New Release Review and Giveaway! SIX DEGREES OF SCANDAL by Caroline Linden (Scandalous #4)

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SIX DEGREES OF SCANDAL
Scandalous #4
Caroline Linden
Releasing March 29th, 2016
Avon Books

Olivia Townsend is in trouble and out of options. Pursued by a desperate man in search of a lost treasure, which she doesn’t have, she’s got only two things in her favor: her late husband’s diary, which she was never meant to see… and the man who was her first-and only-love. Losing him broke her heart, though she’s been careful to hide it for the last ten years. But when he comes to her aid and vows to stand by her this time, no matter what, she can’t help but hope things will be different this time.James Weston has blamed himself for letting Olivia down when she needed him years ago, and he will not do it again. Fortunately, his unusual life has equipped him well to outsmart the villain chasing Olivia. Unfortunately, being so near her again threatens to expose every secret in his heart…even those that should stay hidden forever.

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Chapter One
1806
Sussex

Olivia Herbert knew James Weston was a rogue the first time he winked at her, one fine Sunday morning in August when butterflies were riding warm drafts of air through the open door of St. Godfrey’s and Mr. Bunce the curate was droning on and on as if he meant to put every person in the church to sleep.

She was staving off the urge to do just that by watching the butterflies. James Weston, it turned out, was watching her. As her gaze followed one butterfly—a delicate white one with spots of blue on its wings, who swooped and glided effortlessly on the hazy air—it connected with James’s. His family was sitting in the next pew over, and when their eyes met, the impudent boy winked at her.

She looked away at once. Not only had he caught her woolgathering, wishing she could flit about the church and out the door like that butterfly, but it was probably a sin to wink in church. With some effort she tried to focus her mind on the sermon, but within moments a bee flew overhead, and once again, quite independently of any wish to be well-behaved, her eyes tracked the insect as it buzzed away, right toward the Weston pew.

This time when he caught her eye, he grinned. Slowly he raised one hand, and with small, cautious movements, pretended to flick the bee as it flew by. Then he screwed up his face and mimed being stung, shaking his finger and sticking it into his mouth.

Olivia couldn’t help it. She smiled, and a tiny giggle shook her shoulders. His grin grew wider, and he wiggled his eyebrows at her.

A sharp jab in her side made Olivia hastily jerk her gaze back to Mr. Bunce, whose voice had settled into a low drone, as if he, too, were falling asleep. Beside her, Mother glared from the corner of her eye. Olivia repressed a sigh. Ladies didn’t giggle in church, and Mother was determined that Olivia would be a lady.

Mother didn’t even wait until they reached home. Her scolding began as they walked to their carriage after the service. “Olivia Herbert, what were you thinking? Laughing in church! What a common, hoydenish thing to do.”

“I’m sorry, Mother.”

“And making eyes at that boy.” Mother didn’t grimace, but her tone dripped with distaste. “Those upstart Westons.”

“Upstarts they may be, but well-heeled ones.” Father spoke for the first time, giving Olivia a measuring glance. “She could do worse.”

Mother gasped. “Thomas Weston is an attorney. I want better for our daughters, Sir Alfred.”

“You’ve got to be practical, madam.” Father waited as the footman helped them into the carriage. “Our girls won’t have much to attract a noble husband.”

“Only their beauty.” Mother’s gaze softened as she looked at Olivia and her younger sister, Daphne. “A lady’s face, along with her sweet temper and amiable disposition, are her greatest assets, girls.”

“Yes, Mother,” piped up Daphne. “I’ll make you proud and marry a royal duke!”

Mother laughed gently. “I’m sure you will, my beautiful darling.” It was already clear that Daphne took after her mother. Olivia wasn’t sure if she took after her father or not; Father was often preoccupied with rank and money, and he was very fond of wagering on the horse races, none of which appealed to her. But at the same time, Olivia didn’t share her mother’s keen interest in fashion or ladylike accomplishments. She supposed she might as she grew older, but at the advanced age of ten she wasn’t much interested in sizing up potential husbands.

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 Jamie and Olivia were absolutely adorable for their first–six? seven?–years together, from the time that he got her in trouble in church when she was ten. So. Freaking. Cute! For the first few chapters I sat there thinking, They’re so cute together! I love them! What could possibly go wrong here? which you know is always when things go completely to…well, you know where.
Just like in life. Sigh.
But it’s okay, because of course fate brings them back together, and now there’s danger and suspense and uncertainty and all kinds of frustrated longing…which naturally isn’t going to stay frustrated for long! and the story gets even better from there 🙂
And they’re still wonderful together, I’m happy to report.
I hadn’t realized that this was the 4th book in the series when I started, and for much of the book it isn’t a big deal. Toward the end, though, it would have been helpful to know more of the story behind it. I won’t go so far as to say don’t start with this one, because I’m not sorry I did, but if you have a chance to read the others first, definitely do. I know I’m going to go back as soon as I can, because now I really want to see what goes before and if there are any clues to the big reveal that’s in this one.
Plus, I have a feeling I’ll like those couples *almost* as much as I liked Jamie and Olivia 🙂
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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As a series bonus on her website, Caroline Linden is sharing 50 WAYS TO SIN by A Lady with her readers! Find a teaser below, and then click on the link to read all of issue #1: Original Sin…
I begin with a caution: my story is not for the faint of heart. Ladies of delicacy, gentlemen of strict propriety, I beg you to set this aside and never pick it up again. Reading further would quite likely set your sensibilities to rioting.
For those of more liberal and adventurous tastes, I unfold to you my varied adventures, with the admonition that everything you read is precisely true.
Want more? Click the link below!

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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, three 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 www.carolinelinden.com.

 

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It’s a Scandalous Release Day–Three New Books, and a Giveaway!

Love historicals? Me too! Read on to find out all about three new additions to my TBR 😉
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Get ready to dive into three fabulous new Scandalous releases this month.
We have two new full-length titles and a new novella. 
All are available for a limited time at just $.99 each!
The Duke’s Quandary by Callie Hutton
The Marriage Mart Mayhem series
London 1814…
Drake, Duke of Manchester, is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love.
Sociallyawkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn’t meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture. She’ll never fit in with the ton, especially if they discover she’s been pretending to be a man within the scientific community.
As Drake’s family makes over Penelope, turning her from naive bluestocking to enchanting debutante, he is put upon to introduce her to society and eligible bachelors. Despite dance lessons and new gowns, Penelope is the opposite of poised and sophisticated as she stumbles from one mishap to the next. Why then does he find it so hard to resist her?
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Love’s Revenge by Joan Avery
The Worth Brothers series
St. Louis, Missouri, 1879      
Heiress Kate Barker thought she’d met the man of her dreams the night the mysterious English viscount swept her off her feet at the masquerade. Until his real identity is revealed—the cold, calculating scoundrel is really there to rip her world apart.
The only things that have kept widower Stephen Worth alive for the past two years are the promise of revenge against the man who framed him for murder and the love for Andy, his son, who was taken by the beautiful but vexing sister of his dead wife. He didn’t know what to expect when he met Kate, but it wasn’t undeniable desire.
Torn by attraction, driven by hatred, tempered by their love for a child, Stephen and Kate fight their growing feelings across the country to the wilds of Colorado. If he cannot convince Kate to trust him before she learns the truth about his past, he could lose Andy —but his demons are all the ammunition she needs to keep the boy for good.
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No Ordinary Mistress by Robyn DeHart
A Scandalous Novella
London, 1814
Remington Hawthorne, Earl of Latham, has spent his life protecting the Crown. When he’s assigned to play the part of
lover to Emma Masterson, one of the few female spies in England and the one woman he can’t forget, he’ll have to risk his heart as well as his life.
It isn’t easy being an independent woman, much less a spy. Perpetually tasked with proving she is as valuable as any man in her profession, the last thing Emma needs is to be reunited with the one man who makes her want to forget her duties and get lost in passion. Pretending to be his mistress isn’t difficult—remembering that it is all a charade is the challenge. With every glance, every touch, every kiss, she is drawn deeper under his spell and pulled further from her goals. She refused him once, but it will take every ounce of strength to not give in to the passion that still burns strong…
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