The second book in Maya Rodale’s luscious Gilded Age Girls Club series

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Some Like it Scandalous 
By Maya Rodale
On sale: June 18, 2019
Avon Books

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. Sensible. Flawless. Someone like Daisy Swann.

Pretending to be lovers…
Daisy Swann has plans for herself and they do not involve a loveless marriage with anyone, certainly not one of New York’s most incorrigible rogues. But when a devastating family secret threatens to destroy her standing in society, a fake engagement with Theo is suddenly just the thing she needs to make all her dreams come true.

And now it’s time to kiss and make up…
Before long, their fake engagement leads to real kisses…and real feelings. Can these two pretenders discover that despite appearances, they might be the perfect couple after all?
“Bound to intoxicate.”
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James

“Smart, sexy, fun!”
New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean

“Rodale’s Gilded Age-set series launch is a smart, bright love story that perfectly balances messages of female empowerment and social potential with romantic tensions created by class and gender dichotomies ripe for revolution.”
Kirkus for Duchess by Design
“Rodale (It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke) charms with this captivating historical … Sparkling characters, able plotting, and joie de vivre make the first in Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club an utterly enjoyable standout.”
Publishers Weekly for Duchess by Design
“Rodale continues to deftly channel the infectiously fun flavor of popular romantic comedies by skillfully gifting her protagonists with plenty of sizzling sexual chemistry and infusing her writing with an abundance of deliciously dry wit.”
Booklist for It’s Hard out Here for a Duke

Defying Tradition Review: 

#innovation, #brilliant, #scandalous, #womanpower, #untoldstory

Book two in the Gilded age series was just as fantastic as the first! I love a good enemies to lovers story and this one knocked the stack over! Theodore Prescott, even his name sounded pompous, starts out inspiring loathing. The way he treats Daisy Swann is so sad and makes you want to throw him into the pond!

Daisy Swann knows she is not a beauty that books and poems are wrote about, she knows what she is good at and has dedicated her time to that. She has a dream to help women feel confident, beautiful, and self-assured. She has developed something scandalous though, something women are not supposed to ever talk about let alone sell. Face cream! I know its even scandalous to write about in my blog. The sad thing is that women still hate admitting they use it, that they need it, or like it. We as women still feel the need to be natural, look as though we don’t ware makeup. In the Gilded age any makeup or creams of any kind were not allowed to be discussed. Yet Daisy wanted to sell them, and she was willing to do whatever it took to do it. Even strike a deal with her worst enemy.

Theo loved being the best looking, best at everything he did, and loved when people said good things about him. He was popular and wanted by all woman. However, when his father is tired of his philandering and demands he marry, and merry the one woman he can’t stand. LOL let’s just say the line between love and hate is one that can set all of New York City on fire! These two yell, banter, and yet also have times they can bring out new and better sides of each other. Watching these two grow and develop into better and different people was a lot of fun. I loved that some of the events and people are taken from history and shown the light they deserve. For way too long women and their accomplishments were not allowed to be shared. I am so proud to live in an age when romance books are getting more recognition, they are still a “those books” mentality but not as much as in the past. Women too are getting their past and current achievements shared far more. Maya is a HUGE advocate in this, and it is one of the reasons I love her books. She is a fantastic writer and I look forward to reading more in this series. So, to find out more about Theo and Daisy go grab your copy of this amazing book and get inspired to follow your dreams no matter what they may be!


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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.

Maya has never shied away from putting politics into her books. With SOME LIKE IT SCANDALOUS, she has created a strikingly feminist heroine at the upstart of the suffragette movement whose dream is to start her own cosmetics business in a time where cosmetics were worn by a certain “type” of woman. Maya has spoken about feminism in the romance genre in multiple panels, and is available for comment on this topic.

In addition to her bestselling work as a romance novelist, Maya is also a journalist and book reviewer, published by NPR Books, Bustle, The Washington Post, and more.

Maya Rodale talks writing in the Gilded Age and the subversive nature of dresses with pockets
Excerpted from Entertainment on September 19, 2018
By Maureen Lee Lenkler

A lot of your books have direct pop culture ties – have you always been an avid film and television watcher? Why turn to that for story inspiration?
I’m always interested in [the idea that] it’s a book set then, but it’s about us now. They’re [an] escape, but we’re always looking to stories to tell us about ourselves and the world we live in. Bringing pop culture to historical romance is the most natural thing in the world. It makes it relevant and interesting and refreshing to me. I write Gilded Age now, and I love it because the time period allows me to historically accurate but still incorporate what’s happening now in a much more authentic and genuine way.

Speaking of moving to the Gilded Age from Regency, what made you want do that?
I probably shouldn’t say this, but I got tired of the Regency and trying to fit characters and storylines into a time period that wasn’t the most natural fit. And it’s like 20 minutes in the span of human history. It’s wonderful and I still read it and love it and may go back to it, but I’ve written 15 or something Regencies, and I was ready for a new challenge. I still have a duke. He’s a very different duke because he’s in such a different time period where you’re not the most powerful anymore. Your title is not enough in this world — you have to make something of yourself to be worthy of this heroine and this title of hero. I found myself writing more of a story where the hero transforms dramatically. We talk a lot about the heroine transforming in her story, but what if she’s just awesome from page one? What if the story is everyone else realizing it, not her coming into her own?

So this era grants more opportunities and independence for heroines?
Yeah. … The other aspect is there’s a secret ladies club, the Ladies of Liberty. They’re a mix of female entrepreneurs or society women, and they come together to advance women’s interests, individually or collectively. That’s so Gilded Age. It’s when the women’s club movement started; it’s the progressive era; it’s suffrage. The idea of women forming a club to help other women is so historically accurate to the Gilded Age, but it’s also so the spirit of now.

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