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- Print Length: 356 pages
- Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (16 Oct. 2008)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B001IG9D76
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The Edge of Impropriety (Signet Eclipse) Kindle Edition
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Marina, Countess of Gorham, widowed second wife of questionable origins, writes popular romance novels to make ends meet. She's thought to be the lover of the much younger Sir Anthony Hedges, Jasper's nephew/son, but they've decided they make better friends than lovers. They plan to maintain the illusion to help boost sales of her upcoming book release.
Marina sees Jasper at the museum and is drawn to him, and then he comes to a dinner party in her home. Not knowing that the man she saw in the museum is Anthony's uncle, she expects him to be a musty, doddering old man, and is surprised to see such strong shoulders, such virility nearly hidden under his worn and rumpled clothing. They feel an unusual spark of attraction, despite coming from completely different worlds. He returns to her home later that evening, after the dinner party, and is unsure if he read her signals correctly. They make love and agree to have an affair for the season, but they will keep it private and will keep their personal lives to themselves. It's fascinating to see how this separation and supposed lack of intimacy affects their relationship throughout the book.
I was moved by how stoic Jasper is, and what a calm and endearing character he is. It's easy to see how Marina is drawn to him. This is an eloquent and captivating love story - two, actually, which is always a nice treat for romance readers - filled with blackmail and other unexpected twists.
I love that The Edge of Impropriety is about an older hero and heroine. Marina is thirty-six, and Jasper is sporting gray hair around his temples. I also like that he's the rumpled and scholarly type. It's a nice change of pace from the usual suave heroes, and it makes him very sexy.
Pam Rosenthal's enjoyably unique writing style is in a class of its own. Tastefully erotic love scenes add just the right amount of spice to this brilliantly executed novel, without bogging it down with gratuitous sex. Readers will find that they won't want to put this book down. I'm very much looking forward to reading more of her books.
5 Kisses, 1 1/2 Peppers
Reviewer, TwoLips Reviews, LLC
For those of us romance lovers who are yearning for a fresh and different perspective, this is a terrific story.
The writing is refreshingly excellent. However, the book does drag on.
I read it on my Kindle, and I found myself cursing the editor of this book. Far too many rambling passages.
That being said...this was one of the most interesting books I have read this year.
I did feel that the author was way too obvious in setting up the inevitable sequels.
Soon after kicking Anthony out of her bed, she meets his scholarly renowned antiquarian Uncle Jasper James Hedges. He is atypical of the all brawn no brain hunks she uses. Instead he is intelligent and believes she is too. He makes it clear he wants her, but takes her on an adventure like none she has ever been on before; way beyond THE EDGE OF IMPROPRIETY and she knows there is no going back.
This is a fabulous erotic late Regency romance starring an interesting unique lead female who uses men as her tool and fool until Jasper turns her concept of the male having all thoughts in the lower head upside down. The story line is well written and fast-paced especially when Jasper arrives in London. Pam Rosenthal writes an engaging historical due to the lead couple especially the refreshing Marina, who is a "man-izer" until the scholar shows her a more complete world.
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