Some Like It Scandalous: The Gilded Age Girls Club

Some Like It Scandalous: The Gilded Age Girls Club

by Maya Rodale

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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.


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ISBN-13: 9780062838810
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 671
File size: 3 MB

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.

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Some Like It Scandalous: The Gilded Age Girls Club 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
gaele More than 1 year ago
This book is EVERYTHING I want in a read – a heroine to adore: determined, brainy, unapologetically herself and yet still curious and willing to take chances with a hero who, despite his appearances of not caring is actually kind, considerate and feeling a bit lost and guilty while still trying to gain recognition and approval from his father. But, when the two are pushed / cajoled / prodded together, the sparks fly and oh how wonderful it is to find the thoroughly open set of sensibilities in a man of the time! Daisy has always been different to her sisters and mother, and even more importantly, she has taken that knowledge and used it to build her own dreams: a degree in chemistry, a life unencumbered by the debutante/marriage mart, and her eventual plans to lead a life that is self-supporting and single. She’s got plans and dreams, and there is nothing that she will allow to stop her. Until her mother, desperate to push her into asituation where she will be secure and her reputation protected from inevitable family scandal, uses the scandalous behavior and latest exploits of Theo (in conjunction with his father) to demand an engagement and marriage forthwith. Believing that the Prescott name and family money will secure Daisy’s place in society, her mother is full on, while both Daisy and Theo are feeling more chalk and cheese, and not at all enamored of the idea. But something happens: Daisy is not one for holding her tongue, and Theo finds that he appreciates her honesty and clear speaking, and her ideas to create cosmetics (of all things) in an era where only actresses and prostitutes have use of them, death to a reputation of a ‘woman from a good family’ intriguing. And, fortunately as Daisy is a woman of thought and progress, she’s connected with others first met in this series who are, for better or worse, working to propel women’s issues, choices, opportunities and lives for the better. There’s so much for thought here – from Theo’s own issues with his father to Daisy’s curiosity and fragility, to the feeling that the two are so well matched both in temperament best seen in their bickering, that it is a couple that is meant to be together, even when they don’t see it themselves. Rodale has created another couple to love who feel very modern while still taking the opportunity to show the constraints placed on their behavior and choices, making this a historic novel and storyline to adore. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yay! Female empowerment! Love this book, and this series on women bosses. These are characters I can relate to. Love stories where women support each other, even when their dreams differ. And it’s the proverbial icing on the cake when these complex women find complex men capable of loving them and supporting their dreams.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great story. Loved Theo and Daisy!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed the read! It was also fascinating to read the history of Harriet Hubbard Ayer, who's life this book was based upon! Amazing! LORRAINE
BuckeyeAngel 8 months ago
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. 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. 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. This was a decent enough read. I really liked Daisy and her determination but I didn’t like Theo. The concept of a childhood bully becoming someone you fall in love with just didn’t really sit well with me. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
thereadingrebel 8 months ago
1895 New York City. Miss Daisy Swan just wants to be an on the shelf spinster already so she can start her own company and sell cosmetics especially her face cream which she has been perfecting for years. Theodore "Theo" Prescott has been involved in a scandal and his father is sick of his playboy lifestyle and wants him to get serious about working for the family steel company. So when Daisy's mother and Theo's father decide to have them get engaged they are both against it but decide to play along and find a way to stop the wedding together. I love fairy tale retellings and when I saw this "Ugly Duckling" retelling on NetGalley I had to request it and was so excited when I was approved for it. Daisy is my favorite kind of heroine. Tough, Independent, Smart, and Determined to make her dream come true. Theo starts out as an aimless bored playboy and I loved watching his character grow from a boy into a man. I love how cosmetics/make up where portrayed in such an empowering way in this book. Daisy and Theo have so many amazing moments in this book from their first kiss to their first time admitting how they feel for each other. I found their romance was very realistic. The ending was everything I wanted and more. The writing was great, the story drew me in, I fell in love with the characters and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. *I got this book from NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.* Content Rating: Adult Rating: 5 stars
Shelley Murray More than 1 year ago
I seem to have been reading a lot of women in STEM historicals lately... I like it! Daisy isn't like her beautiful mother and sisters, or like the other children. In fact, they call her "Ugly Duck Daisy." Her eyes a little too close set and her slightly too large nose always stuck in a science book, Daisy never really fit in - and the beautiful Theodore Prescott the Third was a part of the problem. Now her mother and his father have schemed to force them into an arranged marriage, even though Daisy is so close to being firmly on the shelf - something she's long dreamed about! Daisy is such an odd duck (sorry for the duck reference Daisy!) and I adore her. I didn't care for Theo at the start of the book and figured he's another rakish ne'er-do-well hero who has daddy issues, but really he has a heart of gold. Usually when you see this type of hero in a romance novel, they're mostly misunderstood. And while yes, there is an element of that (especially with the big Scandal causing Theo's latest disgrace), Maya Rodale really leaned into him just really needing to grow the heck up. I really appreciate the personal journey Theo goes through in this book especially, looking at his life and whether it's what he really wants and finding something that excites him and makes him feel passionate. I also really love that Daisy doesn't have some make-over montage and suddenly she's conventionally pretty and everyone likes her. Too many "ugly duckling" stories have the love interest not realizing the ugly duckling is truly beautiful until they change things about themself or until the rest of society sees it. And Theo has a similar issue in that his looks are sort of working against him with Daisy. They both have to get past what's on the surface and get to know who the other person truly is, and when you get to know how beautiful a person is on the inside it's amazing how that person's outside becomes beautiful in your eyes. This is the second book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, but it can be read as a stand alone. I haven't read the first book in the series, Duchess by Design, but the heroine makes some appearances in this book as a side character, along with what I assume are repeat appearances by many of Daisy's other friends/inner circle. From what I could tell, there didn't seem to be any major spoilers for the first book in this one.
Brownac101 More than 1 year ago
Like her mother and sister Daisy Swan has never been considered pretty. She doesn’t want a loveless marriage, she plans on using her brain as she aspires to sell cosmetics that she has created with her studies science. Her father has other plans he wants her married with a family. Theodore Prescott the Third, one of Manhattan’s Rogues of Millionaire Row his father is threatening to cut his funds off if he doesn’t marry Daisy Swan. The two conspire to a fake engagement until the can trick their fathers and come up with a reliable reason to break the engement, but if they give their selves half a chance they might just discovery they are perfect for each other. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
Yolanda_LM More than 1 year ago
Thank you to HarperCollins Avon and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this e-arc. I enjoy Maya Rodale’s novels but never got a chance to read her Gilded Age Girls Club series until now. And though this is the second book in the series, it read fabulously as a standalone. Daisy Swan is a high society young lady in New York City who garnered the nickname Ugly Duck Daisy in her adolescent years. The person who gave her that name is none other than Theodore Prescott the Third. Daisy grows up without much change to her looks but she’s got a mind for chemistry and plans to run a business some day selling face cream. Theo grows up to run circles around New York City creating scandals wherever he goes. Her mother wants her to marry, and his father wants him to marry. So of course they get thrown into a farce of an engagement. They don’t like each other and now are forced to marry. It’s a common trope in a historical romance novel, which I usually enjoy, but there is a really interesting element in this story, the focus on women’s history in the Gilded Age. This story is set in a time when women aren’t allowed to dine in a restaurant without a man accompanying them. Women are expected to marry but Daisy wants her life to be different. She creates a face cream for women but not even her high society friends would be caught dead buying something so vulgar. Cream for their faces? Oh the horror! Oh we’ve come a long way in cosmetics, haven’t we? Daisy’s friends that are featured in this book are strong women and that was my favorite part of this book. It reminded me how much I take for granted the things I’m allowed to do in this day and age. Who knew lipstick was such a dangerous statement back then! Now this is still a romance novel and it’s a delicious part of the story. They are enemies due to some adolescent bullying, but Theo realizes how foolish he was when he gets to know adult Daisy. She’s a bright, no-nonsense woman who he really is intrigued by. Theo has a reputation for a being handsome playboy, and that’s all he things he’s good for. But he helps Daisy with her business plans and it becomes a partnership, with sparks. He encourages Daisy to push the boundaries and he’s a great business partner. The sex is steamy and the love is sweet. They make a great team. This was a really quick, enjoyable read. It’s a story that is a fun balance of romance and women’s history. I look forward to reading the other books in this series and meeting more strong women from the Gilded Age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New York City - 1883 Miss Daisy Swan, age 13, is not a pretty young girl and the other children of Manhattan’s finest families tease her constantly. It doesn’t bother her because she’s busy reading books on chemistry which fascinates her. After being teased and humiliated by Theodore Prescott, the third, Daisy swears that she will hate him forever and will remain a spinster. New York City - 1895 Now Daisy is 25 and still not considered to be pretty. Her sisters, Rose, Camilla, and Lily are all lovely young women and married. Daisy is soon to graduate from Barnard College and then, with her knowledge of chemistry, hopes to create and sell beauty products for women. However, her mother wants her to marry. When Daisy reminds her mother that she had been promised to be able to remain a spinster and have her own business, her mother confesses that her father has made some bad business decisions recently and now they need money. She tells her that she must get married and she will marry Theo. What? Not Theo!! Theodore Prescott, the second, is a hard working man who has earned millions of dollars. His son, Theodore (Theo) Prescott, the third, on the other hand, spends his time entertaining himself. Theo has no interest in the making of steel. Rather, he just enjoys women. However, the recent scandal in which he was involved has convinced his father that he is to get married and he will marry Daisy or he will be cut off. What? Not Daisy!! Daisy and Theo meet up to discuss their predicament. As they chat, Theo learns that Daisy has created a face cream that has left her own complexion lovely and dewy. With his help, they name the face cream and open a store to sell it. This togetherness sparks a friendship of sorts that leads to an attraction. Will it be enough for them to actually go through with the wedding the Daisy’s mother is planning? This is a lovely enemies to lovers novel with some strong characters and lots of humor. I was impressed with Daisy and Theo’s ingenuity in setting up and selling her face cream. I enjoyed the story and I think other readers will as well. Copy provided by NetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Theo has been told by his father that he has to marry or he will be cut off. His father is tired of his dissolute ways and thinks that marriage will tame him. Daisy's father has done some shady dealings that are about to be revealed and her mother thinks that marriage will save Daisy's reputation. Neither thought they would marry for love, but neither can stand the other. This stems back to something that happened in their childhood. The work out a plan to get engaged, but to end it in the future. But as they spend time together, they realize that they actually do like the other. Soon they realize that those feelings are even stronger. Can this sham of an engagement turn into the real thing? I loved Daisy and Theo's story!! I loved watching them bicker with each other and then to fall in love! Rodale did a wonderful job with this enemies to lovers story!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
OMG, this series! Some Like It Scandalous is all that is awesome about a enemies-to-lovers story. I loved how both Theo and Daisy were trapped by society's expectations--she was more than aware of it and had a plan for getting the life she wanted; he was just starting to realize that he wasn't actually living his best life and there might be something else out there to give him purpose--and watching the two of them figure things out together (while growing closer and closer!) was just wonderful. Ms. Rodale did an outstanding job of showing us how their relationship progressed--slow and steady, not a whiff of insta-anything here (their first kiss wasn't even that great--who does that? I loved it!) which made everything feel that much more wonderful and believable. Some Like It Scandalous is the second in the series, and Adeline (heroine of book one) and the Ladies of Liberty Club (the group the series revolves around) play very real roles here, but it's not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this one. (It's *almost* as wonderful as this one, though--do yourself a favor and read them both! ) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Joana_Varela More than 1 year ago
Review originally published at Romancing Romances. 3.5* I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. Some Like It Scandalous is the second book in The Gilded Age Girls Club and it’s an enemies to lovers kind of story. I had a problem with this story that in a way stopped me from enjoying it as much as I could have. Theo was a bully, as a kid. But his actions had repercussions until adult life. And who was the target of his mean, hurtful words? Daisy Swan. Daisy is a great character. She is fearless, intrepid, intelligent, courageous… And Theo…. Theo is lost. He has no idea what to with his life – completely opposite to Daisy, who has everything planned out. Theo is not bad… He just doesn’t think things through, until his father gives him an ultimatum and he has to change his life. And Daisy is backed up into a corner by her mother, who doesn’t want to see her daughter become a spinster. An amazing chemist, Daisy may not be a beauty, but she does have a gorgeous complexion, all because of a cream recipe that had been in her family and that she had improved. But she needed help to launch it… and here comes another great trope in the romance world: fake engagement. Theo has a way with words, and Daisy creates amazing “cosmetics”. They become a team, and their relationship evolves from being enemies, to friends, to something else and, finally, to lovers. Daisy is a fierce woman! She knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to go after it. She has amazing friends, that support her even if they don’t completely agree with her – what more can we ask of a friend, right? And Theo improves throughout the book, without a doubt, but I still didn’t connect with him. It was a great Gilded Age book, and it had very good characters, with a very pleasant writing style that pulls us into the story, but the fact that I didn’t like the male character kept me from enjoying this book as much as I could have had.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
New York City 1883 In her youth Daisy Swan was looked down upon by her peers and fellow children of some of the elite of Manhattan because she was not pretty. Unfortunately she was teased and when an incident occurred with her landing in a duck pond due to Theodore Prescott, she knew at that moment she would hate him forever!! Fast forward 12 years and at twenty five Daisy felt she was still not pretty as her mother and sisters. I felt so bad for Daisy because a lot of have felt this way, but I have to give her credit. She was smart, determined, and about to finish college and would be free and independent. Plus with her studies in chemistry she had ideas about creating and selling cosmetics to women to make them look and feel beautiful! Unfortunately her plans seemed about to be crushed when her mother brings up Theodore Prescott, yes the hated Prescott and demands she marry him. What? It seems her father is about to bring scandal down on them and Daisy needs to be married and protected. Really? No. She leaves and goes to the park. Meanwhile Theo's father is telling him that he has done his last scandalous incident and he demands he marry Daisy or he will cut him off. He says NO and runs off to the park! The adventure begins. The two meet up and begin talking about what they will do and come up with a plan. A pretend engagement. Yes, that will work. But what is does is open up both of their lives as they help each other! A delightful story that had me unable to stop reading until I turned the last page. I laughed out loud, sighed and as they bantered back and forth I could only smile. They deserved a happy ever and were meant for each other. Who would have thought it years ago? Really enjoyed. I read this through NetGallery. Lori Dykes
Tink4evr More than 1 year ago
Daisy is fierce and determined. Theo is searching for purpose. This is a lovely story giving voice to the many ways women successfully changed things in America at the end of the 19th century. Some were lucky to find loving and supportive partners to assist them along the way but for most it was just an underground sisterhood that made the difference. This is a great story defining that period.
Noire More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Some Like It Scandalous by Maya Rodale is the second book in her The Gilded Age Girls Club series. It could be read as a stand-alone but I loved the first book Duchess By Design and highly recommend reading both. Some Like It Scandalous is a delightful romp of an arranged marriage and enemies to lovers story although to be fair to Theodore Prescott the Third was more indifferent to Daisy Swan than actual enmity, Daisy however had never forgiven him for saddling her with the the nickname Ugly Duck Daisy at age 13. When their parents arrange for the two to be married Theo and Daisy decide to pretend to be engaged while plotting a way to get out of actually getting married. Daisy has plans for her life and they don’t include marriage and Theo hasn’t really considered marriage and certainly not to Daisy. The more time they spend together plotting the more they come to like each other. The banter is wonderful and the story will keep you turning pages to see what happens next. The time period of the Gilded Age was an interesting one and Maya Rodale makes the time and the setting come to life. Medium Steam. Publishing Date June 18, 2019 #MayaRodale #AvonBooks #HarperCollinsCanada #SomeLikeItScandalous #Edelweissplus
AmyHi More than 1 year ago
Theo is a shallow pretty boy who only wants attention from his father. Daisy is a plain, strong, intelligent girl who hates him because he gave her the name Ugly Duck when she first came out. Like her namesake last name of Swan, she goes from an ugly ducking to a beautiful woman. I like hated enemy to beloved friend stories. I found the cosmetic industry part of the story very interesting. I received an ARC for my honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
Well, this was a delight. I loved Daisy and Theo. She’s so smart and he’s so charming and together there’s chemistry and banter. I loved their mutual exasperation and how they discussed various ways to discuss how to jilt the other one at the alter. There are some other ladies as secondary characters and I’m absolutely here for any of their books. Plot wise, it was nearly all fluff and I loved it. There’s conversation and a natural progression from casual acquaintances to friends to lovers. There is a very small bit of conflict but it’s not between them and it doesn’t last long. Additionally, there’s an entire plot line about Daisy making cosmetics and women bucking societal rules to support her and do what they want for themselves. Overall, it was quick and fun read. It was exactly what I was in the mood for and I’m sure I’ll be reading it again. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
TeatimeandBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A huge, dynamite full 5 Stars for Some Like It Scandalous, the newest in Maya Rodale’s The Gilded Age Girls Club! This book kept me up until the wee hours of the morning, I absolutely loved it! We start off with a flashback to Central Park, New York 1883, our heroine, Daisy Swann’s childhood where her book is snatched from her hands by none-other-than Theodore Prescott the Third, as he grabs her book she falls backward into the swampy pond amidst scum and the quacking of the ducks. He begins calling her Ugly Duck Daisy, which stuck with her through the years. Now in 1895 Daisy is grown up and she is summoned by her mother where she is informed that she is to marry, to her horror, none-other-than Theodore Prescott the Third. She is aghast and refuses to marry him. Her mother informs her of the scandal pending but does not give her any details, all Daisy knows is she must do something to save her family and provide for herself. Daisy has had her heart set on becoming a spinster and making a great success at selling her facial cream, which is the only real beauty she has her soft, luscious complexion. Well, she runs out into the rain to the park where she runs literally into Theodore. He too has been informed that his wayward ways and days gallivanting about the city, causing scandal after scandal, will come to an end when he marries Daisy (Ugly Duck Daisy) Swann. He too is aghast and refuses the marriage and off he goes into the park where he encounters none-other-than Ugly Duck Daisy. Here, dripping wet from the rain, they seek shelter in a gazebo and both express their disgust for the other, they both hate one another and neither wants to get married. Daisy comes up with a plan but Theodore will hear nothing of it, so off Daisy goes. It isn’t until Theo finds he’s locked out of his Men’s Club that he goes back to Daisy and takes her up on her offer. They fake their engagement. Throughout the rest of the tail, we are met with a lot of tension between the two as well as a lot of sparks and love blossoming. We also learn some truths to each of their pasts’ and some hidden talents. Theo learns of Daisy’s experiments in making her facial cream and he helps her enhance it; by purchasing a store and finding just the perfect containers to put it in as well as the most perfect name, but dear readers’ you must read the tale to find out what its name is and how this all unfolds. All I can tell you is you will absolutely love this tale and both Theo and Daisy will touch your heart! One thing I love most about Daisy is her strong drive for independence and success, it isn’t just about making money but about helping women. We learn in this tale some amazing historical facts: during this time period makeup was not worn by a respectable lady, it was for actresses or worse, prostitutes, a Lady never would wear such a thing. So, in our tale, Daisy, with the help of Theo comes up with some really clever ways of selling her product. We see such a change in both our H and h, but most importantly Daisy, she challenges the rules of the day and takes them on and in fact, begins to change them. I feel many women of today will be able to relate to Daisy for we are still fighting for our rights and fighting against the norms and rules placed upon us women and we are ever striving to change them. An absolutely wonderful tale and Rodale’ did an amazing job of creating a fictional tale whilst weaving in the realities of the day in the late 1800s.