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Peek Inside The Importance of Being Scandalous

Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than just a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind about him being merely the boy next door.

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A horse race in trousers on Rotten Row. Visiting a gaming hall in a dress that would make her mother faint. Sneaking an invitation to a masquerade ball attended by only the wickedest, most debauched members of society…

None of these things are scaring off bookish but strong-willed Amelia Bishop’s stuffy, egotistical fiancé.

The only thing left is to entice childhood friend Nicholas Wakefield into a truly engagement-ending scandal. The Wakefields are the height of propriety, and Nicholas’s parents have made it clear a wife from the neighboring Bishop family would be unacceptable…

But Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than just a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind about him being merely the boy next door.


5 Stars: “...everything I could want in a romance novel. Romance, adventure, and shenanigans abound. Being scandalous has never seemed more fun!” - Amy, Goodreads.com review

5 Stars: “I fell for Nicholas immediately. His unconditional love for Amelia is tested throughout the novel, but his strength and charactercreate the hero needed to match wits with his lady love.” - Lindsey Gray, author of Fireworks

5 Stars: “I loved it!… I think this book is a must read for historical romance fans, and I'd definitely be recommending it to my friends.” - Books Eater

5 Stars: “If a book can push my funny buttons then this one did for me...I highly recommend this book. This one is going on my yearly “best of” list.” - La Deetda Reads

5 Stars: “It had everything I enjoy reading in a historical romance. It was well written, engaging, and full of wonderful surprises. The characters (Amelia & and her sister Julia) were smart, witty, strong, and so very likable...I would love to have them as friends.” - Lady Heather’s Reviews

4 Stars: “This was just a fun read. I loved every second of it!” - Brittany, Goodreads.com review

5 Stars: “This book was such a delightful read. Ms. Bell has created characters that are not your typical Regency hero and heroine. I loved that!” - Debra L. Martin, author of the Assassin’s Curse

5 Stars: “Kimberly Bell's descriptions are wonderful. They make things come to life, and become more vivid.” - Candy B., Goodreads.com review

4 Stars: “...a light, fun read. Adventure abounds from the start.” - Pamela, Goodreads.com review

5 Stars: “This book was amazing! I couldn’t put it down...Humorous, witty, charming, wonderfully romantic & touchingly poignant the end. A definitely keeper.” - Linda, Goodreads.com review

5 Stars: “A riveting read! I must say page one on, I was hooked!” - Anna S., Goodreads.com review 

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756809
Series: A Tale of Two Sisters, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 25, 2017
Page Count: 322
Imprint: select historical
Genre: historical
Tropes: boy next door, friends to lovers

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By Lady Heather July 22, 2017

Release Date: July 25, 2017

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"5 - A Scandal Will Only Make Me More Determined Stars!"

I absolutely LOVED this book!

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It had everything I enjoy reading in a historical romance.
It was well written, engaging, and full of wonderful surprises.
The characters (Ame... ...more

'THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SCANDALOUS" by Kimberly Bell is the First Book in the new series "Tale of Two Sisters Series ". This story is about Amelia Bishop and Nicholas Wakefield.
Amelia and Nicholas have been friends and neighbors since they were young. Secretly they both love each other but have... ...more

By Erin July 25, 2017

I have previously read Kimberly Bell and was pleasantly surprised by her shockingly forward heroine in "A Dangerous Damsel". Well, Bell has surpassed herself in this new historical in every way, and I am giddy with excitement to see this author burst onto the scene with such a strong offering.

Th... ...more

By Isha July 22, 2017

How can anyone not love a heroine, smart enough to know what she wants and brash enough to set about trying to get it? Strong women characters are a huge plus for me, because so many times they are portrayed as secondary, more than the stars that they are. Amelia is a stunning example of independ... ...more

By Nicole May 20, 2017

I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a good read. It contains love, romance, action, adventure, and mischief. This story involves fighting for what you want, finding your own happiness and overcoming obstacles that try to come and ruin the happiness... ...more

By Lisa May 25, 2017

Amelia and Nicholas have been close friends since childhood. They also harbor deep feelings for one another, which everyone but themselves is aware of. Unfortunately though, Amelia is engaged to another. This is an amusing story about how she tries to end her engagement by becoming an unsuitable... ...more

By Barbara July 12, 2017

Series: Tale of Two Sisters #1
Publication Date: 07/25/17

I think 3.5 stars for this one

This is my first book by Kimberly Bell. I’m sure Julia’s story will be next and I definitely want to read it. It will be interesting to see where the families progress in their relationships and acceptance of ea... ...more

By Heather May 30, 2017

Amelia likes to tell Nick her thoughts, "Amelia wanted to do married things with Nick. They could hide away in the woods and be naked all the time. And she told him so." Drunk Amelia means a handsy Amelia, “do you have hair everywhere? How far does it go?” She reached for the buttons on the fall,... ...more

By Monique July 25, 2017

Is there anything better than discovering a new author and being utterly charmed!
Nicholas Wakefield has been summoned home after two years, he’s the marquess’ second son and highly disposable. Nothing seems to have changed, but in fact, a lot has. Nicholas’ father is not well, he has been showing... ...more

By Jean July 25, 2017

I really love Nicholas and Amelia's story of childhood sweethearts separated by the social mores of the time. Amelia is the younger daughter of a wealthy merchant/minor noble whose older sister Julia was born with a birth defect. Consequently, the girls are viewed as "tainted goods". Amelia is sw... ...more

By Amy ~ Love At 1st Read July 05, 2017

Kimberly Bell’s start to her Tale of Two Sisters series is everything I could want in a romance novel. Romance, adventure, and shenanigans abound. Being scandalous has never seemed more fun!

Nicholas, the second son of Lord and Lady Wakefield, was summoned home after two years abroad. Home shoul... ...more

By The Book Junkie Reads . . . July 25, 2017

LOVED IT. LOVED IT. LOVED IT. I can’t seem to say it just once. I loved this read. I loved the boy next door. I loved the unacceptable girl next door. I loved that they were childhood friends. I loved they made it work for each other. I loved they found love with each other. I loved their romance... ...more

By Janet June 15, 2017

Nicholas Wakefield returns home after two years travelling in Europe to find his father is ill & forgetting things & the love of his life Amelia Bishop is engaged. Amelia also loves her best friend Nicholas, her fiancé Embry the Earl of Montrose doesn’t make her tingle like Nicholas does.... ...more

By wrecked_life July 26, 2017

I loved it! It's a well-written story. Characters are also well developed. I especially adored Mia. She is exactly the kind of heroine I love to read about. She is funny, strong, fiercely loyal to those she loves, and a beautiful person inside and out. I think this book is a must reads for histor... ...more

By Sally May 24, 2017

A great love story with many twists and turns- I do mean the crazy characters! The story flowed well and I felt a part of the story. I wanted it to keep going even if we got our happy endding. What about the secondary characters? They were awesome. I hope there is more to come. ...more

By Dawn July 26, 2017

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Perfection. This book was darn near perfection.

Amelia is engaged to the wrong man. When her childhood crush returns home, she can't help but to imagine a life with him instead of her rigid fiance. Yet, when finally finds the courage to... ...more

By Floryie July 24, 2017

Red has always been my favourite colour. So the cover had my eyes transfixed and had me reading the blurb. Seeing that it has a friends-to-lovers theme, I was interested to read the book. This is the first time I am reading a book of Kimberly Bell so I was pretty happy to find that I loved it!

The... ...more

By Heather August 01, 2017

Well, this book was awkward for me from the start, but not because of anything about the book itself. The main character and my husband share a name and that made for some awkward reading moments! Otherwise, I found The Importance of Being Scandalous to be a fun romantic romp!

Nicholas and Amelia... ...more

By Debra June 27, 2017

This book was such a delightful read. Ms. Bell has created characters that are not your typical Regency hero and heroine. I loved that! Amelia Bishop is engaged to Lord Montrose and when she tries to end it, he refuses to call the engagement off. Amelia enlists the help of her childhood friend, N... ...more

By Tracy July 26, 2017

The Importance of Being Scandalous was a fun, historical, friends to lovers tale. It was witty, charming, and I can't give it enough stars!

Amelia and Nicholas are lifelong neighbors. While Nicholas was away on his grand tour, he's now back just in time to help out his friend. I loved the interac... ...more

By Petula July 18, 2017

Lord Nicholas Wakefield has been summoned home by his mother from his grand tour. He has been having a marvellous time with a friend he made there. He can't wait to tell his best childhood friend all about his adventures , and let her know how much he missed her.
Miss Amelia Bishop is the younges... ...more

By Candy June 22, 2017

Amelia and her sister are inseparable. She has become engaged. Nick is their neighbor and the three use to be together all the time, until he was sent away.
Kimberly Bell's descriptions are wonderful. They make things come to life, and become more vivid. The characters, Julia with her bad spine,... ...more

By Linda June 06, 2017

This book was amazing! I couldn’t put it down.

The wealth and depth of the relationships and camaraderie in the story is beyond (my anyway) description. There’s Amelia (“Mia”) and Julia’s sibling relationship. Closer than twins, they share a bond such that Amelia decides she can’t countenance a m... ...more

By Anna June 20, 2017

A riveting read! I must say page one on, I was hooked! Can a person make so many choices and still not have happen what they are aiming for? I totally enjoyed myself making my way through this story. I laughed at times, and at others shook my head and just kept reading! I was tot... ...more

By Lindsey June 25, 2017

The Bishop family was shunned by society when their eldest daughter was born with a spinal deformity. When their youngest daughter, Amelia, suddenly receives a proposal from an earl, they are thrust back into the social whirl.

Amelia is unsettled by the sudden proposal and her acceptance. She only... ...more

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Kimberly Bell

About the author

Kimberly Bell

Kimberly Bell is a 2015 RWA Golden Heart Finalist and 2014 Maggie Award winner. She writes historical romances from her home near the beach in San Luis Obispo, California. She lives with her shepherd-coyote mix rescue.

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