Review: HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY by Katharine Ashe

About the book:

The Rules of Being a Proper Lady
1) Never take steps greater than six inches apart.
2) Never look boldly at a gentleman.
3) And never, ever, kiss a man who is not your fiance.

But beautiful, bold Viola Carlyle doesn’t care about the rules. And she desperately wants to kiss the notoriously tempting Captain Jin Seton, the man who brought her kicking and fighting back to English society. Kidnapped as a child, now she longs to return to that life of freedom where she was able to live—and love—as she wished.

Having hunted Viola for two years, Jin Seton has finally found his good luck—for, by finding Viola, his oldest, deepest debt will at last be paid. And although he has vowed not to let her win his heart, this very improper lady might finally be the one who tames him.

HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY is romantic, sweet, and entertaining. The characters are fantastic. Viola is a tough lady on the outside, but vulnerable on the inside. She isn’t really sure of her place although she has spent many years on the sea and thought that was her destiny. Jin is a mystery. He’s had a rough life and doesn’t feel that he deserves Viola. These two characters engage in a battle while aboard the ship – baiting each other and denying their attraction. I loved the way their relationship develops. There is no huge mystery or secondary plot to take away from the romance – the focus is solely on what happens between the characters as a couple and as individuals.

the book girl gives HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY a 4/5

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