Book Review

REVIEW: The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell

He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both.


Tale of Two Sisters #1

Kimberly Bell

Releasing July 25, 2017

Entangled Select


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.



This was my first read by Kimberly Bell. I love to read a good historical romance so when I got read the synopsis for this one I was excited at the chance to read a new author of one of my favorite types of romance.

This story follows Nicholas Wakefield and Amelia Bishop, two childhood friends who have always felt a little bit more of a connection than just friendship. Nicholas returns home after years away to find out that Amelia is engaged to be married. And right when he was ready to declare his love for her? What bad luck. Come to find out Amelia isn’t that happy in her engagement and is looking for a way to break it off. What better way to break off and engagement then to be involved in scandalous behavior that is beneath her fiancé’s standards?

The more I read of this book the more I was conflicted. Typically when I read a book I either like the male lead or the female lead better than the other. But in this case they were both written so well that they were equally lovable. Nicholas is this love sick man who’s called home for family responsibilities but at the forefront of his mind is always Amelia; Amelia is this stubborn independent shy girl who is willing to do whatever it takes to put her family first, even if it means acting out of her comfort zone. I think part of the book that was the most realistic to me is that these two were friends for years, since childhood, and neither one of them realized that the other cared for them to the extent that they did. You can hear stories that happen like that in real life. And don’t even get me started on how well the author wrote the antagonist. I had enough of Amelia’s fiancé before I even got halfway through the book. But even he had some slightly redeeming qualities; he had his moments where he was just a heartbroken man still in love with his deceased Lily. The author wrote a well rounded romance, with a bit of action and drama to keep your interest. If you are a fan of historical romances then you should definitely read this one.


Kimberly Bell writes historical romance from her cabin in South Lake Tahoe or the beaches of Southern California (it’s a super tough life).

She’s a pretty hardcore introvert that loves dogs, cheeseburgers, and occasional day drinking. She also spends way too much time on twitter because she thinks she’s super hilarious and she’s trying to get that rumor to catch on.


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