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Publisher's Summary

Joan Bennet has endured four Seasons without a single suitor or serious flirtation, let alone a marriage proposal. She's had just about enough of being a respectable wallflower and is giving serious thought to embarking on a life of sin, or at least a lascivious adventure like the ones described in a popular scandalous book. When she meets her brother's favorite drinking mate, Viscount Burke, it seems her hopes of adventure might be answered . . . Tristan Burke doesn't want a wife, and one can't trifle with a friend's sister without risking marriage. Even more, Joan's the last sort of woman he would ever choose: Droll, sharp-witted, and always unfashionably dressed. If only he could stop thinking about her mouth. Or what she might look like without those horrid clothes. Or the way he can only win an argument with her by kissing her senseless . . . even though that just makes him want her more. But more could lead to a betrothal, which he fears - or does he?
©2013 P.F. Belsley (P)2013 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"The simplicity of Linden's plot is its strength, making the romance feel real and natural and allowing her great skill at characterization to take the weight of the story." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Yvette on 01-08-14


I really liked the hero, green-eyed rake, Tristan, Lord Burke, just as much as the heroine, sweet spinster, Joan Bennett. It's a nice story, especially with the cute inserts of childhood scenes with Joan, her brother and his wild, hyper friend, Tristan.

As adults, I kept wondering why Joan was a spinster, but it was apparent she was misguided by her controlling mother who didn't know how to fit Joan in clothes that were flattering to her body type. In that era, they didn't have a guide for "how to fashion a bombshell/hour glass figure." I like how Tristan could see through the drab clothes, and still direct a laser focus on Joan as a woman….and that meant trouble (at least initially). Yet, their love developed as the simmering ingredients of a slow cooker. ..nothing fast, nothing hasty. But, when the love does come to a steamy boil, well it's naughty….I think Tristan tried to court Joan as a gentleman, but come on!!--He's a rogue & Joan loves that side of him.

There are a lot of conversations in this book, and at times, it was too much. The positive side is that, as a reader, you get to know the opinions of a lot of characters in close relation to the leads (if you like that kind of thing). But most importantly, the leads share a lot of experiences & you get the feel that they have built a solid foundation in their relationship--BUT, does all the incessant gab get tiring???--UM, yeah! -- Especially the large amount of internal dialogue from both leads. Yes, everyone is so freaken thoughtful..always thinking…haha.

One of the themes that seemed to surface in this book was something like…"it takes a village to stimulate a romance" LOL--- just because of the extensive support of friends and close family who all had a say or some type of part in this romance, along the way. I have to mention that I liked the circulation of the "50 ways to sin" pamphlet. It reminded me of how women in our day pass around "50 Shades of Grey"….too cute!

Narration: OK, overall I liked the narrator, but it was funny because on the sensual parts her voice seemed to move like a pendulum, rhythmic, soft voice & it kind of made me feel sleepy….LOL

Lastly, I thought it was sweet, but somewhat average.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie on 06-18-14

SMART, INDEPENDENT girls grow into women

What did you love best about Love and Other Scandals?

She was opinionated, and outspoken as a child, and never changed her tone as an adult, especially during the late 1900s when women could not own property and considered property themselves.

She needed to find a husband ASAP. Her aunt taught her how to dress "HER FIGURE", which was very different than her mother's petite figure. Her aunt gave her self-dignity, self-respect, and taught her how to dress according to her figure.

What other book might you compare Love and Other Scandals to and why?

So many of Danielle Steele's books because they focus on empowerment of women, no matter what the immediate circumstance.

Have you listened to any of Veida Dehmlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. Do not compare.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when she saw herself in a dress that fit her figure and changed her hairstyle.
She finally felt beautiful and every woman deserves that feeling.
All of a sudden, she was noticed, admired, however, never lost her "mouthiness"! Hooray for the women of "yester-year", whose shoulders we "independent, out-spoken women stand on in 2014!


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