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Love and Other Scandals [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Linden
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With Love and Other Scandals, bestselling and RITA Award–winning author Caroline Linden launches a scandalously sexy new historical romance series set in Regency England.
 
Joan Bennett is a breath away from being a spinster. She’s had four seasons without a suitor. After reading a shockingly sensuous book, Fifty Ways to Sin, Joan decides perhaps it’s time to stop being proper and start being sinful, while she’s still young enough to enjoy it. And what better partner than her brother’s drinking mate, Viscount Burke? He seems the type to know how to give a lady a lascivious adventure.
 
It seems that the viscount has qualms about trifling with a friend’s sister. That’s the way to end up betrothed. And he doesn’t want that—or does he?



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*Starred Review* If there is a more annoying lady in London than Joan Bennet, Tristan Burke has yet to meet her. While Tristan’s good friend Douglas Bennet may allow his sister to run roughshod over his life, Tristan is not about to give up the delightful benefits of bachelorhood for a woman who will only stop talking when being kissed. As for Joan, she considers Tristan to be the most infuriating man in London. If he isn’t questioning her fashion sense, he’s interfering with what she reads. Between his constant intrusions into her life and his deliciously unforgettable kisses, it is enough to drive a lady simply mad. Linden, who racked up a well-deserved RITA Award last year for I Love the Earl (2011), soars to new heights of laughter-laced literary fun in the first in a new Regency-set series. Linden’s writing is tartly witty, the chemistry she creates between Joan and Tristan is pure passion, and her subtle incorporation of the Fifty Shades phenomenon into the plot is priceless. --John Charles

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"The simplicity of Linden's plot is its strength, making the romance feel real and natural and allowing her great skill at characterization to take the weight of the story." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 1762 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062244876
  • Publisher: Avon (July 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NFFSUU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all like the blurb- a perfect story! August 1, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
In my mind this is romance at its best. I was very pleasantly surprised to find this book was not at all like the blurb (the spinster does not proposition the rake because she's desperate etc). Instead we a fairly straightforward character-driven romance where the most important plot device is the growing affection between the H & H.

A snapshot of the plot is that Tristan is the childhood friend of Joan's brother. They meet again as adults when Joan goes to her brother's house early in the morning to coerce her brother into meeting "an eligible young lady" at a ball later that night. Joan's mother is behind this. Joan agrees so she can get out of the house and go to an unsavory bookseller. Tristan is staying with Joan's brother while his house is being renovated and is captivated by Joan the first time he meets her. I don't mean lust--but pleasure in the verbal battle between them. He calls her the Fury. She calls him Lord Boor.

Joan is 24 and unmarried-- a state which is likely due to her inability to look flattering in the current fashion and the fact her wit does not flatter the simple-minded. Tristan does dress well and is known as a mannerless rake. In fact he is merely blunt speaking and not much interested in "society".

The chemistry of the characters leaps off the pages. What makes this such a great story is that when they are together they are both better, more interesting and so honest. Oh, and they are both HILARIOUS. It's a master writer who can do this.

Just before writing this review I saw that it got a 3 star for being slow and overly wordy. For me the pacing was perfect and the language in the style of Georgette Heyer. This is the kind of romance which you will read again and again because it's such a pleasure to read the two characters together.

Once again, a perfect romance. Great job Caroline Linden! I am hoping this is a series and can revisit these characters again!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and charming! June 28, 2013
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This was a very refreshing and charming romance -- Joan Bennet, the heroine, has a normal and supportive family (her mother is clearly the head of the family, but also very clearly has only good intentions for her children), friends (which is refreshing, since too often the heroine is apparently devoid of any human connection save the hero), and a life of her own. There are no horrible consequences facing her if she doesn't get married, and her life isn't empty -- just slightly unexciting. She's interesting, funny, and generally appealing.

She and the hero, Tristan Burke, meet each other when he is staying at her brother's house, and the two immediately clash and set off sparks. It was a lot of fun seeing these two characters clearly bring out each other's most interesting traits and really challenge each other, and the book spends a long time allowing the two to fall in love in a very natural way. Each character also has a period of time on their own where they really understand and accept the other -- there's a lovely organic feeling to this book. A little slow to start, but it picks up quickly and is a charming read for a long afternoon!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, not too steamy romance November 29, 2013
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This was a pleasant read, but not particularly memorable. I couldn't remember much of the story a few weeks after I read it. That's not a fatal flaw in a romance -- it just means it isn't one of the stand out stories that I can remember long after I have read it.

At the beginning of the story, Tristan is a bit of a jerk to Joan and I worried that it was going to be another romance where I hated the "hero." Fortunately that was not the case. Although they had a prickly relationship at the beginning, the reader can see how it grows over time and that it is more than just physical attraction.

Speaking of physical attraction, there are only two sex scenes in the book, one of which is on their wedding night. So fans of super steamy romances might be disappointed.

The description of the story on the back of the book and in Amazon's catalog page is not accurate. Joan is worried about becoming a spinster and she and her (also single) friends read some pamphlets called "Fifty Ways to Sin" about the amorous adventures of an anonymous noblewoman. But she does not decide to stop being proper and start being sinful.

This was a pleasant story and makes a nice read, even if it probably will not be one of the romances you come back to again and again. If this is the start of a series by the author, I would definitely want to read the next books in the series.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So Disappointing August 2, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I rarely write a review of a book I really dislike because it makes me feel guilty. There is so much work and creativity involved in creating any novel and Linden has proved time and again that she is up to the task. She is an automatic buy for me--the day her latest book comes out, I don't bother reading reviews--I just purchase it. But "Love and Other Scandals" was such a disappointment, I wanted to explain why I only read 5 chapters and the ending. Some famous writer somewhere said that the danger about writing a boring character was that the story would become boring. Can't remember who it was, but I was reminded of that quote when I started reading this book. Joan, the heroine, is so annoying, that I was irritated with her from the beginning, and so I found the book irritating. We first meet her in the prologue when she is eight and finally the story starts in chapter one when she is twenty-four. Basically, she is still acting the same way. She is trying to carve an independent life out for herself and does it by annoying people so much they bend to her will (at least for the first five chapters). The reader is the casualty in this--who wants to engage with a character who prods and belittles and undermines everyone in her path with glee. In a romance, I like wit and challenge, mystery and allure. Not school-girl silliness. In addition, the hero and the heroine's brother--best of friends--are remarkably immature. Drinking, disheveled, posturing--it is very difficult to imagine them as attractive, eligible peers. A Regency romance is part fantasy, part realism for me. The characters have to attract and engage me, but I can't understand why Tristan would fall in love with Joan and why she would behave the way she does. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Other.. things..
The interaction and banter between the H & H was a treat in this book and watching them grow from frenemies to lovers was the highlight of this book; but the scandals - though... Read more
Published 21 days ago by LadyInRead
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Girl Gone Bad
Premise of the book is really traditional... good girl meets bad boy, decides to become a bad girl so she can have some fun, falls in love along the way. There. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great romance novel about first impressions
I don't read a lot of historical books. This one was set in the Regency era and I greatly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandra J.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent very hot
A nice, breathy book, good story, nice couple, good buildup, ends abruptly though, would have liked more after they fall in love.
Published 3 months ago by redhurricane
4.0 out of 5 stars Another hit by Caroline Linden
Joan Bennet has been a wallflower since she came out years ago. Destined to watch others dance and marry she begins to come to terms with the fact that she is going to end up a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by W. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely mesmerizing
Caroline Linden us a fantastic storyteller, her books bring forth laughter, cheers, and some near tears and this book was no different! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julz114
4.0 out of 5 stars Competent romance , nicely written
This historical romance, set in the 1800s is a nicely paced tale of Joan and Tristan. No big surprises in this book but it is an enjoyable read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Quickbeam
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple and sweet romance
I have a massive soft spot for Caroline Linden since she is one of the first romance authors I ever read. Luckily, her books rarely require me to lean on that soft spot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Liviania
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Simmer
This is the first of a new Regency England series from a superb writer. The relationship between Joan and Tristan simmers slowly and builds throughout the novel. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Looby
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Joan Bennett had tried to be the polite fashionable dressed young lady on the marriage market, and it hasn't netted her a single beau in four seasons. Read more
Published 5 months ago by book junkie
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Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, but not a writer. Despite an addiction to Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, she studied physics and dreamed of being an astronaut. She earned a math degree from Harvard College and then wrote software for a financial services firm, all the while reading everything in sight, but especially romance. Only after she had children, and found herself with only picture books to read, did she begin to make up a story of her own. To her immense surprise, it turned out to be an entire novel--and it was much more fun than writing computer code. Ten years, twelve books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. She lives with her family in New England.

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