Improper Proposals

Improper Proposals

by Juliana Ross

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Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross

Berkshire, 1870

Newly widowed, Caroline Boothroyd passes her days writing a guide for young wives daunted by their housewifely duties. She takes it to publisher Thomas Cathcart–Ross, who makes the outrageous suggestion that Caroline should instead tackle the subject of marital relations–and, even more shocking, that she should tell women that sex with their husbands can be pleasurable and not a shameful necessity.

Tom's sisters were sent into marriage naive and unworldly. He's willing to risk scandal to help women like them, and Caroline's writing talent provides the means. Remembering her own newlywed nerves, she agrees, despite fears for her reputation.

As Caroline thinks back on her own sexual awakening, she cannot help imagining a sensual future with her compelling publisher. Tom makes her want to write a second chapter of her sexual life. But lust could lead to love, and Caroline never wishes to feel heartbreak again.

For more improper lords and ladies, look for Improper Relations and Improper Arrangements!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426898082
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 03/24/2014
Series: Improper Series
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 448,126
File size: 223 KB

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Improper Proposals 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Very sensuous and super sweet, Improper Proposals was a lovely historical romance read. I really liked this novella. It was sweet, hot, and an enjoyable read. Both characters were lovely. Caroline was a likable, though I wanted to shake some sense into her when she almost let Tom go out of fear. But, I still liked her just fine. Tom was very sweet and determined when he set his mind to something. He was adorable and I really liked him. The romance was super hot. The bedroom scenes were scorching, yet tastefully done. Get ready to fan your face, because the heat level here was off the charts. And, they were also rather sweet together. I liked how their relationship helped Caroline move on from her first husband's death. I thought they were a lovely couple. The plot went by quickly and I was kept interested the entire way through. I really liked the story and the ending was perfect. Improper Proposals was a fantastic historical/erotic romance. I really enjoyed reading this steamy novella. It was hot, sweet, and romantic. Romance lovers, if you're looking for a quick, hot read, then you don't want to miss this. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: This was one of those unexpected stories, and by unexpected I mean one of those unique stories that felt like a blend of more than one genre. It's historical romance, but sometimes it didn't feel like it. Which, to be honest, was pretty cool. The relationship between Caroline and Thomas was a bit unusual for the times, but I thought the way it was handled was pretty nice. Caroline was a different heroine, very intelligent and quite brave to step out and write something shocking. I didn't find myself believing the romance, it felt like it was a little bit more lust than love. Improper Proposals was a sweet little historical romance. It's a novella, and third in a series, but it can be read by itself. The story may now have pulled me in as much as others, but I am intrigued enough to check out Juliana Ross's other stories, especially in the Improper series! My Rating: Pretty Good
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The third and final book in Juliana Ross' wonderful Improper series. I absolutely love this series, every single novella, and cannot say enough good things about it. This author’s voice is so clear and beautiful, I want to read more. One of the best reasons to read historical romance, besides the beautiful writing and happy endings, is the sheer history it brings to life on the page. Like Victoria Vane, Ross adds descriptive and fascinating notes at the end of her stories, discussing inspiration for the stories and books referenced in research that are as interesting to read as the stories themselves, especially to avid history lovers like me. In this story, Caroline is the young widow of an educated and liberal country vicar whose husband paid as much attention to his wife’s sexual pleasure as his own. Through her late husband, she meets Tom Cathcart-Ross (brother to Alice from Improper Arrangements), the youngest son of an earl and a publisher to whom she presents her housekeeping management manuscript. Tom recognizes Caroline’s writing talent but thinks that her topic has enough coverage, but he proposes a shocking alternative: a woman’s guide to sexual pleasure in marriage. After much soul searching, she agrees to write it and they meet monthly in London to discuss the progress of her book.  Eventually, their attraction leads Tom to propose yet another unorthodox arrangement—an improper proposal—a no-strings affair for mutual pleasure. But the affair eventually blossoms into something more, and Caroline must decide if she’s willing to risk the pain of loving someone again. Victorian-era details are nicely authentic, including reference toThe Young Ladies’ Journal as well as the attention and care Caroline takes in primping before her first intimate dinner with Tom. The language and style of this author is lovely to read. She has a very clear and elegant voice that I can’t help but continue reading, mesmerized by what will happen next. The emotions she evokes while writing (once again, as in the other novellas in the series, in the first person point of view) are powerful and captivating: Caroline’s palpable lonely daily life at her home in the country, the care of ordering new lingerie in preparation for a new lover, the flutterings of desire and excitement at Tom’s nearness while editing her manuscript, the interminable waits for their monthly rendezvous, and the rush of relief upon meeting once again. "But then, rather than place himself at a properly remote distance, Mr. Cathcart-Ross sat mere inches away, so close that the tip of his boot vanished under the pooling hem of my skirt." (p22) If you enjoy sensual, erotic, and beautifully written stories, you will love Juliana Ross. More, please.
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