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Some Like It Scandalous

(The Gilded Age Girls Club #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  612 ratings  ·  171 reviews
They are sworn enemies…

Theodore Prescott the Third, one of Manhattan’s Rogues of Millionaire Row, has really done it this time. The only way to survive his most recent, unspeakably outrageous scandal is marry someone respectable. Someone sensible. Someone like Daisy Swan. Of all the girls in Gilded Age Manhattan, it had to be her.

Pretending to be lovers...

Daisy Swan
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Avon
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ARC received from publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Daisy is set on life as a spinster. She is one year away of getting her degree in science and finding herself a comfortable spot on the dreaded ‘shelf’. Growing up in a society where women are only praised for their outward features, Daisy has had it difficult. But when she is coerced into an arranged marriage by her mother to her mortal enemy Theodore Prescott the Third she and Theo come up with a plan. Just go along with it to get
Joanna Loves Reading
This was an enjoyable read/listen and I thought the romance was woven into the story better than the first in series.
Well, this was a delight.

I loved Daisy and Theo. She’s so smart and he’s so charming and together there’s chemistry and banter. I loved their mutual exasperation and how they discussed various ways to jilt the other one at the alter. There are some other ladies as secondary characters and I’m absolutely here for any of their books.

Plot wise, it was nearly all fluff and I loved it. There’s conversation and a natural progression from casual acquaintances to friends to lovers. There is a very
Jen Davis
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second installment in Maya Rodale's Gilded Age girls club takes us back to Manhattan in the late 1800s, where Daisy Swan wants nothing more than to live out her life as a spinster, selling her very own complexion cream. Her mother, though, has other ideas. Not only does she want Daisy to marry, she wants it to be with the pretty playboy who made her teenage years miserable. Theo is the one who dubbed her Ugly Duck Daisy and he's never done anything since to raise her opinion of him. In ...more
Tracy Emro
I really loved this book - Daisy and Theo are such an amazing couple and I LOVED their banter.
Daisy Swan has never been considered pretty, unlike her gorgeous mother and sister, but she is smart and believes in herself. She has also hated Theodore Prescott the Third since she was 13 years old and he gave her the nickname Ugly Duck Daisy, on that day she decided three things, she will never marry, she will find a way to cut ties with society and she will hate Theo until the day she dies.

12 years
Sissy's Romance Book Review
SOME LIKE IT SCANDALOUS by Maya Rodale is book Two in The Gilded Age Girls Club Series. This is the story of Daisy Swan and Theodore 'Theo' Prescott. I have read the previous book but fee this can be a standalone book.
Theo and Daisy knew each other when the where younger where Theo teased her about her looks. This set in motions her feeling that she would never marry, that she would become her own person and not what society puts on her. But now in the present day her mother is urging her to
Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

When they were children, Theodore Prescott the Third, of one of the richest families in Manhattan, called Daisy Swan a horrible name. It was so bad, in fact, that she has never forgotten it - nor forgiven him. Theo has recently experienced an incredible scandal and the only way to save face is to marry someone with respect. The best woman for this, encouraged by both families, is none other than Daisy. Her family is facing scandal, but most are unaware of that fact.

How can
Books on Stereo
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute, progressive, feminist historical romance.
C- review:

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lori D
New York City 1883 In her youth Daisy Swan was looked down upon by her peers and fellow children of some of the elite of Manhattan because she was not pretty. Unfortunately she was teased and when an incident occurred with her landing in a duck pond due to Theodore Prescott, she knew at that moment she would hate him forever!!
Fast forward 12 years and at twenty five Daisy felt she was still not pretty as her mother and sisters. I felt so bad for Daisy because a lot of have felt this way, but I
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Daisy Swan is determined to finish her education and make something of herself. She has no interest in matrimony, much less to her arch nemesis Theodore Prescott the Third. Dubbing her Ugly Duck Daisy as children started her lifelong dislike of everything Theo, with his handsome looks and loaded social calendar, so what on earth could her mother be thinking to make Daisy marry him?

There’s more to Theodore Prescott the Third bedsides his best dressed self and booked social calendar. Too bad he
Diane K. Peterson
A delightful, fascinating look at women in the Gilded Age of New York. I loved the characters. I loved the story. If you have a drop of feminism in your blood you will love how determined women found a way to thwart, not just men, but the mores of the time. This is a wonderful follow-up to the previous book in the series.

Daisy and Theo were childhood acquaintances and enemies after an incident in which he called her "Ugly Duck Daisy." So things were just awful when their parents coerce them into
Leigh Kramer
For as much as I love discussing beauty and skincare, I know very little about the history of cosmetics. Some Like It Scandalous provides a crash course on the history of complexion balm and makeup, thanks to budding entrepeneur and scientist Daisy.

Daisy has no interest in marriage and is solely focused on figuring out how to bring her complexion balm, based on an old family recipe and tweaked thanks to her background in chemistry, to market. Her plans are foiled when her mother joins forces
Joana V.
Review originally published at Romancing Romances.


I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.

Some Like It Scandalous is the second book in The Gilded Age Girls Club and it’s an enemies to lovers kind of story.

I had a problem with this story that in a way stopped me from enjoying it as much as I could have.
Theo was a bully, as a kid. But his actions had repercussions until adult life. And who was the target of his mean, hurtful
Jessica Grogan
Theodore Prescott the Third, heir to a steel company magnate, has ambition for little else besides attending parties with his friends and wooing women. Daisy Swan has plenty of ambition and plans to remain unwed, forever. When their parents announce they’re to be engaged, Daisy and Theo team up to fake an engagement.

I liked Daisy more than Theo but only because I feel like she was given more personality than he was. I really enjoyed the prologue and their history together. The fact that Theo
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maya Rodale’s one of those authors where I don’t even have to read the blurb of her newest release, and I’ll pick it up as fast as I can. One trope she’s exceptionally good at is opposites-attract (see my review on LADY CLAIRE IS ALL THAT over here), and SOME LIKE IT SCANDALOUS captures that talent perfectly!

A scandalous rogue + an aspiring, sensible gentlelady = a successful love story (and business) that’ll make readers’ toes curl.

It all begins with a scandal. As you can tell by the title
This book is EVERYTHING I want in a read – a heroine to adore: determined, brainy, unapologetically herself and yet still curious and willing to take chances with a hero who, despite his appearances of not caring is actually kind, considerate and feeling a bit lost and guilty while still trying to gain recognition and approval from his father. But, when the two are pushed / cajoled / prodded together, the sparks fly and oh how wonderful it is to find the thoroughly open set of sensibilities in a ...more
LianaReads blog
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 starsIt's been a while since I haven't read a great historical romance, and especially one set in the Gilded Age in New York.Some Like It Scandalous is a beautiful love story between Theodore Prescott The Third and Daisy Swann. They know each other sine teenage years when Theo nicknamed her Ugly Duck Daisy.Being one of the notorious rake in the town, Theo has to marry someone who will make his inheritance and name a respected one as he gets himself in trouble and his father demands that from ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Maya Rodale give some of the more fun historical romance that I have read. I enjoy very much picking up one of her romances and seeing where it takes me. I love that so makes the titles feel like something familiar.

With Some Like it Scandalous we get us a pair of enemies that turn to lovers and then so much more. The game of pretend or convenience makes its claim know and staked on the hearts of two very unsuspecting individuals.

Daisy and Theodore Prescott the Third makes to most of their fake
Catherine Stein
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really torn about how to rate this one. I loved Theo and Daisy and the way their relationship and business unfolded. But there was so much packed in with the ladies of the club and their protests and activities (toward the end of the book in particular) that the pacing felt strange and on multiple occasions I asked, "What does this have to do with the story?" I think some of the historically-based events needed either a longer book to spread them out or to be saved for another book.
Norah Gibbons
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Some Like It Scandalous by Maya Rodale is the second book in her The Gilded Age Girls Club series. It could be read as a stand-alone but I loved the first book Duchess By Design and highly recommend reading both. Some Like It Scandalous is a delightful romp of an arranged marriage and enemies to lovers story although to be fair to Theodore Prescott the Third was more indifferent to Daisy Swan than actual ...more
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Heat Factor: Their first kiss is distinctly underwhelming, but don’t worry! It gets much better.
Character Chemistry: Completely believable, as enemies and as friends and as lovers
Plot: Our parents want us to get married, so let’s have a fake engagement to get them off our backs! Seems like a solid plan.
Overall: Fun AND fabulous AND feminist! Definitely worth reading.

Sometimes, when I read historical romance featuring a really overtly feminist heroine,
As one of the self-described Rogues of Millionaire Row, Theodore Prescott the Third is known for outrageous scandals and indulgences. But after an incident involving a stolen racehorse, a powerful politician, and an infamous actress, steel tycoon Theodore Prescott the Second has decided it's time for his son to settle down so he gives young Theo an ultimatum: marry serious and sensible society lady Daisy Swan or be cut off.

Miss Daisy Swan has no interest in a loveless marriage and certainly not
Connie Fischer
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New York City - 1883

Miss Daisy Swan, age 13, is not a pretty young girl and the other children of Manhattan’s finest families tease her constantly. It doesn’t bother her because she’s busy reading books on chemistry which fascinates her. After being teased and humiliated by Theodore Prescott, the third, Daisy swears that she will hate him forever and will remain a spinster.

New York City - 1895

Now Daisy is 25 and still not considered to be pretty. Her sisters, Rose, Camilla, and Lily are all
Erica Chilson
I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars

Some Like it Scandalous is the second installment in the Gilded Age Girls Club series. With this being the second in the series, I still feel it would be easy to read the novel as a standalone with little to no confusion.

Daisy is not the usual heroine in Historical Romance. Cerebral. She isn't interested in a life featuring marriage and motherhood. She's destined to become a spinster, just a year from being put upon
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first foray into reading Maya Rodale and I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable! If you are looking for a historical with independent, sassy women who make things happen, this might be right up your alley. Some Like It Scandalous is a historical romance set in Gilded Age NYC and combines enemies to lovers and marriage of convenience tropes. It is smart, funny, a bit steamy, and fiercely feminist.

Daisy Swan is a fairly plain-looking wallflower who is more interested in finishing her
Nicole D.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1895 New York City. Miss Daisy Swan just wants to be an on the shelf spinster already so she can start her own company and sell cosmetics especially her face cream which she has been perfecting for years. Theodore "Theo" Prescott has been involved in a scandal and his father is sick of his playboy lifestyle and wants him to get serious about working for the family steel company. So when Daisy's mother and Theo's father decide to have them get engaged they are both against it but decide to play ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a while to get into for some reason, but I did enjoy it. I think it picked up for me after they decided to go into business together. Theo was a fun hero - you don’t see the beautiful, layabout without no ambitions very often. I loved watching him develop goals and ambitions. I really liked the plot point of holding off on the marriage until she chose it even though she could refuse. The authors note at the back detailing all the research and real life analogues to the women in ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It's so much fun to read books about women of the past who are interested in women's rights and equality (whether that be class, race, or gender). Rodale, as usual, uses a modern voice in this book about a wealthy chemist who has her sights set on creating a line of cosmetics specifically to be marketed to both upper class Manhattanites as well as working women. This, at a time when the only women to wear cosmetics were either actresses or "working" women. I also enjoyed the ...more
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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to ...more

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