By: Juliana Ross
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When Hannah's caught watching her late husband's cousin debauch the maid in the library, she's mortified -- but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she's used to being ignored.
The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she's witnessed, but there's something about Leo that draws her to him.
When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can't bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she's losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?
My Thoughts:“Improper Relations” tells the story of Hannah and Leo, distant relations through marriage, who find themselves unwittingly attracted to one another. Hannah has recently lost her husband and now finds herself in the position of poor relative. Leo is the “black sheep,” no one really likes him, yet they family tolerates him and his bad boy ways. As is the way with most romances, Hannah and Leo, both outcasts in their own ways, find themselves drawn together.
This is my first novel by Juliana Ross and I was fairly impressed. The romance is a novella, so it is short, but it is a tightly written story. There is sufficient background on the characters, their actions seem believable, and the romance is sweet. Hannah seemed complex, unsure of herself and her place in the world. Leo gave her stability, a foundation really, something she has never had. Just a sweet, short romance that’ll leave you with a smile.
I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: April 2012