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    Wonderful Historical Romance

    The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell What a delightful romp this book was! Friends from childhood meet again when Nicolas Wakefield returns from a few years abroad. He has decided that Amelia Bishop is the woman for him only to find out that she is betrothed to another. His return and subsequent events gives them a chance but only if the betrothal is broken. With Amelia’s mother and Embry the fiancé working together to keep the wedding on track and Nicolas and Amelia doing all they can to derail it the situation is filled with wonderful events for the reader to enjoy. Throw in Jas, a duke in waiting, who is friends with Nicolas and rather decadent but delightful; Julia, sister to Amelia who has a physical problem that has put her on the shelf when all she wants to do is be normal and enjoy life; parents of the H/h that help and hinder; situations Julia helps instigate to help Amelia find herself free…and so many fun interesting things that happen throughout the book and it is one story that if you pick it up you won’t be able to put it down. I really want to know who Jas and his twin sister end up with, who Julia will end up with and…just wonder if this might be the first book in a series? Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC - This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    Great Fun

    Lord Nicholas Wakefield has been summoned home by his mother from his grand tour. He has been having a marvellous time with a friend he made there. He can't wait to tell his best childhood friend all about his adventures , and let her know how much he missed her. Miss Amelia Bishop is the youngest daughter of a very rich man. Unfortunately the money hasn't stopped them from being shunned by society. The oldest daughter has a spinal problem so the "ton" class her as defective. The sisters are the very best of friends and very protective of each other. Amelia has recently got engaged to be married but is having second thoughts. This is quite an historical romp. Our sisters are so loving, but devious. Our hero tries very hard to be a responsible member of his family, but his very naughty friends keep throwing him in at the deep end. I giggled my way through this. It's great fun. I think I can see who is going to be the hero in Julia's story and I can't wait to read it.
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    Loved it!

    'THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SCANDALOUS" by Kimberly Bell is the First Book in the new series "Tale of Two Sisters Series ". This story is about Amelia Bishop and Nicholas Wakefield. Amelia and Nicholas have been friends and neighbors since they were young. Secretly they both love each other but have never express those feelings. Then Nicholas went away for his "Grand Tour" but now he is back after being gone for a few years. But Nicholas feared he is back to late because Amelia is engaged to someone else. Amelia does not want to be engaged and tries about everything to get out of it but her future husband still seems to want her. Amelia's mother is set on this marriage to the Earl so that is where she is pushing her daughter to marry him. Amelia does have a older sister but do to a physical health issue she stays in her room and doesn't come out to see strangers. Nicholas is having some family issue too. Amelia is a strong heroine who tries to change her path. I enjoyed reading how these two worked things out to get together. I hope to read more from this author soon. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
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    Phenomenal!

    Is there anything better than discovering a new author and being utterly charmed! Nicholas Wakefield has been summoned home after two years, he’s the marquess’ second son and highly disposable. Nothing seems to have changed, but in fact, a lot has. Nicholas’ father is not well, he has been showing more and more signs of dementia, and Nicholas’ mother is at her wits’ ends. Nicholas has always loved Amelia Bishop, and when he sees her again, he knows it’s finally time to declare himself, even though the Wakefields disapprove of the Bishops. Unfortunately, things have changed there as well: Amelia is engaged to Embry Montrose, an earl, of all people! The Wakefields cannot believe their luck! I took this book on a whim; sometimes, I wonder if I like to torture myself when it comes to some titles or tropes, and see if the author has done it the way I would like. And by Jove, Kimberly Bell has done it! THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SCANDALOUS is so much more than the title and the blurb imply. It is a very intelligent book, with a great story, astonishingly well written, and every character is sharply defined. I loved the exchanges between Amelia and her older sister Julia, they felt so real. Julia has a spinal condition, she is Amelia’s better in every way, except for the fact that Julia limps, therefore she is perceived as inferior, which was extremely sad to see. I was never sure if the Bishops were ostracised solely because of Julia’s limp, but with regards to the book, in the end, I didn’t really care, because THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SCANDALOUS is a monument of elegance, of refinement, with an intelligent plot, characters I really cared for, and stellar writing. Nicholas and Amelia are childhood friends, and I felt it; I also felt Nicholas’ despair. He is so madly in love with Amelia, he is an honourable man, and when Embry shows his true colours, Nicholas is there to help Amelia, hoping she will see him the same way he sees her. Amelia is in love with Nicholas, but things are inordinately complicated, and her acceptance or refusal of Embry could alter many lives. The secondary characters are also so well drawn, and Jasper Bellamy, a recent friend of Nicholas’, is fantastic; I cannot wait to read his story. While Nicholas is proper, and mild-mannered, Jasper is exuberant, wild and fearless. The dialogues are nothing short of spectacular in their historical accuracy and tone. As for Nicholas and Amelia, they were so marvellous together, they were like sunshine and blue skies, so young, vibrant, and utterly lovely, and the sex scenes are some of the most lyrical I have ever read. I expected a peccadillo would provoke Amelia’s need to be “scandalous”, but she had a most valid and most commendable reason. And when things take a serious turn, Oh my! hang on to your reticules! THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SCANDALOUS is simply phenomenal! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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    Wins my vote for a wonderful and empowering tale.

    How can anyone not love a heroine, smart enough to know what she wants and brash enough to set about trying to get it? Strong women characters are a huge plus for me, because so many times they are portrayed as secondary, more than the stars that they are. Amelia is a stunning example of independence. She's strong enough to follow her own rules and wise enough to listen when her heart comes calling. Nicholas is just the icing on the cake. He loves her strength and despite her a scandalous behavior, she owns his heart. The Importance of Being Scandalous wins my vote for a wonderful and empowering tale.
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