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Love and Other Scandals Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 2013

4.2 out of 5 stars 130 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Scandals Series

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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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“[T]he 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. Joan and Tristan genuinely enjoy each other, and their chemistry is sparkling. A quiet gem.” (Publishers Weekly on LOVE AND OTHER SCANDALS)
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Product Details

  • Series: Scandal
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062244876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062244871
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I'm a big Caroline Linden fan and I wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, it just isn't as good as some of her other work.
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.
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Blurb: Joan is 24 and pretty much on the shelf. She and her ne'er-do-well brother's best friend, Tristan, circle around each other and flirt and fall in love. That's the whole story. There's also a bit about how Joan likes to read a scandalous serial about a lady's sexual adventures, but it never becomes a significant plot point. In fact, nothing really ever becomes a significant plot point. Nothing stands between the characters, as Tristan very quickly becomes interested in Joan, and vice-versa, and the book doesn't even really toy with the Big Misunderstanding: Joan isn't an idiot and gets that Tristan is attracted to her, at least on some level, pretty quickly.

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.
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