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Six Degrees of Scandal

(Scandalous #4)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,304 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Olivia Townsend is in trouble and out of options. Pursued by a desperate man in search of a lost treasure, which she doesn’t have, she’s got only two things in her favor: her late husband’s diary, which she was never meant to see … and the man who was her first-and-only-love. Losing him broke her heart, though she’s been careful to hide it for the last ten years. But when ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Avon
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Caroline Linden At the time that 2-star review was posted, the book wasn't even written yet, so.... I have heard people use the star system for their own purposes and…moreAt the time that 2-star review was posted, the book wasn't even written yet, so.... I have heard people use the star system for their own purposes and not as the rating scale Goodreads indicated. So, 1-star might mean "get this when it comes out" or something else. But otherwise I do not know. No one (other than me!) read the book before October 2015.(less)

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This book was the ending to this series, really. There is another one after it, but we find out the answer to the question that this whole series led to in this book, so.... not interested.

Our couple, Olivia and James meet when they are young children. He has younger sisters and is looking for a playmate for them, so he recruits Olivia:

"My mother said I had to entertain them but they don’t like the way I play dolls.” He made an aggrieved expression. “Why can’t a doll put on a fine dress and t
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden
Book Four of the Scandalous series
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

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

Summary (from Goodreads):

Olivia Townsend is in trouble and out of options. Pursued by a desperate man in search of a lost treasure, which she doesn’t have, she’s got only two things in her favor: her late husband’s di
Al George
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Proud of this scandal

God forbid a romance be too sweet, too tender, too syrupy and too dear. That, my GR friends, gets real real boring. I'm stoked that Caroline Linden added some serious adventure, a couple of scorching steaming scenes....get back with your bad self =) and a super icky villainous dude.

Look the book did have some serious tender moments, scenes where Olivia and Jamie are both dealing with some stuff (not going in to details here folks. Can't. Book. Not. Out.) and those moments k
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

I’ve enjoyed every book in Caroline Linden’s Scandalous series and the latest, Six Degrees of Scandal is no exception. The books are all linked by the popular 50 Ways to Sin series of erotic stories penned by the mysterious Lady Constance, a woman whose sexual encounters with men who are often thinly disguised versions of gentlemen of the ton are eagerly snapped up by all who can get their hands on them. Readers have followed Lady Constanc
Man, this was boring. I'm exhausted, I can't even write a review. It started interesting enough, but then it got soooo tedious oh my god the 380 pages felt like a thousand.
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
Ending the series on a meh. But then, I expected as much because Olivia has been kind of a wet presence in the other books. Actually, this book goes a decent ways to changing that. She's still not great, but at least she makes more sense as we get to know her backstory.

Speaking of which, the biggest drag of the book is that the romance is over (and culminated) in the first two chapters. They love each other. They plight troths. They do the thing. And then carelessness and undue pressure separate
Sammy Loves Books
3.5 Stars rounded up.

Loved the plot and the storyline with two lovers finding each other again after 10 years of separation.
Lady Wesley
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What should a woman do when her first love, the man who deserted her in a time of need, returns a decade later ready to risk his life to save her from a murderous villain?

In the exciting, romantic conclusion to her engaging Scandalous series, Caroline Linden presents the story of Olivia Herbert and James (Jamie) Weston, who grew up on neighboring estates in Kent. The two families did not socialize, however, as Jamie’s father was an (immensely wealthy) attorney and Olivia was the daughter of a (s
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelf
With Six Degrees of Scandal, Caroline Linden wraps up her Scandalous series, which now consists of 4 novels and 2 novellas. What a series this was; I enjoyed it enormously and it was bittersweet to see it end.

In this final installment, all of the loose ends from previous novels are neatly tied up and we get several delightful scenes that allow us to "check in" on the characters from other novels within the series. For some, this may be too sweet, but for me, I adored it. The series feels complet
I expected more from Jamie and Olivia. The first half of the book was a 4 stars, but his hesitation to commit after they were reunited was not justified and I lost interest in the story. The end was a little nonsensical. Not my favorite in the series.
I've given this an A- for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals.

This final book in Caroline Linden’s Scandalous series brings it to an extremely satisfying conclusion, tying up the loose ends deliberately left over from Love in the Time of Scandal, and also finally revealing the identity of the mysterious Lady Constance, author of the popular Fifty Ways to Sin series of erotic pamphlets.

The story opens some years earlier when young James Weston (brother of Penelope and Abigail, heroine
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect ending to one of my favorite series!

The thing I loved most about this book is that while I liked Olivia and Jamie separately, they were strongest together. Despite the fact that Olivia's dead husband turned out to be a smuggler and that one of his conspirators blackmails her and threatens her life, it never veered into overly-dramatic territory. The blackmail plot worked perfectly with Olivia's discovery that she is stronger than she thinks she is, and that she doesn't depend on Jamie
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
It's the best Caroline Linden book I've read so far, and I thought the romance was well-done. Unfortunately, however, said romance was resolved by the halfway point and the rest of the book was a not-very-compelling mystery revolving around a Titian painting. Still, it was a relaxing Sunday read and I think the writing style is more sophisticated than the other books in this series that I've read, which is a definite plus.

This novel had a promising beginning, a bit reminiscent of the start of
Somewhat bland romance containing little romantic tension with the focus of the plot being the capture of the villain. The hero and heroine fell back into each other's arms quite comfortable after 10 years of separation after her previous sudden forced marriage to another. As they reunited without too much fuss, that left the rest of the plot free to unravel the mystery surrounding her husband and his illicit activities as well as tidying up the loose ends which arose throughout the series and g ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Caroline Linden has solidified herself as one of my top HR authors with this series! I wouldn't mind an additional book or 2 in this series. It's been such a blast!



I read the first book in the Scandal series last year and enjoyed it so much, I knew I would continue on with the series. A few weeks ago, I decided to binge read the rest of the series. With each book, I fell more and more in love with Caroline Linden's writing and her characters. I
Whyyyyyyyyy do I keep reading this series? There's nothing wrong with it, it's just so tepid and I just plough through, hoping that maybe it will be charming or funny or sexy or compelling and it's never any of those things. Linden is a very good writer and a perfectly capable storyteller and I understand why so many people like her but the stories and the characters in the Scandalous series just do nothing for me. Now, Linden's Truth About the Duke series is a different story. Those are marvelo ...more
4.5 stars

This was my second time enjoying this story. I read it the first time and listened this time through. Overall, this is one of the best series! There is not one book that is a dud, and this is probably my second favorite of the four books.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great book to end this series. You won't want to put it down. Mysteries to solve, love, a villain, art and the unveiling of Lady Constance's (author of "50 Ways to Sin") identity.

Olivia has loved James Weston since childhood. As teenagers they planned to wed when James was more established in business. However, her father needed money and forced her to marry Henry Townsend for the money his father would pay her family.

The plot really kicks in when widowed Olivia is being threatened b
This one was just BORING. I thought I might be into Olivia/Jamie, but as Jacob says, the romance is pretty much over in the first two chapters. And then the plot is BORING.

Also (big spoiler, I guess) (view spoiler)

ANYWAY. I guess I need to go back to making Linden a library author for me. I love some of her books SO MUCH, but others are just such a miss.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I avoided reading this for months because I thought I wouldn't like it, and I was kind of right. Jamie and Olivia have appeared in earlier books and it's always a bit irritating because neither of them were/are particularly charismatic. They get a bit better in this but not much. However, I will say that the whole Fifty Ways to Sin recurring trope gets an excellent tying-up (pun intended) here, and it's very nice to see earlier characters again. Romance: meh, everything else: pretty good. Perhap ...more
Rose Blue
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Olivia Herbert first set eyes on James (Jamie) Weston in church when they were children, and he caught her attention and coaxed a laugh out of her. Though Olivia's awful parents felt they were far above the Weston family socially, they allowed a friendship to develop because the Westons were extremely wealthy. Jamie and Olivia (Livie)became best friends over the years, and when Livie was seventeen, she and Jamie declared their love for each ot
Jen Davis
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Caroline Linden finally delivers answers to the questions she left us with at the end of Love in the Time of Scandal. This is Olivia’s story. She was the widow with a big secret and the super creepy stalker, Lord Clary. She is also the woman who should have married Penelope’s brother, Jamie. This story is both a mystery and a reunited lovers story. And it finally unmasks the elusive Lady Constance, whose stories have titillated characters in every book of the series.

Olivia and Jamie were the bes
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I debated not finishing this book about 45 times (even up to the 54% mark on my Kindle) because:

1) I wasn't particularly invested in Jamie and Olivia
2) the entire Lord Clary storyline was tedious back in book three, so I could only imagine how I'd feel about it now, with it being brought to the forefront.

I kept reading anyway, although for the life of me I had no idea why, because after a good start, I was unbelievably bored. The beginning of the book was great, because it turned out that this
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-lit-pickers
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I don’t know why but it took me forever, or at least two weeks, to get through this book. It was just so slow until the last quarter. But as a way of tying up all the stories in the series, while focusing on an end to the last loose string from the most recent book in the series, it does do a reasonable job. It also takes sexual violence, stalking and violent assault on women seriously which is always a good thing.

My Issues:

It had been a lon
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Caroline Linden's latest book is well worth the wait. A continuation from the last book in the series Six Degrees of Scandal picks up with Olivia Townsend's story. Olivia's husband Henry has died and with his death his money has dried up as well leaving Olivia with very little. In addition, Olivia is fending off the unwanted advances of Lord Simon Clary who also believes she has something of her husband's that he wants. Borrowing some money from a friend she secretly runs to try to get away from ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, audio-books
This is the 4th book in the series and my least favorite. But all is not lost, it is Caroline Linden after all, and I love her books! Six Degrees of Scandal did not disappoint in character or romance. I loved seeing Jamie and Olivia get their HEA. The thread throughout this series of the scandalously naughty stories of a seemingly fictitious Lady Constance, was charming.

What made it a 4 star for me was the mystery. One thing I loved about the first 3 books was the heavily centered emotional rom
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in Linden's Scandalous series, and is best if read in order. It contains major spoilers about Love in the Time of Scandal, and also wraps up an ongoing mystery throughout the series.
It’s no secret that I haven’t enjoyed the Scandalous series, with the exception of A Study in Scandal (which I recently reread and upped the rating of because it’s just that good). In fact it was book 2 in this very series that almost caused me to never read anything from Caroline Linden ever again, which would have been a tragedy since I’ve come to adore her writing since then. My main problem with the Scandalous series had been that none of the romances left any sort of lasting impression on m ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in a series I have enjoyed immensely. Not only are we privileged to finally get James and Olivia’s story we also get to see many returning characters and of course a starring role for our favorite pamphlet, 50 Ways to Sin.

Olivia was put in a precarious situation years ago when her father was desperate for money and although she told her family that her childhood love James, wanted to marry her, her father married her off before James could do anything about it. When her h
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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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