The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior: Seduction Diaries #2 by Jennifer McQuiston with Excerpt and Giveaway

The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior: Seduction Diaries #2 by Jennifer McQuiston with Excerpt and Giveaway

Diving back into historical romance, I’ve read all of this author’s published works and just adore them. Please read on for my review of The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston, the second book in her Seduction Diaries historical romance series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other reviewers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 Gift card to eBook Retailer of choice and a copy of DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WALLFLOWER.

Book Review:

Oh I love this author’s writing and humor, and her characters never fail to amuse and intrigue. The second in this series, it can be read alone but beware, McQuiston’s writing is addictive and she’ll quickly become a must read!

Lucy isn’t yet a spinster, but has every plan not to marry or be ruled by any but her own hand. More than a bit of a tomboy, she delights in dressing up in men’s clothing to wander about unfettered by society, and the occasional tree climb. An aunt she barely remembers (and the black sheep of her father’s family) has died and left her small cottage in Cornwall to Lucy.  It being her father’s ‘duty’ to see her safely settled, he arranges the sale of the cottage without her consent.

Thomas Brandston, a marquis, has been ‘hiding’ away in the Cornwall village, and had befriended Lady E, Lucy’s aunt.  He isn’t interested in someone from London coming to take away the cottage, or disturb his carefully crafted life away from the scandals and temptations of London. Spending his days in scientific research and working with the locals to improve their lives as best he can, he’s not willing to give up his intentions for the cottage quite yet.

These two butt heads frequently, as Lucy stubbornly runs from London to claim her inheritance. The moments with Thomas on the train to Cornwall, and the frequent encounters after soon change her impressions, and stir up uncomfortable feelings that challenge her fears of marriage.

With insets from the diary writings from Aunt E, Lucy’s similar appearance and her stubborn refusal to stray from the path she has set out for herself, the characters unfold and integrate to form not only a picture of the place, but display the clear connection between Thomas and Lucy, despite their both trying to deny the facts.  Everyone in this story is so perfectly suited and fit to their parts they play, from kindly regard to sheer impish shenanigans, the moments move from clever to heartwarming in instants.  With a wonderful twist that just borders the edge of beyond belief, this story brings plenty of amusement and entertainment.

A wonderful installment that carries the story forward and takes us out of the hustle and bustle of London society, with plenty of insight presented from the late Aunt E who writes diary entries as short skits and moment, full of the spunk and spirit she must have displayed to her family’s dismay.

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The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior: Seduction Diaries #2 by Jennifer McQuiston with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior
Author: Jennifer McQuiston
Series: Seduction Diaries #2
Also in this series: Diary of an Accidental Wallflower, The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 006233512X
Published on: 24 November 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 40 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston's enticing new Seduction Diaries entry, a mysterious journal may provide a potential spinster with instruction—or lead her to her heart's desire...

Free-spirited Lucy Westmore isn't yet a spinster, although she fully intends to be. Fortunately, an eccentric aunt has left her both a diary detailing the secrets to spinsterhood and a cottage in Cornwall. Unfortunately, an insufferable marquess is angling for her prize! Turning Lord Thomas Branston down flat should be easy. So why does this man who won't take no for an answer make Lucy's body and soul sigh yes?

Thomas knows the real value of Heathmore Cottage, and he has no intention of letting some silly Society miss get her hands on it. He'll simply have to charm Lucy into selling. But the clever young woman he encounters, first in London, then en route to Cornwall, stands stubbornly on her own two (quite lovely) feet. And now, Thomas can think only of sweeping her off them.

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

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Lord Branston,” Lydia mused from the sofa. Her tears were gone, though her eyes still bore traces of redness. “Isn’t that—”

“Yes.” Lucy knocked her head once, twice, against the door frame, but the violence did little to clear her thoughts. If anything, it muddled them further. She dug at the unholy itch that had sprung up beneath the collar of her shirt, almost as though her skin were telling her to run far and fast. She turned around to face her sister. “It’s the man who tried to buy Heathmore.”

Lydia’s forehead wrinkled. “Lucy, what else have you done besides cut your hair?”

“I may have sent him a letter demanding he vacate the premises,” Lucy admitted. She blew wisps of hair out of her eyes. “And accused him of trespass.”

And threatened to summon the authorities.

What was the bounder doing here? Why would he have come all the way from Cornwall, especially given the tone of her letter?

Not to thank her for her good manners, or to compliment her on her penmanship.

Oh, God, she needed a solid plan. And apparently an entire army of hairpins.

Unfortunately, neither were in ready reach.

“Are you really going to meet Lord Branston dressed like that?” Lydia asked, sounding horrified by the notion.

Lucy looked down at her clothing. Though she wore trousers when digging in the dirt, it had been years since she’d truly dressed as a boy, and then she most often pretended to be a groom to climb trees in Hyde Park. The subterfuge no longer came easily. She would have preferred to be dressed in her own clothes for this meeting, especially given how Geoffrey’s waistcoat bunched in the wrong places and strained in others.

And good God, how this shirt made her itch.

But as awkward as she felt, she refused to give Lord Branston the pleasure of dressing properly for his company. The man was trying to force her hand in a direction she refused to go, and she would see this to an end, once and for all.

Hopefully, before her father found out.

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About Jennifer McQuiston

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

 

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