is a 14-day online course designed to help you take the stress out of your morning routine. There are a series of videos and worksheets with one for each day that help prioritize your tasks. I felt rejuvenated after taking this course. It helped me stream-line the tasks that have to be done in the morning and get rid of the tasks that were weighing me down. Before I took this course I didn’t have an actual morning routine. Most days I would run late for work trying to get my daughter and myself ready. I honestly felt like I was failing at life since I hate being late for anything. Make Over Your Mornings made me realize that if I could just set up an actual routine for myself that I would not only be on time, but I wouldn’t feel like a zombie on my way to work. It was a truly amazing realization.

I’m about to give the Make Over Your Evenings class a try so look for a post on that in the future!

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #ExcerptReveal

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #ExcerptRevealThe Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published by Forever on August 8th 2017
Genres: Romance
Pages: 368
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A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy.
Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.
Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he's forbidden.

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Excerpt
     Keeping his eyes on mine, he calls to the barman. “Two tequilas, please.”
     “Tequila,” I muse, looking over my shoulder when the salt and lemon land behind me. “Is that my challenge?”
     “Crying off?” he goads, reaching into his pocket and pulling out some notes.
     “Never,” I scoff, turning into the bar. I don’t know what his game is, but I want to play. With him. “You’re asking me to prove I’m sober by doing a shot?” I narrow my eyes on him, teasing. “Or is your plan to get me drunk and take advantage of me?”
      He smiles to himself as he pays the barman. “You don’t look like the kind of woman who could be taken advantage of.”
     “What kind of a woman do I look like, then?” I challenge quietly.
     He turns into me, watching me for a few moments. “I don’t know, but I think I’d like to find out.”
     I hold his gaze for a few seconds, no retort coming to me. I think I want him to find out, too, just as much as I want to find out what kind of man he is. My eyes drop from his sparkling greys, down his tall, lean frame to his feet. Oh…fuck…
     “Let’s play,” he says, moving in closer and pulling one of the glasses forward. I don’t mean to, but I yank my arm away abruptly when he brushes against me, startled by the tiny stabs of pleasure that pitter-patter all over my skin. The fleeting touch tells me he would feel as good as he looks, and-give me strength-he smells divine, all manly and earthy and fucking edible.
     The sudden lapse in movement and talking from both of us becomes slightly awkward. I can feel him looking down at me.
     “What do I have to do?” I ask again quietly, almost on a breathy gasp.
     He clears his throat. “You’re not drunk?”
     “Not even the slightest bit.” I raise my nose in the air.
     “Good. Then you’ll smash this challenge first time.” He places a finger on the brim of one of the shot glasses. “Brace your palms on the edge of the bar,” he orders, firm but softly. I look at him, finding a serious face. “Go on.”
      Frowning, I place my hands on the edge of the bar. “Okay?”
      He takes my hips. He takes my fucking hips! I freeze from top to toe and swallow hard, waiting. My insides are quickly furling, my mind in chaos. “Move back a bit,” he says, pulling at them a little until I step back.
     Oh, Jesus. I’m on fire. I have a strange man bending me over a bar in public, and me, Annie I’m-immune-to-men Ryan, isn’t fighting him off. It’s like he has me under a spell. What gives? I dare not look behind me. I’m not stupid enough to think Lizzy isn’t currently watching a man manipulate my body to where he wants it.
     “You feel tense,” he observes, releasing me and moving back to my side.
      I don’t deny it; neither do I confirm it. His big hands felt so good resting on my hips, so much so I have to resist not claiming them and putting them back where they were. “What now?” I ask, evidently struggling for air, damn me.
     “Now.” He pucks up his beer and grins. “I get to gloat that I had you bend over a bar within five minutes of meeting you.” He takes a swig, still grinning, and I hear the roar of a man down the bar laughing his head off.
     Oh, the fucker! Part of me has admiration. Another part of me wants to slap him stupid; I don’t care how beautiful he is. And another part of me wants to rip his clothes from his body and ravish the sly bastard.
     I cannot believe I fell for it! How many women has he played like a fiddle? I drop my head, shaking it to myself.
     I knew that smile was dangerous. A man who can bend a woman to his will so easily and so soon couldn’t be anything less than lethal. And the fact that he got me with his wicked game means hats off to him. I can’t possibly take that away from him, and since I’m lacking in the dignity department right now, I decide not to slap him. Nor will I chuck a drink over his head, or fire a load of verbal abuse at him.
     I’ll do what he least expects.
     I push myself up and turn to face him, unable to stop myself from smiling at his half-grin. Holding his gaze, I slowly lick the back of my hand, blindly take the salt off the bar, sprinkle a bit, and take one of the shots of tequila. But as I’m taking my hand to my mouth to lick the salt up, he seizes my wrist and takes the shot from my other hand. My heartbeat accelerates, our eyes glued to each other as he moves into me and slowly brings my hand to his mouth. I watch, gripped, as he lazily licks up the salt from the back of my hand, eyes on mine, and then knocks the tequila back. Kill me now, for I will certainly die a happy woman. His tongue on my skin. His eyes boring into mine. His hold of my wrist. I must look like a statue-unable to talk, move, or think clearly.
     “There’s one more tequila,” he says, cocking his head toward the bar but keeping me in his sights. “And it’s yours.”
      Oh good lord. My heart is speeding up by the second as I watch him lick the back of his hand and sprinkle some salt. The he offers it to me. I stare at his hand, and then slowly look up at him. I could get lost in those grey glittery eyes.
      “I taste good,” he whispers.

About Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands’ town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full-time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion, a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

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Changes Are Coming

For a while now I have debated on the best way to go about this. I love reviewing books but I also want to pursue my other passions. I tried to do two separate blogs but working full-time, taking care of a family, selling Beauticontrol and running two blogs was way too stressful. I felt like there was never enough time in the day. Therefore, I have decided to combine the two blogs.

I am a planner addict and I love to make things. I will still post mainly reviews and things about books in general, but I want to have posts about planning, organizing, and crafting as well. I recently made some tabs for my planner using paint card samples and I want to show them off! lol

Starting July 30th, the schedule for The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf will be as follows:

Sundays- Planner Peeks/Planning
Mondays- Book Review/Book Blitz
Tuesdays- Book Blitz/Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesdays- Book Review/Book Blitz
Thursdays- Organizing/Crafts
Fridays- Book Review/Book Blitz/ Discussion
Saturdays- none
Of course, no schedule is perfect so there may be an occasional book review on days that I have allotted for something else. I hope everyone enjoys my new posts!