All's Fair in Love and Scandal

All's Fair in Love and Scandal

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by Caroline Linden
     
 

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Nothing wagered…

Douglas Bennet can't resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial

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Nothing wagered…

Douglas Bennet can't resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial scandalizing the ton, 50 Ways to Sin.

Nothing won…

Madeline Wilde is used to being pursued. For years she's cultivated a reputation for being unattainable and mysterious, and for good reason: her livelihood depends on discretion. When Douglas turns his legendary charm on her, she dismisses him as just another rake. But he surprises her—instead of merely trying to seduce her, he becomes her friend…her confidant…and her lover. But can it really lead to happily-ever-after…or are they about to become the biggest scandal London has ever seen?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062419088
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/09/2015
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
303,449
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet 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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All's Fair in Love and Scandal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I really loved this but did not know it was a novella...really bummed but loved the story!
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Melissa_W More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I wanted a Happily Ever After for Douglas Bennet. Yet. When he was introduced in Love and Other Scandals he seemed far from ready to settle down and more than a little disappointed to find his best friend Tristan, hero of Love and Other Scandals, in love and at the altar with Douglas's sister Joan. But here we find Douglas, bored and swanning around a ballroom and ready to jump at a five pound wager to get the aloof, widowed Madeline Wilde to dance with him in the mid-series novella All's Fair in Love and Scandal. Madeline, for her part, never dances and dismisses the attractive Douglas with barely a thought (so she thinks). Poor, hurt fowl. Douglas who is then goaded by the loathsome Spence into helping him claim a bounty: deliver proof exposing the author of the naughty pamphlet series 50 Ways to Sin and claim two thousand pounds. Douglas begins to woo Madeline with predictable results...in the direction of the altar. Now, this is where I wish Linden had made this a full novel in the Scandalous series. I feel like there's a lot of "insta-lust" in a very short amount of time without giving it time to turn into "insta-love" so I feel like I have to take her word that Douglas and Madeline are meant for each other. There are a lot of sweet parts, and the wager-conflict introduced by Madeline is interesting, but it feels very compressed (this possibly may be due to my having read Love and Other Scandals after reading and reviewing Love in the Time of Scandal, Scandalous #3, and I really loved the plotting in that novel). I would have loved to see Douglas and Madeline's relationship develop more slowly and perhaps see samples of Madeline's writing. We didn't even get a snippet of 50 Ways to Sin in this installment, so we have to assume Douglas is reading one introduced in the previous two books. (cross posted from http://balletbookworm.blogspot.com/2015/07/alls-fair-in-love-and-scandal.html)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
def618 More than 1 year ago
I rarely give a novella 5 stars but I loved this story. I don't write plot spoilers but it's well written, keeps you interested and just right for Douglas. If you read"Love and Other Scandals" you will remember that his best friend married his sister and Douglas is a little lost without Tristan. Then he meets Madeline. This novella is a nice fill in while we wait for the next book in the series, "Love in the Time of Scandal" coming in June.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** All's Fair in Love and Scandal by Caroline Linden Book 2.5 of the Scandal series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Official Summary: Nothing wagered… Douglas Bennet can't resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial scandalizing the ton, 50 Ways to Sin. Nothing won… Madeline Wilde is used to being pursued. For years she's cultivated a reputation for being unattainable and mysterious, and for good reason: her livelihood depends on discretion. When Douglas turns his legendary charm on her, she dismisses him as just another rake. But he surprises her—instead of merely trying to seduce her, he becomes her friend…her confidant…and her lover. But can it really lead to happily-ever-after…or are they about to become the biggest scandal London has ever seen? What I Liked: I really liked this novella! It's definitely a great addition to the series. Usually I don't bother with novellas because they're so short and not entirely necessary to read a series. Novellas in historical romance series are great though, because books in historical romance series are companion novels anyway, so no novel is necessary to read the next ones. So novellas are just short versions of a companion novel. And in this case, I really enjoyed the novella! It didn't even feel too abbreviated, which is great! In this novella, we have Douglas Bennet - Joan's brother (remember Joan from Love and Other Scandals?), Tristan's best friend (Tristan and Joan got married at the end of Love and Other Scandals). Douglas likes to make wagers, to place a bet on everything. When he challenged to prove that the widow Madeline Wilde is Lady Constance from the 50 Ways to Sin pamphlets, Douglas accepts the challenge and immediately begins to try and woo Madeline into revealing herself. Madeline certainly has an air of mystery about her, and she seems to fit Lady Constance's profile. But as Douglas gets to know Madeline, he finds himself falling for her. While the rake and heir who claims he won't get married expose the one woman he falls in love with, as the scandalous Lady Constance? I always liked Douglas - I felt bad for him in Love and Other Scandals. He's his family's heir (he'll be a viscount or earl or something, I forget), and he's unmarried, so his mother is always harassing him into going to balls and social functions to find a wife. He doesn't expect to fall for a widow who is possibly Lady Constance. But now that he has his eye on her, he can't help but wonder if she is just as wild as her pamphlets are. He's quite the rake himself, and he can't see himself settling down, but we all know it just takes the right woman for even the most rakish to fall. Madeline is also quite a likable character. I don't think we've seen her in the previous books. She's very mysterious, and avoids the attention of everyone. Everyone except a bookstore owner who sells her work. Pamphlets? Newsletters? Articles? Books? What is Madeline publishing? You'll have to read the book to find out what Madeline's up to... Madeline has every reason not to trust Douglas, and to push him away. She leads him on a merry chase, and refuses his attention as much as she can. But they fall for each other, and give in. The romance isn't my favorite romance story ever, but it was very sweet and endearing. Madeline and Douglas get their happy ending, despite several obstacles. You'll have to read the book to see how things work out with Lady Constance. Overall, I really liked this novella! It's definitely worth reading. Douglas finally gets his own story, and hey - we get a little bit of insight into Lady Constance's mysteriousness. Not that I'm saying anything about her identity.  What I Did Not Like: Of course I wanted this novella to be longer. But alas, it's a novella. Would I Recommend It: If you've read the other books in the series, definitely give this one a shot! The 50 Ways to Sin pamphlets are what ties this series together, so this novella would the potential reveal of Lady Constance's identity is pretty significant. And like I said - you should read this one to find out the reveal of certain identities! Rating: 4 stars. Usually, I'm not one for novellas, but I'm glad I had the chance to read this one! The whole series - Love and Other Scandals, It Takes a Scandal, Love in the Time of Scandal - is one of my favorite historical romance series ever!
Bennet_Darcy More than 1 year ago
The plot of 'All's Fair in Love and Scandal' reminds me of Lisa Kleypas' Suddenly You, where the heroine has a secret identity and the hero is dying to find out what that secret was. But as I continue reading, this prose by Linden is absolutely different from Kleypas. In fact, 'All's Fair in Love and Scandal' is more riveting with an original plot that keeps you guessing every turn of the page! Romance, humor, and mystery all brilliantly sculpted into one prose that will result in conflating emotions. The story starts with Douglas Bennett, notorious for his pranks and wagers, conversing with William Spence goading him into doing a wager to get Madeline Wilde, a widower, infamous in rejecting every offer of a dance. This then started a wager among the men on who could start a dance with the widower, but none has succeeded. And because Douglas loves a contest, he wagers he could persuade her to dance with him. But Madeline Wilde was not a daft woman, she could see right through Douglas scheme and his motive for his approach. Madeline knew how to play the game, so she beat him to it by exposing his motive and leaving Douglas Bennett awestruck and partner less in a crowded ball. This has made Mr. Bennett determined to know the mysterious Mrs. Wilde. The clash between two strong characters of the opposite sex is a breath of fresh air in my book! Both are intelligent, quick with facetious retort, but highly attracted to each other. I especially love the self-dialogues they have where they try to figure out each other, their feelings for the other, and the consequences their actions may lead to. Madeline is not the kind of woman to be trifled with. Although, she had not been with a man after her husband's demise, she is not so easily charmed by any available gentleman. She is smart, independent, and quick-witted. A feminist is her time, I should say. And as for Douglas Bennett, whom I admire for his perseverance, charm, and patience in gaining Madeline's trust, is the perfect partner! He knows that his charm could only go so far, and befriending her is the only way to actually know who this woman is. Reading Douglas Bennett inner struggle is very amusing! Whenever he's around her, his rogue-like defenses starts to crumble and he's very unsure what to do with it. He completely has lost his mojo (if you like to put it that way)! An absolutely entertaining story guaranteed to make you swoon and giggle.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
3.5/4 Stars | Hot Steam Having heard wonderful things about Caroline Linden’s historicals, I leapt at the chance to try her latest Scandalous Series scorcher,  ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND SCANDAL—and, I’m so glad that I did! Enticing, seductive and so very romantic, Madeline and Douglas’s seasoned and delightfully heated courtship tempts and charms from its flirtatious beginning to its fiery finish. And, though tidier in plot than a full length novel—as novellas tend to be—this lovely couple’s well-penned and steamy stumble to happily ever after never feels rushed or underdescribed. On the contrary, Madeline and Douglas’s progression is nicely paced, giving their relationship enough time to blossom from a coquettish, coy and playful parrying into an open, deep and meaningful connection—one that is as believable as it is beautiful. Ever greedy for extra sizzle, I would have adored more stolen moments of wanton wickedness between Madeline and Douglas. But, the amount of passion they do share is near perfect for a novella. And, while brief, their spicy passages were so luscious that I swiftly added LOVE AND OTHER SCANDALS (Scandalous #1) to my ever expanding TBR pile. I can’t wait to read Joan and Burke’s stormy love affair! I’m officially hooked! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.