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Love and Other Scandals Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 2013
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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!
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!
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.
On the "plus" side: the H was interesting and I enjoyed his journey to becoming a mature adult and to finding love; and the dialogue was witty and exciting at times. On the "minus" side: there was very little depth to this story, I didn't feel the emotional impact and the ending was rushed and left me feeling a bit let down -- there was no moment when the reader feels the HEA along with the characters. On the whole this wasn't a bad way to spend a few hours but it isn't Ms Linden's best effort by far.
Pros: Joan is a fun character. She isn't a great beauty (she's pretty, but she's also an Amazon, unfashionably tall and curvy) and she has kind of poor fashion sense (which was a detail I actually enjoyed quite a bit), she isn't a bluestocking genius, she isn't a lady crusader, she isn't anything shocking. She's just a lady who would like to fall in love and get married. I liked her aunt Evangeline. I kind of liked Tristan's modern household updates. That's basically all I've got.
Cons: Between this and another Linden book (I Love the Earl) I am wondering if this author is experimenting with some bold new method of writing where there is no antagonist and no real tension. Or if maybe she is, at heart, a writer of charming novellas, but feels compelled to write full-length novels instead, only to find that she never has enough plot to fill an entire book.
In this book, for instance, there is no barrier to the main characters getting together. Not even "no real barrier". Just "no barrier". She's single, he's single.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I won't get into telling what the book is about, wouldn't want to ruin the book for others! Just say it was very good and I enjoyed it greatly. You will too.Published 3 months ago by Billie
Enjoyable, enjoyable, enjoyable! This was such a pleasure to read. The storyline was both fun and meaningful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. Beckwith
I really enjoyed reading this book. Joan and Tristan made a great couple and I enjoyed how they could talk to each other and also joke and be honest with one another.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first part of the scandal book serie.
A must read for any regency lover.
Tristan is a hero without social finess. Read more
This is the first Linden book I have read and I'm undecided as to whether I will read another of her books. This is pure fluff, written in a modern chatty but bland style. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam21
What a refreshing read. Historical Romance is my jam, and I can't believe I have just now stumbled upon Caroline Linden! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lucy Noss
I'm not sure where the back cover blurb came from, because it sure didn't come from the book. Our heroine is a very proper young woman – not always happy about it, but very proper,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tandy Lanyon
The characters were enjoyable and the plot moved along. Looking forward to the next one.Published 5 months ago by R. Crist
The Scandalous series is a joy! I haven't read an historical series this good since The Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas. This story has everything I love in a romance... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Romance Reader