Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Series #1)

Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Series #1)

by Jennifer Haymore
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Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Series #1) by Jennifer Haymore

TWICE TEMPTED

Serena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family's future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin's identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn't love and spend the rest of her days living a lie.

Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford, has become an incorrigible rake, drinking, gambling-and trying to forget Serena Donovan. Yet the moment he's introduced to the prim and proper "Meg", he recognizes the sensual young woman who captured his heart. Haunted by his past mistakes, he refuses to lose Serena again. But convincing her to trust him is no easy task. Claiming his lost love means exposing the truth and destroying the life Serena has sacrificed everything to rebuild. With the future of all the Donovans at stake, and their undying passion capable of triggering yet another scandal, how much will Jonathan and Serena risk for a chance at true love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446585484
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: Donovan Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 122,268
File size: 891 KB

About the Author

As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes quiet, sometimes raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she's earned degrees in computer science and education and held various jobs ranging from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she's never stopped writing.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

You can learn more at:
JenniferHaymore.com
Twitter @JenniferHaymore
Facebook.com/JenniferHaymore.Author

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Confessions of an Improper Bride 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Serena Donovan made a mistake six years ago that ruined her reputation and left her heartbroken. She gave her heart to Jonathan Dane and paid a very steep price. Now because of that mistake she has had to take on the identity of her dead twin sister. This is the only way she will be able to return to London and save her family from the peril they are facing. But to do what she needs to do she will have to marry a man she doesn't love. And the rest of her life is going to be one continual lie. Serena is going to have to find a way to live with that lie because if she doesn't her family will pay the price. Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford made the biggest mistake of his life six years ago and turned to drinking, gambling and becoming an incorrigible rake all in the aim of forgetting Serena Donovan. Now he meets Meg the very prim and proper sister of his beloved Serena only to see that Meg is the one woman he has never forgotten, Serena. Now he has the chance to win Serena again and this time he has no intention of losing her. But for him to claim Serena he will have to destroy the lies Serena has so carefully built and all the sacrifices she has made. The first thing Jonathan will have to do though is convince Serena that she can trust him this time around that he will never let her down again. That isn't going to be as easy as he would like but he knows that the only way either of them will have a chance at happiness is for him to prove himself to Serena. This story is one that will pull on the reader's heartstrings and have them turning the pages just to see if Serena and Jonathan are going to have their happy ending. This one has some very strong secondary characters that really help move the story along and draws the reader into the story and won't let go until the very last page. It also shows the power of love and how sometimes it helps to overcome the things that have gone wrong and even when you think there is no way for things to work out that with a little luck and love things do work out in the end. This is the start of a series that will have the reader eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. This one is worth picking up and reading.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1822 Serena Donovan fell in love with Jonathan Dane, who ruined her reputation. She left London accompanied by her twin sister Meg. Off of Antigua on the Victory, a rope accidentally pulls Meg into the water where she apparently drowns. Already feeling remorse for the shame she brought to her family, Serena suffers from survivor guilt. In 1828, Serena's mother demands she come home to pose as her dead twin sister Meg. Her mother kept in touch with Commander William Langley pretending to be Meg. He has written a proposal of marriage to Meg; her mother says Serena owes the family who is in in dire straits to masquerade as Meg for the rest of her life as Langley's wife. Jonathan has become a wastrel feeling guilty over what he did to the late Serena to cause her death at sea six years ago though he fulfilled a deathbed pledge he regretfully made to his father. When he meets Meg, Jonathan knows she is his Serena. He knows he will betray his friend Will, but must persuade his Serena to give him a second chance. To do so would ruin Serena's life and that of her family. The Donovan sisters' Regency romance is an entertaining historical due to the triangle as each of the trio has strengths and weaknesses, but none are evil. A secondary romance between Serena's sister Phoebe and a Mr. Harper enhances the insight into the 1822 relationship between the older twin and Jonathan as Serena realizes her sibling is doing what she did. With Meg not miraculously coming back from the dead (except in Serena's portrayal), fans will appreciate this enjoyable early nineteenth century second chance at love tale. Harriet Klausner
MyHouseofBooks More than 1 year ago
Given that I've loved Ms. Haymore's three previous historical romances with such fervor, I was surprised to find I wasn't immediately loving Confessions of an Improper Bride. Now that I've had time to reflect, I think the deception angle really affected my enjoyment. It's the main plot -- how is Serena going to marry a man she doesn't love, especially when the man she does love is her intended's best friend? -- so it's unfortunate I had issues with it. I felt that Langley would be a cuckold, and he didn't deserve such treatment because he is such a nice man. Serena and Jonathan, however, could not deny their attraction, the very reason Serena left London in disgrace six years earlier, yet their happy ending didn't leave me 100% happy. Heroines sacrificing themselves for the good of their siblings is not an uncommon trope, especially in historical romances (Seven Nights to Forever by Evangeline Collins comes to mind immediately). Something about Confessions of an Improper Bride seemed off . I could put it down with ease, which I'd never experienced with Ms. Haymore's previous work. Despite my lukewarm feelings about this novel, I am excited to pick up the next book in the series, Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (February 2012).
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
What would you do if your beloved twin sister was swept overboard, while you returned home in disgrace? If the only way to provide for your beloved younger sisters was to assume your lost sister's identity, and marry her fiance, even though you were actually in love with another man? Who had behaved like a complete jackhole to you, in the past, who fully disgraced you in the eyes of society, and yet... you still yearned for him? Been there, done that. (As far as yearned for a man who had been a jackhole to me in the past, AND publicly disgraced me. The being a twin part, not so much - but I wanted a twin.) So I could both relate to Serena Donovan, AND wanted to scream at her, "Run, run, and don't look back." Despite my personal feelings, this story sucked me in, and got me rooting for Serena and her flawed but hot (is there any other kind?) hero. I loved the high stakes, the emotional connection between the hero/heroine, the hot sex scenes, and the very satisfactory ending when I was sure there was NO WAY Serena and Jonathan could work it out. Now I want to read ALL the Donovan sister novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read other books from this author and liked very much. I was looking forward this book sinse the earl was presented in the other book. But until pg. 220 it was too boring. After that it was better but still didn't make me want to read the others from the serie.
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A bodice ripper with a new perspective. I really enjoyed it.
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Couldn't relate to the characters or situation.
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Serena Donovan's season ends in disgrace as the man she loved and willingly gave herself to was too much of a coward to stand up to his father and brother and marry her. Serena and her twin sister intend to return to their home in Antigua to live down the scandal. But before they reach their destination, Serena's sister falls overboard and dies. Serena's mother declares Serena, herself, died and has Serena fill in her twin sister's shoes. Seven years later, Serena heads back to London as her twin sister with an idea to marry her sister's long ago suitor, Will. Will is now best friends with Serena's ex-lover, Jonathan who recognizes her almost immediately. Serena fights off her old feelings for Jonathan, determined to remain free from scandal this time around. At the crux of the matter is her inability to forgive him for his youthful cowardice. Yet, it seems disingenuous for Serena to be so unforgiving when she is lying to everyone she knows, particularly Will, who was deeply in love with her twin sister. It was hard to get past all the lies to see the beauty in the love between Serena and Jonathan. Still, if Serena had been Serena and not her twin, this might have scored higher on my list.
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Well written, enjoyed the story and characters
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Loved it!!!
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