The Improper Bride

Lily Maxton
The Improper Bride
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Publisher
Entangled Publishing
Release Date
January 2016
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Cold, arrogant, and demanding Henry Eldridge, Marquess of Riverton, would never dally with a mere servant. But when Henry is injured in a horrible fire, his pretty housekeeper Cassandra nurses him back to health, throwing them together day and night. As he slowly heals from his burns, their friendship blossoms, and the class walls between them start to crumble. Cassandra is surprised by glimpses of a kind and thoughtful man beneath her employer's hard façade—and even more surprised when she develops tender feelings for him. But anything between lord and servant is impossible...and besides, as a widow, she knows love only leads to heartbreak.

Henry is changing, as well. His close brush with death has opened his eyes to his self-imposed emotional isolation...and has urgently reminded him of his duty to marry a well-bred lady and produce an heir. Determined to do right by his family name, he immediately begins searching for a suitable bride. But Cassandra is the only woman who is never far from his mind or his heart. Contrary to everything he's been taught to believe, he realizes his lovely housekeeper might just be his perfect match. Now, if only he could convince everyone else of that. Especially Cassandra...

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 28, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
153 people found the following review helpful
THE IMPROPER BRIDE meets all my expectations and is as thrilling as I expected it to be.

When Henry, Lord Riverton, suffered an injury and became bedridden, he didn't expect to entertain his housekeeper by teaching her German. But the enforced time together caused him to see her in a new light, even as he told himself he doesn't dally with his servants. As for Cassandra, she's always found Henry attractive, but she knew nothing would come out of it, especially as her employer is cold and unapproachable. But his accident changed him, and it wasn't long before Cassandra's feelings deepened and she knew she must leave before she makes a further fool of herself...

I love historical romances where the housekeeper/governess and the employer fall in love, especially where the hero is injured and needs the heroine's help to recover. It's deliciously thrilling because the hero is then at the heroine's mercy, the sexual tension is high, and all sorts of shouldn'ts are being violated.

It is exactly the situation here, although the part where the hero is at the heroine's mercy is rather short, but then Henry invited several eligible young women to a party at his home in order to select a bride from among them. Then the stakes are higher now, the tension is heightened, and we have situations where Cassandra is inappropriately jealous and where Henry deliberately baits her. Yum yum! What can I say? I love it when characters are in misery pining for the other, but wouldn't be together due to some reason or the other.

My only complaint was that after the intense, heart-stopping Prologue, the next few chapters were a bit slow (more info and backstory), until the part where Cassandra had scenes with Henry. Then, things start to liven up, and I had no more thoughts about putting down my Kindle to do other stuff.

THE IMPROPER BRIDE is typical historical Regency fare, and it's well-written and engaging. Well worth the read!
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