It Takes a Scandal (Scandalous, #2) by Caroline Linden

It Takes a Scandal (Scandalous, #2)

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 a...

Details It Takes a Scandal (Scandalous, #2)

TitleIt Takes a Scandal (Scandalous, #2)
Release DateApr 29th, 2014
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Regency, Historical Fiction, Regency Romance

Reviews It Takes a Scandal (Scandalous, #2)

  • Jilly
    Recently, I read a Historical Romance where the heroine loses her virginity in a tree. I heartily approved of this since tree sex is awesome. The only thing that can really beat tree sex is cave sex, and this book had the potential. There was a magical cave and all I could do was root for her to lose her virginity in that cave, because that is another great place to lose it. (Remember Clary and Jace? It was a good thing he happened to bring a con...
  • Wollstonecrafthomegirl
    DNF at 84%It’s defeated me. The book wins. I lose. I seriously, seriously lose. I lose so bad.I do not care what happens to these characters. I do not care if they get together or they don’t. Frankly, someone could take a can of petrol and a match to the whole place and I would be entirely unmoved. This book isn’t necessarily bad. The writing is sufficient. The scene setting is passable. But life is just too short for a story like this one....
  • Caz
    I've given this an A- at AAR, so 4.5 stars Caroline Linden follows up one of my favourite books of last year, Love and Other Scandals with another beautifully written, character-driven romance which, while loosely linked to the earlier book, is very different in tone. In it, we become reacquainted with Abigail and Penelope Weston, and, of course, privy to more of the sexual exploits of the scandalous and mysterious Lady Constance, purveyor of smu...
  • Mariana
    I picked up this book, and 7 hours later it was finished.I know most people prefer the first book in this series, but I loved this one! While I agree that the love triangle was unnecessary, the romance between Abigail Weston and Sebastian Vane was so sweet I did not mind. I happened to have a soft spot for War veterans who come home injured, find love, and get another chance at happiness. If you like these type of Heroes as well, I recommend this...
  • Kathleen
    Contents: One fairly explicit sex scene and two explicit foreplay scenes. Very little swearing or profanity (appreciate that). No murder, gore, or grue. A little suspense -- who stole the gold and whatever happened to poor mad Michael Vane? No children in the plot.Audiobook, nicely narrated by Veida Dehmlow. I played it at a slightly faster clip, because she pauses too long between sentences, but that's my only quibble with her performance. I wou...
  • Addie H
    Amazon Bargain Bin / BookBub Ebook Bargain (Tropes: Scarred (war hero, limp), Love Triangle (no cheating), Class/Cultural Divide)*****“She stared at him. “You intrigue me.” He leaned closer. In confusion she closed her eyes. “And you intrigue me,” he replied, his breath stirring the hair at her temple. “That’s why I avoid you.” “Isn’t that all the more reason not to avoid someone?” she asked unsteadily.*****Plot: While Abiga...
  • Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
    4.5 ALMOST 5 CRYING LIKE AN IDIOT STARSEdit 3/18/2018 Full Review:So I realized that I've been inflating a lot of my reviews because I overlook a lot of flaws in books, but I'm trying really hard to change that because I would like to be an honest, nuanced and most importantly, critical book reviewer that can articulate why or why not elements in books are good or bad.I am impressed and will definitely be reading this author in the future! Here i...
  • Lover of Romance
    Sebastian Vane, has come back from the war injured with a shattered leg. His father is going insane, and when his father disappears, the townspeople believe that he is a murderer, and going mad just like his father did. But when a new neighbor move in, with a beautiful daughter, Abigail, his world changes. Abigail, with her parents and younger sister, have just moved to a country manor. When Abigail meets Sebastian in the woods, she sees a man th...
  • Shannon Gallagher
    I can't get enough of this author. It's been a long time since I read a whole series, but I may be in danger of just that.I thoroughly, take me away, shut out the world, leave me alone in my make-believe castle, LOVED this book. I love Caroline Linden's style and am so glad to have discovered her at long last. I may have to read this entire series. :D
  • OLT
    It Takes a Younger fully enjoy this HR, I believe. It's definitely not written for my age group, so perhaps I am being unfair by posting a review. However, it's not a YA romance and I have read many HRs that appeal to all age groups. Those by Meredith Duran, Sherry Thomas, Courtney Milan, Cecilia Grant, Julie Anne Long and Eloisa James come quickly to mind. And Caroline Linden would have been included in that list if I took into accou...
  • nick
    Aww! What a lovely historical romance book. I loved Abigail and Sebastian and I loved them even more as a couple. It was refreshing that there was hardly any drama between them and I especially appreciated the fact that they communicated with each other. I also need to give a shout out to Penelope, Abigail's sister, who was funny, loyal and a sweetheart! I'm ready for her story although her hero has some serious work to do to impress me.
  • Cathy
    2.5 starsRounding up because I didn't dislike it, I just wasn't as invested as I was with the first book. I didn't feel Abigail and Sebastian had the kind of spark Joan and Tristan had, and the basis for their romance was a little thin. Additionally, I thought Abigail behaved like a ninny (for lack of a better word) at times, and the triangle with Benedict went on a bit too long. It was enjoyable, but nothing more. Despite certain reservations, I...
  • Nadia
    I like Caroline Linden's writing. I liked that Abigail was no pushover, that she was opinionated and had no qualms about telling everyone what she thought. I liked how sure she was of herself and her emotions and how she knew what she deserved. I loved Penelope and I can't wait to read her book next. I didn't like the insta love part of the story, it seemed that only after a couple of meetings they were in love. I also didn't like how the whole m...
  • Lorka
    I actually loved the first half of the book... all of the characters were well written and easy to root for and relate to. I just didn't think the love triangle was necessary and I would have loved to watch them fall in love without that extra side drama.
  • Amanda
    I don’t think I’ll be reading Caroline Linden again after this. While the book itself was okay, her stilted writing style and questionable plot choices left something to be desired.Abigail and Sebastian’s romance was sweet and pleasantly low-drama, that is until a poorly thought out love triangle of sorts was added into the mix which in effect really sucked a lot of the enjoyment I had been feeling. It was like this conflict was introduced ...
  • Romancebooksandmore
    5 starsAbigail Weston Heiress whose dad is new money falls in love with Sebastian Vane a man who has lost much and rumors swirl around. Her family wants her to marry the very eligible lord Atherton. She just wants to be happy can a HEA happen. I like Abigail she is a nice enough character if not a tad bit bland but I love Sebastian he is a fascinating his backstory his angst just everything. The way he doesn’t want to fall for Abigail but does....
  • Megan
    Not nearly as good as the first book but it was still pretty good.
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  • Jacob Proffitt
    While the second in a series, this book actually works very well on its own with very little carry-over from the first (although the sisters, Abigail and Penelope, are prominent there, their personalities are only really hinted at and are much better established here). As well, the books are quite different in tone and plot so even predicting how you'd like the story is going to be hit-or-miss.A big difference is that Abigail is a quiet heroine, ...
  • Andrea
    It Takes a Scandal was sooooo good. So very good. Abigail Weston was such an endearing, lively friend to Joan (of Love and Other Scandals), so I was happy to get her HEA. In this installment in the series, we get one of the loveliest and vulnerable heroes I've had the pleasure to read, Sebastian Vane. Sebastian, once a beloved member of society, is now an outcast. Severely injured in service to his country, Sebastian deals with great pain and oft...
  • Farrah
    My Rating: 4.5/5A very sweet, lovely, and enjoyable read, It Takes a Scandal was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. From the sweet romance, to the surprising secrets, this book was delightful. Loved it!Abigail was a lovely heroine. She was strong, clever, and willing to fight for what she wanted. I liked that she stood by Sebastian, refusing to listen to unfounded rumors and determined to defend him against those who did. I...
  • Jennifer
    4 StarsIt Takes a Scandal is the second book in Caroline Linden's Scandalous series which focuses on women who become fans of a scintillating pamphlet, 50 Ways to Sin. This book features Abigail Weston, one of two daughters of a wealthy gentleman who has recently bought a new estate in the country. While exploring the surrounding forest, Abigail meets the mysterious Sebastian Vane and they embark on a sweet romance that pushes both of them to thi...
  • Becca
    While this book started off slow, once Abigail came to her senses, the book moved faster. It took me a week and a half to finish the first half and then only a day to read the second. In my opinion, this book was not as strong as the first in the series, but it did present some new characters. The romance focused on Sebastian vane, an injured veteran with a mountain of debt and a shroud of gossip, and Abigail Weston, a beautiful daughter of a wea...
  • Sarah
    3.5 StarsTypical romance with all the requisites of that genre. The characters were pretty well-rounded with personalities that stood out. The emotional pull was definitely there, always a good thing with this genre.I enjoyed the fact that Sebastian’s strapped-for-cash situation wasn't stopping him from pursuing his girl. In a similar plot setup, I could see where an author might strive for melodrama by making the guy angst over not being able ...
  • Booklover, Indianapolis
    (Sep) This was a nice book, albeit a bit dull. Sebastian is a wounded war veteran, who came home to find his father gone mad, his property mostly gone, ditto his family money. A wounded leg makes it hard for him to get around, but he manages. The villagers think he's potenitally mad, like his father, and he's been accused of being a theif by the father of his former best friend. There are also whispers that he's a murdered, as his father disappea...
  • Ilze
    DNF, unfortunately, because I have enjoyed some of Caroline Linden's books immensely. The hero had great promise, but I could not continue once I hit the third strike below: 1) Using a series of erotic pamphlets called "Fifty Ways to Sin" as a theme for the book. No thanks.2) Extremely annoying and puerile sister to the heroine - it got so that I just couldn't stand to read about her, especially her addiction to the "Fifty Ways to Sin" pamphlet.3...
  • Mey Buentipo
    The 2nd book of the series. In spite, of my regrets on the 1st. This book maked up to it. I loved the plot. I loved the characters. It's fast paced and not frustrating. I loved the h/h. I was scared a little that the rival of the hero might be the real of hero of the story. What I liked about this book the plot is simple and it is the same on other HR books but what stand out us the h/h. I am a sucker for brooding, destroyed, and mysterious hero ...
  • Natalie
    A fun read, I enjoyed that this took place in the country in a small town. I liked Vane and Abigail bonding over their love of books and searching for the lost grotto and their dogs. That was all very cute. I liked that Vane was a brooding hero for a good reason (because of his shattered leg and his missing mad father and the fortune his father squandered) but on the whole he was a pretty decent guy. Penelope, Abigail's younger sister was a fabul...