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A Scandalous Deal

(The Four Hundred #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,475 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Joanna Shupe returns with another unforgettable novel set in the glittering world of New York City’s Gilded Age…

They call her Lady Unlucky…

With three dead fiancés, Lady Eva Hyde has positively no luck when it comes to love. She sets sail for New York City, determined that nothing will deter her dream of becoming an architect, certainly not an unexpected passionate shipboar
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Avon
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Sammy Loves Books
4.5 stars rounded up to 5

I absolutely enjoyed this book. I am usually not a fan of historical romances set in New York City. But this one was just right!

I loved the flawed hero. He was a handsome business man with a brutish side. The savvy heroine was a survivor and a total badass.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018, hr, 2-stars
In my goal to avoid reading the book that I actually want to read (a bit of a contradiction, I know), I thought I would read Joanna Shupe's newest addition to her The Four Hundred series last night.

After about 20-25% I started skim-reading. This is it. This is my last book by this author.

Yes, she is good at bringing the Gilded Age to life. She's good at showing how difficult it was for a woman to advance into male domains. She is good at presenting female friendships. But she seems to forget th
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B at AAR.

This second book in Joanna Shupe’s The Four Hundred series introduces readers to Lady Eva Hyde, an intelligent and ambitious young woman who longs to make a career designing buildings. Her father, the world’s most famous architect, Lord Cassell (otherwise known as E.M. Hyde) has tutored her since she was a teenager, and she has studied and worked hard to hone her craft, but this is 1890, and she is barred from properly entering the profession because she is female.
3.5 stars.

I like it, but the characters and the dialogues feels too current!

Love the idea a female architect, but correct me if I’m wrong, how old the heroine is? Is she 22?
She started seriously learning at 14 for 8 years. And now she is in charge for a high rise luxurious hotel in 19th century? Er...seriously? 🙄🤨
Even in 21st century, when women can have any career they want that things won’t happened!
Oh well, but it was a fun story and who care with the fact right? Right?
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to get this one.

I loved Eva and Phillip. She’s smart and stands up for herself. He’s stubborn and maybe a bit cocky. Together there’s a load of chemistry and button pushing. It was especially delightful to see Nora and Julius from the first book.

Plot wise, it was okay. There’s a lot of push and pull and while these two talked and talked often, it was never about what it needed to be. I loved all of the mentions of working women and th
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
Lady Eva Hyde has a shipboard one-night-stand with Phillip Mansfield. When she realizes that he's her new employer, and also DOWN TO CLOWN, she has to decide what's really important: her dreams of being a kickass architect, or introducing herself to Phillip's boner on the regular.

1. I know; I know: you're thinking, "kris, if you hate the gilded age setting so much, why do you keep reading Shupe's novels?" and I'll tell you: it's like lucky socks. I don't like the way they fit, but I like the res
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Scandalous Deal is the second book in the Four Hundred series. The first book was a delight, but I really think I enjoyed this book even more than book one. *gasp* because I adored A Daring Arrangement .  But this book, just held my attention even more. I don't know what it was, but the minute I
Honestly, Philip should have grovelled more.

Lady Eva was great and I loved that her character refused to back down from her own individual aspirations, pushing for more from her future partner, although I am of the opinion that Philip could of done more than a grand gesture since I'm not completely convinced that he's reversed his thinking on women in the workforce. Sigh.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably the sexiest book of Joanna Shupe's so far, in my opinion. Chapter 2 is a highlight for me with its combination of humor and high heat.

I like Eva's strength of will and her unwavering self-belief. But for me, Phillip had the most growth arc in this book with his acceptance of the changing roles of women in his world.

As always with Joanna's Gilded age setting, I adore "being there" at the time and place of A Scandalous Deal because she describes them exceptionally well.

I prefer for the
Jen Davis
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
As much as I love the Regency romances that are the mainstay of my historicals, I am really enjoying the foray into New York’s Gilded Age I’m getting with this series. This is the second installment in Joanna Shupe’s The Four Hundred and–though I enjoyed the first one–if you want to jump in here, this holds up just fine as a standalone.

Lady Eva is a talented architect who learned her craft at the feet of her renowned father. Unfortunately, her dad has developed dementia and can no longer work. T
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God! I just love Joanna Shupe. She is so good. She writes Gilded Age romances which are so good. So so good.

In this one, we have a lady architect from England and a American hotel magnate. And boy do sparks fly. Joanna Shupe's books are good for two reasons. One, the chemistry between the characters is wonderful. The second is how nicely historically informed they are. They usually show how life is changing and the struggles the female characters have in making their own way. They also sh
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, it really pains me to think that after hundreds of years, women still face the same issue that Eva Hyde is facing in this book. Deemed less than competent in some fields that are "men's business" or having husbands who prefer women to be just a wife and mother. Of course, women also have more options now, working at various fields (yes, architecture as well), but inequality still happens, still strong in some communities.

As for the book, I loved it, of course. I LOVED Eva... and I
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

Eva and Phillip live in a time when a woman is not able to be respected in a "man's world" so even though her father is ailing, and not able to work, andthe plans for Phillip's hotel were drawn by Eva, she lies and convinces everyone that she is in New York temporarily, and only in charge until her father arrives.

Phillip and Eva meet on a ship, crossing from the UK to New York. They have an illicit encounter, and they don't see one anothe
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coffee Dates with A Scandalous Deal

First Date: Our story begins on a ship traveling to New York City where Lady Eva Hyde meets Phillip Mansfield. Mansfield is traveling home from Paris, and Eva is traveling to oversee the building of a hotel her father the famous E.M. Hyde designed. Only her father didn't develop it. She did. Her father has been ill for over two years with Alzheimer's a disease that wouldn't be diagnosed until 1906. On board, neither knows who the other is, as they exchange
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Eva wants to be an architect, so she deceives a guy with serious issues with trust. Of course, this goes terribly, but somehow, love still happens. Again, the New York setting was interesting, but the premise was a lost cause for me, I think. It's too bad since it was nice seeing a not-evil mother in a romance novel. ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Really loved this one!
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Aug 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
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I was very charmed by this one! The end was a little short, but Philip and Eva were great and I found most of the supporting characters very enjoyable (obvious exceptions of the jerks who refused to work for Eva). I’d like to see more of Nora (and now Eva’s) American friends too.
I haven’t yet read the first in this series – but I’m hoping to remedy that this weekend! This story starts with a touch of deception and a passage to New York from England for our couple. Eva Hyde is an architect, hoping to make her own mark on the world. Her father is both famed for his work, and the one who taught her all she knows, but he’s in failing health with something that feels like a dementia, and is unable to keep working. Unfortunately, Phillip Mansfield has paid (perhaps overpaid) ...more
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars

A Scandalous Deal felt innovated and fresh in a genre that by definition is antiquated. I read the novel feverishly, not realizing how quickly I blew through it until I hit the ending, since nothing broke my concentration.

Two new things for me: I'd never read a book that began with a ship passage from England to NYC and I've read very few books taking place in the US during this era. This was a pleasant surprise, adding
Sissy's Romance Book Review
A Scandalous Deal by Joanna Shupe is book Two in The Four Hundred series. This is the story of Eva Hyde and Phillip Mansfield. I have read the previous book but feel if you choose to read this one first you should be okay.
Eva is the Lady Unlucky when she looses three fiancés to death and now her father illness is getting worse. Eva's father is a famous architect who has an assignment to design and oversee Phillips Hotels in America. Eva has been trained by her father and in fact has been coveri
Alma Torres
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you ever read “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand from the 1943? The Scandalous Deal gave me the same vibe when it came to the construction site, lies, and finally love. Definitely a good quick read!
Diane Peterson
An excellent story -- interesting history, appealing characters, very well written. I "read" the audiobook and the narration was top notch. Eva Hyde is a British lady and an architect. She has worked with her famous architect father, but now her father is ill and incapacitated. So Eva travels to New York to work with a huge hotel project. She has a rendezvous on the ship with Philip Mansfield who turns out to be her employer.

I really enjoyed this story of role reversal and compromise. I loved wa
Loved this fun quick read!!!!!! The plot was awesome the characters were engaging & loved the time era! That said lol I don’t like that women did not have any rights & were thought of ballrooms & frivolous things instead of being a damn good architect like our leading heroine was!!!!!! This was a great champion of women & portrayed why she was so adamant on why should she marry if the male will hamper her dreams & goals in life to become the best—any male worth their salt if it’s a true love mat ...more
Catherine Stein
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Another excellent book from Joanna Shupe. Loved Lady Eva and all the rich architectural details.
 Crystal ➳ Reading Between the Wines Book Club
This one didn't wow me as much as the first in the series did, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Review to come... ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars
Holly Bryant-Simpson
Howww is Joanna Shupe so good?

Just like with A Daring Arrangement, when I started I wasn't sure if I was going to fall in love with these two and then somehow I'm halfway through the book and can't stop reading. The Joanna Shupe word vortex pulled me in and didn't let me go.

I absolutely love this setting. I want more historical romance outside of Great Britain.

The story has a diverse cast, dealing with real issues, real fears, and finding real love. (For the record, I would absolutely LOVE to
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
My second JS book and yet again she didn’t disappoint. I love the American setting (how did I ever think I didn’t like it?) and it doesn’t scrimp on any of the pomp at all. The storyline once again was nailed and gave me some kind of novelty which I have to admit is really hard to find when you have read sooooo many books.
The heroine has designed the plans for a monumental hotel in New York- the only problem is that everyone thinks it’s her father’s work (because of course women can’t be archit
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USA Today bestselling author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. Since 2015, her books have appeared on numerous yearly “best of” lists, including Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Kobo, and Book

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