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Powered by an unorthodox heroine and colorful writing, this Victorian romance gets off to a rousing start. Englishwoman Payton Dixon has grown up aboard her family's ships, and although she's small enough to pass as a cabin boy, she aspires to become a sea captain. Her dream is hindered by her rough brothers, who consider her goal laughable, and the fact that she's fallen in love with one of her family's captains, Connor Drake. Worse yet, Connor is about to marry someone else. Payton's startling hijinks to break the engagement, and Connor's attraction to her, prove a winsome combination. When Connor is kidnapped by a vengeful pirate and Payton sneaks on board disguised as a cabin boy, Cabot's (Portrait of My Heart) plot twist, although far-fetched, offers interesting possibilities. However, Payton's somewhat childish antics eventually wear thin, and after all the adventure, the happy ending seems anticlimactic.
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"Ms. Cabot stirs our minds and hearts."--Bell, Book and Candle

"Witty dialogue abounds from the first page, but what sets this romance apart are the hero's charm and keen sense of humor, which immediately endear him to readers...A jewel of a romance."--Publishers Weekly on Portrait of My Heart

"I'd read a cereal box if it was written by Patricia Cabot!"--Julia Quinn, author of How to Marry a Marquis

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (November 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312971907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312971908
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Affaire de Coeur on November 7, 1999
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The Honorable Miss Payton Dixon was usually known as the Dishonorable Miss Payton Dixon. Raised on board ship by her three seafaring brothers, Payton was the most unladylike lady England had ever seen. Since she was rarely in England, no one ever thought that it would matter. So when Payton suddenly realized that she was in love with Connor Drake, the captain of one of her brothers' ships, it became important to her to act like a lady. Unfortunately, Connor Drake was marrying another, a woman who was everything Payton was not--the ideal genteel English lady. Connor didn't even realize that Payton had grown up. He had known her since she was in pigtails running around barefoot on the deck of his ship in pants and a vest and had never really thought of her as female. So why was she now acting so peculiar on his wedding day? Patricia Cabot has written a riotous, sexy romance about a seafaring hoyden trying to become a lady despite her three older brothers. Her witty and fast-faced dialogue will keep you in stitches while following Payton and Connor's adventures.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1999
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Ms. Cabot is an original author. From the moment I read the cover, I was not able to put the book down. Payton Dixon is an absolute tomboy who lacks a female presence in her life to guide her as she matures into womanhood. She is willful, proud, and comical. Through her thoughts, actions, and reasoning I could easily relate to her. I especially loved her quick prayer bargains with God! Connor Drake was a novel character who I could easily fall for in real life, just as Payton did. He was handsome and proud with a real man's way of thinking. He charmed me since the very beginning. The story is well written, funny, and original. I was amazed at finding it full of action. The only problems I encountered with this novel is that it was rushed towards the end which caused the majority of the characters to be left hanging. However, unlike the majority of romance novels, it was very well-written with comedy, romance, action, and suspense. I still say congratulations to Ms. Cabot for a job well done!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G.C. Larkin on November 20, 1999
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While I enjoy the deepest and most provocative tales I can get my hands on I am also the first in line to read something that can entertain me with wit and imagination and not leave me feeling as though I have labored for hours. Cabot has created some of the most wildly outlandish and adorable as well as evil and unrehabilatable characters I have ever encountered. The dialouge and storyline however are equal to the task that her players find themselves facing. If you are in the mood to kick back and relax with a joyous, tender and enchanting evening's entertainment then you will not be disappointed with delightful creation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
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In 1830, almost nineteen-year-old Payton Dixon loves sea Captain Connor Drake. Ignoring the fact that she has spent most of her life as a tomboy, Payton moans that her beloved has never even glanced her way in all the years they have known each other. Now it appears to be too late as Connor must do the honorable thing as befitting his new status as a baronet and marry Becky Whitby. Still, Payton has other plans as she realizes that Becky is not suited to be the spouse of a seafaring person.

Payton behaves very badly on the eve of the wedding and during the ceremony. She accuses Becky of treacherous behavior towards Connor. Instead of freeing her beloved from a sentence of unhappiness, her actions lead to his being taken prisoner by Lucien La Fond, a French pirate and Becky's lover. Payton tries to rescue Connor, prove Becky's infidelity, and claim a love of a lifetime. However, La Fond is a powerful opponent and he holds her beloved captive.

AN IMPROPER PROPOSAL is an exhilarating historical romance that leaves readers laughing one moment and tightly gripping their book the next moment. The action never eases as the pulse pumping story line sails to a wonderful finish. The characters are all fully developed making the intrigue feel even stronger. With novels like this one, WHERE ROSES GROW WILD, and PORTRAIT OF MY HEART, Patricia Cabot is gaining a reputation as one of the more entertaining historical romance authors.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace Meloche on February 8, 2004
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This charming novel is the perfect companion for that Mexican vacation chair. It's quick paced, it's light reading, and it's very entertaining.
The story begins with the banter between three older brothers and their unruly baby sister, Payton Dixon. Immediately, we are aware of Payton's struggle to keep her bosom inside the unfamiliar corset she is wearing. These brothers have raised nineteen-year-old Payton, onboard their clipper ships, and she is more accustomed to wearing a man's wardrobe.
What a delightful young woman, she is unlike any leading lady I have yet to experience. Payton is wild, untamed, and frankly speaks her mind. Yet, on the other hand, she is sensitive, sensual, and naive.
Her two most desired dreams: to be the captain of her brothers' newest ship, "The Constant", and to wed her secret love -- her brothers' best friend, Connor Drake. Ah, Captain Drake, a ravishing gentleman, an English Baron, and a man honor bound to marry a scheming vixen on the morrow.

Tonight, however, the game unfolds. Captain Drake cannot take his eyes off the ripening Miss Payton Dixon. He has just become "painfully" aware that Payton has "developed" into a much desired lady. Cabot skillfully spins her words creating enormous fun.
I enjoyed this book. It is action packed, there is no arguing between the two main heartbeats, and the love scenes are steamy and sizzling. If there is a serious complaint, it is the tomfoolery of Payton's brothers. At times, their behavior seemed moronic.
Overall, a great vacation book -- no worries, mate. Fluff, but oh such pleasant gossamer.
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
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