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A Scandalous Proposal by Kasey Michaels [tour spotlight with review & giveaway]

A Scandalous Proposal by Kasey Michaels [tour spotlight with review & giveaway]Author: Kasey Michaels
Title: A Scandalous Proposal
Series: The Little Season #2
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Release Date: March 29th 2016
Genres: Historical Romance

The drama of London's Little Season continues in this vibrant new series by USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels featuring three courageous war heroes surrendering at last to love...  Who would have thought a man could tire of being fawned over and flirted with? Ever since Cooper Townsend returned from France as a hero with a new title, he has been relentlessly pursued by every marriageable miss in London. Perhaps that's why the unconventional Miss Daniella Foster is so appealing. She doesn't simper or flatter. She only wants him to help unmask her sister's blackmailer, and Coop has never been so intrigued...  Let every other woman in London fight over His Lordship's romantic attentions. Marriage is the last thing on Dany's least until she samples his illicit kisses. Now, as a mutual enemy races to ruin Coop's reputation and Dany's family name, an engagement of convenience will spark an unlikely passion that might save them both.
Format: ARC
Also by this author: An Improper Arrangement, A Reckless Promise
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*


At the end of An Improper Arrangement, the reader learned that Cooper would be the next in line to find love. However, you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one; Kasey Michaels gives you all the information you need in order to enjoy it.

Cooper is tired of being chased by women (and their mothers) who want to push him into marriage. He has earned a reputation as a hero, not to mention he is a baron. The attention has become tiresome and he resigns himself to finding a wife to take him off the market. His problems are bigger than that, though. He is being blackmailed.

Dany, who has come to London for her Little Season, wants to help her sister who is also being blackmailed. She seeks the hero (Cooper) to help her sister. In order to be able to work together closely without too much scrutiny, Cooper proposes to Dany. They both believe it is temporary until they catch the blackmailer. They don’t count on falling in love with one another.

I really enjoyed reading A Scandalous Proposal. It wasn’t as funny as An Improper Arrangement, but it still had plenty of interesting characters to keep me entertained. Plus, many of the same characters are in this book; we just don’t see as much of them.

One thing I liked about this book was how the romantic pair were opposites. Dany is a thrill-seeker, who likes to stir up trouble because it is more fun than being good. Cooper, of all his friends, is the levelheaded and proper one. It takes a lot to get him to misbehave. What’s also funny about it is that Dany is a lot like Cooper’s mother. He refers to her as the “Terror of Society” (p. 80), and Dany isn’t much different.

The romance in this book takes place over a shorter period of time than in An Improper Arrangement. To some, it might fall under the heading of insta-love, since it is only a few days before they realize their love for one another. I didn’t mind that because they did spend a lot of time together and they did consider what was happening as their feelings changed.

In my opinion, A Scandalous Proposal was not as polished as An Improper Arrangement. I noticed some errors, mostly toward the end of the book. One thing that threw me off was a part where what was being said seemed like it was being said by the other person in the conversation. It seemed that the attribution of who was speaking was messed up. There was also another error I noticed where Dany refers to Gabe as “Thea’s husband” when she knows that Thea and Gabe aren’t married yet.

Still, I did really enjoy reading A Scandalous Proposal. I am looking forward to the release of the next book in July.

I strongly recommend the Little Season series to readers who like spunky and unconventional female leads in historical romance, men who are helpless against those women and their opinions, and solid goals for the characters to work toward while unwittingly falling in love. I give A Scandalous Proposal 5 out of 5 stars!


Note: The book includes a bonus story called “How to Woo a Spinster.” I will be reviewing that story separately.


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About Kasey Michaels

Kasey Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 100 books (she doesn’t count them). Kasey has received three coveted Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, two for the historical romances, THE SECRETS OF THE HEART and THE BUTLER DID IT, and a third for contemporary romance LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY (that shows diversity, you see). She is a recipient of the RITA, a Waldenbooks and Bookrak Bestseller award, and many awards from Romantic Times magazine, including a Career Achievement award for her Regency era historical romances. She is an Honor Roll author in Romance Writers of America, Inc. (RWA)

Kasey has appeared on the TODAY show, and was the subject of a Lifetime Cable TV show “A Better Way,” in conjunction with Good Housekeeping magazine, a program devoted to women and how they have achieved career success in the midst of motherhood (short version: “with great difficulty”).

A highly praised nonfiction book, written as Kathryn Seidick, “…OR YOU CAN LET HIM GO,” details the story of Kasey and her family during the time of her eldest son’s first kidney transplant.

Kasey has written Regency romances, Regency historicals, category books including novellas and continuities and a few series “launch” books, and single title contemporaries. She has coped with time travel, ghosts, trilogies, the dark side, the very light side, and just about everything in between. Hers is also the twisted mind behind her ongoing Maggie Kelly mystery series starring a former romance writer turned historical mystery writer whose gorgeous hunk of a fictional hero shows up, live and in color, in her Manhattan living room – to melt her knees, to help her solve murders, and to leave the top off her toothpaste. And, says Kasey, she’s just getting started!
(bio from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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