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It Takes a Scandal Mass Market Paperback – 8 May 2014

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062244906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062244901
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Whispers, rumors and scandal make for a delicious tale when mixed with murder, treasure and passion. Linden enchants readers with her engaging characters - especially the bold heroine - who light up the page with their enthusiasm for life and love, compelling readers to smile and savor this lovely story.” (Romantic Times Book Reviews on IT TAKES A SCANDAL)

“I loved this engaging and romantic historical romance! IT TAKES A SCANDAL has complex characters and a fabulous story with a little mystery thrown into the romance.” (Fresh Fiction on IT TAKES A SCANDAL)

“…in the hands of Caroline Linden, [IT TAKES A SCANDAL] is both an effective, and affective, journey.” (Heroes and Heartbreakers on IT TAKES A SCANDAL)

“[IT TAKES A SCANDAL] is well written and the storyline is appealing. Her characters, both primary and secondary really come alive in it. IT TAKES A SCANDAL did not disappoint.” (Romance Junkies on IT TAKES A SCANDAL)

“Linden manages to combine historical detail with romance and a bit of erotica to create an engrossing historical fiction.” (Examiner on IT TAKES A SCANDAL)

“A poignant mystery woven throughout the plot adds depth to both Sebastian’s character and the overall story, perfectly balanced by the deft writing of Linden. It Takes a Scandal delivers on every level, and is one you shouldn’t miss!” (Reader to Reader on IT TAKES A SCANDAL)

“IT TAKES A SCANDAL is a beautifully written and charming romance…I enjoyed the book immensely and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who enjoys a heartfelt, emotionally satisfying and sensual romance.” (All About Romance ("Desert Island Keeper" Top Rated Review) on IT TAKES A SCANDAL)


“If you enjoy historic romance…with a good mystery and great characters then this is a MUST READ!” (Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust on IT TAKES A SCANDAL)

About the Author

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. Twelve years, sixteen books, three 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, the NJRW Golden Leaf 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.

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I've loved most of this author's other books but found this one very dull, I am now over halfway through and I'm going to have to give up, as the pace is just sooooo slow, nothing is happening. The hero has had a tough time. Fine. He's met a girl he likes. Fine. That's the situation early on. But then basically nothing changes except a few kisses and some brooding. It looks like the author was probably getting paid on the length of the book, or maybe it's just that there's not much interesting about the heroine. Regret buying.
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This is the second in the series with Abigail and Sebastian.

Sebastian Vane returns from the war, injured and brooding. He lives with his mentally unstable father, and the finances are in ruin. He knows they're both talked about, and avoided in society as much as possible. Who would want to associate themselves with the Vanes? And then, after his father disappears, Sebastian is accused of his murder, but no evidence is found. Despite the attentions of a neighbouring family's daughter, Lady Samantha, who believes herself to love him, Sebastian has no interest in her or anyone else. Until he meets the new neighbours, the Westons.

He meets the family's daughter, Abigail, by accident. There is an attraction, and although Vane wants more, he doesn't want to get involved in anything. Through a series of encounters and Abigail's own curiosity, they come closer and learn the truth of Vane's missing father. But when Vane pushes her away, someone else is vying for Abby's attentions. Does Vane step up and prove his worth?

Overall, I much preferred this book to its previous. Abigail sees Vane for the gentleman he really is, and tries to hide away. It's easy to see why she fell in love with him.

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Originally published at Rookie Romance.

I found myself very intrigued by the blurb for It Takes a Scandal, and who am I to resist a brooding, mysterious hero like Sebastian?

Abigail is a smart and fun heroine, who is very likable from the start. She's not afraid to stand up for herself when the situation calls for it, although she is a bit more restrained than her sister, Penelope! I loved that she didn't let herself be influenced by the rumours and gossip surrounding Sebastian, but instead decided that she would get to know him. I'll admit that when Benedict makes an appearance, I was a little worried that Abigail would suddenly become fickle and question her feelings for Sebastian, but instead she decided to fight for who and what she wants- which made me very happy.

Sebastian, oh poor Sebastian. He has had such a rough time. First he's injured in war, and then he returns home to find that his father has gone mad and sold large chunks of the estate off for a pittance. Then his father disappears and everyone thinks Sebastian murdered his own father. Understandably he's angry and when he tries to confront various people who took advantage of his father, rumours start to circulate that he's going mad as well. It's no wonder that Sebastian decides to cut himself off and ignore society, but then Abigail enters his life and changes that. It takes time for him to drop his defenses with her, but Sebastian is very sweet when he opens himself up to Abigail. I loved the way he decided to fight for her, even though he's worried that he's not worthy of her and that his prospects aren't as good as others.
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Abigail and Penelope Weston have just moved to Richmond for the summer along with their parents and brother. Mr. Weston makes no secret of the fact that he hopes that having a house in such an excellent locale will enable his daughters to make matches which will elevate their social status – because while the family is very rich, Mr. Weston is a “Cit”, someone who has made his money rather than being born into it, which means that the family can never gain entry to the highest echelons of society - unless they marry into it.

Abigail and Penelope are close, but very different in temperament, reminding me a little of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Penelope wants excitement and adventure, whereas Abigail is of a quieter disposition, quite happy with her own company and a good book.

Not long after they have moved into Richmond, Abigail meets their neighbour, Mr. Sebastian Vane, a handsome but strangely reticent young man to whom she feels strongly drawn. The attraction is mutual – even stronger on his side, perhaps – but Sebastian, knowing he has nothing to offer this lovely young woman, resolves to keep his distance.

Sebastian is a gorgeous beta-hero who has maintained his dignity in the face of censure and ridicule. But watching him come out of his shell around Abigail is a beautiful thing as he realises that here is something - at last - worth fighting for.

Abigail and Sebastian make a perfect couple; her liveliness a lovely counterpoint to his reserve. I will admit to a weakness for a brooding, wounded, wronged hero - so I adored Sebastian, but one of his most attractive qualities is that he never gives in to self-pity or behaves outrageously as a way of thumbing his nose at the local inhabitants.
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