The Scandal in Kissing an Heir (At the Kingsborough Ball Series #2)


He is the next Marquess of  Wolvington . . .

She is a lady with nothing but beauty and wits . . .

Together they share a forbidden kiss .

Lady Rebecca is determined to find a husband on her own terms, rather than marry any of the aging suitors her greedy aunt and uncle foist upon her. Her chance comes at the Kingsborough Ball, where she meets several potential grooms . . ...

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He is the next Marquess of  Wolvington . . .

She is a lady with nothing but beauty and wits . . .

Together they share a forbidden kiss .

Lady Rebecca is determined to find a husband on her own terms, rather than marry any of the aging suitors her greedy aunt and uncle foist upon her. Her chance comes at the Kingsborough Ball, where she meets several potential grooms . . . yet no one compares to the dangerously handsome Daniel Neville.

Notorious rake and heir to the Marquess of Wolvington, Daniel Neville is in need of a bride, but finding a lady who’s willing to accept his past is an entirely different matter. When he spies a stunning woman across the ballroom, Daniel believes he’s found her . . . until scandal erupts around them. How can he convince Rebecca to take a chance on him . . . and on the love that could be theirs forever after?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 10/21/2013
Fun and full of red-hot passion, the second installment in the At the Kingsborough Ball series cleverly begins with the same 1817 masquerade that opened The Trouble with Being a Duke, but with new protagonists giving their perspectives on the event as it unfolds. Lady Rebecca, tired of feigning madness to prevent being married to an old, lecherous duke, sneaks out to the ball. She meets and falls for the dashing, notorious rake Daniel Neville, heir to a marquisate, who’s been ordered by his uncle to find a suitable wife or risk being disinherited. Daniel is quickly besotted by Rebecca’s unusual Spanish beauty and positive attitude, but is rejected by her guardians as an inadequate substitute for the duke. As Daniel and Rebecca plot ways to further their relationship and dodge their respective perils, Daniel’s past conquests and a dangerous rival threaten their future. Readers will be glued to this first-rate romantic adventure. (Jan.)
“Barnes makes her print debut with a flawless, fairy tale-like romance that will enchant readers with its perfect blend of sharp wit and sizzling sensuality.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“A fun, fast-paced, wish-fulfilling romance that tugs at readers’ hearts.”
USA TODAY Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
“I fell in love after the first page and didn’t want the book to end!”
Library Journal
Notorious rake Daniel Neville is heir to a marquisate and in desperate need of a bride. He is fascinated by the mysterious "Lady Nuit" whom he meets at the Kingsborough Ball and then horrified when she collapses in his arms, shot and bleeding. Lady Rebecca quickly recovers, and as against her wishes family pressure builds for her to wed, she and Daniel take matters into their own hands—with near deadly results. VERDICT Mystery, danger, and steamy passion add up to a fast-paced, sexy story that unites a talented, resourceful heroine with a hero who comes into his own. Barnes (The Trouble with Being a Duke) lives on the East Coast.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062245175
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: At the Kingsborough Ball Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 153,145
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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The Scandal in Kissing an Heir

By Sophie Barnes

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Sophie Barnes
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-224517-5

Chapter 1
Kingsborough Hall, Moxley, England
Daniel Neville, heir to the Marquisate of Wolvington,
removed himself to a corner of the Kingsborough ball-
room—as good a place as any for a man who'd been
labeled an outcast by Society.
Overhead, candles held by three large chandeliers
spread their glow across the room, the jewels worn by
countless women winking in response to the light. This
was true opulence, and nobody did it better than the
Kingsboroughs. Why, there was even a glass slipper
sculpted from ice and a pumpkin carriage sitting out-
side on the lawn—a touch of fairy-tale splendor indica-
tive of the theme that the dowager duchess had selected
for her masquerade.
And what a masquerade. Never in his life had
Daniel borne witness to so many feathers. They were
everywhere—attached to gowns, on the edges of
masks, and sprouting from women's hair.

The ball gowns were marvelous too. These were not
the boring dresses generally on display at Almack's.
Certainly, one could still tell the debutantes apart, due
to their tepid choice of color, but they all had a bit of
something extra, like crystal beads that sparkled when
they moved.
It was refreshing to see, and yet as he stood there,
watching the spectacle unfold, Daniel felt nothing but
bland disinterest. It was only one hour since he'd ar-
rived, but it felt more like four. God help him, but he'd
never been so bored in his life. Perhaps he should have
remained in London after all. At least there he had
his friends to keep him company and could avoid the
constant reminder of how unwelcome he was among
the finer set. His aunt and uncle were in attendance
of course, but as soon as they'd entered the ballroom,
they'd been approached by Lady Deerford. Daniel had
hastily slipped away in order to avoid the countess, who
had a renowned tendency to talk the ear off anyone
willing to listen. In hindsight, he was beginning to
think that nodding his head in response to whatever
she had to say would have been preferable to this self-
imposed solitude. Recalling the glass of champagne in
his hand, he took another sip of his drink and decided
to request a brandy from one of the footmen at the
first available opportunity. Stronger stuff would be re-
quired if he was to get through the rest of this evening.
He watched as a group of ladies approached on their
tour of the periphery. There were three of them, one
being the Countess of Frompton. If Daniel wasn't mis-
taken, the two young ladies in her company were her
granddaughters—typical debutantes dressed in gowns
so pale it was hard to discern where the fabric ended

and their skin began. It would do them both a great
deal of good to get married, if for no other reason than
to be able to add a touch of color to their attire.
As they came nearer, Lady Frompton glanced in
Daniel's direction. Their eyes met briefly, then her
ladyship quickly drew her granddaughters closer to
her, circumventing Daniel in a wide arc that would
have been insulting had it not been so expected. They
weren't the first to avoid him that evening. Indeed, the
three youngest Rockly sisters had beaten a hasty retreat
a short while earlier when they'd realized who they'd
been heading toward on their own tour of the ballroom.
Daniel hadn't been surprised, for his reputation was so
tarnished that he could probably ruin a lady by merely
glancing in her direction. Why he'd bothered to attend
the ball at all, when the chance of enjoying himself had
been as distant a prospect as traipsing through the Af-
rican jungle, was beyond him.
Well, not entirely.
He needed to find himself a wife, or so his uncle
had informed him last week when he'd discovered that
Daniel had hosted a most outrageous party at his bach-
elor lodgings—an event that had been sponsored in-
directly by his uncle via Daniel's monthly allowance,
where vingt-et-un had been played until most of the
courtesans and gentlemen present had been divested of
their clothing. What made the incident worse was the
fact that Daniel had been so deep in his cups that night
that he'd offered his mistress the diamond earrings his
father had once bestowed upon his mother. They had
been a treasured family heirloom but would now grace
the lobes of Solange. “You're a bloody curse on this
family!” Daniel's uncle, the Marquess of Wolvington,

had said as soon as Daniel had entered his study the
following day. The marquess had then delivered a long
list of reasons as to why he'd thought this to be the
case. “It's time you grew up and learned a thing or two
about responsibility, or you'll end up running your in-
heritance into the ground after I'm gone. Heaven help
me, I'd love nothing better than to disinherit you and
allow Ralph to take up the reins, but—”
“My nephew?” Daniel had said, unable to help him-
self in light of the fact that his uncle would rather en-
trust his entire fortune to an infant.
“I doubt he'll do any worse than you.” Daniel had
winced in response to this retort, but he'd done his
best to hide all signs of emotion as his uncle contin-
ued, “Your sister's a levelheaded woman, her husband
too. I'm sure the two of them would be prepared to act
wisely on Ralph's behalf, but since the law prevents
such an outcome, I rather think it's beside the point.
“That said, your aunt and I have come to a mutual
agreement—one which we hope will encourage you to
get that head of yours on straight. You will cease your
gaming immediately, or we will cut you off financially,
which, to clarify, will mean that you will have to work
for a

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Scandal

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    The Scandal in Kissing an Heir by Sophie Barnes
    Book Two of the At the Kingsborough Ball series
    Publisher: Avon Books
    Publication Date: December 31, 2013
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss

    ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    He is the next Marquis of Wolvington…
    She is a lady with nothing but beauty and wits…
    Together they share a forbidden kiss.

    Lady Rebecca is determined to find a husband on her own terms, rather than marry any of the aging suitors her greedy aunt and uncle foist upon her. Her chance comes at the Kingsborough Ball, where she meets several potential grooms…yet no one compares to the dangerously handsome Daniel Neville.

    Daniel Neville, notorious rake and heir to the Marquis of Wolvington, is in need of a bride, but finding a lady who’s willing to accept his past, is an entirely different matter. When he spies a stunning woman across the ballroom, Daniel believes he’s found her…until scandal erupts around them. How can he convince Rebecca to take a chance on him…and on the love that could be theirs forever after?

    What I Liked:

    Book one of the series is based loosely on the story of Cinderella (I believe it is - that's what I think, but I don't know for sure), and I believe that this book, book two, is based on the story of Rapunzel! I thought that was so cool! Rebecca was stuck in a tower for two years - everyone believed her to be mad. In reality, she was faking madness to put off getting married, because her aunt and uncle would have arranged a marriage for her long ago.

    Well, after Rebecca gets caught at a ball (where she and Daniel meet), she is forced to face marriage. With the prospect of marrying the slimy Duke of Grover thrown in at her, she agrees to marry the title-less Daniel Neville - they will elope. It's a good plan, because Rebecca wants to get out of marrying the Duke of Grover, and Daniel needs to get married to show his uncle (a marquess) that he is quite serious about inheriting the title of the Marquis of Wolvington.

    Of course, things don't always go according to plan. Even if they do get married, Daniel and Rebecca will cause great scandal, causing the ton to go in an uproar, angering the Duke of Grover, Rebecca's uncle and aunt, Daniel's uncle and aunt... lots of things could go wrong. And they do.

    For the most part, I enjoyed this book. Daniel and Rebecca's relationship is definitely not typical of a historical romance novel. They have it a little backwards - they want to get married first, and then get to know each other, and fall in love. It works, in this book. I didn't always feel the chemistry between these two, but by the end of the book, I could definitely understand that they were in love.

    I wasn't super pleased with the plot of this novel - I thought it dragged (see below), but I did finish this novel, so I consider that a success. It was interesting to push me to finish the book - I was invested enough in the story to want to know what happened in the end!

    The end was a really nice end. Everything wrapped up extremely nicely. I keep forgetting that this book runs directly parallel to the first one - both books start in the same scene (the Kingsborough ball). Well, the beginning is very cool, and the end of this one is a great ending.

    What I Did Not Like:

    For the most part, I enjoyed this book, and got through it pretty quickly, but one of the things that bothered me was that this book definitely dragged along, especially in comparison with the first book. I was a little bored at times, and it made it difficult to keep reading. I put this one down several times, because I didn't think I had it in me to finish. 

    It's not to say that I wasn't interested in this book - overall, I really wanted to know how Barnes would wrap up this story. Maybe it was the timing in which I decided to read this novel, or maybe it was the novel itself, but it wasn't as interesting - scene to scene - as most historical romance novels that I've enjoyed are. Like, each scene couldn't hold my attention. In general, this book caught my attention, and I enjoyed it, but the specific scenes and events of this novels weren't that interesting. 

    Like, I feel like there was a lot of internal monologues, descriptions, contemplation, etc., but not enough dialogue, action, and quite frankly, chemistry/hot scenes. I didn't really feel the chemistry between Rebecca and Daniel until the actual scenes, and then it was an explosion of chemistry.

    Also, the dialogue seemed weird. It was almost too modern at times. Like, I understand that the author doesn't want to ALWAYS use stuffy Old English speak, but you can't just insert modern-day slang into a historical romance novel. Keep the anachronisms out of the speech!

    Would I Recommend It:

    This one is definitely worth the read, if you read the first book and enjoyed it. But I wouldn't mark this one as a MUST-READ-OR-ELSE. It's definitely not one of my favorite historical romance novels of the year, so it wouldn't be a go-to recommendation (like its predecessor), but it's still a good read.


    3 stars. Not as amazing as the first book, but still a pretty good novel nonetheless!

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    The second book in Sophie Barnes' elegant series, At the Kingsbo

    The second book in Sophie Barnes' elegant series, At the Kingsborough Ball, which take place at the same time, with connected characters who attend the same masquerade ball. It’s a clever concept that I have seen done successfully before in Juliana Gray’s Affairs by Moonlight trilogy and also her new Princess in Hiding series.  I read the first book, The Trouble With Being a Duke last year and enjoyed it very much.
    It’s always interesting to read about the depiction of etiquette and decorum in historical romance. Appearances are everything and anything that strays from that is considered scandalous. So when Daniel Neville, notable rake, first sees Lady Rebecca in a glorious red dress—when unmarried young women usually wore pale colors, preferably white—he assumes she’s no innocent. Likewise, Daniel’s reputation precedes him based mostly on gossip, giving Rebecca her own opinions and first impressions.
    So when these two meet, they are delighted to find some of their presumptions shattered. Both are seeking a spouse, he to satisfy his uncle, a marquess, and to keep his income, she to escape her smothering (and scheming) aunt and uncle who are practically keeping her prisoner until they can marry her off to a man of their choosing.
    Lady Rebecca is different from other milk-white English misses. She has striking dark hair and olive-toned skin, something her waspish aunt finds appalling. She’s also refreshingly direct. When she asks Daniel if he has “the French disease,” I burst out laughing. 
    Daniel intends to marry, but he doesn’t intend to fall in love with any woman after the disastrous example set by his parents. In fact, he has cultivated a rakish image of insouciance to keep women (and therefore love and its risks) at bay. But of course, Rebecca changes all that. That she expects him to continue his promiscuity despite their marriage disturbs him deeply. He comes to consider her his “closest friend” as well as his lover.
    I recently read Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase and I was struck by the similarities in the childhoods of both Daniel and Lord Dain. But this book is much more lighthearted. And Daniel is, at heart, a very kind and sweet hero. Though Daniel has a notorious past—what rake doesn’t?—he promises Rebecca that he will remain faithful to her. 
    Secondary characters here are delightfully portrayed. Laura, Rebecca’s maid, is a protective and kind servant, while Rebecca’s aunt and uncle are evil step-parents, almost over the top. The two aged suitors they line up for Rebecca to marry are a girl’s nightmare—dirty old men who only want an heir. The duke, in particular, brought to mind Sebastian Grey’s lascivious uncle from Julia Quinn’s Ten Things I Love About You.  And the character of Lady Vernon reminded me of another femme fatale with the same name, from Jane Austen’s Lady Susan.
    The covers for this series are beautiful and capture the essence of the Kingsborough masquerade.
    A lovely addition to a sweet and charming series.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    Sweet Fairy Tale The Scandal in kissing an Heir is a Rapunzel st

    Sweet Fairy Tale
    The Scandal in kissing an Heir is a Rapunzel story for lady Rebecca. She was kept in the tower by her aunt and uncle for their gaining on wealth by marrying her to higher money and Danial was one of the sweetest rake whom needed to married in a month. The story is emotional , fun and interesting. The Hero is so selfless and kind. I really enjoyed reading the second book in At the Kingsborough Ball, I can't wait to read the next in series.

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