Review: How to Survive a Scandal

Title: How to Survive a Scandal (Rebels with a Cause #1)
Author: Samara Parish
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Forever
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

In this whirlwind Regency romance, a near-death experience leads to a marriage of convenience for two unsuspecting strangers, but will their unusual meeting lead them to true love?

Lady Amelia was raised to be the perfect duchess, accomplished in embroidery, floral arrangement, and managing a massive household. But when an innocent mistake forces her and the uncouth, untitled Benedict Asterly into a marriage of convenience, all her training appears to be for naught. Even worse, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this man no finishing school could have prepared her for.

Benedict Asterly never dreamed saving Amelia’s life would lead to him being shackled to the hoity Society miss. Benedict was taught to distrust the aristocracy at a young age, so when news of his marriage endangers a business deal, Benedict is wary of Amelia’s offer to help. But his quick-witted, elegant bride defies all his expectations… and if he’s not careful, she’ll break down the walls around his guarded heart.


Lady Amelia has been preparing to marry a Duke her entire life. However, her plans are derailed when she’s found in a compromising position with the untitled Benedict Asterly. She must marry Benedict and move away from the ton in London. Benedict’s work building trains is threatened when he’s associated with Amelia from the upper class. Then he gets some news that changes his station in life. Though Amelia and Benedict don’t seem to have anything in common, they begin to fall for each other, but they have to stand up to the gossip.

I loved the fast pace of this story. The action began right on the first page, with Benedict finding Amelia in a crashed carriage and having to take her somewhere to warm her up. Then they were caught together in a room alone and partly undressed, so the gossip began then too.

Gossip was a huge part of this story. All of the problems in this story were caused by gossip. People in both the upper and lower classes wanted to tear each other down, just for the power of knowing something about someone else. It was amazing to see how destructive gossip was in this story.

How to Survive a Scandal is a great historical fiction romance!

Thank you Forever for providing a copy of this book.

How to Deceive a Duke by Samara Parish

Not the Kind of Earl You Marry by Kate Pembrooke

Other books in the series:

  • How to Deceive a Duke

Have you read How to Survive a Scandal? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

2 thoughts on “Review: How to Survive a Scandal”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: