Some Like It Scandalous: The Gilded Age Girls Club (Mass Market)

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A while ago I reviewed Rodale’s first book in this series, Duchess by Design, and I was excited to sink my teeth into another good romance. The thing that I love about Maya Rodale’s books, or at least this series, is Rodale’s ability to write strong, independent, somewhat unlikable women who are working to help other women. Hallelujah!  Am I right?! In Some Like it Scandalous, Daisy Swan has been bullied since childhood for being plain, nicknamed “Ugly Duck Daisy” by her nemesis, Theodore Prescott the Third. I mean, obviously they are going to find a middle ground, fall in love, and live happily ever after or whatever, but that’s not what I want to talk about. You knew it was going to happen, you will like it anyway, it’s not really the point.
Daisy is a bluestocking and proud of it. She is studying chemistry at University and intends to start a business selling skin cream. Interestingly at this period cosmetics were considered immoral and an outright affront to God, and skin cream (as innocent as it seems to us) is really playing with the bounds of propriety. After Daisy and Theo’s parents decide that their kids should get married (it just makes good financial sense) Daisy and Theo have to work together to launch Daisy’s business so they can each achieve their own dreams of financial independence from their parents and avoid their impending marriage. With Daisy’s incredible “Miracle Cream,” Theo’s natural inclinations toward marketing, and the help from Daisy’s large group of suffragette rebel women they take New York by storm. Unfortunately for them, along the way they realize that they have more in common than they thought, and, you guessed it, start to actually like each other.
I loved this book. It was fun, witty, sarcastic and for me the romance was really secondary to their friendship and their plot to shake up society in favor of women doing something for themselves. I loved that Theo wasn’t there to save the day, often making things worse. I loved that Daisy rolled her eyes at the expectations of her parents and society, and even her friends' qualms about her radical business plan, and moved forward always trying to achieve her dreams for herself. If you need to smile, or distract yourself for a moment from reality, try this book.

— From Chelsea


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 Swann. Of all the girls in Gilded Age Manhattan, it had to be her.

Pretending to be lovers...

Daisy Swann 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 Swann 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.


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 smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

Praise For…

"Rodale’s second Gilded Age Girls Club title hits the romance sweet spot with an uplifting, empowering love story that underlines the point that the best adventures happen not when the prince saves the princess, but when two people bring out the best in each other, fall in love, and change the world in the process."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062838834
ISBN-10: 0062838830
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: June 18th, 2019
Pages: 368
Language: English
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