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Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides #1)

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Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society’s rules of courtship. But—come hell or high water—they always get their man…

A Lady in Disguise

For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he come...more
Mass Market Paperback, 353 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Imprint: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Reckless Brides Series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Overall, I loved this book. With a fresh take on historical “at sea” romance, tons of adventure, and just the right amount of steam, I read this...more
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*

Setting: 1805 The High Seas.
1st in the"Reckless Brides Series"
3.5 Stars

Well now..with a cover like that,and the setting to match how could I not like this? Another swashbuckling romance..right? Hmmmm..not quite to rock this Pirate Wench's boat.
Now I knew it wasnt a "pirate-romance" going into it,same theme though as the Heroine disguise's herself as a shipmate on a British Royal Navy ship. Now this is a usual theme in a pirate romance so I did ponder how this was going to work here(not quite for...more
This book is my first experience with Elizabeth Essex's writing. I have known of her for some time as her previous books are on my wish list of to be read but it was only now through NetGalley that I have had that pleasure.

Almost A Scandal is the start of the new Reckless Brides series. Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society’s rules of courtship. But—come hell or high water—they always get their man…

Our first bride is Sally Kent, the only female in a long line...more
When her youngest brother refuses to do his duty and join the navy, Sally Kent does what she thinks is best--she goes in his place to keep the family honor intact. After all, the sea is in her blood having grown up on the ship with her captain father and brothers. She loves the adventure, the air, everything about the sea but as a female she is regulated to the land. When she sees her childhood crush, Lieutenant David Colyear also on board she thinks her disguise is at risk. But as time passes a...more
Sandy Williams
Gawd, I loved this book. LOVED it! It was a super bad idea to start it over the weekend, though, because I had a hundred things I SHOULD have been doing, but I absolutely couldn't put this down. I have to give a big shout out to my husband and thank him for watching the twins so much this weekend, and for letting me be a bum and read pretty much the whole time.

Anyway, I've been looking for a historical romance that has a touch of added danger to it, and this one completely fit that description....more
i wanted it to never end. surprised at how much i came to love sally and col. i'd never read a book that takes place on a ship before and this was so, so good.
I am not gonna lie. This book sucked me in like a freaking train wreak or a an episode of America's Top Model. This isn't the type of book I usually read, but the description intrigued me, so I gave it a go, and then couldn't put it down. Hell one night I literally stayed up reading till well past the sun came up before finally admitting I needed at least a few hours sleep!

This book is about Sally Kent, who took her brother's place in the British Navy when he ran off and refused to serve. Sally...more
A Swashbuckling High Seas Romance
When her brother forsakes family tradition and personal honor, disappearing the day he is supposed to become a member of His Majesty's Royal Navy and board the ship Audacious, Sally Kent knows what she has to do to avoid the family scandal and disgrace. She disguises her gender, dons the midshipmen's uniform, and heads to the docks to take her brother's place.

It's just her dubious luck that she's met by David St. Vincent Colyear, family friend and current lieuten...more
Clio Reads
I am a history buff (I was a history major, actually), and I have a thing for sailboats. Ships, barques, brigs, schooners, ketches, cutters, sloops, and yawls, I love 'em all. Elizabeth Essex is a romance novelist with an MA in Nautical Archaeology, so she had me at "hello." I was predisposed to like this book a lot, and it did not disappoint.

Sally Kent is the only girl in a family of naval men, and so when her fifteen year old brother dodges his commission to become a midshipman on the Royal N...more
Nina Lewis author
I disagree entirely with reviewers who've said that there is too much technical navy talk in this book. I like to learn a little about the period and environment in which a book is set, and here you do. This isn't just a frilly romance set on some ship; Essex knows what her characters are talking about. This is also how she gives a fresh touch to the old girl-in-breeches motif. Sally Kent is an entirely credible sea(wo)man, and we can believe that serving in the navy is her passion and her vocat...more
May Mostly Romance
Almost a Scandal ของอลิซาเบ็ธ แอสเสกซ์

เรื่องนี้เป็นเล่มแรกในชุด The Reckless Brides แต่ดูเนื้อเรื่องของเล่มสองแล้ว ก็คงต้องบอกว่า ไม่ได้ถึงกับเกี่ยวข้องกันมานัก เพราะพระเอกเล่มสองในเล่มนี้เพิ่งเป็นเด็กชายอายุสิบสองสิบสามปีเท่านั้นเอง เป็นหนึ่งในกลุ่มเพื่อนของนางเอก

แซลลี เค้นท์เกิดมาในตระกูลที่รับใช้ประเทศด้วยการเป็นทหารเรือมาตลอด ดังนั้นเมื่อริชาร์ด น้องชายคนเล็กหนีทหาร ไม่ยอมไปรายงานตัวบทเรือรบตามที่ถูกกำหนดไว้ แซลลีตัดสินใจทำเรื่องที่ไม่มีใครคาดคิด เธอปลอมตัวเป็นริชาร์ด และสวมบทบาทแทนที่ของน้อ...more
Sally Kent is not like most young ladies her age. Belonging to a large Naval family, she is more at home at sea on a frigate than she is in a ballroom or parlor. Sally does the unthinkable when accompanying a brother off to his first ship as a young teenager. Said brother never reports and runs away. Sally decides to follow her heart to the sea for one real adventure and disguises herself and reports for duty as her brother.

Lieutenant David Colyear, a friend of the Kent family finds something o...more
Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society’s rules of courtship. But—come hell or high water—they always get their man…

For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingl...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Sarah Alice Kent - Sally to anyone who knows her - grew up the only daughter in a naval family. Her father is the well-known Captain Kent, and all three of her older brothers - Matthew, Dominic and Owen - are in the royal navy. Now it's her fifteen-year-old brother Richard's turn to join up as a midshipman, despite the fact that he's never had any interest and wants only to learn sermons. With everyone else at sea (and her mother long ago deceased), Sally goes with Richard to the dock, but when...more
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #1) by Elizabeth Essex
Elizabeth Essex

What do you get when you navigate a girl masquerading as a sailor and a proud Royal Naval officer? A naughty nautical MISadventure!

Sally Kent is the only girl in the all male sea crazed Kent family. She was raised just like her brothers and has massive amount of sea experiences and knowledge. All Sally wants to do is live a life full of sea adventures, but no female can join His Majesty's Royal Navy. When she finds out her younger brother, Richard, ditches his orders, Sally does...more
Loved loved loved it!!! Like an adult version of The True Adventures of Charlotte Doyle. Yes, there is a lot of nautical talk, and some repetitive phrases the hero & heroine use, and I may have yelled "put down the thesaurus!" to my Kindle once or twice, but those are minor things compared to how much I loved this story. I really loved reading about the day-to-day running of a ship and feeling really immersed in Sally's world. I read some other reviews that complained we didn't know enough a...more
Mulan in the 19th Century British Navy could’ve been the alternate title of this novel. I do not think I can convey in words how much I loved reading this book. I’ve had an interminable 2.5 weeks, that doesn’t really seem like it’s going to get a lot better before April 15th and I cannot express how much this book came to me at exactly the right time.

I will say, I do not have the qualms about mistaken gender that a lot of more discerning readers seem to have. Mulan is literally the best Disney...more
I normally dislike books where the premise is that one of the main characters is hiding a big, potentially mind-blowing secret. Let's say it's a good thing I read the blurb after I checked out the book and it came highly recommended. Because I'm glad I picked it up---even if it wasn't my favorite premise.

Because after Almost a Scandal, I'm ready to dive into the rest of the series.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I truly love strong historical romance heroines ahead of their time. And...more
Eave Melody
This is about a teenaged Sally Kent taking the place of her brother on 24-year-old David Colyear's ship.

Sally fitting in with her fellow midshipmen is very interesting, practically and historically. The boys are 12 to 14-years-old which is how she gets away with being part of their group. And there is loads - often way too much - detail about navy life in 1805.

This would have been a better story if it had been a young adult adventure with a female protagonist for once excelling, demonstrating br...more
Stacey Lund
If you like romance, especially historicals that are well-researched, you will enjoy this. The author shows a deep knowledge of the subject material and her obvious love for all things naval shines through. Imagine Tom Clancy meets Master and Commander, and you’ll have an idea of what to expect from the battle scenes and naval descriptions in this book.

As for the romance, it was absolutely enjoyable. Col and Sally have their work cut out for them. But there’s deep yearning on his part and respec...more
3.5 stars.
You now those books you read where you're certain the book has flaws but it hits all your buttons and so the flaws completely disappear? This was that book for me.

First off, I love Horatio Hornblower (the TV series more than the books) and this read like an ode to Horatio Hornblower--all duty and loyalty and fighting the French. There were several moments where I laughed out loud and I kept reading far past the time I should've been fixing my dinner because I wanted to know what Essex would do n...more
This is an exciting tale about a woman, Sally Kent who follows her dream by filling in for her brother aboard a ship in her Majesty‘s Royal Navy.. She is soothing her conscious by saying that she is doing it to protect her family's honor but it is so much more.

It is a action packed story set against the backdrop of the high seas, and shows how wit can hold its own against brawn.

The main characters are Sally Kent and Mr. Colyear. Mr. Colyear has known the Kent family for years. He is the insurmo...more
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Sally Kent loves the sea, so when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, she takes the chance to wear a uniform. The problem is, how to hide her woman curves, specially from Lieutenant David Colyear.

I really liked Sally, she was strong, decided and never accepted 'no' for an answer. It was a little bit unbelievable how she could hide herself from everyone, but I enjoyed her relationship with Col. They were hot and passionate, and even when Col took a difficult deci...more
Lee Anne - OMG! Spring is Finally Here!
I found this to be an interesting read. I enjoyed it but did not find it to be a page-turner. I had no problems putting the book down and coming back to it later. It wasn’t until the last 25% of the book that I found myself hesitant to put it down and kept reading no matter what else was going on around me.

It took me some time to figure out while I enjoyed the book it didn’t hold my attention as steadfastly. I finally came to the realization that it was because I didn’t really have a vested inte...more
Shay Williams
Reading a historical romance is quite the change of pace from the paranormals that I normally read. Now don't get me wrong. I do very much enjoy this genre, I just don't pick up books from it as much as the others. And after reading ALMOST A SCANDAL I really have to ask myself why that is.

Richard...err Sally...Kent is definitely a unique women even by today's standards. She is physically able to keep up with the men up in the lines of a sailing ship and do such a good job that almost all of the...more
Nikki Bywater
It was a family tradition for the Kent family to serve in the Royal Navy. A tradition they did with pride. Sally Kent also like many of her family felt born to do this too. The only problems were that it is 1805 and she is a girl. So Sally can not fulfil her dream of a life at sea, until one day when her younger brother Richard refuses to sign up and report for duty, Sally sees this as her opportunity and disguised as her brother and wearing full naval uniform, Sally takes her brothers place abo...more
Book Sniffers Anonymous
When Sally's brother, Richard, runs off before reporting to duty on a naval ship, Sally steps up and takes his place. She has grown up with her father and brothers in the Navy and has yearned to be on a ship like everyone else. So she chops off her hair, dresses in her brother's uniform and shows up to report to duty on the ship. The only problem, the LT. aboard is an old family friend and could easily reveal her secret.

This was a predictable story but it was still very enjoyable. It's isn't too...more
Guys, if I can tell you one thing about my reading habits, it's that I love a good crossdressing. Even though sometimes it's just ridiculous that not everyone sees through the dirt/hat/whatever sort of cover up. I don't know many women who could pass for a man.
That said, I LOVE IT! And in a romance novel it usually creates wonderful tension and excitement and OMG! WHEN WILL I BE DISCOVERED moments.

So I was all kinds of excited when I read the summary for Almost A Scandal. And then I started re...more
Margaret Fisk
Col and Sally offer up a delightful historical romance, but that’s not the whole of this novel by any means. I share Sally’s love of the sea, but get my taste through novels that carry with them the scent of salt water and the feel of rough hemp rope.

Almost a Scandal delivers on the promise of a naval story in the height of the tall ships admirably. Not only does Sally seize the chance to carry on her family’s naval tradition in a direct, and forbidden, manner, but she makes herself essential to...more
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It wasn’t always so. Elizabeth graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classical Studies and Art History, and then earned her MA from Texas A&M University in Nautical Arch...more
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