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The Scandal in Kissing an Heir (At the Kingsborough Ball #2)

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  450 ratings  ·  70 reviews
He is the next Marquis of Wolvington…
She is a lady with nothing but beauty and wits…
Together they share a forbidden kiss.

Lady Rebecca is determined to find a husband on her own terms, rather than marry any of the aging suitors her greedy aunt and uncle foist upon her. Her chance comes at the Kingsborough Ball, where she meets several potential grooms…yet no one compares to
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Avon (first published December 31st 2013)
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Tracy T
This was such a great story. I loved that it was not full of angst the whole way through. Fantastic relief. More authors should write books with less angst like this one.

I absolutely loved the heroine in this story. She was funny, charming, very witty, beautiful and so happy, especially considering how she was treated by her aunt and uncle.

Loved Daniel, he was handsome, smart, and such a hero!

The chemistry between the two is fantastic. I really loved the way they got to know each other, I mean r
Emily S.
Here's another one I wanted to love. Maybe it's because I read this before I read the first book in the series, but I just didn't like it. There were too many instances where the heroine acted and sounded too modern. I'm quite certain that ladies in the Regency period didn't come back with a whatever (or something similar - this is not intended as a direct quote, just the feeling of modernism I got while reading) when they were irked. It just didn't feel true to the period.

I also didn't like th
Lover of Romance
Daniel Neville is a rake and spends most of his time gambling, carousing and spending his money and family heirlooms on his mistress. His uncle gives him a ultimatum, that he has one month to find a wife or he will cut him off completely financially. So he attends a masquerade ball, looking for a woman who he can marry. Then he sees a woman that captures his attention, a woman with black hair, tan skins, and a scarlet red dress that makes his blood boil. After finding her alone in a corner, he f ...more
Lady Rebecca has created a a scandal about herself to prevent her greedy aunt and uncle from marrying her off to a much older duke. However, her desire to choose her own husband leads her to the Kingsborough ball in hopes of finding a much more suitable husband and this all seems to be working as she is instantly drawn to the rakish Daniel Neville...until she gets shot! Her secret is out and her aunt and uncle are furious and Daniel sees a need to save her so he offers for her. A fresh scandal h ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE SCANDAL IN KISSING AN HEIR by Sophie Barnes is an delightful Historical Romance set in 1817 England. #2 in "At the Kingsborough Ball, but can be read as a stand alone. This story seems to me to be based a bit on the story of Rapunzel for Lady Rebecca is determined to find her own husband on her own terms,therefore, she has been pretending to be "mad" so her aunt and uncle wouldn't force her into marriage. Enter, Daniel Neville, notorious rake and heir to the Marquis of Wolvington. Just one k ...more
The heir is Daniel and his heroine is Lady Rebecca who is being sold to the highest bidder by her aunt and uncle when Daniel saves her from a marriage with a old Duke obsessed with possessing her.

No matter how many times the author forced abandonment tropes on the characters they continued to be too cheerful and perky, especially the heroine and this really bothered me. The dialogue was also very modern and jarred me out of the time period very often. All in all, the storyline was fairly intere
Lady Rebecca has been locked in a tower after pretending to be mad for two years to thwart her aunt and uncle’s plans to marry her off to the highest bidder, and the two men in the running are old enough to be her grandfather. She escapes for one night to attend the Kingsborough Ball, hoping that she can find a man to marry of her choosing. When she meets Daniel Neville, the heir of the Marquess of Wolvington, he’s not quite what she had in mind. He’s a rake with the worst reputation, with a dif ...more
The second book in Sophie Barnes' elegant series, At the Kingsborough Ball, which take place at the same time, with connected characters who attend the same masquerade ball. It’s a clever concept that I have seen done successfully before in Juliana Gray’s Affairs by Moonlight trilogy and also her new Princess in Hiding series. I read the first book, The Trouble With Being a Duke last year and enjoyed it very much.

It’s always interesting to read about the depiction of etiquette and decorum in his
Okay, so, this book... I don't even know what to say...

I read the first book in the series (The Trouble with Being a Duke), and decided I really liked the idea of Rebecca. Because really, you don't see much of her in that book but there are things said about her and I thought she sounded interesting, which is the only reason I decided to read this book. (Honestly, the description of Daniel in that book was not very flattering and did not do his good looks justice.)

The Scandal in Kissing an Heir
Lynn Spencer
I gave this a B- at AAR so 3.5 stars Often when I read historical romance, I'm looking for something with a strong sense of place and time, and at least a little bit of realism. However, every now and again, some fun wallpapery fluff hits the spot as well. And if you're in the mood for a fluffier historical, The Scandal in Kissing an Heir is a fun read.

So, why is kissing an heir scandalous? Well, the heir in question is Daniel Neville, heir to the Marquess of Wolvington. Mr. Neville has frittere
A modern day fairy tale reminiscent of Rapunzel! Actually rated 4.5! Taken from my review at

When he was a young child, Daniel Neville’s mother left him and his father for her lover. Afterwards, Daniel’s father went off to war and died. Left alone in the world, he starts acting up scandalously. Tired of his nephew’s behavior, Daniel’s uncle, the Marquisate of Wolvington, has given him an ultimatum. Daniel, the heir to the marquisate, has thirty days to become engaged and a yea
Marilyn Rondeau
Daniel Neville is only a Mr. but also heir to the Marquess of Wolvington. When he is warned by the Marquess to stop his roguish ways and settle down, Daniel finds it to be quite difficult as his past escapades have made him persona non grata in most social circles! By chance Daniel found himself at the Kingsborough Ball because of his connection to the Marquess, and lo and behold he spotted a lovely young woman, who obviously didn’t know him and actually spoke to him.

Later Daniel would discover
Daniel Neville is an heir to the Marquisate of Wolvington and a rake. After years of bad behavior his uncle and current Marquis has decided that he either turns over a new leaf and marries within a month or he will be cut off entirely. With no way to support himself he decides to look for a wife but that proves difficult since most respectable young ladies avoid his company and bad reputation. At a masquerade given by the Duke of Kingsborough he meets a woman that doesn’t avoid him and is a deli ...more
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

After reading the first book in this series, The Trouble With Being a Duke, I was very eager to read The Scandal in Kissing an Heir. The rather unique way in which Daniel and Rebecca meet, promised to deliver a story filled with intrigue and scandal, and it definitely delivered.

Daniel is the sort of hero I really enjoy reading about in a lighter sort of romance. He's got the outward appearance of a carefree rake, but lurking beneath he has pain buried from
Lesia Chambliss
Sophie Barnes has a winner in my opinion! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and was entertained throughout. I love all the characters, well except for the three evil ones. Daniel the rake, of course was a rascal, but as most rakes tend to be, they too have feelings of chivalry. Lady Rebecca for me is the true hero in the story, for once you've read nearly to the end I think you'll agree that it was she that rescued Daniel, and not the other way around. Sophie Barnes has written their story so well ...more
This storyline has been done TO DEATH…nothing really surprising about this story. I’m absolutely certain all other customers have read this book before just by a different author with different characters but the same story nonetheless. Honestly this book could have ended at chapter 3…she could have whisked off to Gretna Green with Neville well before Chapter 4 considering what her aunt has planned for her and how awful they treat her. I totally agree with another reviewer about the dialogue see ...more
I liked this better than I thought I would based on other reviews. I did start to skim over the tedious self-thought that Rebecca seemed to go through because of her worries about being married to a rake. Luckily she stopped.

Daniel was a diamond in the rough. All it had taken was the right woman and the right circumstances and he was reformed. I loved his character throughout.

I still am unsure who shot Rebecca. I must have missed that explanation somehow.
I really enjoyed this 2nd book in the series! Daniel has been living a debauched life & his uncle has cut him off from funds unless he gets married & stops gambling, etc. Rebecca has been pretending to be crazy for 2 years because her evil aunt & uncle want to marry her off to an old duke. When Daniel & Rebecca meet at the ball, they are both desperately looking for someone to marry. Daniel starts climbing a ladder to Rebecca's window to get to know her & the plan is that the ...more
Okay so here's what you need to know about this book: it throws A LOT of information at you all at once and then eventually slows down. I've read enough romance novels to know you kind of just have to go with the flow and embrace fast courtships in stories, but the pacing in general felt off to me from the beginning.

The plot gets a little bit better about halfway through, but there definitely were still points where it was awkward and more telling rather than showing.

Honestly I don't know that
I liked the relationship between the two characters, from the moment they met they formed a bond that was really strong. Their attraction was believable and I loved how they made their marriage work. Rebecca and Daniel had plenty of ups and downs early on in their marriage and I liked how they dealt with it together. There was a scene in which Rebecca caught him sneaking around yet once she asked for honesty Daniel really gave it to her. He also was honest from that moment on about whatever was ...more
I must admit I didn't know Sophie Barnes prior reading this book. I can say I'm a fan of historical romance proudly but strangely (?) this author has escaped from my eyes. That said, this was my first novel by her and I can say I'm a fan of hers already. This book is surprisingly refreshing with its usual-but-unusual plot, witty dialogues, and common-yet-distinctive cast of characters. Miss Barnes' easy and flowing style of writing also making this story even more pleasing. A delightful and grea ...more
Lisa Ann Montgomery
Lady Rebecca needs a man, and she needs one fast. If Rebecca doesn’t find a suitable man to marry, her horrible, greedy uncle and aunt are going to marry her off to either a sweet but ancient earl or a lecherous old duke. Daniel Neville needs a wife, and he needs one immediately. If Daniel doesn’t become engaged to a suitable lady within a month’s time, his father is going to cut off his allowance for good. When Rebecca meets Daniel at the Kingsborough Ball, it would seem they are the answer to ...more
Mary Larsen
I thought the book was good. It was a straight forward regency romance. It was sweet without being overly sexual.
I really enjoy books that involve married couples and their developing relationships. This is exactly that. Rebecca and Daniel both must marry.. and decide that they might as well marry each other. From there on it's adventure,romance, intrigue, drama.. all on the path to falling love.

There are interesting side characters.. some you will love and some you will hate. The story is fast paced and captivating.

Epilogue whore alert: Yes! It has a very satisfying "one year later" epilogue! Wooohoo!

Trish R.
Loved this book. You couldn’t help but love that rake Daniel and the ever happy Rebecca, their meeting, their run to Scotland to marry, to save her from that murderous, insane, creep the Grover. OMG, how I loved to HATE him. Topperly wasn’t as sickening as Grover but they were both over 50 older than Rebecca. It’s no wonder she was trying to find her own husband. And, good grief, I wish her aunt and uncle, the Grifton’s had both had a heart attack at the same time and dropped dead. They were hor ...more
Miley the Book Junkie Reads . . .
Family will not always look out for your best interest. This something that Lady Rebecca soon learns after her parents death and he being remanded to the care of her father's sister. For other family will want what is best for you but go about it in all the wrong ways. This is something Mr.Daniel Neville finds out. A chance meeting at the Kingsborough Ball changes life for both of them. Will it end with one losing their life in pursuit of freedom from family desires.
Raquel Leite
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Daniel Neville é um falhado que passa a maior parte do seu tempo a gastar a herança da família no jogo, em orgias e na sua amante. Mas tudo pára quando o seu tio lhe dá um ultimato, ou se casa dentro de um mês ou corta-lhe qualquer ligação com o dinheiro da família.
Decidido a não deixar que isso aconteça, Daniel assiste então aos famosos baile de máscaras para procurar uma mulher. Felizmente para si há uma que capta a sua atenção, a mulher de
Kimia Safavi
The Scandal in kissing an Heir is a Rapunzel story for lady Rebecca. She was kept in the tower by her aunt and uncle for their gaining on wealth by marrying her to higher money and Danial was one of the sweetest rake whom needed to married in a month. The story is emotional , fun and interesting. The Hero is so selfless and kind. I really enjoyed reading the second book in At the Kingsborough Ball, I can't wait to read the next in series.
This book was just not good. There was little to no chemistry, the plotlines were ridiculous, there were loose threads throughout, and I didn't find the language at all period accurate. Plus, it was deeply repetitive. AND, in an attempt to make the characters oh so modern and level headed, it came across as quite preachy, hence the lack of chemistry. This was just an overall big fat no for me.
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He shook his head with disbelief. What a remarkable woman. It wasn't the first time he allowed himself to analyze his feelings for her, and he was stunned to discover that what he felt didn't terrify him nearly as much as the thought of never being able to tell her did.
He loved her.
Such a simple and uncomplicated thing, really. He shook his head in amazement and wondered how long he'd loved her. The answer surprised him more than the acknowledgment itself. It had happened quite
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 26, 2015 05:26AM  
  • Summer Is for Lovers (Second Sons, #2)
  • And Then Comes Marriage (Worthington, #2)
  • Scandal in the Night (The Reckless Brides, #3)
  • Miss Molly Robbins Designs a Seduction (Sydney Dovedale, #4)
  • How to Lose a Bride in One Night (Forgotten Princesses, #3)
  • The Wicked Wallflower (Bad Boys & Wallflowers, #1)
  • The Unexpected Duchess (Playful Brides, #1)
  • What the Bride Wore (Bridal Favors, #3)
  • Sins of a Virgin (Sinners Trio, #1)
  • The Handbook to Handling His Lordship (Scandalous Brides, #4)
  • The Duke in My Bed (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy, #1)
  • The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly, #1)
  • What a Lady Needs (The Redgraves, #2)
  • The Duke Diaries (Royal Entourage, #3)
  • The Notorious Lady Anne (Secrets & Seduction, #1)
  • The Devil of Clan Sinclair (Clan Sinclair, #1)
  • Say Yes to the Duke (House of Brady, #3)
  • Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasures, #3)
Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to th
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At the Kingsborough Ball (3 books)
  • The Trouble With Being a Duke (At the Kingsborough Ball, #1)
  • The Danger in Tempting an Earl (At the Kingsborough Ball, #3)
The Trouble With Being a Duke (At the Kingsborough Ball, #1) How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure (Summersby #1) There's Something About Lady Mary (Summersby #2) The Danger in Tempting an Earl (At the Kingsborough Ball, #3)

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