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Nothing wagered…Douglas Bennet can’t resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial scandalizing the ton, 50 Ways tNothing wagered…Douglas Bennet can’t resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial scandalizing the ton, 50 Ways to Sin.Nothing won…Madeline Wilde is used to being pursued. For years she’s cultivated a reputation for being unattainable and mysterious, and for good reason: her livelihood depends on discretion. When Douglas turns his legendary charm on her, she dismisses him as just another rake. But he surprises her—instead of merely trying to seduce her, he becomes her friend…her confidant…and her lover. But can it really lead to happily-ever-after…or are they about to become the biggest scandal London has ever seen?...

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All's Fair In Love and Scandal Reviews

  • Alyssa
    2019-03-25 01:24

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***All's Fair in Love and Scandal by Caroline LindenBook 2.5 of the Scandal seriesPublisher: AvonPublication Date: April 21, 2015Rating: 4 starsSource: eARC from Edelweiss***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***Official Summary:Nothing wagered…Douglas Bennet can't resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial scandalizing the ton, 50 Ways to Sin.Nothing won…Madeline Wilde is used to being pursued. For years she's cultivated a reputation for being unattainable and mysterious, and for good reason: her livelihood depends on discretion. When Douglas turns his legendary charm on her, she dismisses him as just another rake. But he surprises her—instead of merely trying to seduce her, he becomes her friend…her confidant…and her lover. But can it really lead to happily-ever-after…or are they about to become the biggest scandal London has ever seen?What I Liked:I really liked this novella! It's definitely a great addition to the series. Usually I don't bother with novellas because they're so short and not entirely necessary to read a series. Novellas in historical romance series are great though, because books in historical romance series are companion novels anyway, so no novel is necessary to read the next ones. So novellas are just short versions of a companion novel. And in this case, I really enjoyed the novella! It didn't even feel too abbreviated, which is great!In this novella, we have Douglas Bennet - Joan's brother (remember Joan from Love and Other Scandals?), Tristan's best friend (Tristan and Joan got married at the end of Love and Other Scandals). Douglas likes to make wagers, to place a bet on everything. When he challenged to prove that the widow Madeline Wilde is Lady Constance from the 50 Ways to Sin pamphlets, Douglas accepts the challenge and immediately begins to try and woo Madeline into revealing herself. Madeline certainly has an air of mystery about her, and she seems to fit Lady Constance's profile. But as Douglas gets to know Madeline, he finds himself falling for her. While the rake and heir who claims he won't get married expose the one woman he falls in love with, as the scandalous Lady Constance?I always liked Douglas - I felt bad for him in Love and Other Scandals. He's his family's heir (he'll be a viscount or earl or something, I forget), and he's unmarried, so his mother is always harassing him into going to balls and social functions to find a wife. He doesn't expect to fall for a widow who is possibly Lady Constance. But now that he has his eye on her, he can't help but wonder if she is just as wild as her pamphlets are. He's quite the rake himself, and he can't see himself settling down, but we all know it just takes the right woman for even the most rakish to fall.Madeline is also quite a likable character. I don't think we've seen her in the previous books. She's very mysterious, and avoids the attention of everyone. Everyone except a bookstore owner who sells her work. Pamphlets? Newsletters? Articles? Books? What is Madeline publishing? You'll have to read the book to find out what Madeline's up to...Madeline has every reason not to trust Douglas, and to push him away. She leads him on a merry chase, and refuses his attention as much as she can. But they fall for each other, and give in. The romance isn't my favorite romance story ever, but it was very sweet and endearing. Madeline and Douglas get their happy ending, despite several obstacles. You'll have to read the book to see how things work out with Lady Constance.Overall, I really liked this novella! It's definitely worth reading. Douglas finally gets his own story, and hey - we get a little bit of insight into Lady Constance's mysteriousness. Not that I'm saying anything about her identity. What I Did Not Like:Of course I wanted this novella to be longer. But alas, it's a novella.Would I Recommend It:If you've read the other books in the series, definitely give this one a shot! The 50 Ways to Sin pamphlets are what ties this series together, so this novella would the potential reveal of Lady Constance's identity is pretty significant. And like I said - you should read this one to find out the reveal of certain identities!Rating:4 stars. Usually, I'm not one for novellas, but I'm glad I had the chance to read this one! The whole series - Love and Other Scandals, It Takes a Scandal, Love in the Time of Scandal - is one of my favorite historical romance series ever!

  • Caz
    2019-03-24 08:39

    4.5 starsAll’s Fair in Love and Scandal is a novella in Caroline Linden’s current Scandalous series. It sits between books two and three, and features Douglas Bennet, the brother of Joan, who was the heroine of the first book,Love and Other Scandals.In that story, Douglas was introduced as a bit of a jack-the-lad, a womaniser and gambler frequently to be found hell-raising with his best mate, Tristan Burke. When Tristan unexpectedly marries Joan, Douglas finds himself at a bit of a loose end and returns to town to find it bereft of his usual cronies.Mrs. Madeleine Wilde is a widow who regularly attends society events but who nonetheless maintains a distance from the other attendees. She never dances or engages in much conversation, and has a reputation for being somewhat cold and aloof. Never one for attending balls and routs, Douglas has not encountered Madeleine before, but is immediately struck by her beauty and wants to bed her. Knowing of Douglas’ penchant for a wager, one of his cronies, William Spence, bets Douglas that he won’t be able to secure a dance with her – and he immediately takes the bet, sure his good-looks and charm will win him more than a dance that night.But Madeleine is no simpering miss to be won over by a handsome form and winsome charm. She knows exactly who Douglas Bennet is and what he wants, and rebuffs him in no uncertain terms. Smarting at her rejection, Douglas is prepared to listen to another of his friend’s proposals – not a wager this time, but an offer. A disgruntled member of the ton has offered a reward to the person who can find evidence of the identity of the infamous Lady Constance, author of the series of erotic pamphlets, 50 Ways to Sin. Spence suspects Madeleine and offers to share the bounty with Douglas if he can provide the necessary evidence.The stage is set for a rather reluctant courtship, but Douglas is so delightful, and so clearly careful not to do anything which makes her uncomfortable, that Madeleine finds it hard to maintain her resistance. The development of the relationship between the couple is truly charming, and their interactions are full of warmth and genuine humour.Novellas are notoriously difficult to do well, as it takes a very skilled author to invest something of around one hundred pages with the same quality of character and plot development as would normally be found in a full-length novel. Fortunately, Ms Linden IS one such author, and I found this to be as well put-together as the full-length books in the series.

  • Becca
    2019-03-26 04:14

    I have been enjoying this Scandals series and the theme of the 50 Ways to Sin pamphlet. This story is about Douglas Bennet, brother of Joan Bennet (the heroine of the first book in this series). Douglas is a charming gambler who has learned to never gamble more than he is willing to lose. When a wager sets him after Madeline Wilde, an aloof, mysterious widow, Douglas soon learns that this wager may cost him something he never thought he could lose--his heart.For a 100 page story, it still felt like a slow burn. Douglas and Madeline become friends and truly enjoy each other's company before ever becoming physical. I enjoyed their banter and believed in their HEA. It was slow developing, sweet, and just plain romantic.While this novella could be read stand alone, I would recommend reading the other books in the series to understand the backstory and enjoy people's reactions more. For instance, Joan's reaction when Douglas asks her about the 50 Ways to Sin pamphlet is waaaay funnier if you have read her book! Plus, you get to see excerpts from the pamphlet in the other novels. My favorite scene in this novella was when Douglas reads the pamphlet for the first time: What the devil was this story? Douglas pushed open the door to his sitting room, propped one shoulder against the window frame as he opened the plain, prudish cover, and began to read. By the end of the first page his eyebrows started to rise. By the end of the second, his mouth was hanging open. And when he reached the last page, he no longer cared about Spence's wager or the bounty on Lady Constance's head or what Burke was thinking to let Joan read this.If Madeline Wilde had written this--even if every word sprang solely out of her imagination and not from her experience--he wanted to get to know her much, much better. If you have read the other books, you understand his reaction and it is wonderful. While I have enjoyed the other books in this series, I think this story has thus far been my favorite. It was not what I was expecting, but it was more than I could have hoped for. Wonderful read.

  • Ally
    2019-04-18 08:42

    Absolutely darling. Pure fun and ever so romantic. Douglas and Madeleine have the best banter and their friendship to romance is wonderfully paced for such a short book. This was a great addition to the series and coming from someone who is not a fan of these short books, that says a lot.

  • OLT
    2019-04-08 04:39

    I'm in a bizarro romance reading world where all these new 4/5-star books are 2-star books to me. So you say I should just shut up and go away? Back to the bizarro world I come from? But what if there are a few readers like me? I'd love to know I'm not all alone. (Please write. Please call. I'm all alone here.)This Caroline Linden novella, for example. I should have known not to order it because I did not like the first two entries in her Scandal series. But it was only $1.99 and I thought maybe, just maybe, third time's the charm.Charm, not so much. This is just plain silly. The hero is the brother of the heroine of Love and Other Scandals and best friend of the hero of that book. He's the heir to a baronetcy and pretty much spends his life living off his father and doing nothing except enjoy himself, with gambling, women and general party-boy activities. I found nothing appealing or redeeming about this guy. What he has going for him, I guess, is his good looks and that he's fun to be around.And the heroine's life is confusing to me. She is the (I think) illegitimate daughter of a courtesan and she's invited to all the upper-class doings? Not only that, but when she's at a social gathering, she makes like a potted plant, doesn't mix with anyone, dance with anyone, barely converses with anyone. And she continues to receive invitations?Premise of the story is based on a "stupid" wager. I say "stupid" because I am quoting "that stupid wager" from the book itself, although I certainly don't disagree. So what's the wager? Hero has to find proof that heroine is the author of 50 WAYS TO SIN, that scandalous reveal-all about the sexual escapades of members of the upper class.Is she? Isn't she? Do I care? Eh, not much.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-26 02:19

    3.75 StarsAll's Fair in Love and Scandal was a fun little story that focuses on Douglas, the brother of Joan and best friend of Tristan (heroine and hero of Love and Other Scandals). He was thrown off by the marriage of his sister and best friend and is feeling a bit lost in what to do with his time now. Douglas's biggest weakness is wagers as he has a compulsion to bet on almost anything. This includes whether the mysterious widow, Madeline Wilde, is really Lady Constance, writer of the scandalous "50 Ways to Sin" serial.I wasn't sure whether I would like Douglas based on his characterization in Love and Other Scandals. He seemed, in that book, to be charming, but also immature. But, this story showed him in a new light and helped me see him as hero material. I enjoyed the depiction of his friendship with Tristan and how Tristan's new married status has made Douglas re-evaluate his choices. I delighted in the fact that Douglas charm was not a facade, but that he was just a genuinely nice person.Madeline is suspicious of Douglas from the beginning and is very clear in her opinion of him. But, as she spends more time with him, she starts to ease up on her aloofness and finds herself confiding in him. I admired her intelligence and determination to support herself after her husband's death. I also liked that she kept Douglas on his toes, but also knew when to let the walls down.I was impressed with how well-developed the romance was for such a short story. Madeline and Douglas start off as acquaintances and quickly become friends. They spend a lot of time together and it is during these moments that they realize there might be something more. I love a good slow burn love story so I enjoyed this one though I would have liked for the story to be a little longer so that the ending didn't feel as rushed.I think All's Fair in Love and Scandal could be read as a stand-alone, but I think it would benefit readers to be caught up on the Scandalous series due to the Lady Constance element. The identity of Lady Constance is the tying feature of these books and the possibility of a reveal will be more tantalizing if one is familiar with the series. I am definitely ready to keep moving on with this series and then get caught up on the rest of Caroline Linden's backlist.

  • T.L. Haddix
    2019-04-19 04:39

    As with the other books in the series, these are potato chip romances. Not books that are going to leave you thinking deep thoughts but solid reads. Just what a person needs from time to time. Though I did somehow manage to miss Lady Samantha's book.... *off to hit the Google machine (and contemplate grabbing a bag of chips)*Anyhow, if you're looking for a decent historical romance that has some steamy smexy times, give Ms. Linden's books a try.

  • Alexandra
    2019-03-28 06:44

    Douglas Bennet and the authoress of 50 Ways to Sin?

  • Amanda
    2019-03-29 07:40

    I was really looking forward to reading Douglas and Madeline’s story after they were briefly mentioned in The Secret of My Seduction. A gossip writer widow falling under the charm of a rakish young lordling? It practically screamed catnip. Sadly though, my high expectations were quickly dashed.Despite enjoying the playful banter between the leads as well as the hilarious antics of Madeline’s cat Mr. Nash and the cheeky housemaid Constance, it was definitely a struggle to finish this novella. The conflict just felt weak and I really didn’t understand most of the characters’ motivations. Maybe if Madeline’s writing career had been more at the forefront of things and Douglas had been less of a failwhale, MAYBE this could’ve worked better for me.

  • Booklover, Indianapolis
    2019-03-29 01:38

    (Nov) Somehow I missed this was a novella, so as I was reading on my Kindle and noticed I was all of a sudden 50% through, I was pretty surprised how fast I was reading this! Joke was on me - book was less than 150 pgs! Anyway, Madeline is a widow, Douglas a man-about-town nice enough guy. He's pretty well liked, and is a good guy, other than he tends to throw out the phrase "care to make a bet?" too often. Not a gambler who would risk losing all his funds, still someone who thinks nothing of making a bet on almost anything. At the beginning, a casual friend bets him he cannot get Widow Wilde to dance with him, as she says no to anyone who asks. A tiny bit of flirting later, she does in fact say no. Douglas pursues her because he finds her intriguing - and because he makes a bet to find out if she is in fact the author of the notorious book Fifty Ways To Sin. Douglas and Madeline become friends, but certain things lead Douglas to believe that Maddie is, in fact, the author. He does not want to publicly out her, but does not know what to do. Advice from her mom leads Madeline to make a bet of her own with Douglas - one that will either cause him to leave her side or out herself. It's actually a bit convoluted, her thought process here (Mom basically says "ooh, he's a gambler like your dad - so to find out if you can trust him make him go away and then see if he comes back") - I hate game playing. She wins the bet, he leaves, she makes him come back, they fall into bed, the first bet is over (turns out she is not the author!) and they live, I presume, HEA. It was fine enough, but there was too much deception for my taste. Also - I don't understand why Madeline's mother never married the Duke who may or may not be Madeline's father. Her husband is dead, they presumably live together - what's her deal? Doesn't really matter since I doubt we'll see these people again in future books in the series.

  • Christina J.
    2019-04-03 01:36

    I haven't read any of the previous books in this series, but after this short one I can't wait to start the others! While it follows the first two books I felt that I could still easily keep up and enjoy it so it can be read on its own as well. The one sentence that made me want to read this was the fact that it's a mix betwen 50 shades and Jane Austen, from there I really couldn't wait to read it.Steamy pamphlets called 50 ways to sin written by Lady Constance is making its way around London. Nobody knows who the author is other than that she must be part of society since her characters resemble people that they know. Douglas Bennet is determined to out Lady Constance, he's sure it's Madeline Wilde. She's always there, but doesn't participate much and even refuses to dance. Douglas wagers that he can expose her and eager to win he spends more and more time with her, but before long they both can't deny the attraction between them. I really enjoyed this book, I loved the setting it was in and the humor and it was very well written. Despite it not being long, the characters still had plenty of depth and the plot was well developed. I'm eager to read more books in this universe and get more insight in he world. Overall a great novella!

  • Donna
    2019-04-14 02:35

    I rarely give novellas 5 stars but Caroline Linden's usually deserve it. This was the perfect story for Douglas who is lonely with his best friend now married to his sister (see "Love and Other Scandals'). Douglas meets Madeline on a bet and the sparks fly from there. This book is easy to read in an evening and I couldn't out it down. Looking forward to the next one in the series, "Love In the Time of Scandal" coming in June.

  • Cathy
    2019-04-12 07:43

    2.5 starsThis was fine, I guess, but I thought it was pretty insubstantial and I honestly didn't care very much about the outcome or anything else. This read quickly though, so I'm not really complaining.

  • Jess
    2019-04-03 01:40

    This is the best romance novella of all time. There's the perfect angst to fluff ratio, perfect complexity of plot, perfect characters, and a perfect ending. It's made me into an inarticulate wreck who only knows one adjective. I don't know why I went in hiatus over this: it's utterly perfect, and Caroline Linden is a master of her craft.

  • Flor
    2019-03-25 06:28


  • Melanie
    2019-04-09 04:26

    This is a short novella that I read after ‘It Takes a Scandal’ and before ‘Love in the Time of Scandal’. This little gem continues and enhances the Scandals series.The novella continues the theme of the 50 Ways to Sin pamphlet which is written by “Lady Constance” and is a very salacious piece that’s entertaining men and women alike. The thing is, no one knows who the author is, but a lot of the male readers seem to recognize themselves as the protagonists of her tales.Hero of this story is Douglas Bennet, whose sister Joan Bennet found her happily ever after in ‘Love and Other Scandals’ the first book in this series.It doesn’t take much of persuasion to challenge Douglas Bennet to expose the identity of “Lady Constance”. He loves taking chances and this bet, at least to him, looks like a win-win, especially because it involves a beautiful widow, Madeline Wilde.The heroine, Madeline, is a very proper widow. She’s a bit aloof and quiet, always present at the ballrooms, yet lurking in the background and never, ever dancing. It’s the challenge of luring her into dancing with him that brings both together. When she rebuffs him, he gets even more intrigued and suspicious of her identity as a pamphlet writer.For me, the sign of a good author is writing a novella that has fleshed out characters, an intriguing plot and a sensual romance, all within only one hundred pages. This is why I called it a gem. Despite it being so short, you’ll be surprised at how well written it is.The characters are fully developed and funny, while the story is fast paced and intriguing.Douglas and Madeline’s romance was scorching hot, romantic and funny.I think it stands on its own and you don’t have to necessarily have read the other two books preceding it. However, once you read this novella, you’ll be running to download the rest. I promise ;)Melanie for b2bComplimentary copy provided by the publisher

  • Katie Michaels
    2019-04-02 03:40

    In every installment of Caroline Linden’s Scandalous series, the naughty 50 Ways to Sin stories have captured the attention and imagination of the more daring ladies of the ton. Everyone is talking about them and no one knows the identity of the woman behind the bold serial. Now a wager has Douglas Bennet tasked with unmasking her. His target: the aloof widow, Madeline Wilde.Douglas didn’t even know Madeline existed until a friend threw down the gauntlet, daring him to turn her head. But despite his title and charm, she remains unmoved. That, of course, only serves to intrigue him more. And once he learns she could be the author of those salacious stories, he’s only drawn in deeper.I enjoyed this novella, largely because of the things it didn’t do. It didn’t take overly long to clue the readers in on Madeline’s big secret. It didn’t make Douglas into an opportunist. It was never about the money for him, and was barely even about the bet. It didn’t hang the secrets of the wager over his head and it didn’t serve as the catalyst for big drama in a reveal to shock the heroine at the end of the book. All those things could have easily happened in a story by another author. But that isn’t Linden’s style and it’s one of the reasons I enjoy her books. They don’t trod the obvious path.I liked Madeline and the fact that she didn’t fight Douglas past a point that was realistic. I liked Douglas and the fact that he was willing to protect her secrets even when he didn’t really know what they were. And I liked that this story wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be.Would recommend for historical romance readers looking for a short romantic read.Rating: B*ARC provided by Avon

  • Katie
    2019-04-02 02:22

    I should have a shelf for books that I'm enjoying, take a break from, and then have trouble getting back into. And this was only a break of an hour or so!So yeah. The first part of this was fun! And I didn't realize this was the brother of the Love and Other Scandals heroine! Very awesome.But I guess it dragged on a bit (and it's a novella!) and . . . I don't know. A bit too complicated at the end, with all the bets and such. Plus, it has a point-of-view character semi-concealing something from the reader, which almost always bothers me. (Actually, this happens more than once, considering the "plan" at the end.)I was very intrigued by the heroine's mother and the duke, but I suppose they are far too old to get a historical romance!!! (I'd guess 50's. We can't have that now, can we!) (It would be awesome, though.)(Oh, and it DID make me really want to re-read the first book. I loved that one.)

  • Kate
    2019-04-03 01:29

    This was one of the better novellas I've read in this genre, in part because it was two likable characters with interesting histories who met, liked each other, and didn't have some absurd obstacle to overcome in the span of 130 or so pages. I was really engaged and really enjoyed their time together.

  • Jessica Grogan
    2019-04-19 06:30

    DNF. I hate to DNF a novella but I found myself able to walk away from reading this one for days and I've just decided to give it up. It was very hard to get into this book, mostly because I don't feel like I got to learn anything about either character.

  • Sharrice Aleshire
    2019-04-04 02:20

    DNF: Could not get into this book at all.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-11 02:26

    I enjoyed this novella. It is a sweet story. 3 stars

  • Maria Mincheva
    2019-04-15 03:19

    I have to admit that it didn't take long to become a great fan of Caroline Linden's historical romances. I utterly enjoyed both the first and the second books from this series. That's precisely why expected to enjoy this one as well. I finished the book yesterday and I have to say I was unpleasantly surprised. As I was reading I couldnt help but think that it sounded more like something that would have been a great addition to the series rather than an actual story. Everything happened too fast and a number of questions remained unanswered at the end of the book. I was curious to find out what happened to Madeline's late husband and more about Douglas and William Spence's friendship. Why did Spence have to be the bad one when Douglas was as greedy as him? Speaking of Douglas, compared to the ridiculously cocky, determined and thoughtful Tristan(supposedly Douglas' best friend) from the first book, and the dark and sophisticated Sebastian from the second book, he felt like a moody teenager. To be honest, I didn't like Madeline either. This probably has to do with the fact that I didn't have enough time and information to get to know her. All I knew at the end of the book is that her husband died, she has an amazing mother, a cat and that she cannot resist Douglas. That's. It. Thankfully Madeline's mother was awesome. She was exactly what mothers are - understanding, patient, not judging and offering the best piece of advice ever.Overall, my high expectations of this book may have been rooted in the great time I had while I was reading Love and Other Scandals and It Takes a Scandal. Can't wait to see what is going to happen between Penelope and Benedict in book 3.

  • N.
    2019-03-25 07:18

    S'okay.I don't know who these background guys were. But the side effect of jumping into a novella is that I keep picturing handsome dudes as paper puppets on glue sticks.As for the main story, this was a decent read. Basically a dude gets paid to sass up a woman who listens to people in romancelandia, home of dancing balls. And he struggles with falling in love with her.I'll adopt an nice word from Smart Bitches Trashy Book. And call anyplace that doesn't peg my brain as a specific period in time Romancelandia. Home of the jumping snakes.If two people talking to each other and making educated mind games about each other appeals to you, feel free to pick this up. I don't know if this plot would work if I knew who this Spencer cheesebob is. But I did have fun.

  • Gina
    2019-03-31 08:38

    While each of the books in Linden's Scandalous series can be read as standalones, each is loosely connected by some family connections (friends, a set of sisters, etc.) and a scandalous serial publication titled 50 Ways to Sin. No one knows the author but proper ladies all over London go to great lengths to purchase and read the adventures of "Lady Constance". A man has offered a reward for unmasking her identity, and this short story follows one attempt to do so. This is well written for a novella and was going for 4 stars right up until the end, an ending that was a little too blunt and needed a bit more follow-up.

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-25 08:29

    All's Fair In Love and Scandal is the first book by Caroline Linden that I have read and I really enjoyed the story as well as her characters. After reading this book I am definitely planning to read more by this author and from this series because I want to learn more about the characters I met in this book. Even though this book is not the first one in the series I felt that I was able to understand what was going on without a problem and felt it could be read as a stand alone although I bet it would be even more fun if I had read some of the other books first.

  • Jennifer Fner
    2019-04-11 04:28

    I see now why the other reviewers complained about the novella length. This story was a hurried-up version of the first novel in the series. Some plot points are different but the arc is just the same, but less ... realistic, I guess, given there's not enough time for their relationship to unfold. More telling, less showing.I don't think it would read all that well as a stand-alone but it's fun to see what happens to Douglas, the little brother from the first novel in the series.

  • Abigail
    2019-04-14 05:39

    A lovely little novella featuring Joan's (from book 1) brother. A rogue reforms, a scoundrel gets some comeuppance, there is an HEA.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-21 05:30

    I don't quite buy that Douglas is her friend, it all happens too quickly and it all started because of a silly wager. Alas, cute ending.

  • Tina
    2019-04-08 02:30

    My favorite character was Constance and I loved the many men in her mind.