Thursday, May 8, 2014

It Takes a Scandal (Scandals #2) by Caroline Linden - Two Dukes and a Scandal Book Tour

"You're perfect as you are." - Sebastian Vane

It Takes a Scandal
Scandals #2

Author: Caroline Linden
Publisher: Avon Books
Published: April 29, 2014
Source: publisher for review

Purchase Links: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iTunes

The second book in a deliciously sexy new series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award winning author Caroline Linden, in which an utterly shocking book--Fifty Shades of Grey for the Regency era-- has all of London talking and gives more than one young miss a mind for scandal. 

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.

This is the last of the three reviews for the Two Dukes and a Scandal book tour. Enjoy!

For reasons unknown, I was a bit hesitant going into this one. Maybe its because it was the last of the three books I read for the tour and I needed a break from historical romances or maybe I was going into a slump, I wasn't sure. However, my hesitation evaporated 5 pages into this book and I could not put it down. I loved every thing about It Takes a Scandal so much, I wanted to live inside this book. Sebastian... Seriously, can we figure out how to clone our favorite heroes? I loved him! Sebastian broke my heart and made me fall madly in love with him from the moment he appeared on my Kindle. There was just something about him that makes my heart beat a little faster. He starts off in the lowest point of his life. People think he's a thief and he murdered his father. He starts living again the moment he meets Abigail and soon he's desperate for her love. He starts to wander around his dust-filled rooms and imagines what it would be life to bring her home. He's devastated when his ex-best friend starts courting Abigail. He's scared of losing her and realizes that he has to win her. Abigail was perfect for him. She's strong where he's weak. She's outspoken and will fight for him. She's also a little naughty and is a fan of the scandalous pamphlet, Fifty Ways to Sin. I loved the scenes between her and Penelope. The banter between sisters was hysterically funny. I loved the little evil looks they share. Bravo to Caroline for creating Benedict, a character that could be seen as the other man, but he was a character that I would love to see get his own romance. He's a good guy once he gets away from his ass of a father. Seriously, his father was an ass. Sic Penelope at him and all will be well in the world. 

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. Ten years, twelve books, two 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. Visit her online at

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  1. Well, Crystal, here we have another wounded hero in this trio of romances. But Sebastian, despite his wounds, is worldly wise about women and knows just how to entice the pampered, naive Abigail. She has to have plenty of backbone though, if she is going to thwart her parents' plans for her to marry Benedict and let her heart rule her decision to marry a penniless love. This story is as intriguing as the other two. Oh my! I must have all three, that's all there is to it. :-)

    1. Both Abigail and Penelope had enough backbone to stand up for themselves. That's what I've always been afraid about with historical romances, that the women would have no backbone and would always do as told. I'm so glad that I haven't come across a heroine like that in the few books I have read from the genre. I loved that Abigail was willing to stand up to Benedict and to her father because she was in love with Sebastian. I won't spoil the ending, but I do hope we see Benedict again in the future. He redeemed himself towards the end.

      Thanks for commenting!