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on 25 June 2014
I've actually read this series out of order. The most recent part of this series, 'It Takes a Scandal,' was much better, and I bought this based on that. However, if I had read them in order, I'm not certain I'd have read the next one...

Joan Bennet, a 24 year old spinster, hasn't had much in the way of suitors over the years. She is unusually tall, and her mother makes her wear the latest fashions, which would work on slim, petite women, but not on the 'plump' Joan. She knows the notorious Tristan, Viscount Burke, through her brother, and is aware of his reputation for scandal. She's witnessed first hand some of his escapades even as a child, and caught him in a compromising position. But she is drawn to this man.

Burke has inherited a lot of money and title, much to the disdain of his aunt and cousins, who make it known that they hate him. He offers them a means to live, but it's clear his relatives want more. He catches Joan buying a scandalous book, but isn't fully aware of it's contents until later. Joan hopes he doesn't read it, or she will be ruined. At first, he isn't that interested in her, but when her brother is called away to Norfolk and her parents go to Cornwall, her brother asks him to look out for her. Joan's aunt arrives to stay with Joan, and soon helps Joan out of the unattractive gowns and into ones which suits her. Burke approves, and before long, they find ways to spend more time together.

But her family returns, and the gossip has already started. Her family want compensation and Joan knows her folly, especially when she learns more about her aunt's past, but is unwilling to agree to what her family wants. Burke must prove his worth.

As mentioned earlier, I didn't rate this book as highly as Abigail's story. I wanted to feel for Burke and Joan, but I really couldn't be bothered if they were together or not. I know others have rated this book highly, but I disagree. I do recommend Abigail's story. I did feel for her character.

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on 28 August 2013
Oh, what a lovely book! There was no melodrama; there were no huge angst-fests, no mysteries to solve, no evil ex-lovers or relatives out to steal the heroine's fortune; no big misunderstandings or unexpected pregnancies... this was a story about two people finding each other and falling in love, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Tristan, Viscount Burke and Joan Bennet have been vaguely acquainted with each other since childhood. Tristan is a close friend of Joan's brother, Douglas, and over the years the pair of them have got into scrapes, caused scandals and generally lived the dissolute lives of young, well-to-do gentlemen.

Tristan lost both his parents as a child and was reluctantly taken in by his aunt and uncle, neither of whom wanted anything to do with him. As a result, he tried to spend as little time at home as possible, inveigling invitations where he could to friends' homes for school holidays. Having nobody to check him - and more importantly to love him - has meant that his behaviour in society has not always been everything it should be, although as he is young, titled, very handsome and very rich, he is welcome in all but the highest circles of tonnish society.

Joan is twenty-four and has spent most of her life trying to be a good daughter - which seems mostly to consist of doing what her mother wants. The problem is that Joan isn't like her mother. She's tall and statuesque, so the dresses, colours and hairstyles her mother favours make her look frumpish and unattractive, yet she continues to wear them because it makes her mother happy. Joan is clever and witty, but her height, figure and awful dresses mean that she is consigned to the ranks of the wallflowers at balls and other functions.

Each time Joan and Tristan meet, the sparks fly, and when Lady Bennet is taken ill and has to leave London, Douglas asks Tristan to keep an eye on Joan (whose aunt Evangeline has come to stay with her) and to make sure she doesn't get bored - by which Douglas means taking her for a drive, dancing with her at a ball, that sort of thing. Well aware of his growing attraction to Joan, Tristan is little short of horrified at his friend's request, but assents anyway, fully intending to keep his attentions to Joan to a minimum.

But he finds that to be impossible and spends much more time with her than he thinks is wise - taking her on a balloon ascension and dancing with her more times than is strictly proper, so that their names begin to be "linked". Unfortunately, Lady Bennet is less than fond of Tristan, preferring to blame him for Douglas' excesses rather than to see that her son doesn't need any encouragement in that quarter - and when she returns to London, she is horrified to discover that Joan and Tristan are regarded as almost a couple by the society gossips.

What I liked best about the book is that while it's an "ugly duckling" story, as Joan, with the help of her slightly scandalous aunt, finds her own style and learns to assert herself a little - it doesn't take nicer dresses and better hairstyles for Tristan to notice her. He's intrigued by her from the start, dubbing her "the fury" because of her sharp tongue and the way she stands up to him and answers him back; and it's not long before he's attracted as well as intrigued and infuriated by her, despite the bad dresses. He's lusting after her before she makes the transformation into a swan, being appreciative of Joan's intelligence and wit as well as her... more feminine attributes.

I also liked the fact that, when the inevitable happened and Joan and Tristan HAD to get married, Joan didn't get missish and insist she wouldn't marry him because she didn't want to trap him into it - and in fact, Tristan was already making preparations to approach her father before word got about that he'd compromised her, because he wanted to marry her.

With Lady Bennet being so displeased at the way things have worked out, Tristan and Joan are allowed no time alone in the weeks before their wedding, and are thus unable to talk about their feelings for each other. Joan knows Tristan desires her, but feels he may be marrying her because he has no other option, which puts a damper on the whole thing for her.

What she doesn't realise is that the uncertainty is mutual. Tristan has little or no experience with loving or being loved, but he's man enough to own up to his feelings when Joan asks if he wants her for more than just sex. In fact, throughout the book, it's made clear that he's a man with a lot to offer - I loved his enthusiasm for his home and all the renovations he was having carried out; he went to a lot of trouble to arrange the balloon excursion for Joan because he knew her life had probably been rather staid and dull, and his teasing was always good-natured. He did something for Joan which nobody else had ever done - he made her feel beautiful, when for years she'd thought of herself as a dowd - and that's one of the nicest thing any man can do for a woman, IMO.

This book was a treat from start to finish. Joan and Tristan were both truly warm and engaging characters, the dialogue was excellent and the sexual tension just sizzled whenever they were together on the page. Love and Other Scandals is easily one of the best books I've read all year.
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on 9 February 2014
I enjoyed this story from start to finish. Totally engaging characters. I found myself interested in the lesser characters too - how about a book on Evangeline's story?
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on 22 November 2013
I found this a wonderful and enjoyable story. It's fun and entertaining and found every excuse and opportunity to read a bit more. Loved it!
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on 26 August 2013
love and other scandals was a great book and good story linei enjoyed it and would recomend it ti other readers
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on 7 September 2013
This book was good and went into good detail however I would have like to have an epilogue because I want to see what happens next.
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on 20 August 2013
I have enjoyed other stories by this author, but this one not so much. A pleasant enough read but something was missing for me.
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on 21 September 2014
I FOUND THIS BOOK BORING .....LONG WINDED.....NOT MUCH GOING ON ....AND REALLY HARD GOING WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK SORRY
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on 29 January 2014
a good read and funny had to get to the end, good for a lazy rainy sunday with lashings of coffee and sticky buns
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on 23 August 2013
yes a great read love romance sex all in this book entertaining and I enjoyed it very much fabulous read
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