All's Fair in Love and Scandal

Author: Caroline Linden

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Douglas Bennet, the son of Sir George Bennet, had an affluent upbringing, but he longed for adventure and has a penchant for tavern wenches. For years, his best friend Tristan has been his abettor in his escapades, but recently Tristan married Douglas' sister and has settled down. So now Douglas, who has been left to his own devices and is unable to refuse a wager, bets that he can get the lovely widow Madeline to dance with him. But when she refuses and turns the tables on him, he becomes fascinated by her. His friend's suspicions that Madeline may be the infamous woman known as Lady Constance who is responsible for writing the notorious serial Fifty Ways to Sin that has scandalized English society only increases her allure. So Douglas agrees to discover the truth, willing to split the bounty that is being offered for the real name of this scandalous woman with his friend.

Madeline Wilde, a widow, is mysterious and pursued by many of the men of the ton. Although she attends the various social events in society, aware of the many whispers about her, she only watches, refusing to partake in any of the activities, such as dancing. After all, her livelihood demands that she be discreet. So when Douglas turns his attentions to her, she treats him like any of the other rakes who have tried to win a dance with her and sweetly turns him away. Not even his charm and title can entice her. But Douglas is different from the others. Instead, he strives for her friendship, giving her someone to confide in. The more time he spends with her, the more confused he becomes. He cannot believe she wrote the notorious articles and yet, she has a secret that she refuses to divulge, even after they become intimate. Is she the scandalous Lady Constance? Will Douglas' wager lead to happily-ever-after for these two?

A delightful Regency romp, ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND SCANDAL, a prequel novella in author Caroline Linden's new SCANDAL series, is a clever, sensual historical romance novella that readers are sure to love. Douglas and Madeline are quick with a witty retort with each other, able to give and take equally. However, unlike his reaction to other women, Douglas seems to lose his self-assurance around Madeline, who leaves him confused, at times, as he tries to uncover the mystery that surrounds her. But these two are perfect for each other and the chemistry between them is fiery.

Readers will quickly become caught up in this story as the mystery keeps them guessing right up to the end. Packed with humor, wagers, secrecy, scandal, sensuality, romance and love, this novella is a true delight. It is sure to compel readers to seek the next addition to this series, a full length novel entitled LOVE IN THE TIME OF SCANDAL, which is due to release on May 26, 2015. If you have never read any of Ms. Linden's works, ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND SCANDAL is the perfect opportunity. Pick up a copy and experience the world of Caroline Linden for yourself!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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