Thursday, August 3, 2017

Virtual Tour & Review ~ The Importance of Being Scandalous - A Tale of Two Sisters by Kimberly Bell

He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both.

Tale of Two Sisters #1
Kimberly Bell
Releasing July 25, 2017
Entangled Select

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.

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.

The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell is a delightful tale and I give it 4 Teacups. Amelia Bishop has been betrothed and promised to another; however, she is not at all in love with this man, quite frankly she isn't so keen on marriage in general. But she especially does not want to marry this arrogant man. So she tries every tactic out there to push him away and cause him to lose interest in her and call off the engagement. To no avail, that is until she thinks of the most clever scheme which she is sure to rattle his chains and free her. She plans a scandal with Nicholas Wakefield; whose parents abhor her and her sisters' and marriage to her is ghastly in their eyes. Nicholas has always had a fondness and deep inside of himself a love for the beautiful Amelia, however, he knows a match with her is forbidden and also, Amelia see's him as only a childhood friend. Through the scheme Amelia has plotted, can Nicholas convince her they are more than childhood friends and that her heart truly belongs to him and his to her?

This was a lovely tale and had some very good characterization, both Nicholas, and Amelia, as well as the secondary characters, are well developed.  The plot kept my attention but in parts fell a tad flat. That being said, I see a lot of potential in this author and am looking forward to more of her tales to come. If you enjoy a good scheming tale and touch of a love triangle, this is the book for you!

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.