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Posted December 3, 2000
Margaret Evans Porter's December release from Avon is a British historical entitled Improper Advances. This may have been the first book I've read by Margaret Evans Porter, but it definitely won't be the last. Improper Advances is an engaging story of two fascinating people finding their way not only to be happy together, but to be together forever. Ana St. Albans, aka Oriana Julian, has led a most unusual life. Born into a family renowned for its illegitimate ancestors, it was not so unusual for Ana to be born on the wrong side of the sheets herself. However, because of her high-class relations and her incredible musical talent, Ana has made her way into the homes and hearts of many members of the aristocracy. Unfortunately, she has also become a favorite topic of conversation, gossip, and dirty little ditties uttered by people from all walks of London life. Scandal has plagued her consistently since she entered the theatrical life at a young age, but especially since a failed love affair and false engagement. When a new scandal threatens, Ana takes refuge on the Isle of Man, where she seeks peace, quiet, and a bit of anonymity. Darius Corlett considers the Isle of Man his home, although he owns properties in other areas of England as well. He is ready to marry and settle down, having built himself an incredible new mansion, but he fears fortune hunters after a close call and broken betrothal. When he meets the Widow Julian, he is intrigued by her unspoken secrets and attracted to her outstanding beauty. They eventually become friends, but after one wild night of passion, Ana flees the island. Dare follows her to Liverpool and on to London, intrigued by her disinterest in marriage, her eccentric lifestyle, and her genuine affection for him. However, he begins to see that her life is not as carefree or easy as she has led him to believe. While under her spell, he finds that he himself is forced to question exactly what he wants out of life and with whom he wants to spend eternity. The chemistry between Dare and Ana is wonderful, as much for the luscious lovemaking as for the lively, humorous and intelligent conversation between them. The unorthodox lifestyle that Margaret has crafted for this couple is fascinating, from Ana's professional performances and love of horse racing to Dare's scientific research on Manx minerals. The tale that Margaret spins to leads these lost souls to each other is warm, witty, and engaging and certainly, not to be missed!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In 1799, due to a scandal not caused by her but impacting her, Oriana flees London ending up at the Isle of Man. She meets Sir Darius Corlett, who writes her off as a fortune hunter. To Oriana¿s shock, she is attracted to Darius. <P> Deciding to do something that she will enjoy, albeit even temporarily, Oriana pushes for a romantic rendezvous with Darius. Even as she falls in love with him, she knows their relationship has no future. He has vowed to never wed anyone not at least as wealthy as he is nor marry any person with hints of scandal blemishing their name. Oriana realizes scandal is her reputation right now so decides to enjoy the small time she can have with the obstinate Darius who will toss away love to keep his pledge. <P> IMPROPER ADVANCES is an entertaining historical romance that puts two real and flawed lead characters into a strong plot. The story line works because the values of the lead couple take them into conflicting direction between each other and their love for one another. Margaret Evans Porter delivers a winning tale that is sure to become a sub-genre favorite. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.