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Love in the Time of Scandal

(Scandalous #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,724 ratings  ·  193 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Caroline Linden's third novel in her Scandalous series brings together a feisty heiress, a notorious rake, and a shocking book that could bring one woman the utmost despair—or the greatest pleasure...

Penelope Weston does not like Benedict Lennox, Lord Atherton. He may be the suave and charming heir to an earl, as well as the most handsome man o
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Avon
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Pananda Samantha's story, mentioned in this book, was oddly not published until a year later, in A Study in Scandal. It is book 3.5 in the Scandal series, a n…moreSamantha's story, mentioned in this book, was oddly not published until a year later, in A Study in Scandal. It is book 3.5 in the Scandal series, a novella, and is followed by book 4 Six Degrees of Scandal.

I realize this question was posted a year ago, but some other readers might be as confused about it as I was, lol.(less)

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Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally, an actual scandal! For a series that is all about scandals, they were pretty weak until this book. The first book just had a puffy dress as a scandal, the second one had an old scandal that was way before we ever came along, but this one delivered. Plus, there is more than one evil villain in the book. I mean, sure, they were both a little over the top, but fun! There was one point in which I actually gasped. Gasped! Me!
That's pretty unprecedented. I'm not a clutch-my-pearls girl at all
Lady Wesley
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amz-rev, arc, arc-rev
Please visit the review page at Romantic Historical Reviews for a chance to win a journal to keep track of all your own scandals, plus print copies of the first two books in Caroline Linden’s Scandalous series.

This is the third full-length title in Caroline Linden's excellent Scandalous series, featuring secondary characters from the earlier books, but it works quite well as a standalone read.

Although Penelope Weston is an heiress with an immense dowry, she remains unwed after several seasons m
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden
Book Three of the Scandalous series
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

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Penelope Weston does not like Benedict Lennox, Lord Atherton. He may be the suave and charming heir to an earl, as well as the most handsome man on earth, but she can't forget how he
Sammy Loves Books
Oops..I accidentally read these books out of order, but that didn't ruin them. I think I enjoyed this one more because of it. It was as if I had some insider info on who the villain was and what he was in search of.

Great love story with a bit of action and drama! Also full of interesting characters. I really do hate it when characters don't trust their instincts, but if they did, things would be far lest interesting. The hero and heroine were a little too trusting for my taste.
Lover of Romance
Review-Love In The Time Of Scandal Summary 
Penelope Weston, doesn’t care for Benedict too well, she doesn’t trust him, and still suffers hard feelings from the complicated situation that involved her sister. Penelope is back in London, for another season, and feeling more alone than ever. With her sister and her friend both happily married like doves, she doesn’t see the glamour in the balls or the soirees or the dances. One special evening, she has one friend left, a widow, a woman who is gentl
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

Having thoroughly enjoyed the two previous books in this series, Love and Other Scandals and It Takes a Scandal, I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this latest instalment, which features Penelope Weston and Benedict Lennox, both of whom appeared as secondary characters in the last book. While I enjoyed it very much, it didn’t quite reach DIK territory for me (as the other two did), although I’m not really sure why – it’s just as well written, it
I've given this an A- for content and a B+ for narration at AudioGals, so 4.5 stars.

Caroline Linden’s Scandalous series has been one of the most consistently enjoyable sets of historical romances to appear over the last few years, and I’ve read and enjoyed all the full-length books and novellas that make it up. The first two books – Love and Other Scandals and It Takes a Scandal - have been available in audio format for a while, and now, the last two books are being released, but with a diff
Oooooh this was soooo good!!!!! Loved Penelope and even Benedict grew on me.
Benedict is a wonderful flawed hero. He is not always brave, he hesitates, he makes bad decisions and all that just makes him more adorable and real. Penelope is so fierce and loyal, it hurts to see how much she wishes to be like her sister when she is so special just being herself.
I've started the series by this book (book 3) and now I can't wait to read all the others.
The audio version was good and I enjoyed this book immensely!
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance, audiobook
This is part of a series, and while Linden does excellent work filling in backstory, I still think it's beneficial to take these in order. I wasn't really looking forward to this one because I've never really liked Penelope very much. She's always been kind of brash and more than a little careless (which often leads her to getting caught and into scrapes in general). I also didn't expect to like Benedict much, though I had more sympathy for him. It was always pretty clear that his father was bel ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Caroline Linden just keeps getting better and better. I'm just waiting for the day when other romance readers finally see what I do. I've enjoyed this Scandals series which I'm sure you can guess, centers around an erotic book and any number of society scandals. I highly recommend that you read these books in order since there is a lot of overlap and you will enjoy it more if you know the backstory.

In Love in the Time of Scandal, it is Penelope and Benedict's turn to find love. It is not an easy
Al George
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Period. Stop. End. Best in the series thus far.
Jaime Arkin
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Didn’t think she would be able to redeem Benedict... but she did!
Rose Blue
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Penelope Weston has definite opinions about marriage, most importantly that it should include love and passion, and never be a matter of convenience. When a friend confesses that Benedict Lennox is courting her, Pen urges her to be sure that her potential husband feels a genuine regard for her. Pen has a particular dislike for Benedict, Lord Atherton, although that wasn’t always the case. When they first met, Pen was quite taken with him, and they got along very well. Then Ben decided to court P ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to find out that ‘Love in the Time of Scandal’ featured Abigail’s sister and Sebastian’s best friend from ‘It Takes a Scandal’. If you’ve not read that one, please get it. Your reading experience of this tale will be doubled. I promise!

You see, when we met Benedict Lennox, the hero of this tale in the story of his best friend, he was courting that friend’s girl, and he lost her. And in this tale, he’s now courting another young lady, but Abigail’s sister, Penelope is once more me
Okay, this was GREAT. It was a hate-ish to love story, where the "hate" made sense to me. Basically, she (justifiably) doesn't like some of his actions and he doesn't really want a wife he's actually that into it.

But they're both always attracted to each other and mostly admit to themselves. Thrown together because of scandal and decide to make a good go of it from the start. And I don't know! There wasn't much in the way of outside conflict . . . or, rather, the outside conflict isn't really a
May 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Marilyn Rondeau
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the third book of Caroline Linden’s Scandalous Series, we learn some truths of past events that scandalized the ton for many years, as well as the secret behind closed doors which manifested one man’s family when it appeared he had forsaken his one and only true friend. Benedict Lennox, Lord Atherton was despised and feared by Penelope Weston. Where once Penelope Weston had found him attractive and suave while courting her sister Abigail, all that changed in the space of a moment when she fou ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Love in the Time of Scandal had sweet romance, quite a bit of scandal, and a couple of thrills along the way. I thought it was a lovely read.

Penelope, to be honest, didn't make the best first impression. She came off as extremely shrewish to the point where I took an immediate dislike to her. I didn't like how judgmental she was of others and how she worked so hard to be mean to Benedict. But, slowly, she started to grow on me, as I saw the kinder side of her. There w
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read only the first book in this series, which I really loved and which is on my keeper shelf forever.
but I missed the second one, so I had some insights to the characters (or at least the heroine) but had not all the information on previous events. but somehow I think that made it easier on the hero, if not on the heroine.

Benedict was a delightful hero, he was sweet, warm, charming but could also be wicked and had not and easy past.

Penelope was the perfect heroine for him, as she is not easi
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Well, the first book in this series is a favorite on my keeper shelf. This book.... not so much. This book spent a lot of time rehashing past situations that happened in book #2, and along with that rehashing, the heroine is constantly assuming the worst about the hero as well. Always assuming his actions from book #2 were in the wrong and that he was a jerk. She finally figures out in the last chapter that 'maybe' her assumptions were wrong. (you think?). Another annoying thing was that after t ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aaaaah this was pretty good! I still liked the first book slightly better, but I was happy with what I got here. Penelope was still just as charming to me as in past books; I adored how she never let anyone walk over her and never hesitated to speak her mind. She and Benedict fit, and I liked learning more about him and what made him into the man he is.

I even didn't mind the drama at the end (which is surely a first?) because I somehow just accepted the plausibility of it and liked that it was
I didn't hate this book and I can see why people like it, but I couldn't connect with the characters and I thought the story was pretty boring.
Quirky Omega
Penelope grated on my nerves like anything. It felt like she was sketched around Jane Austen's Emma. And just like Emma, Penelope is pontifical and pedantic. Her naive beliefs about love were one thing. People are entitled to their hopes and opinions. What I couldn't stand was how she stuffed her opinions down the throats of those who didn't know better.

And her relentless judgement of Benedict showed her in a further poor light. Despite getting to know the reason for Benedict's behaviour and na
4.5 stars

Caroline Linden manage to do it. She redeemed Ben for me. Sometimes it takes a supportive and strong-willed woman to inspire a man to no longer be a coward.

This has been a great series for me! I highly recommend it as a whole. I previously read the last book as a standalone and enjoyed it well enough. I am looking forward to rereading it shortly.
So I came away from this book not hating Benedict as much as I did in Abigail and Sebastian’s book and for that alone Caroline Linden deserves all the praise. But it was Penelope and the amazing love scenes that were the true highlights for me in this otherwise average romance.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
CWs: past child & domestic abuse, attempted rape ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Jan) Penelope does not like Benedict. Or does she? She thought him so handsome when he came to call on her sister, and she and he developed a bit of a friendship. Until he continued to woo her sister, and she discovered he was a horrible friend to her sister's true love, Sebastian. And now Sebastian and Abigail are married, and Penelope is somewhat lonely. She discovers Benedict, Lord Atherton, is courting her younger dear friend Frances. She wants to keep Frances away from Benedict, as she doe ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, audio-books
Sigh...finished. What to do now? Only one left in the series and I've decided to save it for later and savor the time. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. Fun, wicked, delicious.

Permit me to say that women should always expect the utmost attention when being wooed. Caroline Linden's series has supported this statement wholeheartedly and then some.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. This book is a stand alone book, but you will understand some of the secondary characters better if you have read the earlier books in this series. I recommend the entire series!
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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into ...more

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“I cannot guess if this is your true self or if you're just acting some part you think would amuse Penelope Weston, but I must tell you, it's not very appealing. You want me to fight a duel over you? Over what? Do you expect to carry on with all sorts of men without even bothering to be discreet about it? Because that's what drives men to duel, my dear -- a faithless woman who doesn't give a damn about the consequences of her actions. And if you intend to be that sort of woman, I most certainly will not be swearing my undying love to you, let alone risking my life for you.” 0 likes
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