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Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  645 ratings  ·  135 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 353 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Lover of Romance
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The Kent Family has served proudly for the British Royal Navy. Sally Kent, was practically raised on the sea with her father, and she loves every moment and she has soaked any information she could find about running a ship on the sea. She has had great examples in her family of what a sea life is really like. When her younger brother, runs off to pursue his religious endeavors, which turns out him failing to report for duty, S
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Jane Stewart
It’s good if you’re in the mood for this kind of story.

Sally is a tall 19-year-old who pretends to be her 15-year-old brother Richard. She takes his place on a British Navy ship during the war with France. You need to suspend disbelief on that part. (Short hair on a woman is not a disguise.) I love stories about characters in disguise, so I went with it.

Sally is the smartest and most able “boy” on the boat. She solves the problem of a bully. She does several smart things to help in missions and
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
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
Heidi Hart
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
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
I'm only in chapter 6 but am writing a review anyway, because, this is so freaking good. It's the kind of book that makes me want to weep and pull my hair out because what the heck was I thinking that I could ever be a writer equal to this? Dangitdangitdangitquadrupledangit!

The wordsmithing is topnotch and drool-worthy. Seriously, I keep having to smack my mouth closed at certain sentences. She must have taken 15 minutes to think about the best way to write just one sentence. And then there is t
This is my first book by Elizabeth Essex, and I have to say it was entertaining, interesting and ... educational.

I liked the passionate nature of the heroine, how she took desperate measure to save her family's honor and to achieve he dream. Cross-dressing you can say in one of my favorite sub-genre's cause the results are always interesting XD and here as well it was.for in a way I understand the subjugation that family and society have on women when their interest are considered a problem beca
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
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Almost a Scandal ของอลิซาเบธ แอสเสกซ

เรืองนีเปนเลมแรกในชุด The Reckless Brides แตดูเนือเรืองของเลมสองแลว กคงตองบอกวา ไมไดถึงกับเกียวของกันมานัก เพราะพระเอกเลมสองในเลมนีเพิงเปนเดกชายอายุสิบสองสิบสามปีเทานันเอง เปนหนึงในกลุมเพือนของนางเอก

แซลลี เคนทเกิดมาในตระกูลทีรับใชประเทศดวยการเปนทหารเรือมาตลอด ดังนันเมือริชารด นองชายคนเลกหนีทหาร ไมยอมไปรายงานตัวบทเรือรบตามทีถูกกำหนดไว แซลลีตัดสินใจทำเรืองทีไมมีใครคาดคิด เธอปลอมตัวเปนริชารด และสวมบทบาทแทนทีของนองชาย

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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…

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
Ashlyn Macnamara
I couldn't put this book down. I rarely take my ereader to work with me and read during breaks, because I hate to put things down mid-chapter. I read this in the break-room, at the bus stop, on the bus... I'd admit to taking my ereader into the bathroom, but that would be TMI.

This book also made me have to stop reading a couple of times just so I could squee to myself like a fangirl (thank God the house was empty at the time and I only had my cat as my witness). I honestly cannot remember the l
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Janell Sutherland
I read my first Elizabeth Essex book a few weeks ago (A Scandal to Remember), the fifth in a series about Navy men and the women who love them. When I looked into the earlier books in the series, I found that the first book had a girl masquerading as a boy on a ship, and that is my catnip, so I tried to buy it. Then Amazon told me that I had already purchased that book about five months ago! So, good job, me from five months ago, for buying a book from an unknown author based solely on the premi ...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
To save the Kent family's honor, Sally impersonates her brother Richard and becomes a midshipman in the British Navy. Her brother's friend is her commander and soon discovers her secret. Elizabeth Essex writes about life onboard ship and battles with such easy eloquence that I was stuck to this book and it's lovely flow of naval-speak. This is a beautifully told story and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for adventure and love in the British navy.
Loved this nautical tale. Set just before the battle of Trafalgar, a girl joins the British Royal Navy, in her reluctant brother's stead. The story spends most of the time out at sea, so there is a lot of nautical jargon and descriptions. The descriptions of the activity aboard ship are so vivid you can almost smell the ocean, as your hair is dampened by the sea spray. Great storyline, good plot tension, the sex scenes are kept to a minimum and not overly explicit. My only complaint was the unne ...more

This was a pretty a'ight historical romance wherein our heroine, a girl from a navy family with a whole mess of brothers, takes her youngest brother's place on a ship b/c he's run away to be a churchman and she wants to preserve the family honor. And, let's be real, she totally wants to go to sea. (Even though it's WARTIME.) Her love interest is a friend of her brothers', the first lieutenant on the ship, who pretty quickly realizes who she is, but lets he
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
Erin Kyle
This book was interesting, but the part I care about (the romance...I know, I know, I'm a sucker for it) was lost in the maritime jargon. When I wanted something along the lines of

"his long-fingered hands trailed along the slender column of her throat, unbuttoning the hand-me-down midshipman jacket she'd stolen to complete her farce, and continuing down and down the front of her until they reached that place, her secret place, cloaked only in thin linen trousers",

what I got was

"She fell to he
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
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 12, 2015 10:17AM  
  • Sea Change
  • Pleasures of a Tempted Lady (Donovan Sisters, #3)
  • The Lady's Secret
  • Sweet Enemy (Veiled Seduction, #1)
  • How to Romance a Rake (Ugly Ducklings #2)
  • One Naughty Night (The Scandalous St. Claires, #1)
  • The Rogue Pirate's Bride (The Sons of the Revolution, #3)
  • Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight, #1)
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
  • A Taste for Scandal (Sealed With a Kiss, #2)
  • How to Tame Your Duke (A Princess In Hiding, #1)
  • That Scandalous Summer (Rules for the Reckless, #1)
  • All Afternoon with a Scandalous Marquess (Lords of Vice, #5)
  • Secrets of a Wedding Night (Secret Brides, #1)
  • Waking Up with a Rake (The Royal Rakes, #1)
  • By His Majesty's Grace (The Three Graces, #1)
  • Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, #4)
  • When She Was Wicked (Honeycote, #1)
When not re-reading Jane Austen, sipping tea or mucking about her garden, Elizabeth Essex can be found at her computer, making up wonderful stories about people who live far more interesting lives than she.
Elizabeth Essex

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
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