Some Like It Scandalous
by Maya Rodale
Series The Gilded Age Girls Club
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date June 18, 2019
They are sworn enemies…
Theodore Prescott the Third, one of Manhattan’s Rogues of Millionaire Row, has really done it this time. The only way to survive his most recent, unspeakably outrageous scandal is marry someone respectable. Someone sensible. Someone like Daisy Swann. Of all the girls in Gilded Age Manhattan, it had to be her.
Pretending to be lovers…
Daisy Swann has plans and they do not involve a loveless marriage with anyone. But when a devastating family secret threatens to destroy her standing in society, suddenly a fake engagement with Theo is just the thing to make all her dreams come true.
And now it’s time to kiss and make up…
Daisy Swann aspires to sell cosmetics that she has created, but this brainy scientist needs a smooth talking charmer’s flair for words and eye for beauty to make it a success. Before long, Daisy and Theo are trading kisses. And secrets. And discovering that despite appearances, they might be the perfect couple after all.
“But you definitely must try harder to act like you’re seducing me,” she said. “I’m not feeling the slightest bit breathless or weak in the knees or whatever it is girls feel when they’re being swept off their feet.”
“My apologies,” he murmured. Then he dropped the reins and turned to her, intent on giving her a taste of her own medicine. “Let’s fix that immediately.”
“You don’t have to do it right now—”
He gave her his wolfish smile. Then he leaned in close to whisper in her ear, but words failed him for a second. She smelled good. It was that heady fragrance. And her skin was smooth and dewy and just lovely. Hers was a complexion that begged to be caressed. That was just the skin politely exposed; he idly wondered about the rest of her . . .
Finally, he remembered what he meant to say. Something romantic and seductive. Two could play at this game of irritating each other profoundly.
“What do you say we return to that gazebo and see if it’s empty so we can be alone?”
“To do what, exactly?”
“Get to know each other better. Intimately.”
Had they been alone he might have kissed her earlobe. Desire flared when the thought occurred to him.
Thank God they were not alone.
Just pretend to be engaged, she had said.
It will be easy, she had said.
Famous last words if I ever heard them… 😉
OMG, this series!
Some Like It Scandalous is all that is awesome about a enemies-to-lovers story. I loved how both Theo and Daisy were trapped by society’s expectations–she was more than aware of it and had a plan for getting the life she wanted; he was just starting to realize that he wasn’t actually living his best life and there might be something else out there to give him purpose–and watching the two of them figure things out together (while growing closer and closer!) was just wonderful. Ms. Rodale did an outstanding job of showing us how their relationship progressed–slow and steady, not a whiff of insta-anything here (their first kiss wasn’t even that great–who does that? I loved it!) which made everything feel that much more wonderful and believable.
Some Like It Scandalous is the second in the series, and Adeline (heroine of book one) and the Ladies of Liberty Club (the group the series revolves around) play very real roles here, but it’s not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this one. (It’s *almost* as wonderful as this one, though–do yourself a favor and read them both! 🙂 )
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
MAYA RODALE began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.