Saturday, April 11, 2015

Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden Review @avonbooks @Caro_Linden

Love in the Time of Scandal (Scandalous, #3)
Release date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Scandalous #3

USA Today bestselling author Caroline Linden's third novel in her Scandalous series brings together a feisty heiress, a notorious rake, and a shocking book that could bring one woman the utmost despair—or the greatest pleasure...

Penelope Weston does not like Benedict Lennox, Lord Atherton. He may be the suave and charming heir to an earl, as well as the most handsome man on earth, but she can't forget how he abandoned a friend in need—nor how he once courted her sister, Abigail. He's the last man she would ever marry. If only she didn't feel so attracted to the arrogant scoundrel...

Once upon a time, Benedict thought he and Penelope got along rather well. Though he needs a wealthy bride to escape his cruel father's control, spirited Penelope just doesn't suit his plans for a model marriage—until a good deed goes awry, and scandalous rumors link his name to Penelope's. She might not be the quiet, sensible wife he thought he wanted, but she is beautiful . . . beguiling . . . and far more passionate than he ever imagined. Can a marriage begun in scandal become a love match, too?

My Rating: 4 Roses

I really enjoyed this book. Love in the Time of Scandal had sweet romance, quite a bit of scandal, and a couple of thrills along the way. I thought it was a lovely read.

Penelope, to be honest, didn't make the best first impression. She came off as extremely shrewish to the point where I took an immediate dislike to her. I didn't like how judgmental she was of others and how she worked so hard to be mean to Benedict. But, slowly, she started to grow on me, as I saw the kinder side of her. There was no denying that she was a fiercely loyal friend and would do anything for her loved ones. What really made me like her, though, was that she got off her high horse, realized that she had been unfair, and made a conscious decision to be more understanding of people, even admitting that she didn't always know what was best, nor what was going on in someone's life to make them act a certain way. So, by the end, she had earned my respect and I liked her.

Benedict was an easier character to like. He was always a gentleman and also a sweetie when times called for it. He made mistakes, mostly due to his wariness of his cruel father, but he admitted them and regretted them. I thought he was a wonderful hero.

The romance was lovely. Despite the tension between them in the beginning, it was obvious to everyone but them that they were smitten with each other. And, once they (or, really, Penelope) were no longer actively trying to be enemies, a deeper relationship started to grow. And, they definitely had enough chemistry together to turn up the heat.

The plot moved quickly, despite a slower start, and kept me interested all the way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

Love in the Time of Scandal was a lovely historical romance that I enjoyed. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

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

1 comment:

  1. This looks great. I do enjoy Linden quite a bit so I am excited to try this one out.