Release Date: Jun 18, 2019
Series: The Gilded Age Girls Club
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
I haven’t read too many historical set in New York especially during the Gilded Years. I became excited to dive in to a new novel by an unknown author to me. Some Like It Scandalous did not disappoint.
Daisy Swan is perfectly fine living a solitary life as a successful cosmetic cream owner. She has created the perfect formula for her complexion cream. She just needs to find a way to sell it to the masses. Her mother has different plans for her as their family is on the verge of experiencing possible bankruptcy.
Theodore Prescott the Third has known what his father wanted from him since childhood but he didn’t want to run the family Steel business. He was content with running with his friends and women getting into trouble. The problem was that his one wild night in Saratoga leads him in trouble with serious consequences.
Daisy and Theo hated each other since childhood. He called her the Ugly Duck and it stung. It took years for Daisy to accept she is not beauty queen but the name stuck in town. They agree to pretend to be engaged while they both find a way out of marriage. The problem is that as they spend time together, they both realize that it may not be so bad to stay together.
I was skeptical about Theo for the first half of the book. His handsome looks and playboy ways seem the norm in these romances about rakes and rogues. The author fleshed out Theo a bit by making him a bit more vulnerable around Daisy and his father. He really doesn’t know what his purpose is. He knows what he is good at but he doesn’t know how to fit it in. Daisy and her drive to stand on her own fuels him to want to do the same.
I love Daisy’s character. She is smart and enthusiastic about her future. She desires her freedom to do anything she sets her mind to doing. She sees the trend of female bosses rising in the world and she is determined to make her own mark as well. Despite the setbacks that females in the past have endured, she knows the new world is evolving.
I think this was such an insightful and well thought out story. The author uses many examples of other real life females who create successful businesses. The theme of female empowerment is an added bonus to the romance of the story. I rooted for Daisy and was so glad that Theo saw her potential and never laughed at her. In fact, he pushed her and helped transform her ideas into something more global.
Overall, I’m thrilled to say that I am looking forward to the next in the series and I can’t wait to go back to read the first book in this series. I’m all here for female empowerment.