I was absolutely lucky to get a copy of this book for review for Romantic Historical Reviews and although I thought I was not in the mood for Historicals this grabbed me from the first secondNormally the Ella's First Exam: A Medical Exam Fiction (Ella's Exams Book 1) plot Aristocrat falls for servant is not one of my favorites and most of the time I try to avoid it but I am really glad I didn t in this caseThis was a true love story and it waserfectly done The development between the characters and for each character on hisher own was great and the love story was just swoon worthyRead my full review here All in all I loved it and recommend it highly to everyone who loves a good love story With Old Latin Teacher giving this five rarely granted stars and GR friend Juliana Phillippa recommending it to Every single erson alive who likes romances how could I ass up this new to me a Warning Wall of text incomingBuddy read with Lyuda45 stars5 star goes to Henry for being such a dubious character The Improper Bride is difficult to review and even difficult to rate The Principios de economía política plot is very easy to break down Housekeeper and Lord fall in love but that s about the only thing that is easily explained The rest however has me confused and conflicted and I can see whyeople would bang this book against the wall I however still absolutely loved itBeing a completely character driven novel Ms Maxton gives her MCs lots of space to develop for which I m grateful Otherwise I would have Aunt Jane's Nieces probably DNF ed it The main conflict between Mrs Cassandra Davis and Henry Eldrige Marues of Riverton is how twoeople can overcome their class differences This conflict is at the centre of the story right from the start unlike in other books where the hH fall in love and have a whoops we re master and servant but doesn t matter we don t care moment Cassandra and Henry do care and they care a lot especially Henry In the various stages of the book both characters mull over the options they have together as well as by themselves When they reach their HEA we see two eople who are fully knowledgeable of the repercussions which makes their HEA believableThe writing is beautiful the scenes between Cassandra and Henry engaging funny in a toned down sort of way and full of chemistry There are so many brilliant moments between them I could uote and go on and on The ushpull between these two is vividly ut into words Most importantly though layer by layer their true emotions are revealed and we re slowly getting an idea what makes them tick Three dimensional characters who find themselves in a tricky situation In my review to The Rogue Not Taken I made it clear that the one thing that s most important to me in regards to characterisation is the ability of the author to make me understand their motivations It doesn t matter if I like a character at the start of a story What matters is that I understand the character that I see where shehe is coming from Ms Maxton has done a terrific job giving the reader enough information about her characters to give them a chance But I ll come back to that laterCassandra is a 32 year old level headed caring and loving widow Thankfully she s not been abused by her husband nor does she come from a terrible family She truly loved every aspect of her marriage and she loved her husband A leasant change from the many tortured heroines I read about these days Once she starts falling for Henry she needs to face the fact that she has Beneath the Moors and Darker Places put her dead husband on aedestal and is unwilling to consider the Lascia che sia felice possibility of falling in love again It is an incredibly tender moment when she does acknowledge it and says goodbye to the man she s loved for so long I adored her strength and intelligence her guts to accept that she s a servant but that Henry is not her Master She uestions himokes him without being either too obvious or too annoying She wants to understand the man she finds and fascinatingHenry Eldrige Henry Henry Henry What am I to do with you A fair warning here to all those who say scoundrels aren t scoundrels This man is truly a bastard Arrogant hard cold heartless That s how he starts off anyway I can already see This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor people being disgusted by him And guess what I loved him But then and I know I m constantly repeating myself give me a morally ambiguous hero with dubious motives make me understand him and I ll happily read along with a wide grin on my face He has a few redeemable traits He s not intimated by Cassandra s intelligence and even admits to himself at oneoint that she s robably intelligent than him He loves her strength and her resolve He s actually uite insecure with Cassandra The class differences aside once he acknowledges his interest for her he s very careful not to spook her Even when he finally sees that she s just as #MUCH SEXUALLY ATTRACTED TO HIM AS HE IS TO #sexually attracted to him as he is to he doesn t ounce on her There s no I want her she wants me I m gonna shag her despite her doubts moment I truly loved that about HenryBut and there s always a but there s a different and uite damning side to him Just to be clear here there s no cheating involved but he s done things in the The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy past that wouldut him firmly and uite easily in the villain category and as Cassandra so nicely uts it it s despicable I must admit when I read the scene I felt as if I had been unched in the face and oh dear what a tosser Obviously due to his The Age of Apollyon personality his character development is substantial and it s delightful to see him brought to his knees Take that fucker In many ways he reminds me of Alastair de Grey from Fool Me Twice still love the guy which I know will raise red flags with some of my GR friends And to those I say this The authorrovides us with a solid background to Henry s story He s a child of his time brought up to think of himself first and foremost a lonely almost bitter man and I m ever so grateful to Ms Maxton that she didn t make him wallow in self ity like King in The Rogue Not Taken every time he hurts the heroine However cruel Henry may seem there s always a reason behind it very much like with Alastair de Grey and Felix from The Luckiest Lady in London Oh my I have been throwing links to other books left and right here But seriously Henry is one of the most intriguing male characters I ve come across lately well since Alastair de Grey and kudos to Ms Maxton for creating such an unlikable hero Not easy to ull off but she s done it with verve And now to the uestion Lyuda and I have been wondering after reading what Henry was capable of Has Henry redeemed himself Is he even worth of redemption As unlikable as Henry is his journey is one of change Cassandra forces him to open his eyes and see that his actions have impact on those around him especially the servants Through her he changes through her he comes to appreciate things he has taken for granted through her he sees that as much as he may be bound to Society s rules and judgements against those of lower birth his title and station in life does not make him a better man The despicable thing he s done He does say sorry for it he does regret it Is it enough Good uestion It s where I m struggling I would have loved to see a better resolution to it but that s the author s shortcoming not giving Henry the space to reflect on his ast actions and make it better I thoroughly enjoyed this book also because this was a buddy read with Lyuda Again Lyuda again again This started out as a solid 5 star read and it still was a good read but it didn t hit the mark of wanting to re read The thing with these historical romances that kind of start out almost enemies to lovers is that they begin with snappy witty dialogue The characters are clever maybe a little mean but interesting all the same When the ending gets overly mushy I loose a little respect for them Apart from that the chemistry was good the writing didn t let the story down and the only reason I
deducted a star was for the cheesy over complicated ending 35 stars Who knew speaking German a star was for the cheesy over complicated ending 35 stars Who knew speaking German be so romantic and thrillingThis is second time this month when I had such a hard time with rating I had to onder and onder and then onder some with my buddy read friend Bubulinea And I have to say her wonderful well though out review mirrored my opinion almost exactly BubulineaI only want to add couple of things If you re able to The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 pass historically improbable aristocrat and his housekeeper relationship and I m talking about real housekeeper not theretend kind variety you re for a treat for the most art Class differences were not slapped under the rag but rovided a main conflict to the story Forbidden attraction love and all this jazzThis was the most romantic book I ve read in a long time The tension the chemistry between Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific protagonists left me swooning There was aoint in the story where the hero is reading Goethe to the heroine who is fascinated with German language The reading was done with such a sensuality that left me breathless The slow building romance was very gratifying The characters were three dimensional and their POVs were well resented Add to thi. Cold arrogant and demanding Henry Eldridge Maruess of Riverton would never dally with a mere servant But when Henry is injured in a horrible fire his retty 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. S beautiful competent writing and you have all ingredients for a solid 5 star story Why is it not my rating Well at about 59% something from the hero s ast was revealed something relevant still as the story was unveiling and no it was not cheatingThis something is Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde probably known to the readers of therevious book in the seriesHaven t read it the revelation came as a total shock totally out of left field And even though the rest of the story was beautifully written I couldn t completely shake off the revelation Romantic in me wanted from the heroOh Ms Maxton why did you do this to me stomping feet swaying armsI m glad I read the story and the experience was much delightful because of buddy read It s for stories like this that buddy read is made for the stories that make you contemplate and discuss 45 Half extra star for surprising me and hooking me in When I began I never thought I would enjoy this couple so muchI so so so savored this hH s interactions and evolving relationship From nothing or even less than that to so much and everything If ever a hero gets redeemed by love Not the first in the series but I am glad I started off here as it was much into the book I realized that this guy was a villain a cruel unfeeling unforgivable villain in the Karneval, Vol. 4 previous book Other strikes against the story I like a historical servant master as much the nexterson but still it does stretch the credibility and not every author can The Hiding Place pull it off And the h has been the housekeeper in the I am re reading all my 5 star rated romance novels There are 62 on my shelf and counting This is book 46 This is how my 46th re read held up I think I loved it even on my 2nd reading It s noterfect certainly not a light breezy charming read but retty damn close It s romantic alright and so hot but it s also a bit achingly ainful Simply because Henry and Cassandra are not erfect And their behavior is at times a bit difficult to be confronted with Henry can be such an ass but it seems very believable to the narrative of his time and upbringing He is also the most compelling character as he is the one who goes through a very needed and believable transformation I articularly love how he appears a certain way in some chapters and when the POV shifts you actually see what is behind his behavior and that he is a truly flawed but likable character Cassandra who is true to herself can at times ale in comparison This re read keeps the 455 stars review This is my original review Tropes Enemies to Lovers Work Relationship Unstarched hero Widow Forbidden Love Class Difference Opposites Attract Scars hero Holy crap I am giving this one 5 stars Ok so I am in fact giving it 45 stars but full stars means it deserves a lace on my re read shelf so I am rating it 5 stars on GoodreadsWhere was this hidingThis book took me completely by surprise as I had zero expectations and I can t even remember why I was Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' prompted to buy itIt s a little angsty a little dark but fresh funny romantic leaves you gooey warm and at times uneasy I was hooked from the very beginning Lord Riverton is awake And the relief that swept her at hearing this news was a little too strong for the simple relief a servant might feel for her employeruicklot When housekeeper Cassandra Davis employer Henry Eldridge Maruess of Riverton is hurt in a fire she is tasked to entertainlift his spirits Walls between their stations are torn down and an unlikely friendship blossom And attraction of course there is attraction Cassandra has always been aware of her employer no matter how hard she has tried to deny it Lord Riverton wasn t this ale lifeless thing He wasn t a shell She would have referred him snapping out commands She would have Changing Face of the Hero preferredanything but this She tried toretend their closeness hadn t sent her senses rioting like fireworks across the sky Because she wasn t a stupid woman and she knew revealing any sort of attraction to the maruess no matter how base would be the height of stupidityHenry is aware of no one articularly his employees or servants as he calls them That all changes as he is stuck in bed Insubordination from a servant had never made him feel uite soalivebefore He d become jaded over the years and Mrs Davis was something different The novelty would go away within a few days or a week at most and he could go back to an orderly world where his housekeeper standing up to him would infuriate him and result in her immediate dismissalnot make him want to goad her even further just to see the fierce light in her eyes He lowered his hand back down to the mattress annoyed he d noticed the color of her eyes at all Servants were not meant to be noticed Servants were servants He d never deliberately mistreated them but he d never given them much thought either Cassandra turns his world upside down as she challenges his behavior and the way he views or not views his surroundings While injured in bed Mrs Davis he snapped impatiently Has something gone wrong with your tongue Do you think I have all day She blinked at that startled then looked around at the shadowed room Well Henry attempting to get to know his manservant Do you like to read he asked hopefully Perkins stared at him Are you ill "my lord No I m not ill he answered struggling not to be offended He was " lord No I m not ill he answered struggling not to be offended He was to be nice Maybe he simply wasn t good at being nice He sighed Mrs Davis thinks I should care about my servants Perkins blinked And if you tell anyone that I told you that I ll sack you he added for good measure as he tied his cravat There that made him feel like his old self Did you really just toss a snowball at me Mrs Davis I did my lord You look as if you enjoyed it he said She couldn t help it She grinned I did my lord I should sack you he said No doubt she said cheerfully But his accident has also made Henry very aware of his own mortality and he asks his sister to arrange for 3 eligible women to attend his estate for a house arty so he can StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story pick a bride But the only one he really wants to spend time with is Cassandra and both fight their attraction Cassandra he said softly She glanced up and when she met his gaze her eyes were dark with desire There There it was She desired him He wanted to tip back his head and laugh with the sheer relief of it His feelings weren t one sided weren t unreturnedShe wanted him Two of her fingers brushed over his lips softly barely a whisper of touch But the contact sparked fire through his veins He was dry tinder and she was all heat I likeyour mouth she murmured Her hand slowly swept across his cheekbone He leaned into the caress like a dog seeking affection like a damned beggarleading for sustenance Of course they are not as stealthy as they think and most of the guests are not amused But unlikely support comes from Henry s sister Margaret despite Cassandra s unwillingness to It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life play along Haven t you already done that by selecting hisotential brides Cassandra asked Well yes I thought so her ladyship said But imagine my surprise when he seemed only Lignin Biodegradation politely interested in them but heositively lights up when he s with his housekeeper Margaret Pure Chance placed a loving hand on her back Mrs Davis is so delightful she said brightly She was regaling me with the most charming stories She glanced at Cassandra Smile and look charming or I m going toush your face in the snow Margaret threatened I hope she gets her own bookCassandra tries to cling to some sense of level headed ness My lord I care about you but as my employer You must see the value you The Lady and the Lionheart place on the opinion of a housekeeper is vastly misplaced Utter silence followed her remark Oh indeed he said softly in a tone that scared her with its evenness What you feel for me is mereservitude He allowed enough space between them to settle his hand just over her heart She expected him to move downward to cup the weight of her breast she was already arching her back in anticipation of that intensely wanted caress But he didn t His hand remained where it was He was feeling the beats of her heart He helderfectly still his eyes closed like a man in silent rayer He wanted a woman who called him out when he behaved badly He wanted a woman who challenged him A woman who could hold her whisky A woman who wasn t above running through the snow with him who was mad enough to think German was a beautiful language who might just think he was beautiful even with his scars and his cold hard heart Who was he uite suspected smarter than he was There is a lot to this story and there is a thin red thread that is not roperly addressed or solved only reason why this book loses a 05 star but I can live with it The shopkeeper s friendly voice broke her from her spell Do you need assistance Yes she needed assistance Henry was staring at her with a half smile and she had the sudden urge
to kiss it right from his face Good lord She was in kiss it right from his face Good lord She was in need of assistance 45 stars and only USD 299 for Kindle on Going through Lily Maxton s bookshelf she writes highly uniue lots so go check her out I am sure there is. And thoughtful man beneath her employer’s hard façade and even surprised when she develops tender feelings for him But anything between lord and servant is impossibleand besides as a widow she knows love only leads to heartbreakHenry is changing as well His close brush with death has opened his eyes to his self imposed emotional isolationand has urgently reminded him of his duty to marry a .
I liked the book very much It is one of the best HR I ve read recently Imo a real kind of HR is hard to find that s why I return to read Mary Balogh s books consistentlyWhat I like most about the story is that it has a solid lot and it s Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church pacing androgressing was well done I don t like to when author make a human or a situation an important issue then it never blend to story well Whatever subjects or matters were mentioned all of them resulted in the storyProtagonists friendship was nice to read especially learning German and their common interest of literature Slowly building romance makes the story appealing for me It was a bonus for me and it s uite believable And I sense Pride and Prejudice s inspiration for a scene view spoiler When hero makes marriage A (kinda) Country Christmas proposal he declares that he s not happy to love and make aroposal to a housekeeper hide spoiler I thoroughly enjoyed this story It s wonderful what the author can do when writing a complete and lengthy novel I ve read the first of this series without actually knowing that it was a shot very shot story and appreciated it but for the lenght Here we have a complete story where everything has been developed fullyThere s almost no action here it s character driven story And what characters both hero and heroine were WOWCassandra Ah if only all the heroines were like her Romancelandia would be a much nicer lace She s an older woman a widow She doesn t have emotional bagage She was not mistreated by her family nor by her husband with whome she was actually deeply in love She s intelligent and smart She knows what she wants and how to get it She also know how to treat spoilt boys after all she has 7 siblings Henry What a character It takes a brush with death for him to akcnowledge that he s not invincible It takes a disfigurment by fire to make him aware that not everything bends to him And it takes a willful housekeeper to awake his conscience and to help him grow up He s a bad bad bad boy who thinks everything is due to him that he can take evrything that nothing is denied to him But he s due to some really rude awakening And he s going to LOVE itI loved how their story developed How both of them faces step by step the challenges of life How they come together slowly slowly slowly but at the same time inesorably I also loved how both of them didn t run away from their obvious roblems but faced them even when they were seemingly insurmountable At the same time they didn t avoid them either thinking they ll just disappearI loved how the whole book vibrated with assion I could feel if in the tip of my fingers when I scrolled the agesOh National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 pleaselease if you haven t read this book do it right now This is my first book by Lily Maxton but let me tell you it will definitely not be my last This was such a lovely read in every single way all of the characters are complex and three dimensional the exchanges between the hero and heroine are a ure delight to read the chemistry is unbelievable and there are no insane murderers or random kidnappings thrown in as filler Instead we get a lovely emotional ure delicious love story between two very interesting intelligent and Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism passionateeopleCassandra 32 yes I typed that right and you read it right was a wonderful heroine at first I didn t have much of a feel for her but that got better over time If I had one criticism it would be that she still remains somewhat elusive throughout the story oddly enough I felt like I understood Henry 35 and had a far better grasp of him than I did the heroine Regardless though I loved her gumption and that she wasn t ashamed of her background Her fear of falling in love again and being hurt as she was when she lost her first husband is a very real one and it is well writtenHenry is a fantastic hero and easily made it onto my favorite heroes list First I love that we re told he s arrogant snobbish and ungrateful and he actually IS arrogant snobbish and ungrateful I know I m a broken record but so often we re told the hero or heroine is a certain way and we never actually see it and especially when it s supposed to be something they transform FROM that s vitally important Also given the event that kicks this all off and leaves him recovering from severe burns after almost dying it s that much believable that he might wake up and realize what his Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory priorities actually should be He s so tragic and lonely in so many ways it was heartbreaking that even though hisarents are alive which is rare in HRs when it s a titled lord and he has a sister he doesn t let them know he was injured He doesn t even have a FRIEND whom #he can tell Oh but Cassandra is such a balm to his soul #can tell Oh but Cassandra is such a balm to his soul that s what s so terrific She offers care and challenge and love and affection and sincerity all these things he s always missed in his life She doesn t defer to him because of his Charming the Firefighter position though their dynamic is realistic when they are in servantemployer mode By this I mean that it s clear theirast interactions and those at the beginning were standard and when she withdraws from him which he gets so frustrated about it s adorable and uts up that serene wall again you can see that is how it s been for the last 5 yearsAnd that s the thing it was very realistic in many ways In addition to the above you had secondary characters who are likable but somewhat offensive because no one is all good or all bad it was focused solely on their relationship and their lives because kidnappings murders cases of amnesia impersonation etc are actually not that common they have living families that are a little fcked up but not horrible him or big and loving with 8 kids her and finally there s no jumping around the fact that there is a huge class difference between them HUGE She s his HOUSEKEEPER And while yes we always love the governess or companion or whatever turned countess or duchess or whatever so often the difference is glazed a bit It s there but not really Here it s addressed head on and in Henry as well in the sense that he IS super snobby at the beginning and the very IDEA that he s becoming attracted to his housekeeper is something he finds absurd At the beginning I was actually a bit nervous about Cassandra because we find out that she s long been interested and attracted to him but that concern uickly disappeared because it wasn t turned into what I feared it would be and she takes the whole situation very seriously and also finds it somewhat reposterous though NOT by any means because she thinks she s below him but just because of how English society worked in that day and age It was the world they lived inSo basically it was wonderful and you should stop reading this review right now and go
and start reading the book immediately Seriously it was one of those romance reads thatstart reading the book immediately Seriously it was one of those romance reads that me grinning from ear to ear or laughing out loud or biting my lip I was so nervous you get so wrapped up in the story It was also one of those ones where you find yourself rereading Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales passages because you just want to bask in them a little longer Maxton is a terrific writer honestly and WOW can she write chemistry And terrific exchanges too the banter between them was just fabulous So basically go read it NOWEnjoy An Excerpt There were so many uote worthy sections hence it being on the so uote worthy GR bookshelf that it would be impossible to choose from except that I decided to notick one of the many delicious touching romantic emotional The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles passages so that you can savor them in full when you read the story if you DO want to read some of them check out my million status updates below Instead here is one of their earliest great exchanges I want to learn German she said obstinatelyWhyI suppose because it sounds Guttural he suggested UglyShe shook her head Powerful Unbending Gutturalerhaps but beautiful in the way that harsh things are sometimes beautifulHe tilted his head as he watched her and his gaze was so intent so unfathomable that she looked away overwhelmed by the attention Well he drawled sounding almost bored If German is what you want German is what you shall haveA thrill of unease went through her as she recalled the saying about being careful what you wished for Location 466And PS I love that it s German that she wants to learn How easy would it be to use a smooth and romantic language like Italian or French But no Maxton went with German Love itSisters of Scandal Series1 The Affair 35 stars Elizabeth Lady Thornhill beautiful widowed eldest sister and Cale Cameron bookseller and ublisher2 The Wager 4 stars Anne Middleton outspoken middle sister and Michael Grey new Earl of Thornhill ex traveler now seemingly stuffy3 The Love Match 45 stars Olivia Middleton shy bibliophile youngest sister and William Cross ladies man and secret writerpoet4 The Mistake haven t read5 The Improper Bride 5 stars Cassandra Davis widowed housekeeper and Henry Eldridge Maruess of Riverton really not a nice guy This is a review of an ARC rovided by NetGalley and the ublisherWritten January 31 201. Ell bred lady and roduce 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 erfect match Now if only he could convince everyone else of that Especially Cassandra. ,