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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times Book Reviews on IT TAKES A SCANDAL
“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.”
Heroes and Heartbreakers on IT TAKES A SCANDAL
“…in the hands of Caroline Linden, [IT TAKES A SCANDAL] is both an effective, and affective, journey.”
Addicted to Romance on IT TAKES A SCANDAL
“OUTSTANDING AND WELL DONE!!”
Wands and Fairy Dust on IT TAKES A SCANDAL Fangs
“If you enjoy historic romance…with a good mystery and great characters then this is a MUST READ!”
Fresh Fiction 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.”
Romance Junkies 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.”
Examiner on IT TAKES A SCANDAL
“Linden manages to combine historical detail with romance and a bit of erotica to create an engrossing historical fiction.”
Reader to Reader 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!”
All About Romance ("Desert Island Keeper" Top Rated Review) 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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062244901
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Scandal
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 406,203
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (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. Eleven years, thirteen 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, 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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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    Scandals are funny things, and for a headstrong and curious youn

    Scandals are funny things, and for a headstrong and curious young miss, the allure of the retiring and reserved Sebastian far outweighs the scandalous whispers about him. Abagail is the daughter of a wealthy man and his often over-reaching wife. With a sister who is full of derring do and a brother who manages to escape their mother’s various strident edicts, expectations and criticisms, she is the ‘good and dutiful daughter’, and was happy to take to the country house for the summer.  The house is set in the shadow of both the Earl’s residence and a now decrepit former estate of a gentleman farmer.  The two houses and their occupants will play a great role in the story as it unfolds.  




    Abagail was a wonderful character: far from being the obedient and dutiful daughter, her more circumspect and carefully planned actions do not draw her mother’s notice.  Wanting only to marry for love, titles be hanged, her romantic notions are appropriate for a girl of her age and station, while her good heart and friendly nature are often challenged by her love of gossip and thirst for diversion.  Aided in her hijinks by her sister Penelope, these two are a clever combination and display of sibling rivalry and conspiracy.  




    Sebastian and Benedict were childhood best friends: in and out of one another’s homes, playing and plotting and planning their futures despite the differences in station.  Yet Sebastian purchased a commission and went off to France to war, while Benedict, as heir to the earldom stayed behind: their relationship forever altered.  Sebastian returned injured from the war to find his father’s estate in ruins and his father declining into madness. With his father’s disappearance during one stormy night, and his limited mobility and funds, he has become a recluse: subject of speculation, rumor and gossip.  Benedict, however, is the Earl’s son with all of the prospect, respect and privilege that comes with the title. 




    Each character was beautifully created and detailed: given the right amount of issues, concerns and emotional connection to the reader to make you care about what happens. Abagail could follow her heart and turn her back on polite society, choose Sebastian and help him to reclaim his land and life. Only her parents, in their desire for upward mobility are pushing Benedict in her direction: a future as an Earl’s wife will improve their family standing, Penelope’s options and give her brother entrée into the more exclusive men’s clubs in London.  




    But, the heart wants what it does: the connection between Abagail and Sebastian is palpable: she wants to see his eyes light when he smiles, and to have reasons to smile often. For his part, Sebastian does not wish to damn her to society’s scorn, and without a real solution to the mystery of his father’s whereabouts, he has no hope to improve his lot in the future.  A not insubstantial dowry would provide relief from the worst of his issues, and of course there is no lack of comments to that effect.  The best part of the book for me was his character: so completely desirous of keeping Abagail safe and away, yet unable to lie to her or be mean to send her off.  So injured and so many questions that all center around Ben and their now defunct friendship, the mystery about his father and the Earl’s missing guineas and Ben’s plans for Abagail and his own sister Lizzie: the potential to find something to love in this story is never-ending.   And, the conclusion – just made me happy. 




    The first in the series that I have read: it will not be the last.  
    I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** It Takes A S

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    It Takes A Scandal by Caroline Linden
    Book Two of the Scandals series
    Publisher: Avon
    Publication Date: April 29, 2014
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss




    ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***




    Summary (from 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.




    What I Liked:




    I haven't read many adult books for the year so far, which makes me a little sad, because I usually read a good amount of historical romance adult books. I love historical romance books, but I guess it's not the season for them yet? Well, in at any rate, I really enjoyed this book. The first book in the series was great, and this second book was AWESOME!




    Sebastian is a young but injured war veteran with no money, no father, no wife, nothing. His father was a raving madman who disappeared, and everyone thinks that Sebastian killed him. They also think that Sebastian stole money from Lord Stratford, a rich lord whose son was friends with Sebastian. Sebastian is reserved and calm, but everyone thinks that he is reclusive and guilty. 




    Abigail and her recently rich family moves to Richmond for the summer. Abigail and Penelope (sisters) want romance and passion. Abigail meets the brooding and mysterious Sebastian, and becomes fascinated with him. They are strangely alike, despite the fact that she is bubbly and innocent, and he is mysterious and dark. I LOVE the dynamic between the two of them - they are night and day. That seems really cliche, but I love this relationship. I feel like that's how I am - vivacious and bubbly - and the guy I like? He has a really great sense of humor, but he also has a "bad", sexy side. Love.




    Sebastian is seriously the best part of this book. I LOVE him so much. He is dark, mysterious, brooding, and actually really honorable. I love his perspectives, and I love how Abigail sees him. She is fascinated by him, but she also cares for him greatly. I love how gradual and beautiful it is, the development of their relationship. Sebastian is just about perfect in a completely non-perfect way. His story is tragic and horrible, but he demonstrates true honor and respect throughout the book.




    So I loved the romance. I loved the story of this book - it deals with the development of the relationship between Abigail and Sebastian, but also Abigail's personal life with her family, and who her parents want her to marry. I was quite intrigued with the story, even if it seemed a little bit long. The mystery of the book - what happened to Sebastian's father, where is the money, what happened with Sebastian and Samantha, what Benedict would do with Abigail... there were so many unknowns in this book, and I wanted to figure out everything! I love it when a historical romance novel does that - it's not just about the romance. Although, the romance is seriously breathtaking.




    Basically, I really enjoyed this book. I loved Linden's first book in this series, and I'm really happy that the second book in the series lives up to the first book - in fact, to me, it's even better than the first book!




    What I Did Not Like:




    I can't think of any specific that I didn't like about this book. I really liked it! It's getting four stars from me, but it's definitely going to be a favorite historical romance novel of the year.




    Would I Recommend It:




    YES! I really enjoyed the first book, and I enjoyed the second book even more! Granted, they both got the same rating, but I seriously liked this book a lot. The male protagonist was definitely the best part of this book, and yet the book itself was simply wonderful. If you love historical romance novels, then you should DEFINITELY check out this book! This will most likely make my top ten of 2014, in terms of historical romance novels. 




    Rating:




    4 stars. This was a really wonderful book! I haven't read a historical romance book in a while, so this one was a welcome change. And it was seriously great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    Dull

    Very dull.

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  • Posted November 10, 2014

    I must read more by Caroline Linden. I have not read much but wh

    I must read more by Caroline Linden. I have not read much but what I have read has greatly impressed me. She writes clever and authentic portraits about daily life in early nineteenth century England, about the normal, everyday lives of the gentry and aristocrats alike, their personal problems, their hopes, dreams, wishes, and deepest desires. Much like Jane Austen did. Her characterizations are deft and delicately handled, her heroines and heroes likable and loveable, and the pacing and emotions are a joy to read.
    This is the second book in Linden’s Scandals series but its link to the first book is the heroine from Love and Other Scandals, Joan, who shares her love and illicit curiosity for a racy publication, “50 Ways to Sin.” I love books within books and mentioned this in my review of that book; I still think Linden should publish a short stories line of “50 Ways to Sin,” much like Sherry Thomas published the erotic novella penned by David, the hero of Tempting the Bride.
    I don’t think the description of this book does it justice; it makes it seem like a simple matter of marrying for money versus marrying for love. Abigail Weston is new money whose parents want a good match for her but, more importantly, they also love their children very much and want them to marry for love and happiness. She is a sensible, beautiful, and intelligent young woman who has a loving relationship with her parents as well as her siblings. She has a healthy sexual curiosity—as evidenced by her interest in “50 Ways to Sin,” a provocative serial pamphlet in which a society lady graphically describes her erotic and illicit encounters with gentleman in all ways and places. Abigail wants to feel pleasure but she also wants love and marriage.
    Sebastian Vane and Lord Benedict Atherton were once best friends long ago and they have a hostile and sad history. Though Sebastian was the son of a gentleman scientist, he and Ben became as close as brothers. Until Sebastian returns from war, his father gone mad and most of his estate sold to Ben’s father, Lord Stratford, for a pittance, his leg destroyed and almost lame, and accusations of thievery and murder launched at him when his father eventually disappears.
    When he meets Abigail, she makes every effort to learn about this fascinating and quiet gentleman, determined to keep her at arm’s length. But he can’t resist her sweetness, her willingness and desire to get to know him, and her sensual and attractive sexual nature.
    They soon fall in love and their romance is beautifully portrayed, with walks in the woods, the discovery of a grotto, and the first stirrings of sexual love. Against his better judgment and fears, Sebastian determines to wed her, especially when he learns he may have the means to do so.
    “He hadn’t told her he loved her because he didn’t want to expose his heart in a way he hadn’t done in years—even though she was the least likely person in the world to throw it back in his face. Everything he had done, and not done, had been because of fear.”
    For over two weeks, he leaves town in hopes of securing the means to ask for Abigail’s hand but, in the meantime, the Westons make the acquaintance of Lady Samantha and Lord Benedict Atherton, Sebastian’s old friends. When Atherton expresses more than friendly interest toward Abigail, she doesn’t know what to think since Sebastian has not declared himself.
    The intricacies of this love triangle are well executed and constructed, with Abigail’s younger and outspoken sister, Penelope, making her concerns known to Abigail in attracting two very different men. It represents the inner struggle that Abigail endures as two very attractive and very different men court her.
    “'And I just wonder which man you're leading on, Abby.'”
    I also like how Abigail’s parents express their concerns about her choices without being overbearing and tyrannical toward her. They love her and only want the best for her.
    The resolution is clever and an excellent closure to all the loose ends in this complex but seemingly simple story.
    Enchanting, riveting, and charming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

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    Sorry I forgot which book to go to...if your locked out of this one go to which res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Lukewarm

    Not mich detail, i did not have a connection with any of the chacters...just ok

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Sebastian is a recluse. He was injured in the war and came home

    Sebastian is a recluse. He was injured in the war and came home to find his father had went mad. He had run through all their money and sold off most of their property. Then one night his father disappeared and everyone blames him. No one will hardly deal with him. He has gotten used to being alone but when he saves a dog one night that all changes. Abigail is rich, beautiful and has a vast appetite for reading. She is attracted to Sebastian despite what everyone says. They begin to explore the woods together and it awakens a love between them. Another suitor has his eye on Abigail as well. Abigail will have to decide if she wants to marry for love or a good name.

    Abigail alone makes this a great read. She is not spoiled at all, she tries her best to not look down on people and she is very curious about things of a sexual nature. While she must hide the last part it still comes out at certain times. Sebastian is also a great character. Everyone looks down on him and talks about it and he just doesn't seem to care. He would like things to be like they were before but knows it probably won't happen. I love both these characters and even the secondary characters.

    Not just a good love story this book also has an element of mystery as well. Sebastian's dad was never seen again and you wonder what happened to him. I guessed a few ideas but I was wrong on that. I love Abigail and how she isn't afraid to stand up for love. She knows what she wants and goes after it. The town people can be jerks but Sebastian still keeps his head up. There is a lot of heat between these two and it was a delight to read about it. The author does a great job on this and it is an excellent historical romance.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    Fantastic Story It Takes a scandal is another wonderful book by

    Fantastic Story
    It Takes a scandal is another wonderful book by Carolin linden. The story is about Sebastian Vane,a man who injured his leg in war and came home to find his father mad and his inheritance is gone and Abigail Weston who is a beautiful, sweet heroine with the large Dowries. It is so sweet that she changes his world and give him hope. I love the way Abigail family treat Sebastian even though they know about the rumors. It is a heartbreaking, romantic and fun story with lovable characters.I can't wait to read Penelope's story. Thank you Carolin Linden for writing another fantastic book.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

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    A very sweet, lovely, and enjoyable read, It Takes a Scandal was

    A very sweet, lovely, and enjoyable read, It Takes a Scandal was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. From the sweet romance, to the surprising secrets, this book was delightful. Loved it!

    Abigail was a lovely heroine. She was strong, clever, and willing to fight for what she wanted. I liked that she stood by Sebastian, refusing to listen to unfounded rumors and determined to defend him against those who did. I really liked her. She was a wonderful character.

    Sebastian was absolutely amazing. He had a lot of darkness in this past, with his father's madness, loss of his estate, and the rumors of theft and murder that ruined his good name. But, he was still an imminently good man at heart. Though he had resigned himself to his fate after failing to clear his name and take back his estate, he was very determined once he had a reason to fight again. He was very sweet and utterly adorable. I thought he was a perfectly flawed hero.

    The romance was lovely. Abigail and Sebastian were great together. I liked that, other than a few moments of self-doubt, they were determined to fight for each other, whether it was Sebastian competing with Ben or Abigail working to find out the truth. The chemistry between them was there from the moment the met and it led to a sprinkle of steaminess. I thought they were a perfect couple.

    The plot was well paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of Sebastian's past was intriguing and I never suspected the truth. My only issue with the book was that, though the mystery was talked about throughout the book, the characters didn't actually start investigating until the last few chapters. The result was what felt like a rushed inclusion and resolution of that whole subplot. But, I still enjoyed the story and the ending was very sweet.

    It Takes a Scandal was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book and I really enjoyed reading it. It was a sweet, lovely, delight of a read. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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