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Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides)

Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Essex
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"Essex will have readers longing to set sail alongside her daring heroine and dashing hero. This wild ride of a high seas adventure/desire-in-disguise romance has it all: nonstop action, witty repartee and deft plotting. From the bow to the mast, from battles to ballrooms, Essex delivers another reckless bride and another read to remember."--"Romantic Times "on "Almost a Scandal"

"Elizabeth Essex will dazzle you with her sophisticated blend of vivid historical detail, exquisite characterization and delicious sexual tension. "Almost a Scandal" is a breath-taking tale of rapturous romance and awe-inspiring adventure!" --"USA Today" bestselling author "Julianne MacLean"

"Elizabeth Essex writes the perfect blend of fast-paced adventure and deliciously sexy romance. I couldn't put this book down! ALMOST A SCANDAL gets a place on my keeper shelf--I will read anything Elizabeth Essex writes!"--"New York Times "bestselling author "Celeste Bradley"

"The first book in the Reckless Brides Trilogy is a seafarer's delight. Col and Sally's high stakes adventure is fast-paced and fraught with peril. Well-timed humor punctuates the action and the use of frigate-speak adds authenticity to the shipboard dialog. The love story teases the reader at first, as Col and Sally struggle to conceal their attraction on board the Audacious. Then things turn desperate when the circumstances of war seem intent on driving them apart. A smartly written, emotional tempest."--"Reader to Reader Reviews"


"Elizabeth Essex has created a fascinating world peopled with fascinating characters. I didn't want this story to end and with the promise of more books in this series, it doesn't have to. ALMOST A SCANDAL is a joy to read."--"Fresh Fiction"

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"Ms. Essex delivers romance at its finest; adventure-packed, passion-filled and totally satisfying. Teeming with adventure, passion, sexual tension, secrets, scandal, witty banter, romance and l

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Elizabeth Essex

Almost a Scandal


Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society’s rules of courtship. But—come hell or high water—they  always get their man…

For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues…

Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty—and distractingly gorgeous—Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally’s charade, and he’s furious. But he must admit she’s the best midshipman on board—and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250003792
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DCV4AM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex 5 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It was a family tradition for the Kent family to serve in the Royal Navy. A tradition they did with pride. Sally Kent also like many of her family felt born to do this too. The only problems were that it is 1805 and she is a girl. So Sally can not fulfil her dream of a life at sea, until one day when her younger brother Richard refuses to sign up and report for duty, Sally sees this as her opportunity and disguised as her brother and wearing full naval uniform, Sally takes her brothers place aboard the Audacious. Sally soon proves that she is more than capable to do the job as any man and she soon fits in with all the men, becoming the best midshipman on board. It would seem that Sally is getting away with her disguise, until handsome Lieutenant David Colyear (Col) sees straight through her charade to the woman she truly is.

Will Col reveal her secret?

A historical romance packed with adventure and danger. Sally is a very strong leading lady that is ahead of her time. The plot does mainly concentrate more on the naval prospective of life, the day to day duties and general life aboard the ship. The battles and war too. I would have preferred to see more on the development of the romance between the two leading characters than about battles and naval life. This is just my own personal opinion and I am a Pisces so I just am a stickler for a true romantic tale and pure escapism without all the ins and outs of everyday life getting in the way. I think the way the book as been written is more a true to life book though so this will appeal to readers who like more true to life stories.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live life boldly 31 July 2012
By Ms.Harriet M. - Published on
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This is an exciting tale about a woman, Sally Kent who follows her dream by filling in for her brother aboard a ship in her Majesty`s Royal Navy.. She is soothing her conscious by saying that she is doing it to protect her family's honor but it is so much more.

It is a action packed story set against the backdrop of the high seas, and shows how wit can hold its own against brawn.

The main characters are Sally Kent and Mr. Colyear. Mr. Colyear has known the Kent family for years. He is the insurmountable object that Sally has to overcome to live unbound by the chains society has placed around her.

What makes this book special is that Sally has to face the consequences for her actions. There is a grittiness and believability in the descriptions of the life aboard ,the Audacious. The author shows that dues definitely have to be paid for breaking the rules. However, if you have the guts sometimes you will reap the glory in unexpected ways. It is these things that kept me turning the pages, that and the interactions and growth of the characters, sometimes those interactions were amusing and other times poignant.

I enjoyed the story immensely,cannot think of anything else to say.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Patrick O'Brian with hot sex (and satisfying romance) 1 Aug 2012
By Elisa - Published on
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I was lucky enough to get to read an ARC of this book, and it's FABULOUS FABULOUS FABULOUS.

Some of you may know I'm a huge fan of Patrick O'Brian's seafaring novels (the Aubrey / Maturin books that start with Master and Commander).
Elizabeth Essex's Almost a Scandal is like a Patrick O'Brian novel but with FRONT AND CENTER ROMANCE.

And it's a very, very swoony romance. I truly loved both the main characters--they're smart, daring, brave, loyal--and I actually bought the whole girl-dressed-as-a-boy-and-kinda-gets-away with it trope. This book pulls it off far more believably than pretty much anything else I've ever read.

The writing is stunningly good, the sexual tension is very hot, and the love story is truly passionate. There's a moment when all they do is touch hands, and I was all but weeping.

Great stuff!!!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars part sailing manual, part romance 31 July 2012
By Jeanne - Published on
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Almost a Scandal is an oddly different sort of historical romance. The better part of the book is filled with deeply detailed descriptions of sailing a frigate and the battle at Trafalgar. Using the old gender-bending plot element, Essex has her main character Sally Kent disguise herself as her brother and go to serve in the Navy aboard the frigate Audacious. While the plot clips along with adventures and plenty of detail about the daily lives of sailors, the sexual tension builds between Sally and Col, the ship's second in command, her brothers' friend and the hero of her youth. Sadly, while there are plenty of details about ships, sails, and navigation, there are huge gaps in what I consider the more important areas of personal details. Somehow, Sally lives completely comfortably among over 200 men on a small ship for weeks. Both the captain and Col realize from the start that she's female and do nothing--and this is in 1805! It's not a bad book, fairly well written and well-paced, and the main characters are likable. However, even though I am very comfortable with the usual willing suspension of disbelief that romantic fantasy requires, this novel demands more disbelief than I can tolerate.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Romantic Adventure 7 Aug 2012
By SashaWrites - Published on
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4.5 stars!
I'm now a total Elizabeth Essex fan. This is the 2nd book of hers I've devoured - literally unable to put it aside for the two day period I needed to read it. If I didn't have a horde of children to feed and keep out occupied, I imagine I would have finished it that much sooner.
It's not just that Sally is funny and sweet and able. It's not just that Col is dreamy and stoic and manly. It's that, together, they work so well. Whether running a ship (I LOVED the setting), on secret missions, or embroiled in military warfare - they were a team.
YAY! And Huzzah! A wonderful read for all fans or romance and historicals!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loretta Chase meets Patrick O’Brian 1 Feb 2014
By CA - Published on
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If you like romance, if you like anything nautical, if you like a historical context, if you like a truly strong heroine and if you like witty banter – you will love this book. I haven’t had this much fun reading a book in a long time. This was sort of like Loretta Chase meets Patrick O’Brian, and what a great result!

Sally, our heroine, is traveling disguised as her younger brother who had reluctantly signed on to sail on the “Audacious” (a British warship) and who didn’t show up for duty. She is able to manage this a bit too easily and at times I was a bit surprised that no one saw through her ruse, so there is a bit of suspension of belief. Sally is as skilled as the next midshipman, if not better – no, she was better. Having been raised in a nautical family, her skills have been well honed, and I loved to read about her climbing the mast lines like a monkey, and being able to anticipate changes in the weather days before they happened, or know how to set the sails before receiving the order. She is so happy at sea. Col, the second-in-command and Hero of the story, is a wonderful character and exudes the authority inherent in his position, and is also a fair and generous man……and not too bad-looking, of course. The sea is in his blood (as it is for Sally) and I had to chuckle at his reverse sea-sickness – he has been on board a ship for so long that he gets symptoms of sea-sickness when he steps on land. For anyone who spends considerable time on a boat, that’s not too far from the truth, but his situation was a little exaggerated without being preposterous, and it was his Achilles heel.

Sally was so cool. Not only can she hold her own among the men physically, but she holds her own mentally and socially as well, without veering from her own true self. Somehow, she knows how to think like a guy, and it’s almost inherent for her, which was a unique approach. She doesn’t have to be different to fit in, and I found that refreshing.

The banter – very Loretta Chase, and I was highlighting my favorite parts all over the place. The dialogue is worth re-reading, so it took me a few days longer to finish than it usually takes me, but I was also savoring the delicious story….Patrick O’Brian would have been proud of how much of the book focused on the nautical goings-on – in fact, most of the first half is life on a ship, which I found fascinating. The second half is based on the Battle of Trafalgar and nautical battle strategy, which I knew nothing about, so I also came away enlightened. And then there’s some love and heat thrown in there, so it’s all very, very interesting……..
The ending was a tad jumbled in spots which seemed to disrupt the flow for a moment, but the culminating scene made up for it! Can’t spoil it for anyone who decides to read this, so I’ll have to keep that one to myself…..

I read this book after reading the author’s delightful “A Breath of Scandal,” and was tickled to see that story’s Hero (Will Jellicoe) in this one as a secondary character, but when he was a 12-year old midshipman and learning the ropes – in case anyone read Will’s story. It’s not a prequel that requires knowledge of another story, but it was nice to see him again nonetheless. (That was a good book, too!)

All in all, very enjoyable, and I am happy I read this.
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