Buy it at Amazonfrom our DIK review: Caroline Linden's Love and Other Scandals is the best historical romance I've read this summer. Joan Bennet, the spinster heroine, has a sharper tongue and a sharper mind. The louche hero, Tristan Burke, is witty and wicked. Together, they are an engaging couple whose path to true love is sweet, believable, interesting, and sexy. Plus, there's a balloon ride! Joan and Tristan first meet when Joan is eight and Tristan twelve. Tristan is up from Eton for the holiday with Joan's brother Douglas. Joan is asleep in her room when Tristan bursts into her room, shirtless and carrying a single red rose. The second time they meet, it's at Tristan's uncle's funeral. Tristan, now Lord Burke, is a tall moody man who has already began to garner a reputation as a rake. When Joan approaches him and tells him she's sorry for his loss, he kvetches to her about the way his relatives and society gossip about him. She asks him why, as an independent man, he cares.
His mouth twisted. “You don’t understand.” Joan heaved a sigh. “No, of course I don’t. I could never possibly understand what it’s like to be a gentleman with my own fortune, able to do as I please with no one to say me nay. Heaven preserve me from such unbearable oppression.” He looked at her, perhaps really paying attention to her for the first time. “You’re quite impertinent.” She beamed at him, instead of smacking him across the face as her hand itched to do. “Thank you.” Tristan Burke stared at her, and then he laughed. His deep green eyes lit up and a wide grin creased his face, sharpening a dimple in his cheek. He looked full of joy in that moment, and Joan’s smile faded away as she stared at him. “I’ll remember you, Joan Bennet,” he said. “I like an impertinent girl.”
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