A Common Scandal

Amanda Weaver
A Common Scandal
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Carina Press
Release Date
May 2016
Book 2 of Grantham Girls
Historical Novel with Romantic Elements

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 late 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?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 23, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
145 people found the following review helpful
I love when a second chance romance starts with a childhood friendship, it's so sweet and romantic!

Amelia Wheeler and Nate "Natty" Smythe were the best of friends as kids growing up near the docks, but then Natty left her to make his fortune on a ship. Years later, Amelia is determined to find a titled husband to appease her dying mother when a very grown up, and extremely successful, Nate reenters her life. The pair immediately recognize the sparks that generate between them. But a romantic connection is simply impossible, not only with Amelia's titled husband hunt, but also Nate's goal of romancing a shipping heiress to further his own agenda. If only the two could stay away from one another…

A COMMON SCANDAL is the second book in the Grantham Girls series, and it's just as good as the first! Amelia is such a terrific character, headstrong and independent and fiery yet devoted to her family and friends with a fierce protectiveness. She and Nate have great chemistry, and their unrequited love made my heart ache for them. The story was fast-paced and fun, with frenemies around every corner. Between the bitchy Kitty and the devious Mr. Cheadle, Amelia had to contend with efforts to mock her and Nate's meager upbringings by the docks and show her contemporaries just how formidable she was. Nate was sweet, smart and focused on his end goal. When he finally caves to his true emotions, the two of them are just explosive together. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Grantham Girls series by the talented Ms. Weaver!

Bottom Line: Lighthearted and fun historical romance with lots of heat and heart.
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