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Almost a Scandal

(The Reckless Brides #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,153 ratings  ·  183 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
Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sally Kent goes undercover as her brother Richard as a midshipman on the British ship Audacious. Unfortunately, Lieutenant David Colyear figures out that she's hiding breasts and that makes things tense. And hard. Mostly turgid. After a sexy shore leave-slash-mission, they end up in the great sea battle of Trafalgar where feelings fail to stop cannonballs. Shocker.

1. All my nonsense aside: this was a very interesting portrayal of naval life in his majesty's royal navy during the war with
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
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

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
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,
Jacob Proffitt
This was good. Almost very good. I was prepared to give the book a crap-ton of leeway because I knew it would need it. A girl going to sea as a midshipman in her brother's place was going to be a toughish sell. So the main character has to be able to pass for a man and do hard work and not be all weak-kneed about some officer on the ship. And I was incredibly impressed with how little of that leeway I had to give for the story to work. Sally is practically custom-built for that deception and ...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 ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-netgalley
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.
Nina Lewis author
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
‘Almost a Scandal’ was an automatic read because it’s got those gender-bending qualities that I love, or at least it’s has a Mulan-esque sheen of a woman dressing as a man to in a male-dominated field that somehow always pulls me in.

Yet strangely, Elizabeth Essex’s writing, so focused on Regency-period British naval supremacy, shines precisely not quite in the wonder of cross-dressing or gender relations, but in this, more so particularly if you’re interested in the intricacies of bringing a
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
3.5 stars

Wow, this one is hard to review or to assign a rating to. Overall, it is a wonderfully rich story about a young girl disguised as a boy, taking the place of her recalcitrant brother on a warship. The first lieutenant, who knows her from childhood, quickly figures out that she is The sister of his best friend from six years ago but decides to keep her secret.

It becomes evident early on in the story that they have feelings for each other but obviously cannot act on them. My issue is that
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
This is a book that I would like to chuck at the head of anyone who sneers at romance novels. Because while this is a romance novel, this book is dense with an accurate representation of life aboard a frigate during war time. The author has a master's degree in nautical archaeology and she knows her boats. I've read reviews where people are complaining about all the terminology, but I liked it. I felt like I was deckside. It didn't get in the way of the story for me. And the story was excellent. ...more
Nothing new but the writing was pretty engaging and entertaining for an HR. Would read more by this author.
I really liked the writing style, but would have preferred more emotional development? I didn't really feel like i knew Col by the end of the novel, although i learnt tonnes about the Navy circa 1805
Tabetha Waite
Perfectly captured the essence of being on a working ship. From the lingo, to the sights and sounds, it was obvious a lot of research went into writing this book!
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheila Melo
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Filled with Historical Details this is a Unique Look at the Royal Navy

"Whatever it was, this friendship, this affinity between them, she was not alone. He felt it, too. It only remained to see what they were going to do about it."

FINAL DECISION: Totally immersed in the historical period and setting, ALMOST A SCANDAL is more a story about the journey of the heroine than it is truly a romance. There is a romance but the amount of time and detail paid to it pales to the heroine's task in
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
Fangirl Musings

One Sentence Summary:

Competently confident kicks-ass-at-ship-shit heroine, disguised as a dude, takes her bro’s place on his navy ship where Mr. Tall Dark & Honorable hero is her commanding officer.

What part made you fangirl squeal:

1. All dat competency porn of our gal kicking booty at ship sailing!
2. When heroine yanked out her boobs to fake having sex so she could rescue Mr. Hero-In-Distress.
3. When OTP pressed they palms together through the canvas CATCH ME I
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 ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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

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