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Monday, May 30, 2016

#Review #Giveaway A Common Scandal by @AWeaverWrites @TastyBookTours

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The Grantham Girls #2
Amanda Weaver
Releasing May 30th, 2016
Carina Press

Finishing school taught Amelia Wheeler how to put on a well-mannered performance—when she’s not bored and looking for trouble. Lady Grantham’s is behind her and now it's time for Amelia to keep her promise to her dying mother: marry a title and leave her wild days behind.

That promise would be much easier to keep if Nate Smythe hadn’t just reappeared in a London ballroom. The son of an impoverished sailor, Nate—Natty, as he used to be called—has grown up to become handsome, rich and polished. He claims to be looking for a proper bride who can advance his business interests, but that doesn’t stop him from seeking out Amelia every chance he gets. Challenging her. Kissing her.

Suddenly, struggling against her simmering passion is the least of Amelia's problems—one of her titled suitors is hiding a desperate secret that could stop Amelia from pleasing her parents or finding happiness with Nate. As a weeklong house party threatens to derail her hard-won future, Amelia must decide: fight against disaster or act like the lady she's promised to become?

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4 Stars!

I enjoyed book one in this series, A Duchess in Name, and was eager to read more in the series. A Common Scandal was a great addition! This definitely reads as a standalone, with no need to read book 1 first. Although, I always love to read a series in order!) Once again, the author does a nice job blending the accuracy of the time period with the steamy side of more modern novels. It's a fantastic balance for someone who enjoys the erotic side of a book, and enjoys historical romances, but doesn't read them often because they can definitely be very tame (a side effect of the eras in which they are written.)

Amelia is a bit of a hell-raise, but her finishing school training prevails in a lot of her actions. Her desire to please her parents speaks of her ability to love and the respect she has for them. It doesn't mean I didn't want to slap her parents upside the head... I ached so much for her as her feelings for Nate were growing. Don't get me wrong, forbidden attraction can be quite the catalyst, but this was different. It stemmed from years of friendship and the new, adult hormones she is suddenly facing around him. Later in the book, she really shows her back bone and I came to appreciate her character a lot more.

Then there's Nate... Swoon. Their friendship was unusual, to say the least, not only because of their social differences, but being of different genders, in this time period, wasn't exactly conforming to rules. Now, he's no longer the boy she knew, he's a man. M.A.N. Sexy, wealthy, and determined to keep growing his empire by marry the a daughter of another man in the ship trade,more than Nate, basically merging their businesses. Finding the right woman is a challenge when you can only think about the wrong one. He definitely possesses plenty of male stubbornness and I was glaring at him through the pages from time to time.

Re-entering each other's lives, their banter was witty and fun sometimes, and their chemistry sent sparks flying out of my kindle!

Unfortunately, this book also had the same trouble as the first book when it comes to pacing. It's a slow start and though I was enjoying it, I wasn't sucked in the way I should be. Until nearer the end. Then, it takes off and I couldn't put it down. But, it wasn't enough to put it on my re-read shelf knowing I'd have to go through the majority of the book again. I certainly loved the last part of the book though.

Another success for the ladies of Lady Grantham's Finishing School and I do recommend the series!

Amanda Weaver has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.

A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.

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