LOVE IN THE TIME OF SCANDAL
Scandalous Series #3
by Caroline Linden
HarperCollins/Avon May 26, 2015
E-book, Mass Market Paperback 384 Pages
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except otherwise noted.
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. But, 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?
The ridiculous nature of Regency society’s ideas of reputation and ruination. or at least OUR ideas about that, are touched in LOVE IN THE TIME OF SCANDAL by Caroline Linden. This involves a near rape and when we look at the way the victim is treated it’s easy to relate it to fairly recent events in today’s society. Is it the man’s reputation and such that is ruined? No, of course not; it is the woman’s rep.
There’s an unusual level of misogyny from some of the male characters in the book, and I really disliked Benedict’s father and his friend. There are several interesting plot twists; as I read I thought the plot was cleverly constructed. I have to imagine the person who, in this story, needs help from the heroine will figure into the next entry in the series. I kept thinking she was another character of similar name and circumstance from a series by another author. They are not, but that is where my mind kept heading.
I liked how Linden rehabs Benedict in this one. He was so mean to his friend in IT TAKES A SCANDAL; and that comes back to bite him in the arse. But, it is also explained and his sins are forgiven. Jumping to conclusions, and thinking people will behave civilly is Penelope’s biggest error. It lands her in a precarious situation which would offer low survival rates to most women of the period.
She shows both determination, snark, and an understanding of her situation as a woman in her time that allows her to follow the path she has to follow in order to survive. Then again, she hadn’t much choice.
I didn’t really understand what turned Benedict’s regard for Penelope after her animosity becomes clear; a need to be liked, perhaps? But it does, and he takes a bad situation and turns it to a reasonable and advantageous solution.
I didn’t quite understand the end of this plot. Something to do with looted treasures? But, of course we get our HEA. I enjoyed the book, although enough time had passed that I didn’t easily recall the first in the series. I think reading them in order is important.
I highly recommend the series as a good example of Regency Romance, and where a strong man overcomes his father’s behavior in order to maintain his family.
Review: IT TAKES A SCANDAL April 29, 2014
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-in-the-time-of-scandal-caroline-linden/1120056912?ean=9780062244925
Would you like to be Scandalized? Who the heck wouldn’t if it involves hot heroes with wicked tongues who know all about “Fifty Ways to Sin”? It’s one thing to read about those fifty ways, and like some of Caroline’s heroines, quite another to find your new hubby has too! The lovely people at Avon have sent me a copy of each book in the series to share. Thanks!
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