Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden (Scandalous #1)

Synopsis:

16065684Joan Bennet is tired of being a wallflower. Thanks to some deliciously scandalous—and infamous—stories, she has a pretty good idea of what she’s missing as a spinster. Is even a short flirtation too much to ask for?

Tristan, Lord Burke, recognizes Joan at once for what she is: trouble. Not only is she his best friend’s sister, she always seems to catch him at a disadvantage. The only way he can win an argument is by kissing her senseless. He’d give anything to get her out of her unflattering gowns. But either one of those could cost him his bachelor status, which would be dreadful—wouldn’t it?

Review:

Feel beset by the tragedy in your latest read? Sick of disaster/dystopia/dying/dread? Have a hankering for some happily ever after? A literary rainy day of any sort would be a perfect time to read this romance.

Joan Bennet is living her life. Her mom is a little controlling, her brother could use a little more sense, and her marriage prospects could take a boost but all in all her life isn’t all that bad. Tristan Burke is a lord and a bit of a rake but his hobbies keep him occupied. So… they’re normal people, if titled and wealthy can ever equal normal. But you know what I mean – no pirates, no orphans, no murders.

Our pair meets, sparks fly to differing degrees, and they fall in love just like in any other romance. But, and this is a big difference, there isn’t any angst. At all. No misunderstanding, no crazy plot device to keep our couple together (or apart), no mystery to solve. Relatives add some conflict but the main of the book is spent watching these two people banter and grow into themselves as they grow to like each other.

Linden deliberately fakes out the reader at times by heading straight at a trope (“Here comes the Big Mis, oh no!”) before the characters resolve it like real people would (“Oh, she asked him about it. Problem solved!”). It’s refreshing. However if you’re into high-stakes, oh-no-is-he-gonna-die story lines you may be left yawning.

Take Love and Other Scandals for what it is – a romantic story that will soothe any wounds on your literary soul.

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