ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND SCANDA:A Taste of Scandal Novella
Caroline Linden

Avon Impulse
On Sale: 04/21/2015
E-Book Pages: 112 |
Paperback out June 9, 2015

E-Galley provided by Publisher for Review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.


Nothing wagered…

Douglas Bennet can’t resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial scandalizing the ton, 50 Ways to Sin.

Nothing won…

Madeline Wilde is used to being pursued. For years she’s cultivated a reputation for being unattainable and mysterious, and for good reason: her livelihood depends on discretion. When Douglas turns his legendary charm on her, she dismisses him as just another rake. But he surprises her—instead of merely trying to seduce her, he becomes her friend…her confidant…and her lover. But can it really lead to happily-ever-after…or are they about to become the biggest scandal London has ever seen?


Very Short Take


This was a fun story about a man who starts out interested in one — maybe two, things in regards to a woman (sex and winning), but ends up with an altogether different state of affairs. The heroine is avoiding love so hard that, of course, it finds her. I do confess that the climax of the story, was confusing to me, but I decided to simply accept the hero and heroine had outwitted the bad guy and, of course, won the day.  And the story holds a  few twists and turns I found unique and surprising.  Revealing them would certainly spoil the story.

The thing I recall most is a lovely time in a cherry orchard.  Cherries are pretty much my favorite food so that is what the story will be remembered for in my mind. But, I also like the dilemma Madeline faces, her cheeky maid, and the utter silliness of the hero as the pair fall in love despite best intentions!  Of course, the heroine also has a nice cat so it gained points there too.

I love that Madeline has the pluck to forge her own fortune as her husband left her in dire straights, rather than immediately setting out to find another spouse.  I always think what a cage the life of a society woman could become with or without funds.  And the boredom of it must have been appalling!

So, the upshot is that I liked the story and plan to read the upcoming LOVE IN THE TIME OF SCANDAL (releases May 26) as soon as I may.

 Love in the Time of Scandal

USA Today bestselling author Caroline Linden’s third novel in her Scandalous series brings together a feisty heiress, a notorious rake, and a shocking book that could bring one woman the utmost despair— or the greatest pleasure

Penelope Weston does not like Benedict Lennox, Lord Atherton. He may be the suave and charming heir to an earl, as well as the most handsome man on earth, but she can’t forget how he abandoned a friend in need— nor how he once courted her sister, Abigail. He’s the last man she would ever marry. If only she didn’t feel so attracted to the arrogant scoundrel . . .

Once upon a time, Benedict thought he and Penelope got along rather well. Though he needs a wealthy bride to escape his cruel father’s control, spirited Penelope just doesn’t suit his plans for a model marriage—until a good deed goes awry, and scandalous rumors link his name to Penelope’s. She might not be the quiet, sensible wife he thought he wanted, but she is beautiful . . . beguiling . . . and far more passionate than he ever imagined. Can a marriage begun in scandal become a love match, too?



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