The Importance of Being Scandalous
Tale of Two Sisters #1
By: Kimberly Bell
Releasing July 25, 2017
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.
The Importance of Being Scandalous was a fun, historical, friends to lovers tale. It was witty, charming, and I can’t give it enough stars!
Amelia and Nicholas are lifelong neighbors. While Nicholas was away on his grand tour, he’s now back just in time to help out his friend. I loved the interaction between the two, their friendship was so important.
Overall, this book was just a joy to read. I felt so immersed in the story, I couldn’t put it down at all. The plot is fantastic, the story just traps you in. It’s quickly paced The characters were fun and exciting, I’m so excited to see what comes next! A MUST READ!
*Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads*
I really love Nicholas and Amelia’s story of childhood sweethearts separated by the social mores of the time. Amelia is the younger daughter of a wealthy merchant/minor noble whose older sister Julia was born with a birth defect. Consequently, the girls are viewed as “tainted goods”. Amelia is sweet and beautiful, Julia even more so, and they’re both smart as whips. Amelia find herself betrothed to an Earl she barely knows and doesn’t love her. Her best friend and childhood sweetheart heart, Nick, is called home from abroad to help manage the family estates. Nicholas’ family have been peers of the realm for centuries and are confronted with the issue of his father’s growing dementia. Nick is a second son and expected to clean up the mess and keep a lid on the families secret. He has also finally come to grips with his love for Amelia and plans on asking for her hand. only to find out that she is essentially betrothed to someone else. The titular scandal revolves around Amelia’s scheme to break the engagement and remain a spinster. She doesn’t dare to hope to marry Nicholas.
Things I like about this book
I enjoyed getting to know the main characters. Their lifelong friendship and love felt genuine and sweet. They were a couple I could root for. Overall, the story was an interesting twist on the typical tropes you see in the genre.
Things that bothered me
I wish Julia’s character had been developed more. She was extremely interesting and I really wanted to know more about her. I hope that she has her own book because this girl really deserves her own story.
The character of Amelia’s fiancé the Earl needed to be developed more. He was the villain of the piece but it was never really explained why to my satisfaction. If I’m supposed to “hate” someone explain to me why am hating this person other than the fact that he’s not the hero/love interest that the heroine is supposed to end up with at the end.
All in all, The Importance of Being Scandalous was a lovely diversion for a rainy afternoon.
An ARC was provided to OMG Reads in return for an honest review.
Nicholas tried to stay close to Amelia when they insinuated themselves into the crowd around Lady Chisholm, but Amelia kept insisting they should stand apart. He strongly suspected she was trying to insulate him from the scandal she was about to cause. He had no one but himself to blame for her thinking that way. Their whole lives, he’d let his family name hold too much sway. Somehow, he would have to convince her things were different now.
“I rather like the new styles from the continent,” some young miss made the mistake of saying.
“Nonsense,” Lady Chisholm barked. “They stray much too far from tradition.”
From the other side of the group, Amelia spoke up. “I don’t think they stray nearly far enough.”
“Excuse me?” Lady Chisholm gasped.
“I said I don’t think they stray nearly far enough.”
“I heard you, Lady Amelia. I only hoped I was mistaken.”
Amelia frowned. Nicholas thought she might give up, but then her shoulders straightened and she lifted her chin. “Are you mistaken often?”
“Rarely.” Montrose’s aunt peered at Amelia. “And what do you imagine might be appropriate attire for a young lady?”
“Trousers,” Amelia announced.
A murmur went up through the crowd. It was everything Nicholas could do to hold in a laugh. All the more so because he knew Amelia was being honest. In this regard, he was on Lady Chisholm’s side. He’d seen Amelia in trousers a number of times and he knew how distracting it was. Were it to become a popular trend in women’s fashion, the entire country would devolve into anarchy inside a week.
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.