The product description refers to NO PROPER LADY as "It's Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this fascinating debut of black magic and brilliant ball gowns, martial arts, and mysticism." The movie comparison is an oversimplification of this story that does, indeed, blend several genres - time travel, Victorian Romance, Urban Fantasy, and a dab of girl power on top.
NO PROPER LADY sends a modern heroine back to Victorian England to stop a dark magician from destroying the future. The heroine, Joan, has to alter her "take no prisoners" demeanor once she arrives in Victorian England. The hero, Simon, becomes Joan's tutor in her quest to catch the villain off guard in his own century. Meanwhile, Simon has his own reasons for revenge against Alex, his former friend turned dark magician.
The opening chapter was scary - I had to look twice at the cover to make sure I was reading a "Victorian romance." It sets the stage for the evil spirits that are alive and well because of what happened in the past. Once Joan arrives in Victorian England, I found myself back in familiar territory of historical romances. Cooper kept my attention as Joan adapted to the outdated social strictures and how Simone adapted to a future femme fatale!
NO PROPER LADY introduced me to other genres that I would not read especially urban fantasy. Cooper skillfully weaves the genres together to deliver a satisfying paranormal book, with suspense, adventure, and a timeless romance.