Author: Caroline Linden
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Published: April 21, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
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.
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?
Caroline Linden is one of those authors who have escaped my notice until now. I want to grab her and say, "Where have you been my whole life?" From the first page, I immediately fell in love with All's Fair in Love and Scandal. Normally I'm kind of leery when it comes to novellas and short stories, because it takes a talented author to master the art of giving you a full story in a short amount of space. Linden does exactly that.
Also, since this is my first book by Linden I wasn't sure if I would feel lost not reading the previous books in this series. I didn't feel like I was missing anything. I was able to jump right in feet first. And that's another reason why I like this book.
Douglas Bennet is a gambler by nature. He wasn't able to resist betting that he could get the elusive Madeline Wilde to dance. What he doesn't wager on is how Madeline would affect him. However, Madeline has a few secrets of her own that she's afraid someone will uncover. Also it's speculated that she's the author of a certain erotic book that seems to be making its way around the town.
The characters in this novel are great. I love the chemistry between the two main characters, Douglas and Madeline. One of my other favorite characters was Madeline's maid, Constance. She adds humor to this already intriguing story. This story is a quick but fun read. One that I would recommend to historical romance fans.