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A Common Scandal: The Grantham Girls #2 by Amanda Weaver

A Common Scandal: The Grantham Girls #2 by Amanda Weaver

Welcome to my stop with Amanda Weaver and the second book in The Grantham Girls historical romance series. Please read on for my review, an excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought about the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $30 Amazon gift card.  But first …

A Common Scandal

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.

A Common Scandal: The Grantham Girls #2 by Amanda Weaver

Title: A Common Scanda
Author: Amanda Weaver
Series: The Grantham Girls #2
Also in this series: A Duchess in Name
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Carina Press
ISBN: B0150Z3PLA
Published on: 30 May, 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 230
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

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?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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Despite knowing the sort of marriage she was destined for, she’d resisted making a choice for so long because she’d hoped in time she might encounter a suitable man who sparked some kind of fire in her. But not once, in all her forays into Society, had she met a man who raised more than mild curiosity. She’d read about flaming passions and heated kisses in the lurid, forbidden novels she had traded with Vic and Grace, but her blood had never been stirred by a flesh-and-blood male. She’d begun to think those passions were the invention of novelists and no man could ever make her feel that way. And now one had, and he was hopelessly out of her reach. It was wretched, wanting something she couldn’t have.

“What’s the verdict? Does Cheadle love you madly or not?”

She didn’t trust herself to look at Natty, knowing her insides would plunge in an unwelcome, delicious way. When he came near her, it was as if her whole body stretched luxuriously and unfurled. Terribly unhelpful, when she was determined to send him packing and behave.

“I’m sure the answer will always be ‘not’, regardless of the state of the petals and irrespective of whatever he might proclaim. Isn’t Lady Julia waiting for her glass of punch or something?”

“Pardon?”

“The lovely Lady Julia Harrow. I saw you sitting with her. Surely she’s missed you by now.”

“Somehow I doubt it,” he muttered. “And what of Cheadle? Surely he’s climbing the walls pining after you.”

She sighed and turned to face him, tossing the last of the ruined flower to the ground and brushing her gloved fingers together. “You know he’s not, Natty. Men don’t pine after me, only my money. The only reason anyone at these things speaks to me is because of my fortune.”

“I’m speaking to you and I have my own fortune, thank you very much.”

“You only speak to me to tease me.”

“You used to like it when I teased you.”

“I’m not a child anymore.”

“Obviously.”

The word hung between them for a moment, rife with meaning. He might have only meant she was all grown-up and out in Society, except his eyes made a lightning- fast perusal of her body as he said it, so fast, he was likely unaware he’d done it. In a rush, it broke over her that Natty was aware of her in the same way she was aware of him. Not as an old playmate from his childhood. As a woman. He was as affected as she was, even if he was spending his evening paying court to Julia Harrow.

His eyes made their way back to hers and they both held the gaze. This newly discovered knowledge sizzled through her body. Her skin flushed and her breaths grew shallow. Natty’s eyes stared into hers. His lips parted slightly, as if he, too, was baffled by this sudden shift in the air. The atmosphere around them felt charged, the way it did when thunder began rattling the windows and lightning lit the night sky, but still the rain refused to fall. At any minute the clouds could collide and deluge the world, but until then, all the energy of the universe danced on the breeze.

She wanted to tease and flirt with him to see how far things would progress. She wanted to see the skies open up. She wanted to be drenched by the rain.

 

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About Amanda Weaver

Amanda Weaver 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.

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