Title: Improper Relations
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Janet Mullany
Publisher: Headline Pub. Group, 2010
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
After losing best friend and distant cousin Ann Weller in marriage to the Earl of Beresford, sharp-witted Charlotte Hayden feels inclined to be even ruder than usual to potential suitors. But after a compromising liaison with Beresford’s wicked, wayward cousin, Shad, she’s suddenly propelled into a reluctant marriage, and finds herself missing Ann more than ever. But when Ann returns from her honeymoon, she drops a bombshell—not only is she not sure she loves Beresford, she’s also had a child out of wedlock, and is planning to betray her husband with her former lover. Charlotte’s realization that she’s falling in love with Shad only serves to make her dilemma even worse: should she keep Ann’s secret, or tell her husband the truth?
This entire book is wickedly witty, I am sure if we were fortunate to meet the author she would prove to be a most entertaining conversationalist. The story is almost farcical in it’s plotting. The drama is heightened by the consequences of keeping secrets. We are fond of and protective of Charlotte, we want to tell Shad that he is getting things wrong, we are never quite sure about Ann and to put a topping on this Sundae there is a surprise. I recommend this book for a light read that will make you smile.
(I also highly recommend Janet Mullany’s The Rules of Gentility)