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The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior

(Seduction Diaries #2)

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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,259 ratings  ·  210 reviews
In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston's enticing new Seduction Diaries entry, a mysterious journal may provide a potential spinster with instruction—or lead her to her heart's desire...

Free-spirited Lucy Westmore isn't yet a spinster, although she fully intends to be. Fortunately, an eccentric aunt has left her both a diary detailing the secrets to spinst
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Mass Market Paperback, 383 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Avon
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sraxe
I really did not like Lucy. Right from the beginning, and a couple times afterwards, we're given the "she isn't like other girls!!" line about her. We're told that she's smart, but she doesn't act it at all. She's always jumping to conclusions and being idiotically impulsive. I got so annoyed with how she'd jump to the worst possible conclusion literally every single time when it came to Thomas. I like angst, but she was just stubbornly stupid. Her rebellions came off as petty and childish, not ...more
Sammy Loves Books
Rebellious, stubborn heroine that isn't afraid to dress like a man, steals away in the middle of the night on a personal mission.

Handsome, kind hero with a dark secret struggles to protect naive, stubborn heroine from her own stupidity.

This could have been better, if the heroine was less impetuous and a little smarter. She was always itching for a fight, which kinda got on my nerves.

I actually enjoyed the story, was just annoyed by the heroine.
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
What you should know about The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior: it's low angst (almost no angst really), it doesn't have any villains unless you count the heroine's mother's attempts to make her more ladylike villainous. Lucy can sometimes be annoying with her inability to listen. The most entertaining parts of the book are the extracts from a diary of Lucy's late aunt. They range from hilarious to bittersweet and sad.

I couldn't suspend my disbelief and I didn't really like the heroine o
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Letitia
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I probably should've DNF'd this one around the halfway point... but I skipped and skimmed along, hoping for Lucy to have some character growth. I waited in vain, sadly. That girl... man, she was annoying. Stubborn to a ridiculous point, brash to a dangerous degree. Worst of all, almost no original thoughts in her head. She lived 99% of the time by the motto, "What would Aunt E do...?" I hate to write it but she was pretty much TSTL, which is not at all like McQuinstons usual heroine. ...more
Jo
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, gr2016

I love unconventional HR heroines. The wallflowers, the strong-willed, the brave ones who refuses to conform to society’s rules. So I really wanted to like Lucy, because she is unconventional, but all her plans, all her determination to not be dependent on a husband, in the end just aggravated me. She was set on claiming her inheritance, but she would lose hope very quickly, thinking it was just too difficult to live on her own, and care for a broken down house. And all she wanted to do then was

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Al George
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok let's be honest: Lucy our fair or rather not so fair, heroine got on my last nerve for much of the book. As in I kinda wanted to throat punch her a time or two.

Lucy had nothing but grand ideas and plans that really amounted to, well, not so much. She's totally quick to judge. To think ill of others and to think most are untrustworthy. Chances are she's got some family issues to work out :)

Thomas? Dude, I'm totally in love with this man. I find his character is so compelling, so well defined
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Holly
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
*3.5 stars ✨

I did like this but at times I felt it was a tad too long. Thomas was my favorite character. He was so sweet:)
Anne Breslin
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This author comes highly recommended so I will try another book of hers. I simply find the heroine in this one extremely irritating. Many TSTL moments. Ridiculously stubborn without sufficient reasons for her intransigence.

I quite enjoyed the hero and the townspeople and I adored the Aunt, whose diaries inspired our heroine to escape the claustrophobic fate of a London aristocratic heiress.

I wish the book had been the Aunt’s. Or that the heroine had grown up earlier in the plot. And that the e
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Caz
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars.

This second book in Jennifer McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series re-acquaints readers with Lucy Westmore, the free-spirited, rather hoydenish younger sister of the heroine of the previous book. The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior is a deftly written story that packs quite the emotional punch and boasts plenty of humour and sexual tension between the leads. But Lucy is one of those heroines who insists on being contrary for the sake of it, an
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I took a chance on a new-to-me author when my library had nothing new from my faves on offer, and it paid off. I loved the bequest of a cottage to Lucy by her dearly departed aunt and where it led the spinster-to-be, but I also loved the parallels between the two women's lives, as drawn through Lucy's reading of Lady E's diaries. And, of course, I always enjoy stories about spinsters and wallflowers finding love in unexpected places. Cute story. Would definitely read more from this author. ...more
Jen Ryland
Sep 21, 2017 marked it as setting-aside-for-now
DNF'd this around 60%

I don't read a ton of historical romance, but I enjoy them now and then and am on the lookout for new authors to add to the small number I read. I thought this seemed promising, but then a lot of things popped up that I really didn't like, and I couldn't keep reading.

What I did like: this was an unconventional heroine, which is great. She wanted to avoid the whole marriage market/Season and live alone as a spinster. Also great. I also liked that the servants (well, one at le
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Kimia Safavi
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer McQuiston is one of the talented authors that I was lucky to find. After reading her first book she becomes one of my auto buy authors.
The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior is the second book in the Seduction Diaries, it can be read as a stand-alone novel but I recommend to read the first book in the series.
Lucy Westmore is free-spirited heroine who used to dress as a boy and climb up the tree but after her sister scandalous marriage four year ago, she decides to go through the se
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Molly
An environmentalist hero? Yes, please. Oh, and he's a nice guy to boot? Sign me up.

I'll admit to being a little frustrated with Lucy's stubbornness throughout the story, but the character development was really well done. Toward the end of the story, I found myself really cheering for her instead of being annoyed by her kind of clueless, privileged behavior. And there were a few surprising twists with Thomas that made me love him even more.

I loved it!
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Jenny Koch
DNF @ pg. 189 (~50%)


I've loved some of Jennifer McQuiston's previous books but I just couldn't stand the heroine of this one. She came off overly proud and sanctimonious. I found myself rooting for the hero to find himself another girl - any girl - and so I figured it was time to quit.

I wish Miss E was the heroine. She sounded like she was a riot.
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Keri
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. It took me a long while to warm up to Lucy. She was so judgmental and flew off the handle too many times with our hero. Our hero though was sweet and I wanted to kick Lucy in her behind more than once.
OLT
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars) I enjoyed the first novel in this series (DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WALLFLOWER), so this second one has suffered by comparison. This one is about Lucy Westmore, the younger sister of Clare, heroine of the first book. Lucy, it seems, doesn't want to marry and has decided she'd rather be a spinster than an unhappy wife. When her spinster aunt E dies and leaves her cottage in Cornwall to Lucy, not to mention also all her diaries (hence the title of this book), Lucy has a rethink about her ...more
Susan
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story about a headstrong young woman and a man with a haunted past. Lucy is twenty-one years old and about to start her long delayed Season. The problem is, she doesn't want it. She has no desire to parade herself in front of a bunch of men who only want her for her dowry. She would prefer to follow in the footsteps of her Aunt Edith, who is a spinster. Then she gets word that her aunt has died and left her a cottage in Lizard Bay, Cornwall. Lucy takes this as sign that she's on the right t ...more
Nidofito
DNF at 57%

I've tried, and I've tried. But I can't seem to care enough to continue.

There is no real plot, no admirable or even likable personalities to the hero and heroine. It's so banal, with repeated sections. Lucy is ridiculous, and I'm sure the intent was to reform a spoiled girl into maturity, but it's done rather poorly I'd say. And Thomas was just meh. He kept saying how Lucy's reckless nature was admirable etc. but to me, it was annoyingly ignorant. You might chuckle the first couple but
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Noura
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
After a very. very long wait......i finally got my grabby hands on this one.

Was i excited? Yes! I even forgot that Lucy is Clare's younger tomboy sister...Clare of the previous book. Was i disappointed? A bit. I was expecting a more lavish story-telling very much like the previous book and the Second Sons series. Those books made me a fan of Jennifer McQuiston. This story is draggy. Although it's quite interesting to have snippets of Aunt E's diary which is funny and sassy, it all became a bit w
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Amanda
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Generally not bad, but not as good as the first book in the series. Lucy's insistence on being called Miss L was a little silly and the "I knew I loved you the first day..." bit really bugs me. Otherwise, though, this was quick and relaxing and just what I needed. ...more
Julia A
Now I know that I wrote a review for this already, because it was a cathartic experience after dragging myself through that whole chore of a book--but it seems to have disappeared, so here's the still-not-so-condensed version, rewritten for your pleasure (or at least for your warning).

tl;dr: the book promises a witty heroine with a lively, competitive flirtationship with the marquess who semi-accidentally tried to buy her inheritance out from under her. It doesn't deliver. He's totally honorabl
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Elodie
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not like to give up on a book, the heroine had me on edge for most of the book, but I so wanted to see how it will turn out for her.
Is it the author’s talent to create such an upsetting character m, but it worked.
I was angry at her for being too stubborn to listen nor give some thoughts before taking matter in hands.
The parallel with her aunt’s diary were so flagrant, I was kicking over the traces of her idiocy and impossibility to see past her nose.
I hoped she would see beyond the appearan
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WTF Are You Reading?
The Spinster's Guide To Scandalous Behavior could be seen as a feminist manifesto... Regency style.

Lady Lucy Westmore is a woman determined to live life as she sees fit.
Unimpressed by the "sell one's self to the highest bidder" meat market.
Otherwise known as The Season.
Young Lucy has chosen, much to the chagrin of her parents, to dedicate herself wholeheartedly to a life of cause laden spinsterhood.
The seeming green light in Lucy's plan for singlehood, comes in the form of the gift of a cottag
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Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
2.5 stars

This just did not hold my attention. I didn't enjoy the setting or the story, and the heroine made so many problems for herself. The hero had problems asserting himself, and the conflict didn't work for me.
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raindropsandroses
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
The heroine was such a pain for two thirds of the book, I was tempted to give this 2 stars. Thankfully, everyone came to their senses before I lost it.
Mel
Dec 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
This could of easily of been a DNF for me. I really disliked the heroine.....she was an idiot!
Donna
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a decent romance about an unconventional heroine and a grieving hero. Lucy is being forced into society with a grand season that she never wanted. She reads her late spinster aunt's diaries and slips out to run away to the crumbling cottage in Cornwall that her aunt has left her. Reclusive Lord Branston has tried to purchase the cottage from her father, and Lucy has decided she must see the property first herself before she sells it to anyone. She is suspicious of Branston's motives. Wh ...more
Brandy
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy was a really fun character, and you can see how much she has matured since the first book. That being said, she was super impulsive, rarely looked at situations from others points of view, and generally acted like a spoiled brat. When she did grow as a character, it happened so suddenly that it wasn’t really believable. Branston, however, was a lovely character, a bit broody at times and with some secrets. But he was also fun, sweet, and admitted he was wrong. I loved the town of Lizard Bay ...more
Kathryn
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. A heroine who acts often before she thinks, a mystery aunt and a hero who has his heart in the right place. A plot that sprung a few surprises. Pleasant reading.
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A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller, her books include WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND, SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS, MOONLIGHT ON MY MIND, DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WALLFLOWER, and THE SPINSTER'S GUIDE TO SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR. She also has a novella, HER HIGHLAND FLING ...more

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