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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 8 Nov. 2010
By MP - Published on
This is romance for the literate reader. Rosenthal is an adult writer for adult readers. No "it-made-me-weak-in-my-girl-parts" euphemisms or weak resolutions. In the world that these characters inhabit (as in our own), sex is power: challenging, frustrating, duplicitous, vulnerable, arrogant. Rosenthal succeeds where so many others fear (or are unable) to tread, in that she writes passionately and with conviction about human intimacy, and especially how women ply it. The steamy sex scenes are intense without ever sagging into cliche. Every act in the bedroom reveals another nuance of a character's personality or motives. The historical background is well-researched and touches on timeless philosophical issues of empire building, nationalism, and the worlds of art and commerce (and where those worlds intersect). An edifying delight.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5 Kisses, TwoLips Reviews 4 Feb. 2009
By Linda D. Crooks - Published on
Format: Paperback
When we first meet Jasper Hedges, scholar and antiquarian, he is visiting with his brother John and his wife Celia. Jasper had an affair with Celia fifteen years ago, and asked her to run away with him but she didn't. Her son, the new heir, is really his son. John and Celia sail to an evening party, and both die in a sudden storm. Now Jasper is the guardian of their two children.

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

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An author who knows how to write but she is in need of an editor. 28 July 2009
By Beausoir - Published on
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What a wonderful book!

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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
fabulous erotic late Regency romance 4 Nov. 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Paperback
In 1829, popular novelist Marina Wyatt relishes being top fodder of gossip as she believes that sells books. Thus when her newest tale is to be released, Marina times that by dumping her current lover Sir Anthony Hedges so that the gossip columns can have a field day with her scandalous behavior and she benefits with higher profits; reputation means nothing except if it infamously increases sales.

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.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Definitely Different 27 Jun. 2014
By Elanor - Published on
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There are two different romances in this book but they complement each other and don't get in each other's way. One H/H is older, already experienced, and they embark on a torrid (very hot!) affair with no strings. I liked both of them, both smart, not afraid to say what they want, and eager to enjoy each other in a variety of ways. I found this a very refreshing difference from the normal shy but spunky young heroine who needs to be slowly coaxed by our hot hero with a lot of sexual tension until that happens. The second H/H is a younger couple who begin as acquaintances who have good reasons for not seeing the possibilities in the other person, then discovering them. Again, this is pretty straitforward without a lot of the dramatics that often accompany a romance novel. I also like both those characters. There are some other characters, as well as some tension (fatal accident, blackmail), but those are integrated nicely in the story and are not just filler but serve the overall plot. There are a few bits of humor. I'd definitely recommend this for someone looking for something different than the normal romance novel tropes.
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