A Scandalous Deal (The Four Hundred, #2) by Joanna Shupe

A Scandalous Deal (The Four Hundred, #2)

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 shipboard encounter with a mysterious stranger. But Eva’s misfortune strik...

Details A Scandalous Deal (The Four Hundred, #2)

TitleA Scandalous Deal (The Four Hundred, #2)
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical

Reviews A Scandalous Deal (The Four Hundred, #2)

  • Buubu
    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 present...
  • Caz
    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 pro...
  • Ira
    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 an...
  • Stacee
    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 ...
  • Maida
    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 d...
  • Katie Michaels
    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. Unfortunate...
  • Jaclyn
    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.
  • ☕ Kimberly
    Coffee Dates with A Scandalous DealFirst 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...
  • Laura
    ***ARC Provided by the Publisher via Edelweiss***3.5 StarsEva 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 a...
  • Gaele
    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. Unf...
  • 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 bee...
  • 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 dur...
  • Michele
    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comA strong and brilliant heroine, a dashing and powerful hero, and a sensual arrangement–how great does that sound as a setup for a historical romance? A Scandalous Deal was an intense and absolutely intriguing look at life during the Gilded Age in America.This is the first book I’ve read by Joanna Shupe, although she’s been on my “must read” list for a while now. I really enjoyed her writing styl...
  • Jenica
    I feel like this was a little more not like other girls than I prefer, but I still really enjoyed it.
  • Alma Torres
    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!
  • Catherine Stein
    4.5 stars.Another excellent book from Joanna Shupe. Loved Lady Eva and all the rich architectural details.
  • Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
    This one didn't wow me as much as the first in the series did, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Review to come...
  • 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 ...
  • Tracy Emro
    I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! Lady Eva Hyde, daughter of the famous architect E.M. Hyde, Lord Cassell and the holder of the unfortunately nickname Lady Unlucky (because of her 3 deceased fiancés) is on her way to New York to oversee the biggest project of her career. Too bad everyone believes it is her father's design. Eva meets Phillip on the ship, she literally runs into him she introduces herself as Evelyn and helps him with his sea sickne...
  • Les Romantiques
    Posted on Les Romantiques - Le forum du siteReviewed by FabiolaReview Copy from the PublisherA Scandalous Deal is the second volume in The Four Hundred series. I didn’t read A Daring Arrangement, the first volume, and the third, A Notorious Vow, is expected in September 2018.While the first volume features characters we can see in A Scandalous Deal, I really don’t know who are those presented in the third volume’s plot.I don’t know Joanna...
  • AnnMarie
    A Scandalous Deal is the second book in The Four Hundred series by Joanna Shupe. It can easily be read as a standalone book, but I encourage you to read the first book in the series, A Daring Arrangement, if only for the fact that is is an absolutely fabulous story. Just like this one has proven to be!Lady Eva Hyde is a budding architect, trained by her father whose building designs are coveted by many. When he falls ill with what I believe to be...
  • Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
    Originally posted on lampshadereader.comI voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Joanna Shupe’s A Scandalous Deal had it’s ups and downs, but overall, it did make for a somewhat enjoyable read.  I liked the heroine, but the hero....? I really enjoyed how this story started out. Lady Eva is a character who had gumption and drive to make something of herself. Even if she was still in her Father’s shadow. The meet cute betw...
  • Lorelei's
    I really enjoyed A Scandalous Deal by Joanna Shupe! Ms. Shupe is my first Gilded Age romance author, the second book in this series I’ve read so far. I’m captivated by learning tidbits about the era while enjoying a romance between an American hero and British heroine. Lady Eva Hyde is a strong, determined heroine, wanting to build a name as an arquitect, yet she’ll make decisions that may ruin her chances, especially when she falls in love...
  • JoRead
    3.5 stars When Eva and Phillip first meet he comes off as the brooding type. A next encounter lets Eva discover he’s got a fun-loving side that she’d have loved to know more of but her dreams of becoming a well-renowned architect stops her from pursuing more with him. I liked the chemistry these two developed from the start. It was fun to see how the relationship goes from ardent strangers, to a cold employer-employee status, to passionate lo...
  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    Sign me up for the next one. . . Lady Unlucky had me in her hands. She was smart, resourceful, sweet, and more. Lady Eve took me on a trip from England to New York during the Gilded Age in America. She became the woman that could do anything. She was smart. She knew what she wanted. She could get the job done, if someone would stop sabotaging her. Someone wants her name of Lady Unlucky to hold true in the Americas. Phillip Mansfield has no idea t...
  • Jasmine
    I enjoyed hearing the characters discuss architecture and the challenges associated with the field. The connection between the Eva and Philip was wonderful, though the final conflict seemed to be beating a dead horse -- Eva had communicated her need to be independent multiple times, and Philip's response was illogical, in my opinion. Some of Eva's reactions were also confusing, with her becoming upset over perceived (ahem, post-coital) slights th...
  • Aila
    "Eva made him happy. When he was with her, he wasn't focused on the future or his legacy. Not even the family's standing concerned him. He could lose himself in her, and live in the moment for the first time in his entire life."Overall: Brilliant historical romance with a fiercely independent heroine (seriously, I love her) and a hero that's not afraid to go after what he wants. Also, smoking chemistry!Writing: I absolutely adored Shupe's writing...
  • Melissa
    I liked this one a bit more than the first in the series. Partly because of Eva, struggling to be recognized for her work in what is still a very male profession, but also because Shupe pushes a bit more into how women were treated at the time of the Gilded Age, with a secondary character who is at risk of being committed to an asylum because she doesn’t conform (I know we all laugh about that meme going around with reasons women got committed ...
  • Fabiola Chenet
    A very good read with a woman who wants to succeed and has to fight against men to prove herself including the hero.I loved them both and I loved that they succumbed to their attraction despite everything, showing to the readers that the love story can work once every conflict is resolved. The hero is the one who had to evolve and the writer did it well.I highly recommend the book.
  • Leigh-Ayn
    I enjoyed this second outing into the Gilded Age! so much fun as a strong heroine tries to do right by her dad's legacy while remaining true to herself. I loved the hero, who was all work but found that love trumps all. I liked that the characters from book 1 make an appearance with Nora being ... well Nora lol.