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Improper Relations Mass Market Paperback – 18 Feb 2010
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Another witty and wickedly racy read from Little Black Dress's Regency queen, Janet Mullany
About the Author
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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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.
I'm glad I've discovered this author and plan to read more books by her.
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!