Review for Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel

Scandalous Endeavors

Amanda Mariel


Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-eighteenth century English aristocracy.

But when first her mother and then her father die, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and…..

not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her travel to his plantation

where she must remain for at least two years when she will come of age.

With the help of Lady Grace and Lady Sarah, Lady Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her

four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him…find an English lord to marry so she

can remain in her beloved England. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of

London’s eligible bachelors in matrimony.

Lord Goldstone, Lady Grace’s nephew is devilishly handsome, but a Scottish Duke and so

entirely unacceptable as a possible husband. After all Scotland is not her beloved London and

environs. He also has a nasty habit of showing up at all the wrong moments and thwarting her

carefully laid plans to ensnare a suitable husband. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds

with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing

long enough to explore their growing passion? Is it strong enough to make Lady Amelia give up

her English home after all? Or will Lady Amelia find a suitable English lord and avoid social

exile in America? Time is running out.

Shawna'a Review

Scandalous Endeavors is and novel by Amanda Mariel.  Growing up as an Aristocrat, Lady Amelia has had a great life. That is until both her mother and father pass away. Now with a new guardian it seems she is going to have to leave her life behind to start a new one in America. Not wanting to do so she sets out on a scandalous endeavor to find an English Lord she can get to ask for her hand so she doesn’t have to leave.  Everything is going to plan and she has even set her sights on a man she thinks she will be able to deal with for the rest of her life (It may not be for love but at least she will be home). That is, until Scottish Duke Lord Goldstone comes into her life and foils her plans. As handsome as he is she knows he could never be her husband since he is from Scotland, but that doesn’t stop him from perusing her. Can Lady Amelia snare her a husband before time runs out or will Lord Goldstone ruin it all for her?

This book definitely takes you back in time and the author does such a great job at doing so. You really do get a feel of the eighteenth century when reading this. I really liked Lady Amelia, how she knew what she wanted and made darn sure she would get it no matter what happened. The book was a little slow though, that is until Lord Goldstone came into the picture. He is a great character that I enjoyed reading about. Smart, funny and just plain handsome, he has all the qualities I love in a man character. Oh! And don’t forget Scottish….. Droooool. If you are into historical love stories this is most certainly a book you will enjoy reading. 

4 out of 5 stars


Lord Roseington wrapped his arms around her and stood up, setting her on her feet. “Yes,

Amelia, everything is okay now.” He reached up and removed her arms from around him, then

took a step back. “We must stop winding up in these situations before we cause a scandal.”

She looked at him through hooded eyes. “‘Tis a wonder we haven’t already.”

A man cleared his voice behind her.

Amelia turned her head, already knowing who had caught them. “Lord Goldstone, you mustn’t

trouble yourself with keeping our secret.”

“What she means to say is that there is no secret to be kept. Amelia carelessly got close enough

to the hearth to catch her skirts ablaze. I could not very well let her burn up.”

“No, Roseington, you were obliged to help. I am glad to know that you were not taking

advantage of our dear Amelia.” He glanced at her and flashed a rakish smirk. “Indeed, you are a

hero. Let us go share the story while Amelia changes her charred gown.”

She tried her hardest to shoot daggers at him from her narrowed glare. His grin only deepened at

the attempt, which increased her ire. “Don’t you dare tell a soul. I would most definitely perish

from the embarrassment!” Amelia spat the words out with anger and annoyance. How dare he

ruin everything for a second time, and then jest about sharing her humiliation. If he were not

Scottish, she would trap him instead. That would teach him a lesson.

“Do not worry your head over it, Lady Amelia. We will not breathe a word of this little mishap,”

Lord Roseington said. “Right, Goldstone?”

“Of course not. All of your secrets are safe with me.” He winked.

Amelia blushed at what he had implied. “Thank you. Now that it is settled I am going to retire

for the evening. Enjoy the rest of the party. Lord Roseington, Lord Goldstone.” She inclined her

head to them before spinning on her heels and speeding from the room.

Author Bio and Links

Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen

to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her

hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her

family. Some of Amanda Mariel's favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper's Ferry West

Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits

them every chance she gets.

Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband

and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and

has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.





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