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A Scandal By Any Other Name

(A Tale of Two Sisters #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Jasper De Vere doesn't do sad. Ever since the death of his parents, he’s devoted himself to life’s many pleasures—while making sure to avoid attachments. It’s difficult to avoid your own grandfather though, especially when you’re the heir to his Dukedom. Unable to sit by and watch one of the few people he cares about wither away, Jasper flees to his friend Nicholas’s count ...more
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Published January 30th 2018 by Entangled: Amara
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#ownvoices review of A Scandal By Any Other Name by Kimberly Bell
Rating: 5/5

Jasper DeVere isn’t the man he wants to be yet but the world wants him to be a Duke, like his grandfather before him. Julia Bishop is the kind of woman she wants to be but the world won’t let her because of her disability. When they meet by chance on horseback, they are prepared for a romantic fling to help them forget their troubles. But when their fling turns into something more, they must face their deepest troubles b
Barbara Rogers
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iblog, netgalley
Series: A Scandal by Any Other Name
Publication Date: 1/30/18

I am so pleased to have read this book. I was a little hesitant to request it because I had such mixed feelings about the first book in the series, but I’m so glad I decided to go ahead and request it. It is well plotted, the writing is excellent and it is filled with lighthearted humor and one-liners. I kept picturing Lucy and Ethel (from I Love Lucy) with a smattering of Wonder Woman thrown in. The Bishop sisters are true terrors. The
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

I enjoyed this gutsy, unique romance from new-to-me author, Kimberly Bell. Though I think the book struggled with some pacing and plotting issues, it was an interesting, worthwhile reads for everyone who loves bold heroines and atypical MCs.

When I read that this was a romance with a female main character with spina bifida, I couldn't pass it up. I can count on maybe one hand the number of romances I've read with a female MCs with any type of disability or affliction, and I was positiv
+Digital ARC gently provided by Netgalley; the thougths are freely mine+

2.5 you better put on your big pants stars

After the death of his grandfather, the duke, Jasper do the usual: escape everything. Meanwhile, Julia Bishop is allowing herself to enjoy life in the country , shunned for her physical condition , and dreaming with a affair.

Not impressed with the Duke, the explanation about not able to fill his grandfather shoes as a way to justified his running away it is not good at all.
Caitlyn Lynch
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to run out of superlatives to describe how good this book is. It is, quite simply, the best historical romance I’ve read in ages - and I’ve read quite a few good ones, as you’ll see from my review history.

Lady Julia Bishop is the eldest daughter of a wealthy earl, and as such, she should have too many eligible suitors to count. However, Julia was born with an exposed spinal condition (revealed in the author’s notes to be spina bifida occluda) and is known to society as a ‘crippled frea
Dill Werner
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read in this series, provided to me by the publisher. I was thoroughly impressed by the heroine and the representation of her disability/illness (Although I know a bit about the condition, I'm not an expert on spina bifida and can't speak specifically about the representation). As a disabled person, it's lovely to see someone who doesn't fit into the swoony doe-eyed damsel. "Juniper" wants to have a romance like her peers, one that doesn't involve her reputation of be ...more
Carey’s Reviews
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!! I LOVED this book!! I walk with a limp and have a lot of scars & I felt like I understood where the main character, Julia, was coming from with her fears & insecurities! I feel the same way! I connected with Julia and I really enjoyed her story! I haven’t read Amelia & Nicholas’s story yet but I think I might have to now! This book can be read as a standalone. I can’t say enough how much I loved this story! I definitely recommend this book! Amelia & Julia had me smiling while reading t ...more
Skye Kilaen
Jun 10, 2019 marked it as no-thank-you
I was loving this until about 55% of the way in, when:

Disabled Female MC: When we're having sex, I'm not comfortable with you touching me there or there.
Abled Male MC: Well then I guess you don't trust me and we won't be having sex until you do.
Disabled Female MC: I guess he's right, I have a trust deficit.

I was *so* uncomfortable with this. People are allowed to set boundaries!
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Im not sure how I feel about this book. The future duke makes a run for it at the very start of the book. It was a childish action. The rest of the book followed the same kind of plot. Nothing was serious. It was like reading a novel about two young teens trying to find a way to force happiness.
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Jasper and Julia in the first Tale of Two Sisters. I adored Julia and her sister Amelia’s relationship. They were both so impish and naughty. The kind of girls I’d want to be friends with. Jasper was such fun in the first book. Such a schemer and a flirt! I knew immediately that he and Julia would be the perfect match. And I knew their story would be so much fun to read. I just never imagined it would be so romantic and moving.

Jasper DeVere, Viscount Bellamy was known to b
Erin Kelly
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Julia and Jasper!! The plot was not quite as compelling as the previous book in this series, but I think the character development made up for it. These two were so perfectly written for one another.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Julia Bishop knows that dreaming of exciting adventures and grand romances is as close as she will ever come to actually having them. Due to a spinal injury Julia’s life is on a strict schedule where deviation could mean something as small as a headache or as dangerous as life ending infection. But, when Jasper DeVere, an infamous rake and her brother-in-law’s friend unexpectedly arrives it seems the both adventure and romance have been delivered directly to her door.

I’ve been really excited
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read_in_2018
I read this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review

Devastated by his grandfather’s death, Jasper DeVere leaves town instead of attending the ceremony in which the new queen Victoria proclaims him duke of Albermarle. He’d rather not be a duke and have his beloved old man alive. He wants to mourn alone and rides like a madman with no specific destination. But of course fate plays tricks and by the time he’s exhausted and decides to stop he finds himself in the vicinity of his best frien
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley & Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

First of all, I'd like to thank Jen from Book Avid for the recommendation. They had posted many times about the importance of the book and about the heroinE, Julia.

The story takes place in the Victorian era, in the early days of the Queen's reign. Julia Bishop is the daughter of a wealthy family, she is beautiful, educated and has a loving family. But she is shun
Amanda Richardson
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Scandal by Any Other Name is a lovely story about a reforming rake and woman who has remained hidden. Julia has a limp and a spinal injury/deformity that she has lived with all of her life. She has been forced to stay out of society and hidden by her mother. Julia thought to never marry, being a third-wheel in her sister's household and facing this possibility she is shocked when she meets a man who wants her.
Jasper is running away from his inheritance. After his grandfather died, Jasper isn't
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
After reading the first book, I had to find out what happens to Amalia's twin, Julia. Julia is a determined female who won't let a disability keep her down. She may not be able to have a respectable life as a married woman, but she is determine to experience a grand passion. The question is, where will she find a man who will overlook her scars and disfigured foot? Who will ignore her limp? Ignore that she follows a strict regimen to prevent her from collapsing down with a fever and illness?

Norah Gibbons
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. A Scandal By Any Other Name is the second book in Kimberly Bell’s A Tale of Two Sisters series. They are quite steamy romances set in the early Victorian era. The first book is The Importance Of Being Scandalous. Kimberly Bell is a new to me author so I had not read the first one ... but I immediately purchased it upon finishing this book because I was not ready to say goodbye to the characters. Currently the first book ...more
Dot Salvagin
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the “Two Sisters” series and I loved it. After being introduced to Jasper and Julia in the first book I couldn’t wait for them to get together in this book and I wasn’t disappointed. Julia has suffered a debilitating condition all her life but instead of giving in she fights back and grabs hold of life with gusto. Jasper has some serious self-confidence issues in spite of his wicked sense of humor. Together they are a couple for the age, but will they overcome their se ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. I enjoyed it Fun and steamy. Lovable characters. Great story.
Under the Covers Book Blog

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Julia Bishop knows that dreaming of exciting adventures and grand romances is as close as she will ever come to actually having them. Due to a spinal injury Julia’s life is on a strict schedule where deviation could mean something as small as a headache or as dangerous as life ending infection. But, when Jasper DeVe
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Publisher's Description:

Julia Bishop has led a very sheltered life. Protected by her family from those who might ridicule her for her secrets, she stays hidden away in the country. But she longs for more, if only for an evening. To kiss a rake in full view of the stable boy. Unchaperoned picnics. Romance. But she knows she’ll never experience any of those things.

That is, until a handsome duke with a mysterious past of his own arrives…

Duke Jasper DeVere left London to grieve his grandfather’s dea
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
So last year there were posts going around about The Importance of Being Scandalous which was a historical romance with a character that has spina bifida. Turns out, the character with spina bifida was the sister and the romance did not include her one bit. I was disappointed especially because I thought she would have made an excellent pairing with Jasper, the best friend of the male love interest.

BUT Julia’s back with her own romance this time! And it was fully adorable (and sexy) and I really
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Julia Bishop was born with a spinal condition that should've killed her in her youth, and because of the danger to her health, has been cosseted in the countryside for her entire life. With everything being run to a schedule to ensure she doesn't contract infection or overly fatigues herself, she's long grown sick of her sheltered existence. She's always wanted more, and while staying her her s
Lindsey Gray
This novel could’ve been entitled How to Tick Off a Monarch, because Queen Victoria has more than one reason to be displeased with her cousin, Jasper DeVere. Since his father passed away when he was only six, Jasper has lived the majority of his life as the heir to his grandfather’s title of the Duke of Albemarle. Now with his grandfather’s passing, it’s time for Jasper to take over the dukedom. Seconds before he is supposed to be presented to Queen Victoria and take over the title, he bolts lea ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Julia Bishop has led a very sheltered life & because of her disability, she stays hidden away in the country. She longs for more, but she knows she’ll never experience any of those things.
That is, until one day out riding she takes a tumble from her horse & is rescued by Jasper DeVere who’s left London to grieve his grandfather’s death privately, away from the prying eyes and gossips of the ton. Seeking solitude at Nick & Amelia’s country manor, who happen to be Julia sister & brother i
Lori D
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of two people who both have a hard time dealing with their current lives. Jasper De Vere has lost his parents and is about to lose his beloved grandfather and is not ready to take over the Dukedom. So he flees his responsibilities and goes to his friend Nicolas's estate in the country. There he meets Julia Bishop, Nicolas's sister in law who has kept to herself hidden away from society. She was born with a spinal injury and has always stayed close to her family. Although really i ...more
Isha Coleman
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jasper has two simple rules:

(1) Live life to the fullest.

(2) Get out while you can.

Permanent has no place in his life. Until he meets the one woman who stops him in his tracks. Julia is a dreamer. Excitement is what she craves, but life had other plans for her. When a playboy heir to a dukedom walks into her life and makes her forget her less than perfect existence, she starts to think that anything is possible. However, life has a way of changing the best laid plans. Can these two misfits: the
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had just finished reading “The Importance of being Scandalous” which I had purchased when I had the opportunity to read “A Scandal by any other Name” so I was thrilled. The second book, which can be read independently of the first, follows Jasper De Vere who has fled his presentation to the queen as the new Duke. He goes to the country estate of his friends Nicholas and Amelia (book 1), where he meets Amelia’s sister Julia, who pretends to be a family cousin, known as Juniper. Her reason for d ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Story concept and characters were excellent. The treatment of her disability seemed historically accurate. It had many elements of a good story, certainly it was different.

However the story lost pace and it seemed to go nowhere, by halfway I found it very laborious and I lost any joy I had in my initial reading.

Great potential but for me it just didn't deliver.

The blurb above seems to refer to a slightly different scenario so it maybe that it's been rewritten since I got it from netgalley.

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