By Heather Boyd
In life there are choices…
Spinster Iris Hedley was once the darling of the ton until her father lost his fortune through an illness of the mind. Reduced to living as a penniless guest while her father rots in debtors prison, she’s determined to escape unscrupulous robbers who’ve set her to spy on the ton by the only means possible—by becoming a wealthy mans mistress. Unfortunately for Iris, her proper upbringing never covered intimacy or seduction so she asks the one man she trusts for help with private lessons in the duties of a mistress.
…in love there is but one
Martin Andrews, the Earl of Louth, may have a soft spot for tiny Iris Hedley, especially after her father fled London with a horde of debtors nipping at his heels. Her request for lessons in seduction leaves him reeling and although tempted it’s an offer he must refuse for her own good. Convinced she’s headed for heartbreak, he sets out to prove that surrendering to wicked pleasure is not worth the sacrifice of her future only to discover that her problems are more complicated than his own.
A sizzling regency historical romance novel.
Iris needs a protector, a man to provide her with financial stability in return for sexual favours. She’d rather have a husband, but with no money to her name and her father’s actions ruining her reputation, she’ll have to settle for living the life of a mistress. She approaches Martin, a man she trusts, to ask him about the life of a mistress and what would be expected of her. He’s shocked by her questions but sees she is determined to follow this path, so he sets out to prove to her why she’ll never take to the life of a mistress. But his “lessons” affect him more than he anticipated, and it’s not long before he offers Iris more than she ever dreamed of having. But both are hiding terrible secrets, secrets that will ruin both their names should they be revealed.
Iris is a strong woman, but she’s also shy and a little insecure, which isn’t surprising given the era. When she comes into power, she uses it quickly and wisely, earning the respect of those around her. Martin is a true gentleman, so much so that I can’t figure out why he’s considered a rogue. He is polite, successful, dependable, respectful, careful with the reputation of others, I could go on and on. Yes, he had mistresses in the past, but he always provided for them very well and was faithful to each one.
Being an historical romance, there were words used that I didn’t understand, and all I can say is thank god for the Kindle dictionary. AN IMPROPER PROPOSAL is book 6 in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. I’ll be honest, I was stepping out of my comfort zone with this one. It’s not that I don’t like historical romances, there’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just not really for me. But every now and then, I like to take a chance and try something different. I took a chance on AN IMPROPER PROPOSAL and I don’t regret it.
An Improper Proposal (Distinguished Rogues # 6)
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