Scandalized (Mass Market)
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A one-night stand between two old childhood friends turns into something more, but when a scandal threatens to tear them apart, they must decide how hard to fight for love—a steamy romance written under the pseudonym Ivy Owens by Christina Lauren coauthor Lauren Billings.
Exhausted and on deadline with a story that could make or break her career, investigative journalist Georgia Ross is on the verge of a meltdown when a cancelled flight leaves her stuck in the airport overnight. But when a familiar face appears—the older brother of her childhood friend—and offers help, Gigi seems to have caught a break.
Alec Kim is handsome, humble, and kind—exactly the sort of man that Gigi has forgotten existed after her own painful heartbreaks. An evening of reconnection followed by a night of no-strings-attached passion with Alec feels like a gift—that is, until Gigi finally realizes that their childhood connection isn’t the only reason he seems so familiar to her.
Alec is determined to prove to Gigi that he is truly the man she thinks he is, even if it means coming clean about his fame—and his family’s connection to the story Gigi’s been working so hard to break. But as their feelings for each other grow deeper, Gigi and Alec must navigate a new reality…one where both of their hard-won careers are put directly in the path of an international scandal.
About the Author
Ivy Owens is the pen name for Lauren Billings, also known as the “Lauren half” of New York Times bestselling writing duo Christina Lauren. Scandalized was a labor of love written in the wild paradox of boredom and inspiration during the pandemic. She lives in California with her husband, two kids, and two dogs, and is rarely seen without a book in hand. You can find her on Instagram at @HelloIvyOwens.
“Scandalized is the definition of spicy—bursting with tension and teasing, banter and blistering chemistry. A perfect romantic fantasy made even better by characters who are vividly, stunningly real.” —Rosie Danan, bestselling author of The Roommate
“I strongly suspect that Ivy Owens has smashed my skull open, inventoried every single thing I adore about romance novels, and then used the knowledge to write the most steamy, scorching, smart, sweet, exhilarating, passionate, swoony book I could ever imagine. I will literally need everyone to read Scandalized, so that when I quote by heart my favorite scenes they can quote theirs to me, and we can bond over the magnificent experience of being swept away by Owens’s magical writing.” —Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
“Blistering hot chemistry and an edge of suspense that demands a one-sitting read!” —Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer
“This book is pure magic!” —Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient
“Ivy Owens’s debut brings the perfect amount of humor and heart to the story of childhood friends reunited under unusual circumstances. Scandalized imbues a fraught situation with more humor than angst, and readers will fall instantly for the charming, charismatic characters. The heated love scenes and intense emotional connection between the leads are sure to win Owens legions of fans.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Owens’s spectacular debut is beautifully written and a fun read. Fans of Suzanne Park’s So We Meet Again and Katie Delahanty’s “Brightside” series will have a hard time not consuming it in one sitting." —Library Journal (starred review)
If you're in the mood for a fun and sexy read, this is for you! —Rachel Strolle, Buzzfeed
“Reading Ivy Owens’s Scandalized was like a jolt reminding me of everything I love about romance—it is a perfect blend of passion, emotion, and fun. Owens offers us a couple that is effortless to root for: Alec and Gigi are flawed and human and, best of all… absolutely exploding with chemistry every time they are on page together. Scandalized is a delicious read, absorbing, and page-turning. I can’t wait to see what Owens does next!” —Kate Clayborn, bestselling author of Love at First
“A frothy, seductive escape with two characters who are impossible not to love. Gigi and Alec's chemistry positively burns up these pages—I’m still fanning myself!“ —Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk
“Scandalized finds what so many books reach for—a romance that’s achingly raw, breathlessly passionate, and authentically warm, capturing the thrill of falling into bed with your dream guy, only to discover a deep, effortless love. This is a book I will come back to time and time again. It is impossible to overpraise Scandalized.” —Erin, co-host of the Heaving Bosoms Podcast
“Georgia and Alec’s urgent, white-hot chemistry will leave you breathless. Their tumble into love feels effortless, natural, and painstakingly rare. Scandalized is a perfect book.” —Sara Whitney, author of Tempting Taste
“Scandalized is a delicious, unputdownable romance. Sizzling chemistry, with a tremendous amount of heart, it’s the oh-hey-that’s-my-friend’s-brother-and-wowza-has-he-grown-up book that we all need in our lives right now.” —Susan Lee, author of Seoulmates
"I wish I could express how much unfiltered joy and pure 100-proof escape I’ve gotten from this book. I don’t remember the last time I reread a book this many times. Alec and Gigi are a romantic fantasy that feels so viscerally real, it's nothing short of magical. For all the scorching heat, their connection is rooted in respect and decency. Just so darned sexy and comforting, it's like the tightest hug after a really good shag." —Sonali Dev, author of The Wedding Setup