Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell

Title: The Importance of Being Scandalous
Author: Kimberly Bell
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Tale of Two Sisters Series (Book One)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisA 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 fianc√©.

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

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Perfection. This book was darn near perfection.

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Amelia is engaged to the wrong man. When her childhood crush returns home, she can't help but to imagine a life with him instead of her rigid fiance. Yet, when finally finds the courage to break off her engagement, the man simply won't accept it. And so the battle for her future begins. Even if it means enlisting help from the only man she wishes to be shackled to.

Nicholas isn't the heir and his family has made certain he knows it. So he isn't surprised when his mother requests that he come home to help manage their estate so as not to inconvenience his brother. What he is surprised to see is the love of his life engaged to another. And the man is entirely wrong for her, in every way. He can't stand by and watch her suffer in silence.

With the aid of a rambunctious viscount and an unruly sister, Amelia does nearly everything she can think of to force her fiance to end the engagement. But the more scandalous her antics become, the more determined her betrothed seems to be. And the closer Nick gets to Amelia, the more he wants her to be marry him instead.

I'm almost speechless by how much I loved this book. I read the entire thing in one evening and carried it with me all over the house because I just didn't want to put it down. At all. It's rare to find a book that I cannot find any fault with, yet this one earned every sun I could ever give it. Just fantastic.

I'll start with the characters. Amelia was a firecracker of a lady. She was more reserved in the beginning but once she realized there was no feasible way out of her unwanted engagement, she didn't hesitate to put the scandal in scandalous. I was even surprised by her courage and quick thinking in even cringeworthy situations. I fell more and more in love with her with every chapter.

Nicholas was a really great character, too. He was smart and had a sense of humor I admired. But what stood out the most to me was that he didn't try to play the hero, swoop in, and rescue Amelia. Instead, he worked alongside her and valued her ideas and opinion. He didn't try to control her the way everyone else in her life was attempting to do.

That leads me to the plot. Holy guacamole, that was a fun ride. There was more than one villain-ish character causing trouble for Amelia. But the more they suppressed her, the more outrageous her stunts became. I was entertained the entire time I read this book. Amelia's banter with her sister was hilarious and refreshing. I am really looking forward to seeing Julia's story. I'm also curious to see if Jasper's sister ever decides to settle down. 

In closing...
There has to be more coming in this series. I need it, like now. Five scandalous suns!

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