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Janet Mullany
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18 Feb 2010

Compromising liaisons, crossed wires and conflicting loyalties - it's another gem from Regency star Janet Mullany

After losing best friend and distant cousin Ann Weller in marriage to the Earl of Beresford, sharp-witted Charlotte Hayden feels inclined to be even ruder than usual to potential suitors. But after a compromising liaison with Beresford's wicked, wayward cousin, Shad, she's suddenly propelled into a reluctant marriage, and finds herself missing Ann more than ever. But when Ann returns from her honeymoon, she drops a bombshell - not only is she not sure she loves Beresford, she's also had a child out of wedlock, and is planning to betray her husband with her former lover. Charlotte's realisation that she's falling in love with Shad only serves to make her dilemma even worse: should she keep Ann's secret, or tell her husband the truth?


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little Black Dress (18 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755347803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755347803
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,093,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another witty and wickedly racy read from Little Black Dress's Regency queen, Janet Mullany

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Janet Mullany was raised in England by half of an amateur string quartet and now lives near Washington, DC. Persecuted from an early age for reading too long in the bathroom, she still loves books and is an avid and eclectic reader. She has worked as an archaeologist, classical music radio announcer, arts publicist, and for a small press.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tussle between friendship and love 30 Aug 2010
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I loved this story of a sharp-tongued heroine and her relationship with a shrewd aristocrat. Although the marriage begins rather inauspiciously--our hero and heroine are caught kissing at a ball--they soon find much to like about each other. Of course, the heroine has to choose between her loyalty to her best friend and her love for her husband... And Shad has to choose between jealousy of his wife, whom he believes to be in love with his best friend, and his trust in her...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Improper Relations 11 July 2010
By M. Nix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Improper Relations has it all from compromising liaisons, secrets, unfaithful friends, misunderstandings and even a duel. What more could a fan ask for in a historical romance?

After Charlotte's best friend and distant cousin is married to the Earl of Beresford she no longer finds she feels to be compelled to be nice to all the gentlemen. She knew that most of them were only trying to be introduced to Ann anyways but her sharp tongue seems to only intrigue the wicked Viscount Shadderly, the Earl's cousin.

When a series of events leads to the Viscount and Charlotte being found in a compromising situation he does what is honorable for the times and proposes marriage. What neither he nor Charlotte count on is how their feelings grow towards each other, or how promised secrets to friends could tear them apart.

When Ann returns from her honeymoon it only makes things worse as she drops a bombshell on Charlotte that she has a daughter, and it isn't the Earl's. Now Charlotte is in a serious jam. Does she keep the confidence and potentially alienate her husband or does she reveal all and lose the only friends she has ever had. Charlotte is determined to lose neither and the resulting scenarios are some of the best in the story.

I found Improper Relations to be a fun, intrigue-filled historical romance. I loved how Ms. Mullany was able to take a couple of headstrong characters and not only show how they could misunderstand each other but how secrets can seriously hurt a relationship. I was pulled in from the start of the story through the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed Improper Relations and think any fan of historical English romances will have fun adding this one to their collection.

Tanya
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and So Much More 14 May 2010
By K. C. Dolan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like all of Janet Mullany's books, this story is a lot of fun to read. But the tale is not purely comedy and romantic fluff. Underneath it all, Improper Relations tells a great story about friends and what makes friendships work--and fail. It offers a great exposition of relationships in general. Of course, all of this serious analytical stuff only becomes apparent after you've raced through the fast paced, exciting and very entertaining story. It's well done on so many levels - I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the book to learn why Regency women cut their hair short! 27 Aug 2012
By Ann Elliot - Published on Amazon.com
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"I am left with only my feminine wiles to assist me . . . even though I suspect I am wearing the wrong sort of hat for the occasion."

The hat in question is a silly confection given to the heroine by her ultra-feminine best friend and illustrates the way friends select gifts that they would like to have for themselves rather than a gift that suits the recipient.

This book takes the most basic formula of Regency novels: the hero and heroine are discovered in the most harmless, but "compromising," situation, must marry, and lust ensues--folllowed by love.

Janet Mullany's version adds the difficulties of balancing new marital loyalty with that toward old best friends, adds a cast of humorous secondary characters, and she then relates the tale in a truly amusing style.

Charlotte and Shad are refreshingly honest characters who are candid about sex, which they enjoy but readers do not view.

At one point, Charlotte inquires, "Is she your mistress?"
"That's a very indiscreet question to ask on our wedding day," Shad replies.
Charlotte responds, "Very well. I'll ask you tomorrow."

This book not only made me smile, but snort and laugh out loud. The outside world receded until I could barely hear my family clamoring in the background. I loved it.

PS The review mentioning necrophilia puzzles me. The characters are so very lively and humorous. There is nary a corpse in sight. The review does not sound like the reviewer's usual fare. I wonder if she left her computer unguarded and someone posted the review as a prank. What a shame it wound up as being the most "helpful" negative review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improper Relations - what to read when you've read all of Heyer 31 Jan 2011
By Kala - Published on Amazon.com
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Improper Relations is a good, light read. Not so scrupulously true to the manners & mores of the time as Heyer,and generally less complex in many ways, it makes use of many of the devices associated with the genre to make a story that is engaging, entertaining, and well written. If you are looking for a fun little pick-me-up that includes a litte romance, a little suspense, and quite a few smiles, try this at the end of a dreary day, or a beastly week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than expected. 21 Aug 2010
By Malli22 - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't sure about this book. I gave it a gamble based on the two earlier reviewers. However, I was most pleasantly surprised.

The given book description left a bit to be desired. I was expecting pure fluff. Truly, this is more of a book about human character. The Regency time period offered a lot of conflict in itself. Male privilege vs. female restraint, but not in a preachy-way. It is more like a social commentary. Also, the character interaction is at times hilarious, especially the "courtship" between Shad and Charlotte.

The book overs one continuous time line, yet the story is told from two (often times opposing) viewpoints: [Viscount] Shad and Charlotte. Shad's point-of-view was most enjoyable. The Regency male perspective isn't often told.

The conflict comes naturally. I was left with the feeling that the characters took the author in their own direction.

A short, easy read, but very enjoyable. Highly recommended!
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