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ARC Book Review-It Takes A Scandal

It Takes A Scandal
Scandals (2)
Caroline Linden
Avon Books
E Book
Published April 29 2014
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9780062244901
Authors Website  

Synopsis (Goodreads)
Sometimes It Takes a Scandal…

Abigail Weston has everything: beauty, wit, and one of the largest dowries in England. Her parents hope she’ll wed an earl. Abigail hopes for a man who wants her desperately and passionately. But the money seems to blind every man she meets—except one.

Sebastian Vane has nothing. He came home from war with a shattered leg to find his father mad and his inheritance gone. He’s not a fit suitor for anyone, let alone an heiress. But Abigail lights up his world like a comet, bright and beautiful and able to see him instead of his ruined reputation. And it might end happily ever after…

To Reveal Your Heart’s Desire

…Until Benedict Lennox begins courting Abigail. Ben is everything Sebastian isn’t—wealthy, charming, heir to an earl. Sebastian won’t give up the only girl he’s ever loved without a fight, but Abigail must choose between the penniless gentleman who moves her heart, and the suitor who is everything her parents want.

My Review 

Sebastian Vane, has come back from the war injured with a shattered leg. His father is going insane, and when his father disappears, the townspeople believe that he is a murderer, and going mad just like his father did. But when a new neighbor move in, with a beautiful daughter, Abigail, his world changes. Abigail, with her parents and younger sister, have just moved to a country manor. When Abigail meets Sebastian in the woods, she sees a man that protects himself, but needs someone to believe in him. Abigail seems much redeemable in him, and doesn’t believe the vicious rumors. But right when Abigail is sure of her feelings for Sebastian, a newcomer comes to the area, a Benedict Lennox,who is persistent in his pursuit of her. Now Abigail will have to make a choice: a man that is wealthy and everything her parents want for her, or a man that has won her heart.

It Takes A Scandal is the second book in the Scandals Series. and the most recent book from  Caroline Linden. I have always enjoyed this author quite a bit, but I was really excited to read this one. I did enjoy the first book, so I was wondering how this book would compare, and it passed all my expectations for it. When I first read the synopsis, I was thinking, that it would probably be a enjoyable read, but wasn’t sure if it would be memorable, and after reading it, I am impressed with the way Linden wove this story.It begins with seeing Sebastian Vane, in search of his missing father, who has recently come back from the war, and is trying to live on meager funds where he barely makes it by. Then he rescues Abigail mothers puppy, and it seems like romance blossoms between them. The first half of the story seems to be a slow and steady love story, where Sebastian and Abigail start to slowly fall in love, and then everything goes crazy when a newcomer comes courting Abigail. This is when things start to really heat up, because this newcomer used to be Sebastian’s childhood friend. So tensions are high, and you start to see how strong their connection is, and I loved how Sebastian fought for Abigail, even knowing that he has little to give her but himself.

Sebastian and Abigail were so beautiful together, and I loved them as a couple. At first it seems like Abigail is a normal England miss, however as you go chugging along in the story, you develop a appreciation for her character, and she develops a backbone, she is feisty and a fighter and I totally cheered her on especially toward the end. Sebastian is the tortured hero, despite his bad fortune, he still has dignity and pride, and feels somewhat worthy of Abigail’s affections. At first he didn’t seem too willing to really fight for her, but he proved me wrong, and what a great way he does it too. There is a slight mystery element packed into the plot, but it doesn’t overshadow the romance, and I felt like the love story between Sebastian and Abigail is the center focus of the story, and all the other elements are just icing on the cake. The side characters, especially Abigail’s family were witty and fun and engaging. Easy to relate with my own family, and I loved seeing the affection and silly bantering between them.

Overall a mesmerizing romance that is steady paced, sensuality extreme, with a wonderful love story to weaken the knees and have you cheering for this couple!! Guaranteed to overwhelm the senses.  OUTSTANDING AND WELL DONE!!

My Grade 

4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Love and Other Scandals

ARC Book Review-Love and Other Scandals

Love And Other Scandals
Scandals (1)
Caroline Linden
Avon
E Book
Published July 30 2013
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-224487-1
Author Website

Joan Bennet is tired of being a wallflower. Thanks to some deliciously scandalous—and infamous—stories, she has a pretty good idea of what she’s missing as a spinster. Is even a short flirtation too much to ask for?

Tristan, Lord Burke, recognizes Joan at once for what she is: trouble. Not only is she his best friend’s sister, she always seems to catch him at a disadvantage. The only way he can win an argument is by kissing her senseless. He’d give anything to get her out of her unflattering gowns. But either one of those could cost him his bachelor status, which would be dreadful—wouldn’t it?

My Review

I recently discovers Caroline Linden has a well talented author. I have only read one of her books so far, but loved every moment of it. I was very excited when I saw that Love and Other Scandals was available for  review through Avon and Edelweiss. The cover alone made me dizzy with excitement. One of the small aspects of the book that I enjoyed, was that in the book the heroine really does where a beautiful gold gown, just like on the cover. It doesn’t happen too often, where the cover is what the book is described as. As far as I know this one isn’t part of a series, but maybe it will be in the future. I could definitely see potential to see more books connected to this one. I found that Love and other Scandals was a stirring romance tale that enraptures the reader.

We see a story that begins with seeing when Joan and Tristan first meet when they are children. Tristan is Joan’s brothers best friend, and she finds him a rascal yet charming. Years later, they have both matured and grown up. Tristan had to take over his title when his parents are killed when he is young. Now his reputation is well known all over London as a rake and a scoundrel, and Joan’s mother has forbidden her to even dance with him. But one evening, Joan can’t resist the temptation, and dances with Tristan, and before she knows it, he is taking her on adventures and sharing sensual embraces with her, and she finds herself falling in love with the man. Tristan may have the reputation of a rake, but he is anything but. He loves pleasure however there is much more to him than meets the eye. He knows that he is perfect for Joan, she completes him in a way that amazes him, he just knows he must have her, but he will have to convince her first of his sincerity and his love.

I found Love and Scandals to be a breathtaking tale of sweeping tale of adventure, true love, and makes Regency England come alive with Lindens writing. I found myself falling in love with these characters, there is such a instant passion between the two, but not only that but a bond of friendship forms, and the way the author writes, it is so vividly enchanting, that only captures the readers attention from the beginning. I have to say that I am behind on reading this author. Love and Other Scandals is one of my favorites, and I could help but be swept away by this charming story that won me over from page one. I fully recommend this to anyone that enjoys a fun and witty regency love story.

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Book Review-For Your Arms Only

For Your Arms Only
The Bow St. Agents: Spies in Love (2)
Caroline Linden
Mass Market Paperback
Avon
Published December 2009
370 Pages
Historical Romance
ISBN 978-0-06-170647-9
Author’s Website

Synopsis
He’d never been shot by a woman . . .

He was once a distinguished army officer, a man of honor and heroism. But that was before Alexander Hayes was wrongly accused of treason. Forced to abandon everything he held dear, Alec became a spy for England in an attempt to clear his name. His latest commission sounds simple: locate a retired soldier gone missing. But it also sends him back home, to a family who’d thought him deadfor five years–and a woman who’d like to shoot him.

Everything Cressida Turner’s ever heard about Alec tells her that he’s a traitor of the worst kind, and yet this enigmatic, infuriating, and utterly captivating man may be the only person she can trust–and the only one who can find her missing father. With nowhere else to turn, she reluctantly joins forces with Alec, unprepared for both the dangerous secrets that threaten them and the relentless passion that drives them into each other’s arms.

My Thoughts

Summary 
Alec has spent the past five years as a spy when he was accused of treason, and found that serving his country once again may be his last hope in finding the evidence to exonerate him. He is therefore sent back to his home and family, to investigate the disappearance of a soldier that has retired for quite some time now. He then comes across a fierce woman who comes close to shooting him on sight. To say he is intrigued is a understatement. He then learns that she is the daughter of the man he is looking for. Cressida knows that something has happened to her father, since he has gone missing longer than previous occasions and they are very low on funds and could be out of a home sooner than they think. She knows that she has her sister and her grandmother to think of. So despite her reservation of joining up with a traitor, she works with Alec to discover where her father has gone. What she doesn’t expect is to find that there is something more to Alec, she starts to feel something intense and emotional about a man who may be accused as a traitor but could be the most trustworthy man she has ever known and could take her down a path of desire and even love.

The Hero (Alexander Hayes)
Alec joined the military and fought valiantly in the war against France. But then he was betrayed and somehow he was framed and labeled a traitor and left for dead. Barely having surviving the encounter, he was asked to become a spy for England. So for the past five years he has hidden his true identity and everyone he has held dear knows him to be dead…until now. When he is sent on a mission, he meets a woman who changes his life. Cressida makes him believe in living again, and in love. He never thought he would love again after being betrayed many years ago by his brother, but now he has found a woman worth fighting for.

The Heroine (Cressida Turner)
Cressida is desperate to find her father. After he goes missing for close to a month, she feels as though something is very wrong. She knows she needs to find him, especially when she knows they may be out of a home soon. Cressida has had to be the strong one in the family. With her sister the passive and meek one, she has had to bear the responsibilities and take lead in all matters. Cressida knows that it is up to her to find her father, even if that means joining up with Alec whom she believes to be a traitor to his country. But as she works with him, she find much more beneath his tough shell and find a tender and protective man who shows her passion.

My Thougthts 
This is the first time I have read from this author, and I am glad I finally did. I should have tried her out long before now…but you know what they say better late than never. I just love a good spy romance and this one satisfied me. It took a few chapters before I fully got into it, but once I did, I found it a irresistible read and unable to put it down. I loved seeing how these two interacted with each other. Cressida has a strong personality and at first she resists her attraction to Alec, but doesn’t give in to him easily or right away. There isn’t strong sexual tension until the latter half of the book, its more gradual, as is their relationship. There isn’t a right away attraction that is instantly gratified. I really love it when this happens, it doesn’t always occur in historical romances. But I love it when its more of a building up in their love connection and Caroline Linden does it beautifully. The plot had a very mysterious hint to it, and I was always guessing how it turns out, and by the end I was surprised but in a good way. The different twists and turns throughout the story line kept me engaged and the connection that is built between Cressida and Alec is enthralling. A Captivating read that will seize every emotion and keep you on your toes….Caroline Linden doesn’t disappoint. Definitely would recommend this author to anyone that enjoys a good historical romance that is fast paced and keeps your guessing. One you don’t want to miss out on reading. A Keeper.

First Line 
It was said that every sort of vice could be found in London, if one knew where to look. 

Favorite Quote 
“May I help you, sir?”
Slowly Alec turned, put on guard by her tone of voice. She was tall but slim, and not half as old as he had expected. Her heart shaped face was framed by long tendrils of brown hair, pulled loose from the knot on top of her head. The heavy pistol trembled almost imperceptibly in her grip, but her eyes–luscious eyes the color of cinnamon and gold and amber–were utterly calm and level. Alec’s interest rose a notch; he’d never been shot by a woman.

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books in The Series 
A View To Kiss
Deeper Than Desire
You Only Love Once