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All's Fair in Love and Scandal (Scandalous) Mass Market Paperback – June 9, 2015
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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Twelve years, sixteen books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader's Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA's RITA® Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one.
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This new Caroline Linden novella, for example. I should have known not to order it because I did not like the first two entries in her Scandal series. But it was only $1.99 and I thought maybe, just maybe, third time's the charm.
Charm, not so much. This is just plain silly. The hero is the brother of the heroine of Love and Other Scandals and best friend of the hero of that book. He's the heir to a baronetcy and pretty much spends his life living off his father and doing nothing except enjoy himself, with gambling, women and general party-boy activities. I found nothing appealing or redeeming about this guy. What he has going for him, I guess, is his good looks and that he's fun to be around.
And the heroine's life is confusing to me. She is the (I think) illegitimate daughter of a courtesan and she's invited to all the upper-class doings? Not only that, but when she's at a social gathering, she makes like a potted plant, doesn't mix with anyone, dance with anyone, barely converses with anyone. And she continues to receive invitations?
Premise of the story is based on a "stupid" wager. I say "stupid" because I am quoting "that stupid wager" from the book itself, although I certainly don't disagree. So what's the wager? Hero has to find proof that heroine is the author of 50 WAYS TO SIN, that scandalous reveal-all about the sexual escapades of members of the upper class.
Is she? Isn't she? Do I care? Eh, not much.
Douglas is a happy go lucky rake who can't pass up a wager. So when an acquaintance bets him he can't get Madeline to dance with him he takes the bet and loses. This leads to yet another wager and this time Douglas is determined to win.
Madeline is a widow with a secret. She finds Douglas charming and very attractive - but she doesn't trust gamblers and she tries very hard to keep him at an arms length.
What follows is a well written story that starts as a friendship and leads to love. Even though the story is short it is really detailed and the book doesn't seem rushed or lacking in any way. The book has it all - humor, a dash of mystery, likable leads, a touch of heartache and steamy hot love scenes.
This book is a really great addition to this series. I would recommend it to anyone.
The Hero is affable, easy-going and charming, with an acceptable level of intelligence.
The Heroine is entertaining and sweet without being a flibberty-jibbet.
I like that she is an independent woman of a certain age, and not a debutantes.
I found not editing mistakes, or errors. (Something that happens in other books)
I recommend this book to all.