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Friday, April 25, 2014

Review and Giveaway: It Takes a Scandal by Caroline Linden

It Takes a Scandal (Scandals, #2)Publisher: Avon
 ISBN: 0062244906
 Pages: 384 pages
 Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
 Series: Scandals-1

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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:

Intro Babble: My weakness for heroes named Sebastian is quite well known. And Max too. But mostly heroes named Sebastian. I have no idea why but if a hero is named Sebastian, I tend to give the book a whole lot more leeway than I normally would. I sound really crazy, don't I? I just made my whole opening about a characters' name...but the rest of the book is just as awesome. I promise. Even if I am rambling on about nonsense right now. I blame the white noise background sound I have going right now.


Heroine: Abigail- Abigail was one of those spectacular heroines that rarely come around. She hits on absolutely none of my peeves in terms of heroines and why they sometimes annoy me. She is smart and calculated but not in a negative way. I love how she never bent to other's will. I really loved seeing such a strong heroine.

Hero: Sebastian- If there is anything I love more than a hero named Sebastian it's a hero named Sebastian who broods. And brood he does but he's a good man. A really good one. He is that perfect mix of light and dark in a hero that you come across very rarely but when it happens you feel pure joy at your discovery.

Chemistry: Oh dear did I love Abigail and Sebastian together. Their story was just so well paced. It was a slow burn type of development with them and it just worked so well with both of their characters. These are not two people who are going to jump into instalove but approach cautiously. It was just...perfect.

Chemistry Rating: 

Ending Babble: Love so much love. This is my first Caroline Linden book even though I have all of her books on my shelves waiting for me. I need to read them ASAP. This was one of those books that I loved from the first page and then devoured in an hour (at 5 am when I should have been sleeping). I spy a marathon read in my near future.

P.S. I also really loved Benedict. I hope he's the hero of the next book.

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, two Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Visit her online at

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  1. Thank you for hosting today!! I have a thing for heroes named JACK....Don't know what it is!!

    1. I do too! I think it's based on my continuing love of Jack Kelly from Newsies. But it's so strange how important names are in romances.

  2. I usually like the secrecy of everything.



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