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    Loved Theo and Daisy!

    New York City 1883 In her youth Daisy Swan was looked down upon by her peers and fellow children of some of the elite of Manhattan because she was not pretty. Unfortunately she was teased and when an incident occurred with her landing in a duck pond due to Theodore Prescott, she knew at that moment she would hate him forever!! Fast forward 12 years and at twenty five Daisy felt she was still not pretty as her mother and sisters. I felt so bad for Daisy because a lot of have felt this way, but I have to give her credit. She was smart, determined, and about to finish college and would be free and independent. Plus with her studies in chemistry she had ideas about creating and selling cosmetics to women to make them look and feel beautiful! Unfortunately her plans seemed about to be crushed when her mother brings up Theodore Prescott, yes the hated Prescott and demands she marry him. What? It seems her father is about to bring scandal down on them and Daisy needs to be married and protected. Really? No. She leaves and goes to the park. Meanwhile Theo's father is telling him that he has done his last scandalous incident and he demands he marry Daisy or he will cut him off. He says NO and runs off to the park! The adventure begins. The two meet up and begin talking about what they will do and come up with a plan. A pretend engagement. Yes, that will work. But what is does is open up both of their lives as they help each other! A delightful story that had me unable to stop reading until I turned the last page. I laughed out loud, sighed and as they bantered back and forth I could only smile. They deserved a happy ever and were meant for each other. Who would have thought it years ago? Really enjoyed. I read this through NetGallery.
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    Excellent Banter

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Some Like It Scandalous by Maya Rodale is the second book in her The Gilded Age Girls Club series. It could be read as a stand-alone but I loved the first book Duchess By Design and highly recommend reading both. Some Like It Scandalous is a delightful romp of an arranged marriage and enemies to lovers story although to be fair to Theodore Prescott the Third was more indifferent to Daisy Swan than actual enmity, Daisy however had never forgiven him for saddling her with the the nickname Ugly Duck Daisy at age 13. When their parents arrange for the two to be married Theo and Daisy decide to pretend to be engaged while plotting a way to get out of actually getting married. Daisy has plans for her life and they don’t include marriage and Theo hasn’t really considered marriage and certainly not to Daisy. The more time they spend together plotting the more they come to like each other. The banter is wonderful and the story will keep you turning pages to see what happens next. The time period of the Gilded Age was an interesting one and Maya Rodale makes the time and the setting come to life. Medium Steam. Publishing Date June 18, 2019 #MayaRodale #AvonBooks #HarperCollinsCanada #SomeLikeItScandalous #Edelweissplus
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    Great Gilded Age book

    Review originally published at Romancing Romances. 3.5* I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. Some Like It Scandalous is the second book in The Gilded Age Girls Club and it’s an enemies to lovers kind of story. I had a problem with this story that in a way stopped me from enjoying it as much as I could have. Theo was a bully, as a kid. But his actions had repercussions until adult life. And who was the target of his mean, hurtful words? Daisy Swan. Daisy is a great character. She is fearless, intrepid, intelligent, courageous… And Theo…. Theo is lost. He has no idea what to with his life – completely opposite to Daisy, who has everything planned out. Theo is not bad… He just doesn’t think things through, until his father gives him an ultimatum and he has to change his life. And Daisy is backed up into a corner by her mother, who doesn’t want to see her daughter become a spinster. An amazing chemist, Daisy may not be a beauty, but she does have a gorgeous complexion, all because of a cream recipe that had been in her family and that she had improved. But she needed help to launch it… and here comes another great trope in the romance world: fake engagement. Theo has a way with words, and Daisy creates amazing “cosmetics”. They become a team, and their relationship evolves from being enemies, to friends, to something else and, finally, to lovers. Daisy is a fierce woman! She knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to go after it. She has amazing friends, that support her even if they don’t completely agree with her – what more can we ask of a friend, right? And Theo improves throughout the book, without a doubt, but I still didn’t connect with him. It was a great Gilded Age book, and it had very good characters, with a very pleasant writing style that pulls us into the story, but the fact that I didn’t like the male character kept me from enjoying this book as much as I could have had.
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    A huge, dynamite full 5 Stars!

    A huge, dynamite full 5 Stars for Some Like It Scandalous, the newest in Maya Rodale’s The Gilded Age Girls Club! This book kept me up until the wee hours of the morning, I absolutely loved it! We start off with a flashback to Central Park, New York 1883, our heroine, Daisy Swann’s childhood where her book is snatched from her hands by none-other-than Theodore Prescott the Third, as he grabs her book she falls backward into the swampy pond amidst scum and the quacking of the ducks. He begins calling her Ugly Duck Daisy, which stuck with her through the years. Now in 1895 Daisy is grown up and she is summoned by her mother where she is informed that she is to marry, to her horror, none-other-than Theodore Prescott the Third. She is aghast and refuses to marry him. Her mother informs her of the scandal pending but does not give her any details, all Daisy knows is she must do something to save her family and provide for herself. Daisy has had her heart set on becoming a spinster and making a great success at selling her facial cream, which is the only real beauty she has her soft, luscious complexion. Well, she runs out into the rain to the park where she runs literally into Theodore. He too has been informed that his wayward ways and days gallivanting about the city, causing scandal after scandal, will come to an end when he marries Daisy (Ugly Duck Daisy) Swann. He too is aghast and refuses the marriage and off he goes into the park where he encounters none-other-than Ugly Duck Daisy. Here, dripping wet from the rain, they seek shelter in a gazebo and both express their disgust for the other, they both hate one another and neither wants to get married. Daisy comes up with a plan but Theodore will hear nothing of it, so off Daisy goes. It isn’t until Theo finds he’s locked out of his Men’s Club that he goes back to Daisy and takes her up on her offer. They fake their engagement. Throughout the rest of the tail, we are met with a lot of tension between the two as well as a lot of sparks and love blossoming. We also learn some truths to each of their pasts’ and some hidden talents. Theo learns of Daisy’s experiments in making her facial cream and he helps her enhance it; by purchasing a store and finding just the perfect containers to put it in as well as the most perfect name, but dear readers’ you must read the tale to find out what its name is and how this all unfolds. All I can tell you is you will absolutely love this tale and both Theo and Daisy will touch your heart! One thing I love most about Daisy is her strong drive for independence and success, it isn’t just about making money but about helping women. We learn in this tale some amazing historical facts: during this time period makeup was not worn by a respectable lady, it was for actresses or worse, prostitutes, a Lady never would wear such a thing. So, in our tale, Daisy, with the help of Theo comes up with some really clever ways of selling her product. We see such a change in both our H and h, but most importantly Daisy, she challenges the rules of the day and takes them on and in fact, begins to change them. I feel many women of today will be able to relate to Daisy for we are still fighting for our rights and fighting against the norms and rules placed upon us women and we are ever striving to change them. An absolutely wonderful tale and Rodale’ did an amazing job of creating a fictional tale whilst weaving in the realities of the day in the late 1800s and showing us just how it was for men and women in those days. Bravo to her, what an amazing writer she is. I feel you are going to absolutely love this book and it deserves a place in every woman’s library!
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