Monday, June 16, 2014

Educating Caroline by Patricia Cabot

Grade: B
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Historcal
Published: 10/30/01
Reviewed by Kate
439 pages

This one read like a soap opera-in the best way possible.  I feel like a who's who might be the best way to start.

Cast of Characters:
Braden Granville-our hero, aka the Lothario of London
Lady Caroline Linford-our heroine, prim, proper, and, of course, virginal
Lady Jacquelyn Seldon-Braden's fiance
Marquis of Winchilsea-Caroline's fiance

Do you have it all straight now?  All right.  Here we go!

We start off with Lady Caroline walking in on the Marquis of Winchilsea (her finance, remember) in the arms (well technically, in the legs) of Lady Jacquelyn (Braden's fiance).  She's ready to call off the engagement, but her mother tells her there's no way she can end it without causing a reputation ending scandal.  Instead, she should use her womanly wiles to make her fiance fall for her.  Which wouldn't be a bad idea, except Caroline's not really sure if she has any wiles. 

Braden knows that Lady Jacquelyn has not been faithful to him.  But he can't call of their engagement without losing a lot of money.  Unless he can prove it, with a name or a witness.  Caroline decides Braden is the perfect person to teach her how to make the Marquis fall in love with her-all hands off of course. In exchange for teaching her, she'll be his witness against Lady Jacquelyn.

And from that point forward we have the story of Braden and Caroline coming to love one another.  My reading experience was filled with happy smiles, chuckles, gasps of shock and outrage, outright laughs, and contented sighs.  With just enough intrique thrown in, this one kept me turning pages from start to finish.

Thanks to Anne for the recommendation.


  1. I'm so glad you liked it! It's one of my all time favorite reads! I just love Caroline and Braden together! I have an old paperback copy I bought off of eBay several years ago after finding the book at my public library.

    When I wanted you to read it I looked for an electronic copy and was shocked at how expensive it was! Seriously, it's $19.66 today for a Kindle copy or an ePub at All Romance eBooks. That's CRAZY! It's a great book, but it's not like an electronic copy of it is rare or something. My guess is that this is Simon and Schuster trying to price the ebook near the paper price (a paperback copy is about $25) and that's just ridiculous! Ok, ending rant.

    So, I highly recommend this book - if you can find a copy for a reasonable price! Check your library! ~Anne

  2. Yep. I got mine through the library. My book budget is rather low and buying this book would have eaten through at least 3 months' worth.
    - Kate