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A Lady's Guide to Skirting Scandal

(The Lords of Worth #2.5)

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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Lady Viola Hextall is bored—of the ocean, her chaperones, and the woeful lack of available dukes on the ocean voyage from London to New York. Scrambling for any diversion short of jumping overboard, Viola strikes up a conversation with the ship's rough-hewn, blue-eyed surgeon—and discovers an immediate cure for what ails her...

To Nathaniel Shaw, Viola has the bearing of a
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ebook, 40 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Forever Yours
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Daniella
Oct 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 25%. Man, the heroine is one mean and stuck up little bitch. Here's her description of one of her companions:
The oldest of the two wardens she’d christened Bart, for the woman’s resemblance to a particularly substantial mastiff Viola’s family had owned when she was a child. The flattened face, drooping jowls, boxlike head, and small, squinty eyes were as characteristic of the buxom woman as they had been of the canine. Granted, the woman didn’t drool like old Bart had, but she certainly ba
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Caz
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked up this novella because I’ve enjoyed other books in this series by Ms Bowen, and although it’s entertaining and the writing is as deftly accomplished as that in the author’s full length books, A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal is a piece of relatively insubstantial fluff.

Readers of I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm will recall that Viola Hextall, sister of the Earl of Boden, tried to trap his friend, the Duke of Worth into marriage, believing that only marriage to one of such lofty stat
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Juliana Philippa
3.5 stars / B rating - read my review on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews: http://fictionvixen.com/review-ladys-...

This was my first book by Kelly Bowen and it definitely won’t be my last. Although it was only a novella, I can tell that she’s able to write compelling characters and good chemistry, so I’m looking forward to see what she can do with a full-length novel.

Series. For those who like to read books in order, this is #2.5 in the Lords of Worth series (keep an eye out for my review on book #3,
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Melanie
A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal was a fun, quick read about a couple who finds love in the most unlikely of places.

Lady Viola Hextall is being sent to New York after creating a minor scandal back in London. Trapped on a ship with nothing to do, Violet longs for everything she left behind. When she one day starts a conversation with the ship’s surgeon, Nathaniel Shaw, for lack of anything better to do, Violet discovers the man is far more interesting than she anticipated. Nathaniel initially b
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Jenny Q
3.5 Stars. Bored out of her mind on a punitive transatlantic voyage with two stuffy old birds for chaperones, young, vivacious Viola decides to strike up a flirtation with the handsome ship's surgeon to occupy her time. But she doesn't count on finding his work so interesting, or on his willingness to let her assist, or on how boldly he touches her. Even more disconcerting is how responsive she is to that touch, especially since she has her mind set on marrying an English duke to bolster her fam ...more
Erin Burns
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.


I’ve kind of gone about this series all backwards, the first book I read in this series was You’re the Earl That I Want, which is the third book in the series. I enjoyed it and felt it worked well as a stand alone, so now I am working my way backwards I guess. I suppose I could have slipped this review in before publishing the other, but since that wasn’t the
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Kimberly
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin: http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2015/07...

A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal is a delightful, effervescent read featuring an irrepressible heroine and the straightforward surgeon who captures her heart.

After her machinations land her in trouble, Lady Viola Hextall is packed up by her brother and sent off to New York to do her penance. Viola hasn’t even arrived in America and she’s already counting the days until her return to London where she can snare
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Donna
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a good short story! We met Viola, determined to marry a duke, in Kelly's first book (I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm). Due to her escapades, her brother decides to send her to America for a visit. While on board, she meets and falls in love with the ship's doctor - definitely not a duke! This is the story of growing up and learning what is truly important to you. I liked it! ...more
Lola
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

This sounded like a fun short historical romance book and that's exactly what it was. I quite enjoyed it. The setting was fun and took place on a boat. Lady Viola Hextall is bored and decided to start a conversation with the surgeon Nathaniel Shaw. Viola thought she knew what she wanted out of life, marry a duke and become a duchess, Nathaniel makes her question things. I quite liked the message of this short story about t
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SidneyKay
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-novella
And, just that fast it’s over.

Now, we come to the end of my tiny glom project with A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal. Since we are talking small glom, it is only fitting that we end with a novella which also happens to be part of the Worth series. If you have read I’ve Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm, you may recall the character of Viola Hextall. She is the sister of Heath Hextall and in that book she tried to trick the Duke of Worth into marrying her. When this story begins, she has evidently pus
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Jennifer
4 Stars

I received a free eARC of this book from Forever Yours via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was one entertaining and romantic story! Novellas are normally difficult for me to enjoy due to their shortened page length which often results in a lack of character and/or relationship development. Well, A Lady's Guide to Skirting Scandal is one of those rare novellas that felt like a fully realized story. I could have kept reading about Viola and Nate, but I never felt that the s
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Brianna
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.*

I’m really not much of a novella reader. But once I saw that this historical romance featured a surgeon hero and an earl’s sister as a heroine, I was definitely intrigued. I absolutely love class differences in romance. Add to that my love of all things in this genre right now, and how could I say no?

Lady Viola started out the story a bit unlikable. She only wanted to be a duchess, and couldn’t wait to get back home to
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Dot Salvagin
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
We met Viola once before in an earlier book when she tried to compromise the Duke of Worth into marriage. It was a failed attempt and Viola’s brother sent her packing on one of his ships to New York along with 2 irascible chaperones and a request of the ship’s surgeon, Nathaniel, to look out for her. Viola finds out she has an interest in medicine and Nathaniel finds out he has an interest in Viola.

This is a charming short story a lovely, sexy, quick read for an afternoon or evening. Ms. Bowen d
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Dot Salvagin
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We met Viola once before in an earlier book when she tried to compromise the Duke of Worth into marriage. It was a failed attempt and Viola’s brother sent her packing on one of his ships to New York along with 2 irascible chaperones and a request of the ship’s surgeon, Nathaniel, to look out for her. Viola finds out she has an interest in medicine and Nathaniel finds out he has an interest in Viola.

This is a charming short story a lovely, sexy, quick read for an afternoon or evening. Ms. Bowen d
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Claire
Very enjoyable afternoon read! Packed a lot of info and plot into a novella, but it didn't feel rushed at all. Will definitely read more in this series. ...more
Lupinus Texensis
No, YOU paid .99 for a novella because you couldn't wait for book #2 to come in to your library. ...more
eyes.2c
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming Novella. Viola redeems herself. Nice to see there's a real person under that facade.
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Ewa
A rather silly read. I had a hard time sticking to it and reading more than few pages in one sitting and it's a novella!

It's a story about a frivolous girl who is bored out of her mind on a ship heading from England to New York. She befriends a surgeon and I don't know what exactly happens next (because it wasn't that interesting and I skimmed the book). I'm sure there was minor drama with some sailor's injury, a sex scene and then HEA. Not much angst and not much humour. I don't think I will re
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Tarra
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the other books in this Lords of Worth series, but I enjoyed this short story. This tale on a ship from London to America was a pleasant diversion from the typical beautiful ballgowns and ton parties of England. This was a story about finding your worth and deciding who and what truly matters in life. Nathanial, a war surgeon, was an interesting man and a good match for Lady Viola, who on the surface was a shallow and self-absorbed young woman, but the reader quickly learns there ...more
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Martie Weathers
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can’t get enough of Kelly’s books. This was a sweet and heart warming love story. Will read it again I am sure. Will share it with all of my reading friends!

Can’t get enough of Kelly’s books. This was a sweet and heart warming love story, with the touch of truth all of us need. Remembering who we are and what is important in life. Will share these books with all my reading friends!
Fae
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
well this was a surprise. i enjoyed this novella very much and I'm sure most people know these novellas are usually fast-paced, the romance sometimes not developing properly. but this was perfect. i loved shaw and viola. the only thing is that they accepted their love for one another too quickly at the back. ...more
Cecily
Fun. And a perfect example of how to develop an empty-headed status-obsessed unlikeable female lead into a sympathetic character in about 50 pages total. Nicely done. And obviously worth a minor character losing a couple of fingers in the cause of true love....
Sarah
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Viola meets Nathan on a boat to America, where she is being sent to be managed for a while. It's fun to read a non-perfect heroine, although it would be great if the hero had been a little less perfect too. The asymmetry made it a bit less believable. ...more
Shilo Quetchenbach
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s hard to write a complete and satisfying love story in a novella; even more so when sex scenes are included. I would have really enjoyed a full length novel of this story but the rushed pace necessarily meant the characters and their relationship were lacking in depth and substance
Louise
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bright and shiney love story

A lovely short story about finding love and yourself when you least expect it...if you dare to be brave. I love how much character Kelly fits into even a novella. A fun read with just the right spice :)
Dottiebears
This book was a disappointment. I've loved this series, but this just didn't measure up. Viola was not a nice person and she didn't seem to improve through the book. There wasn't a lot of character development but that's to be expected in a novella. ...more
Barbara
Quite good! And refreshing. Like the opportunities.
Abigail
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun side story to the series. I do like that Hextall's rebellious sister runs away to America with a doctor. :) ...more
Joanna Loves Reading
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read
Cute, but much too short. Will add more later, probably.
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Award-winning author Kelly Bowen attended the University of Manitoba, earning a BSc & MSc in veterinary studies. She worked as a research scientist before realizing her dream to write historical fiction. Currently, Kelly lives with her family in Winnipeg, Canada.

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