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  • Taboo in all of it's captivating beauty.

    Improper is everything I hoped to find, but wasn't quite sure to expect. Burke takes the heart on a wild ride of unpredictability. Tobias and Fiona are a rapturous duo that draws you in by the soul only to walk away with everything. Misunderstood breaks all the rules of convention. Burke makes it her mission to burst the stereotypical boundaries of romance and find the treasure in the moments of heartache and hope. Taboo in all of it's captivating beauty.

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  • Pleasant enough but feels like I've read it before

    Tobias Powell has inherited the title of Lord Overton following his father's death. His father's will requires Tobias to marry within three months of his death or forfeit his mother's house, the only place he ever felt of as home. Trying to rebuild his tattered reputation and find a wife is a tall enough order already without adding in a young ward. Miss Fiona Wingate has led a sheltered life in the country but has been brought to London for a Season by her new guardian in order to find her a suitable husband. Although she has no title, she does have a dowry, and if Tobias fails to marry within the allotted time she will also have his mother's house - although she doesn't know this. As she is new to society Fiona makes several mistakes and gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, none of which help her to find a husband or Tobias to find a bride. Tobias is co-founder of The Phoenix Club with his closest friends. The club was set up to cater to those who had been overlooked by London Society, because they were poor, or rakes, or women, or Irish, or second sons etc. Less stuffy than the traditional clubs like Whites, The Phoenix Club has a separate half just for married women and spinsters. I liked this but I didn't love it. I have read at least one other series which centres on a group of men who set up their own gentlemen's gambling club and this felt too samey-samey. Also, Tobias is billed as a dissolute rogue but after the first chapter he seems to be a very kind and proper young man. However, I am very keen to read the next book in the series which features the club's founder's stuffy older brother Lord Aldington. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • Improper.....

    Another wonderful historical romance written by Darcy Burke. I think the title is so perfect for this story because during the Regency era, so many things were "improper", especially for a guardian to fall in love with his ward!! Fiona is such a darling character and the trouble she keeps finding herself in had me giggling, some of the scenes were so funny!! As for Tobias, he's such a swoon worthy character and although he wants to be a better man and redeem himself from being a rake, Fiona is not making it easy for him! I really loved these two, so perfect together. I now look forward to the other books in this new series, The Phoenix Club! Darcy Burke knows how to write fun, interesting and exciting stories for her readers. I received an ARC of this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • Improper

    Tobias finds himself with a Ward and a stipulation in the Will after his father passes. Fiona is from the country and doesn’t know much about London, but she’s so very excited to find out. While they both try to do what is expected of them their chemistry and missteps are what keeps this story so interesting. Lots of laughs and romance.

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  • Entertaining and funny

    Is it improper to fall in love with one’s ward? Is it improper to want more from life than an husband? Of course in Regency era it is! “Improper” is the first book in Darcy Burke’s new series “The Phoenix Club”, but I recommend to read the prequel book, “Invitation”, which is free on Amazon, because it explains a lot of things. I must say that I look forward to reading the other books, because I liked this one very much. The first half of the book is admittedly a little bit too slow and too focused on presenting the club, which undoubtedly will be a great basis for good stories in the future. Therefore in the beginning the characters are sketchy, Fiona in particular, who seems too naive, the typical country girl who can’t behave in Society. And the attraction between the couple is practically nonexistent. But in the second half the story changes drastically and the main characters, as well as their love story, become much more interesting. And at the end I’ve fallen in love with them and their struggle to overcome the obvious difficulties that Society imposes on both men and women. I particularly liked the hero, Tobias, understanding his mistakes in wanting Fiona to fit the Society standards for women. And there’s also a delicate touch regarding the late earl, Tobias’ father, that I liked very much… But I don’t want to spoiler it! In conclusion, I recommend this book heartily. Don’t stop at the first pages and you won’t be disappointed! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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