Book Tour & Review: The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell

The Importance of Being Scandalous
Tale of Two Sisters #1
By: Kimberly Bell
Releasing July 25, 2017
Entangled Select
Link to Follow Tour: Tasty Book Tours
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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.


I can now truly appreciate the importance of being scandalous!

There’s a plethora of adjectives needed to describe the characters in this book- flamboyant, rakish, daring, handsome, loyal, beautiful, willful, dedicated – take your pick. I love them all…adjectives and characters. Nick, Amelia, Julia, and Jasper are my favorites of course, and I have a special place in my heart for Amelia and Julia’s dad. Mom and the no-good fiance? Not so much. Not all all really. Shame on them both, but they did make things interesting, not that they get any brownies points for that.

I adored Nick and I’m glad he came to his senses and found his spine before I stopped adoring him. Nice way to keep me on my toes waiting for the joining. Nick and Amelia were as dedicated to each other as two people could be, their love story having a little resemblance to Romeo and Juliet, except the hate between the families was only held by the mean mother. It was refreshing that dad was so supportive of his girls. Excellent job on Bell’s part nixing the cliche of mean, controlling dad. Kudos!

I anticipated each scandal. Couldn’t wait to see what she’d try next to get rid of Montrose. He was a total arse, as they say. He bugged me beyond belief, which translates to him doing his job since he was the villain of the piece. Oh, the shame! Wait, he had none.

But the real show-stealers? Jasper and Julia. These two are a mess. And the interesting part is they never met each other. Their dialogue alone was enough to keep me entranced. I found myself laughing out loud several times at the things they said and how they said them. They most definitely kept things interesting. Jasper added a little wild to Nick and Juliet did the same to Amelia. But they also saved them in so many ways, the main one being making them face who they really were and going after what they wanted. As bad as I wanted Nick to give Montrose a blow to the head, nose, face, etc. it was true to his character to restrain, but I appreciated that he didn’t just whimper away. He spoke his mind. Jasper was the punch-throwing one of the group. My heart tittered a bit, not that I condone violence, mind you. I just love me an alpha male.

I think Nick and Jasper are both catches each on their own, but what if someone could join them together? Perfect book boyfriend. I wouldn’t even know what to do with myself. I know the second in the series is coming, and I’m hoping it’s about Jasper and Julia getting together. Sending prayers to the book gods.

Rating system: Cups of Coffee (the less the better)

0: You won’t need any coffee to stay up for this one. It’s intriguing enough all on its own.
1: You’ll stay up late, but not all night. Brew one cup.
2: You’ll read as long as you’re not tired. If you are, two cups should do the trick.
3: I hope you got plenty of rest; you’ll need it, or at least 3 cups.
4: If the cable goes out, read the book. It’s better than nothing, I guess. Oh, don’t forget your brew!
5: Find anything else to do- it doesn’t matter what it is. Don’t waste your coffee. Too much caffeine is bad for you.

My rating: 0 cups of coffee

Author Info
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.


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.

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