The Improper Bride
Sisters of Scandal
January 25, 2016
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.
Traditionally, historical romance story lines all look like they are made with the same cookie cutter.
To be honest, The Improper Bride appeared to be another sugar cookie.
Not that there is anything wrong with sugar cookies, but you pretty much know what to expect – good looking, wealthy noble falls for pretty girl but they can’t be together.
When I was first introduced to Henry Eldridge, Marques of Riverton, and Cassandra Davis, a widowed young housekeeper, I assumed the plot would play out as expected. But, before I could think much about it, Lily’s captivating writing style drew me into their world. Her characters quickly became real and her story wove itself around me like a warm blanket. I was hooked by her storytelling and how authentic her characters were. With each page I could actually feel the sexual tension progressing as the relationship between Henry and Cassandra developed.
That’s when it dawned on me that this sugar cookie was hiding some dark, luscious chocolate.
I couldn’t help but smile and think Lily’s choice of titles referred to more than just Cassandra’s social status. There was definitely some hot and steamy impropriety going on!
The book’s ending was unexpected but tied everything together perfectly. I actually read it again a few days later, because it is simply an enjoyable read.
If you are looking to lose yourself some evening in an entertaining romance, grab your favorite drink and The Improper Bride!
By the way, don’t miss our interview with author Lily Maxton on LitBuzz on 1/25/16!
Until recently, Tanya was a bathroom bibliophile (the only place she could hide from her four children). Now she is able to openly acknowledge her addiction to books but has to try to fit her reading in around all her kid's activities. She loves being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids and farm hand on their Akaushi/Red Angus farm in southwest Missouri.