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