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
"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)
I am married to the sweetest men on this earth! I have two beautiful children and two beautiful step daughters. I LOVE the music of Muse!
I could not make it past chapter two! The narration was atrocious! She hit my nerve with every word she spoke! This story I must read for myself!
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
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.
Love reading. Love listening.
Setting: London, England 1822 (after the prologue)
Narration: I have never listened to anything narrated by Veida Dehmlow. This performance wouldn't cause me to look up other books narrated by her, neither would I necessarily avoid a book she has performed. Oh wait, yes I would. Her voice was fine for the narrative, but not for differentiation of characters. You have to wait for the "character said" to know who is speaking. The book was mainly expressed by tone of voice, rather than changes in register, and most of it sounded effusive, so it was difficult to understand how the characters felt.
Story: Point of view was 3rd person, most of it expressed through the heroine, with sudden interjections of the hero's point of view. Joan Bennet is a 24 year old too tall and too round near-spinster. Her mother has her dressed in the latest fashion with all the attendant lace and flounces, but the style really doesn't look at all good on her. She has met Tristan Burke a couple of times in the past, but she meets him again while he's staying at her brother's bachelor quarters while his house is being renovated. He tells her that she looks like a half-open umbrella, or something to that effect.
I don't generally like books in which the hero & heroine have a combative relationship as plot device. I think the dialog was supposed to be witty and droll, but Joan came across as snarky and rude. For 3/4 of the book I got very irritated with her and the whole plot device of mutual dislike. Tristan came across as an adolescent who enjoys needling Joan to get a rise out of her. He refers to her, internally, as "the Fury". Anyway, the parents go to Bath for her mother's health and they leave the scandalous Aunt Evangeline as chaperone. Evangeline takes Joan to her dress maker for clothes more suited to her figure. Her brother, Douglas, has been tasked with overseeing construction on the country estate, so he leaves town as well. Douglas asks Tristan to look after Joan "as a brother would", dance with her a few times, go to tea, etc. (I get the impression that Douglas is asking more of Tristan than he would do himself). This is after her mother made Joan promise not to dance with Tristan. Mom seems to have an almost pathological dislike of the man because he is such a "bad influence" on Douglas. So, the whole story is "girl meets boy, girl hates boy, boy irritates girl, boy ruins girl, then they fall in love". The sex scenes are few and semi-graphic, but certainly not erotica.
Do not take the publisher's blurb about this book seriously. Joan is not seeking adventure beyond reading a scandalous pamphlet to which her parents object. She does not seek out Viscount Burke to teach her about the deeds described in said pamphlet.
Summation: I got it for $3.95, so it wasn't a terribly huge investment. It wasn't bad enough to make me quit within 3 chapters. But... If you don't have a lot of time for listening, you probably will want to skip this.
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.
So many of Danielle Steele's books because they focus on empowerment of women, no matter what the immediate circumstance.
No. Do not compare.
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!
I WAS TAKEN ON AN ADVENTURE IN SO MANY UNEXPECTED WAYS. HER AUNT BECAME A CRITICAL PART OF THIS BOOK BY BEING HONEST, LOVING, REAL, BUT KEPT HER "OUT OF HARMS WAY"....
I did not read the printed version, but I loved the audio version! The narrator was easy to listen to and made the story realistic- like you were there!
I loved the back story of when Joan and Tristan were young. I also LOVED the water closet scene. I think it really was one of the best kissing scenes I have ever read- or rather, listened to! I really wish there was another follow-up story on Joan and Tristan.
Easy listening, great accents.
Yes, this book was difficult to stop listening to. My drive to work takes a little over an hour each way and I always wanted to keep on listening. It was very hard to stop listening and get out of the car!
I don't write reviews often for books, but I really did love Love and Other Scandals. I will definitely be buying the second of the series! I can't wait to find out what happen's to Joan's best friend Abigail. And I really hope there is a follow up story with Joan's Aunt! :)
This book is so boring. Except for a stolen kiss in the first half of the book, not much romance goes on in this book. There is no time given to any kind of scandals for either of them. I was really interested in this book at first, but by the second half, I was just ready for it to be over. There was no chemistry between the two of them at all. Narrator has a wet and sharp pronunciation. Keep your money!
I believe you will like this book. I found it fun and romantic, if you are looking for something light and a book that steps out of the box of most period pieces ( the main characters ) you may find yourself like me and enjoy this book very much.
Retired. My hobbies are knitting, sewing and sports. To busy doing hobbies to be able to read so audible books are great for me. Also enjoy listening when driving on a long road trip.
Enjoyed a love story based in times where showing an ankle was a no-no.
The dislike to love turn of the story.
My first listen by Veida Dehmlow.
Most extreme reaction was I didn't want to turn it off and stayed up quite a few nights when I should have been sleeping just to keep listening to the story.
I thought this one was pretty fun. Feisty heroine and misunderstood hero. Best of all she is not a petite sweet thing. Nice to have a realistically bodied woman in the starring role for a change.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
there are parts of the book where Joan or Tristan either have conversations with each other or basically conversations with themselves (in their minds) some of these seemed to drag on a little longer than I was necessary.
I enjoyed the conversation (its not one of those that drug on) at the very end of the story. I also loved the part where Tristan shows Lady Courtney & Joan his house.
she doesn't have one of my favorite voices because she sounds a little bit older. She does have a great voice but I prefer a narrator with a slightly younger voice.
Yes...while some of the conversations drug on and I thought maybe I was starting to waste my time ..... it always seem like it instantly picked up again and I did enjoy the listen. I got it on sale and it is worth a sale liaten for sure.
I enjoyed Joan and I especially enjoyed Tristan. I did really enjoy lady courtney and was glad she was part of the book.I thought maybe the end of the book was kind of rushed I guess I was expecting a little bit more Details about the Happily Ever After...seemed like just as I couldn't put it doen...it was over!
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