By Maya Rodale
Some Like It Scandalous
(The Gilded Age Girls Club #2)
They are sworn enemies…
Theodore Prescott the Third, one of Manhattan’s Rogues of Millionaire Row, has really done it this time. The only way to survive his most recent, unspeakably outrageous scandal is marry someone respectable. Someone sensible. Someone like Daisy Swan. Of all the girls in Gilded Age Manhattan, it had to be her.
Pretending to be lovers…
Daisy Swan has plans and they do not involve a loveless marriage with anyone. But when a devastating family secret threatens to destroy her standing in society, suddenly a fake engagement with Theo is just the thing to make all her dreams come true.
And now it’s time to kiss and make up…
Daisy Swan aspires to sell cosmetics that she has created, but this brainy scientist needs a smooth talking charmer’s flair for words and eye for beauty to make it a success. Before long, Daisy and Theo are trading kisses. And secrets. And discovering that despite appearances, they might be the perfect couple after all.
Calling Daisy Swan a duck when they were twelve might have been “funny”, but the joke is long past its due date thirteen years later. The moniker has chased Daisy ever since, and solidified her believe she wasn’t pretty. Her mother and sisters are beauty queens, and while Daisy has great skin, she knows she’s not turning any heads. I’m more a believer that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone has beauty inside them, but I certainly understand where Daisy is coming from.
Instead of letting her family or some husband decide her future, Daisy has a plan. Graduate as a chemist, and make cosmetics, helping women feel more confident in their beauty. Honestly I’m here for it. Female independence, that sense of entrepreneurship, paving the way for other women, Daisy has life figured out.
Except for her pesky parents, who are “forcing” her to marry Theodore. His dad is sick and tired of his philandering ways, and her mom just wants to see her daughter married. Let’s ignore the fact that these two can not stand each other. He gave her that horrible nickname, and Daisy can not take a man like Theo seriously. Both are depended for the moment on their parents’ wealth, so they play along until they can figure out a plan.
What I loved most about this story is the reversal of the typical roles in historical romance. Theo is a pretty scoundrel, who knows how to party, woo the ladies, and has absolutely no sense of business. Meanwhile Daisy is not classical cute, but the brains on her does give her a nose for opportunity.
Keeping up appearances makes them spend a lot of time together, and realize they are not the same kids when they were twelve. In fact they might actually like each other, and because of their opposite expertise, work rather well together. The banter between these two is on point, and I loved how they became a team. Extremely well written Some Like It Scandalous was a joy to read. In fact, I finished it, and immediately started reading Duchess by Design, which also was a delight. Dresses with pockets, that’s all I’m saying.
Some Like it Scandalous has put Maya Rodale on my radar, and I will definitely be reading more from her.
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
About the author
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a frequent contributor to NPR Books, The Huffington Post, Bustle and more. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.