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A Common Scandal
     

A Common Scandal

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by Amanda Weaver
 

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 dying mother: marry a title and leave her wild days behind.

That promise would be much easier to keep if Nate Smythe hadn't

Overview

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 dying 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?

This book is approximately 86,000 words

Book two of The Grantham Girls

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/04/2016
Childhood friends reunite in Weaver’s bright second Grantham Girls historical (after A Duchess in Name). In late 19th-century England, Nate Smythe returns to London after making his fortune in shipping. Nate has reinvented himself from the poor boy growing up in Portsmouth, and he’s determined to find a titled bride. When he is reunited with Amelia Wheeler, his childhood companion, in a London ballroom, Nate realizes that she has grown into a beautiful woman. Despite his attraction to the alluring and opinionated Amelia, Nate is convinced that he has to cement his success as a businessman and add to his social status by marrying Lady Julia Harrow. But Nate’s interactions with both Amelia and Julia at a house party leave him more confused than ever, because he can’t deny that he is mesmerized by Amelia. Amelia’s blunt and forthright nature is a refreshing change from the staid debutantes of her acquaintance, and the blazing sexual tension between Nate and Amelia will keep readers enthralled. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459290631
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
05/30/2016
Series:
Grantham Girls , #2
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
141,278
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Amanda has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.

A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.

You can find Amanda at www.amandaweavernovels.com. 

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A Common Scandal 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars rounded I really enjoyed the first in this series, A Duchess in Name, where an American Heiress moved into English Society. In this story, Amelia is also out of finishing school and has determined she will make good on her promise to her mother. Far slower to start than I expected, the story seemed to bounce from ball to party to ball with nothing particularly challenging happening, even after Amelia had reacquainted herself with a childhood friend. The book is far more conventional and were it not for Amelia showing her true talent and preference for the unconventional later in the book. With her promise to seek a titled husband, the wealthy yet untitled Nate is not the right choice, particularly with titled suitors showing interest. For his part, while Nate is enjoying the moments with Amelia, he too is seeking a titled wife to make his mark. These two are wholly unsuitable given their intentions and promises, but their relationship and interactions show the true compatibility. I just wish that the story had been more evenly paced: it meanders early on with very steady but slower pacing and not a ton of conflict or obstacles for either character. Later on in the story, Amelia has several wonderful moments in quick succession that move the pacing up to quickly bring the arc to a climax to end the story. I would have appreciated and enjoyed a bit more action and display from Amelia earlier in the book, while she didn’t disappoint or step wrongly, her true personality was shuttered under the pacing, and did her a disservice as this was a heroine that brought forth some true originality and was entirely likeable as the story came to a close. In contrast to the first book in the series, this was one suffering from a sophomore slump of sorts, but still enjoyable nonetheless. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
dfosterbooks More than 1 year ago
Amelia Wheeler, a tradesman’s daughter, launched into ton society has to be a joke. She’s everything the simpering misses of London are not – bold, outspoken, and not afraid of taking care of herself; even if it means using her fists; All products of her beginnings in Portsmouth and her dear friend, Natty. With her father threatening to choose her husband if she’s not married by the end of the season and her promise to her mother to marry soon Amelia takes matters into her own hands. What she hasn’t counted on is the return of Natty or the feelings he arouses in her. Invited to a house party Amelia is sure the invitation was only offered so she will be the source of entertainment; after all everyone expects her to cause a scandal. Determined to put Natty behind, Amelia agrees so she can set her plan in motion to snare a quiet unassuming Lord, someone she will be perfectly bored with but who will make her mother happy. All she needs to do is avoid the lusting Lord Cheadle and her Natty. Both are easier said than done. Nathaniel Smythe was nothing but a dock rat who has now made his way up in the world. Even though he is a wealthy businessman Nathaniel is still on the fringes of London society but he has a plan to rectify that – marry the daughter of a peer. He has the perfect woman picked out in the form of Lady Julia Harrow, daughter of the Earl of Hyde who owns the Royal Eastern Enterprises; a marriage that will gain him and his company a partnership with the only shipping company that rivals his own. What he never expected was coming face to face with his childhood friend or the way she sets his blood on fire. Attending a house party where Lady Julia and her father will be in attendance is the perfect opportunity Nathaniel is looking for. His only problem is Amelia is attending the same party and no matter how he tries he cannot seem to stay away from her. I adore Amelia’s strength and her determination when she sets her mind on something. Her ability to get into trouble without even trying has me laughing out loud. While I wanted to rail at Nathaniel for some of the things he does, I do admire his resolve is trying to obtain what he desires. As Amanda Weaver is a new to me author, my plan was to read A Common Scandal over a couple of days to process the storyline and her writing style. Alas, not all goes according to plan as I was so into Ms. Weaver’s story I read it in one day. I found myself drawn into Amelia’s turmoil and mishaps while falling in love with Nathaniel right along with her.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! Amelia Wheeler is a lively girl, trying her best to stay out of trouble long enough to make her mother proud by marrying a title. Though she doesn't want to, she will. Her mother is ill and all she wants is for Amelia to have a family when she is gone. Nate Smyth is a surprise when Amelia sees him across the ballroom. She knew him very well when they were younger. She never forgot Natty. She carried a keepsake he gave her long ago. She is overwhelmed by not at seeing him again. This was such a sweet story! I liked Amelia immediately. Her vivacity and sense of fun seems to radiate from her wherever she goes. She is the kind of girl you want as your friend. The bonds of friendship prove hard to let go of between her and Natty. For both of them see the friend they had wrapped in a grown up package. Great writing, and though the intimate scenes are very descriptive, I enjoyed it emmensely. Highly recommend this fun romp of a story! I received an arc copy of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
Vik_BookLover More than 1 year ago
queee… sorry for the ear & glass shattering glee but this book has left all too pleasant tingles that quickly escalated into full-blown case of glee. I am sad for this book to end (in HEA may I mention) but I will surely miss Amelia the spitfire and Natty— err I mean Nate the proper gentleman who is not a gentleman (and boy is he not). Although my first loves of Amanda’s The Grantham Girls Series are — were Victoria and Andrew it was impossible not to fall in love with Amelia and Nate. “I may have learned to slip in alongside them, but I have never—not once—claimed to be a gentleman.” One long arm shot out to wrap around her waist, pulling her up tight against his chest. Her lips parted in shock, but before she could utter a single word, his mouth came down on hers. As the series is based on the concept of New Money marrying into Old English titles to elevate the status of New Money the series takes a bit of a turn as we have two New Money legacy “children” looking into securing a future with a title. While Amelia and Natty grew up running on the docks and causing all kinds of trouble it is a completely different ball game during The Season in London as adults. One must behave to preserve their reputation. Concept that our fireball Amelia is not too familiar with. If she was born during our time she would have fit in perfectly but alas she is not and therefore sometimes says some things that shock the Society and casts her out even more. All the qualities that made me fall in love with her and I was not the only one. Nate Smythe spent his childhood with rambunctious Amelia and once he comes back into the society having elevated his status and earning quite bit of money he finds his dear Amelia has not changed. When she dared to look up at his face, Nate was gone and he was Mr. Smythe again, the veneer of proper Society firmly in place. Genevieve’s training was so ingrained in her, it took only a moment for her to do the same, for Miss Wheeler the heiress, to step forward and leave Natty’s Amelia behind for the last time. Puppy love no more now being 2 grown adults it was a pleasure seeing both of them fight off their attraction and blossoming love. Which in my opinion was only reinforced because it bordered on forbidden. It was entertaining and exciting to see their battle of wills and self-restraint once they were put into a house party setting. Now British house parties last a week and they basically become an episode of Bachelorette/Bachelor… all the hormones and all. “It’s not nonsense and it’s not flattery. You’re the only woman I see, the only one in my heart, the only one in my soul. And I think you always have been.” While I have enjoyed the story of the first book in the series, I fell in love with events of this book. So much laughter, so much high brow fun, a bit of scandal and the ever happy HEA. If you enjoy a good Historical Romance look no further than a week at Lady Evelyn’s house of courtship. Another fact why this book has became my favorite (so far) in the series is the pushing of the boundaries of old and traditional ways. Confused? Well read the damn book and you will completely understand my meaning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Portsmouth England - 1885 Amelia Wheeler, age 10, loves to venture out from her home to meet up with her friend, Natty Smythe, and play around the waterfront. Amelia is the daughter of a wealthy merchant and Natty is the son of a sailor. But when he tells her that he is going to sea to make money to care for his parents and siblings, she is sad to see him go. London - June 1896 Amelia is attending her third season in London and trying hard to show an interest in it. Her friend, Sir Percy Cholmondelay, is boring her to tears with his prattle. Her father, Josiah Wheeler, is anxious to see her married to a man with a title. So, Amelia is thrilled when Nathaniel (Nate) Smythe shows up at the ball that Amelia is attending. They are delighted to meet again. Nate has amassed a fortune during his time away, but society sees him as a man who has actually worked to earn his money. Now, he is the owner of Smythe Shipping. Even though Amelia’s father is a self-made man, he snubs Nate who in turn politely steps away from Amelia which hurts her. Nate’s plan is to meet and woo Julia Harrow, the daughter of the Earl of Hyde and owner of Royal Eastern Enterprises, a large shipping concern. He is hoping to enter into a partnership with the Earl and what better way than to wed his daughter. Amelia’s mother has been an invalid for years with a weak heart. The daughter of a Viscount, her family disowned her when she fell in love with and married Josiah Wheeler, a man without a title. Now, she is pressuring Amelia to marry a man with a title so she can see her settled before she dies. Her mother’s sister lives in London but has never met Amelia and refuses to have anything to do with their family. Amelia is invited to attend a house party at the home of the Earl of Tewsbury. She agrees knowing that Lord Radwill will also be attending. He is a nice, but dull man whom her father wishes her to marry. The snobbishness of some of the titled young ladies attending make for some harsh words, but Amelia is a tough young woman. When Nate shows up at the party as well, things get interesting. Will Amelia be able to land a titled man to please her parents even though her heart belongs to Nate? Will Nate continue to pursue Lady Julia to increase his own business? This was a delightful novel that I enjoyed very much. Both Amelia and Nate are strong characters and the story is beautifully written. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley