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Short & Sweet Review
{Regency Romance}
The Importance of Being Scandalous
by Kimberly Bell

This early Victorian series follows the daughters of the Scandalous Bishop family.

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 fiancĂ©.

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.

Source: Netgalley
Format: ebook
Genre: Regency Romance
Setting: England (Victorian Era)
Series: Tale of Two Sisters #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Publisher: Entangled: Select
Release Date: July, 25th 2017

My Review...

Where oh where do I begin...As of late, I've been in a serious Regency Romance binge and I don't foresee an end in the near future, especially since I adored this story! Some authors can make this genre feel 'stuffy' but Kimberly Bell created a story that was utterly entertaining, action-packed & plum-full of swoon-worthy chemistry between Amelia & Nick!

This book involves one of my favorite tropes, friends to lovers! Amelia & Nick have known each other since they were children and I couldn't be happier with the progression of their relationship! Of course, nothing is easy; enter Amelia's fiancee (whom, of course, I detest!) who throws a nice, healthy wrench in things. I mean, what would an entertaining romance be without an egotistical fiancee to get in the way of true love? To sum it up, the plot is wonderfully entertaining! 

I can't forget about Amelia's sister, Julia. She's an absolute riot and I have a feeling that the next book will be her story! In fact, (even though I love Amelia's character) if I had to choose between Amelia or Julia, I'd have to choose Julia. I just loved her personality. 

My favorite scene was the horse race on Rotten Row. The scandal that Amelia stirs is thoroughly entertaining and I couldn't have been happier on how she handled herself during the race! 

All in All: This book of chock full of charming characters (in the vein of Julia Quinn's characters), hilarious scandals, a romance between two characters with undeniable chemistry and a perfectly-paced plot! 


  1. Friends to lovers with great chemistry? Yes, please! I am so glad you enjoyed this one. I have been reading more historicals lately than I have in a long time myself. They are great!

    1. Yes they are! What great historicals have you read lately?!


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