SIX DEGREES OF SCANDAL
by Caroline Linden
The Scandalous Series #4
On Sale: 03/29/2016
E-Book (Avon Impulse) &
Mass Market Paperback
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Olivia Townsend is in trouble and out of options. Pursued by a dangerous man in search of a lost treasure she doesn’t possess, she’s got only two things in her favor: her late husband’s diary, which she was never meant to see… and the man who was her first—and only—love. Losing him broke her heart, though she’s been careful to hide it for the last ten years. But when he comes to her aid and vows to stand by her, no matter what, she can’t help but hope things will be different for them this time.
James Weston has blamed himself for letting Olivia down when she needed him years ago, and now he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—and to win her trust again. He’s confident he can outwit the villain chasing Olivia. But being so near her again threatens to expose every secret in his heart … even those that he swore would stay hidden forever.
I don’t know why but it took me forever, or at least two weeks, to get through this book. It was just so slow until the last quarter. But as a way of tying up all the stories in the series, while focusing on an end to the last loose string from the most recent book in the series, it does do a reasonable job. It also takes sexual violence, stalking and violent assault on women seriously which is always a good thing.
It had been a long time since I read the last book in the series so it was kind of hard to drag up the details.
Neither of the main characters/love interests feels well developed. This is exacerbated by whatever the heck Jamie does for a living being kind of a mystery. Which master is also preventing him from marrying — I thought axe murderer or at least something like insolvency.
The childhood reminiscences of Jamie and Olivia are sweet. Gosh, it seems in the Ton your parents were either awesome or shite.
Everything revolving around a lethal Lord who is obnoxious in the first book (I think I remember) and smuggling, and legalities. Frankly they were just too convoluted and relied on back story I could not recall.
In any event, while I enjoyed the other novels this one didn’t grip me in a MUST READ BOOK way.