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Cold, arrogant, and demanding Lord Henry Eldridge, Marquess of Riverton, would never dally with a mere servant. But when Henry is injured in a horrible fire, his pretty housekeeper Cassandra nurses him back to health, throwing them together day and night. As he slowly heals from his burns, their friendship blossoms, and the class walls between them start to crumble. Cassandra is surprised by glimpses of a kind and thoughtful man beneath her employer’s hard façade—and even more surprised when she develops tender feelings for him. But anything between lord and servant is impossible…and besides, as a widow, she knows love only leads to heartbreak.
Henry is changing, as well. His close brush with death has opened his eyes to his self-imposed emotional isolation…and has urgently reminded him of his duty to marry a well-bred lady and produce an heir. Determined to do right by his family name, he immediately begins searching for a suitable bride. But Cassandra is the only woman who is never far from his mind or his heart. Contrary to everything he’s been taught to believe, he realizes his lovely housekeeper might just be his perfect match. Now, if only he could convince everyone else of that. Especially Cassandra…
This is my first book by Lily Maxton, but let me tell you, it will definitely not be my last! This was such a lovely read in every single way: all of the characters are complex and three-dimensional, the exchanges between the hero and heroine are a pure delight to read, the chemistry is unbelieva... ...more
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4.5 stars! .5 star goes to Henry for being such a dubious character!
The Improper Bride is difficult to review and even more difficult to rate. The plot is very easy to break down. Housekeeper and Lord fall in love, but that's about the only thin... ...more
With Old Latin Teacher giving this five (rarely-granted) stars, and GR friend Juliana Phillippa recommending it to "Every single person alive (who likes romances)," how could I pass up this new-to-me author?
And my assessment is: The Improper Bride is every bit as good as they said. Henry and Cass... ...more
3.5 starsWho knew speaking German can be so romantic and thrilling?
I liked the book very much. It is one of the best HR, I've read recently. Imo, a real kind of HR is hard to find, that's why I return to read Mary Balogh's books consistently.
What I like most about the story is that it has a solid plot and it's pacing and progressing was well done. I don't like t... ...more
I was absolutely lucky to get a copy of this book for review for "Romantic Historical Reviews" and although I thought I was not in the mood for Historicals, this grabbed me from the first second.
Normally the plot "Aristocrat falls for servant" is not one of my favorites and most of the time I try... ...more
This is a delightful historic romance with a determined Marquess, seriously injured in a fire, finally seeing his housekeeper, Cassandra, as a person, rather than someone fulfilling a role. To prevent him succumbing to melancholy, his surgeon asks Cassandra to give him something to do... ...more
The Improper Bride is a little different from my usual romantic reads. Historical romances aren't a genre you'll find many of on my TBR list, simply as I've not had much luck in the past and they've never really worked out for me.
"The marquess is demanding."
1817 and following... ...more
Lily Maxton's historical romances have all made it onto my favourites list for their witty banter and delightful scenarios that are just a bit outside the norm of the times. In this case, it's a scarred and grumpy hero, Henry, who is recovering from his wounds due to a house fire. Truth be told,h... ...more
Cassandra Davis works as a housekeeper for Henry Eldridge, Marquess of Riverton. Henry seems to his staff to be very cold feeling and they do not want to much to do with him when he turns up hurt. A hurt Henry really is from a fire that has left him to be somewhat bedridden. Cassandra has taken t... ...more
4.5 stars - B+ at AAR I'm usually leery of jumping into the middle of a series, but the plot of The Improper Bride intrigued me. Thankfully, this book stands alone very well, and even better, it was a fun read. If you like romances that deal with class differences, this would definitely be one to... ...more
The Improper Bride is a story that will make readers want, feel, and crave every stolen moment, shared glance, and heartfelt word spoken between Lord Henry and the most uncommon Cassandra.
Authoress Lily Maxton's tale of upstairs/downstairs love, is so full of intelligent humor, complex emotional... ...more
The Improper Bride is a historical romance by the talented author Lily Maxton. Some of the characters in this book are mentioned or featured in her other book or books. This is the story of Henry Eldridge, the Marquess of Riverton, and his housekeeper, Cassandra Davis.
The story begins with Henry... ...more
With its Downton Abbey, London society forbidden romance featuring a composed but feisty widowed heroine, Ms. Maxton certainly kept me engaged though delightfully frustrated at times with her latest release, Improper Bride. It begins with Lord Henry Eldridge, Marquess of Riverton, injured in a fi... ...more
After reading about the Marquess of Riverton in the previous book, I thought it would be difficult for Henry Eldridge to make a convincing transformation from a reviled antagonist, to a hero worthy of a happily-ever-after. It takes a fire, and terrible injury in order to shake the Marquess down f... ...more
*** I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was originally published on book blog Will Read for Feels. ***
Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story? And the fifth book i... ...more
This was so good. Henry is a gruff and arrogant lord, Cassandra is a lowly but intelligent servant, and they have never had much to do with each other beyond Cassandra’s duties as his housekeeper. Until a house fire leaves him scarred, bedridden and bad tempered and it’s up to Cassandr... ...more
I really loved The Improper Bride. It’s one of those new easy to read historicals with all the cool, beautiful things from the time but without the more complicated to read but era-appropriate language (at least for me).
Here we have Henry, Marquess of Riverton, future Duke and Lord of Pompousness... ...more
This is book 5 in the Sisters of Scandal series.
Henry Eldridge, Marquess of Riverton, barely survives a fire in his home. During his recovery, his doctor asks his staff to find something to to occupy his time so he doesn't end up brooding all the time.
Cassandra, Henry's housekeeper, steps up and... ...more
When Henry, the Marquess of Riverton is badly injured in a fire & refuses to send for family, his surgeon approaches his housekeeper Cassandra with a plea to find a task to occupy Henry to prevent him from sinking into melancholy. Cassandra decides to ask/have Henry teach her a foreign langua... ...more
I thought that this was a very well written story and had all the characteristics of what one would look for in a great historical read. There was romance and humor along with a lesson to be learned by all who hold a position that is higher than someone else.
When Henry becomes injured in a fire,... ...more
Henry Eldridge is the Marquess of Riverton. He's cold, unfeeling, and has no idea who his servants are or what they do for him. But when a fire causes severe burns to his face and arm, he almost dies. His life suddenly seems more valuable and he begins to take notice of the people around him. But... ...more
I loved this beautifully written story and the relationship journey between Henry and Cassandra. My heart went out to both of them from the beginning of their story. The way Henry was transformed from ruthless coldhearted to wanting what he thought was important in life. He owed that to Cassandra... ...more
I really enjoyed this. I'd not read any Lily Maxton before but I am about to change that. This had all of my favorite tropes: lonely, damaged and disfigured hero, hero who was a bit of a douche but was redeemable, an intelligent strong willed heroine who knew her mind but not so strong willed and... ...more