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Peek Inside The Improper Bride

When the cold, arrogant, and demanding Marquess of Riverton is injured in a horrible fire, his pretty housekeeper Cassandra nurses him back to health. As he slowly heals, their friendship blossoms into forbidden territory, and the class walls between them soon crumble. His close brush with death has opened his eyes to his self-imposed emotional isolation...and, unfortunately, has urgently reminded him of his duty to marry a well-bred lady and produce an heir. But the totally inappropriate Cassandra is the only woman never far from his mind...or his heart.

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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…



"Lily Maxton has completely won me over with her writing." -Nicola, Goodreads Review

" full of intelligent humor,complex emotional development, and whimsical romance that readers can't help being swept away..."  Frishawn, Goodreads Review

"A delightful and heartwarming story." -Maria, Goodreads Review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755482
Series: Sisters of Scandal, Book 5
Release Date: Jan 25, 2016
Page Count: 209
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: across the tracks, forbidden love/off limits

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By Addie August 22, 2020

I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 62 on my shelf (and counting). This is book 46.

This is how my 46th re-read held up.


I think I loved it even more on my 2nd reading.

It's not perfect, certainly not a light, breezy, charming read - but pretty damn close.

It's romantic alr ...more

By Juliana Philippa June 09, 2019

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 unbelievable ...more

By Bubu July 25, 2016

Warning: Wall of text incoming!

Buddy read with Lyuda

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 thing t ...more

By Preeti ♥︎ March 16, 2020

Half extra star for surprising me and hooking me in.

When I began, I never thought I would enjoy this couple so much.
I so so so savored this h/H's interactions and evolving relationship.
From nothing (or even less/more than that) to so much and everything! If ever a hero gets redeemed by love.. ...more

By Mei April 26, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this story!

It's wonderful what the author can do when writing a complete and lengthy novel! I've read the first of this series without actually knowing that it was a shot (very shot!) story and appreciated it but for the lenght. Here we have a complete story where everything ha ...more

By Lady Wesley March 03, 2016

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 Cassand ...more

By Lyuda February 18, 2016

3.5 stars

Who knew speaking German can be so romantic and thrilling?
This is second time this month when I had such a hard time with rating. I had to ponder, and ponder, and then ponder some more with my buddy-read friend Bubulinea. And I have to say, her wonderful well-though out review mirrored ...more

By Nefise February 24, 2016

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 to w ...more

By Claudia February 10, 2016

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 to ...more

By Jackie February 11, 2020

This started out as a solid 5 star read and it still was a good read but it didn’t hit the mark of wanting to re read. The thing with these historical romances that kind of start out almost enemies to lovers, is that they begin with snappy witty dialogue. The characters are clever maybe a little mea ...more

By Elaine January 21, 2016

Rating 4.5/5
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 as ...more

By Nicola December 23, 2015

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."
"And ungrateful."

1817 and following a ...more

By Jessica September 02, 2020

3.75/5. There is a lot to like here, as it has a flavor of Jane Eyre fan fic (burned hero falls in love with one of his staff, dash it all). The writing is lovely and the characters are richly drawn, and what’s more, it’s a love story between two actual grown ups. How refreshing, not a teen or NA in ...more

By Blackjack December 31, 2017

I felt a little divided on how to grade this book as I enjoyed parts of it enormously but did not care for some others. So, I guess it was a B of even B+ read for me overall. I never felt bored or inclined to set it aside though!

What really worked for me was the no-nonsense mature heroine who respec ...more

By Maria Rose June 17, 2016

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,he w ...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 to l ...more

By Lynn February 04, 2016

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 tr ...more

By WTF Are You Reading? December 27, 2015

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 dev ...more

By chatshire February 26, 2020

you know I'm a slut for "villain from previous books gets his own redemptive love story" so I ate this up. Henry was a very repulsive antagonist in The Mistake and I enjoyed his snobby aristocrat ass unexpectedly wreck himself here for the housekeeper - Cassandra was a BAMF who didn't put up with hi ...more

By G.A. January 23, 2016

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 in ...more

By Nelly May 03, 2020

First of all, I loved simply loved this story!

The romance was perfect: like, I was able to feel the love and the attraction. It didn't feel forced at all. The author did a really great job describing Henry's feeling toward his governess Cassandra. The way he looked at her, the way he thought about h ...more

By Siobhan February 28, 2018

I read the first three books in the Sisters of Scandal series and loved them, and I'm pleased to report that I loved this one too! It was wonderfully slow burn (the couple don't bang until the 80% mark!), with excellent characters and a really sweet plot. Excellent, exactly the warmth needed on a co ...more

By Ritsky November 08, 2019

I like it! L I have to admit that this writer has put into liberties as to how she depicted interactions during regency era (it's more historical than regency), I like this book very much.

I like that the hero is (a bit) of an anti-hero (from the previous book in the series, which I haven't read). An ...more

By Braveheart March 10, 2018

This was a quick and easy , delightful story . I enjoyed it so much .
Cassandra , Henry's housekeeper was repressed and it took Henry's terrible accident and nursing him through the worst of it for them to see each other in a different light and open to different possibilities. A well told story ...more

By Paige August 20, 2020

amazing! quite like elizabeth hoyt’s ‘duke of sin’
it’s an all-time favorite now! she’s over 30, not a virgin and not skinny! ...more

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Lily Maxton

About the author

Lily Maxton

Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer. When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

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