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Product Details

  • Series: Falcon Club Novel
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062031767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062031761
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Ashe’s engaging characters move from shipboard to ballroom, from bitter conflict to passion, sweeping readers away and satisfying their cravings for sizzling adventure.” (RT Book Reviews)

“From prologue to epilogue the story held me rapt with it’s smooth pace and humorous undertones.” (Night Owl Reviews)

“HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY.in a word engrossing. I turned page after page and delighted in every word read...Jinan and Viola are some of the first characters in a long time that really touched my heart, and they are what make HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY an unforgettable read.” (Romance Junkies)

“How to Be a Proper Lady has everything fans of historical romance could want in a book.” (Joyfully Reviewed)

“How to Be a Proper Lady is...every bit as delicious as it promised.” (The Librarian Next Door)

“Katharine Ashe continues to intrigue readers with her Falcon Club series by creating extraordinary characters with histories that set them apart from run-of-the-mill heroes and heroines and endowing these characters with intelligence, courage, and humor.” (Just Janga)

From the Back Cover

The Rules of Being a Proper Lady
1) Never take steps greater than six inches apart.
2) Never look boldly at a gentleman.
3) And never, ever, kiss a man who is not your fiancé.

But beautiful, bold Viola Carlyle doesn't care about the rules. And she desperately wants to kiss the notoriously tempting Captain Jin Seton, the man who brought her kicking and fighting back to English society. Kidnapped as a child, now she longs to return to that life of freedom where she was able to live—and love—as she wished.

Having hunted Viola for two years, Jin Seton has finally found his good luck—for, by finding Viola, his oldest, deepest debt will at last be paid. And although he has vowed not to let her win his heart, this very improper lady might finally be the one who tames him.


More About the Author

KATHARINE ASHE is the award-winning author of historical romances reviewers call "intensely lush" and "sensationally intelligent," including How To Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors' Choice for the Ten Best Romances of 2012, I Married the Duke, nominated for Historical Romance of the Year in the Reviewers' Choice 2013 Best Book Awards, and How to Marry a Highlander, a finalist for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.

If you would like to receive monthly e-news about Katharine's books, contests and appearances, join Katharine's E-Newsletter list. To subscribe, copy and paste this into your browser's address window: goo.gl/sUuURD

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about her books, please visit her at www.KatharineAshe.com

Customer Reviews

Such a strong heroine, yet incredibly vulnerable!
Marquita Valentine
I look forward to reading more from this author in the near future!
KElizabeth
The story and characters were very intriguing and realistic.
Karen Jo Wood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Smitten by Books on August 18, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If skirts were breeches then we'd want to go to beaches...

At least in my mind that's what Ashe's newest heroine, Viola, would say if faced between choosing a pair of pants over a skirt. Now this doesn't mean a woman doesn't like to feel like a woman sometimes... she does, but when having to choose between comfort and fashion, comfort always wins. In Viola's world comfort would win too, not just the present day. She's the captain of the April Storm, and the sailor responsible for taking down the Pharaoh of the Seas and his ship the Cavalier.

The Pharaoh, Jinan Seton is on a mission of redemption. He plans to locate the missing sister of one Serena Carlyle in the hopes of repaying the debt he owes to Serena's husband. Viola is the sister he seeks, but she's not inclined to come easily. A couple of months, a trip to the tropics, and a few pirate battles later has Viola agreeing to return to the land of her birth, but it also has more feelings and desires simmering between the two of them.

Viola is the uncommon heroine. The ultimate tomboy, who wants to forge her own way in the world, be the adventurous person she's always dreamed of being, and bow to no man. She's the unlikely woman to come out on top, but a perfect fit of brash, outlandish behavior coupled with embarrassment at not being the typical lady. Jinan is the brooding hero, and a bit of an alpha. Surprisingly his alpha tendencies are put in check by the force that is Viola, but only briefly. Jin definitely has respect for her, and sees how easily she endears others to her causes or dreams. Regardless of this woman's allure, he is stuck and bound by his own vows to reunite Viola with her family.

I found the plot intriguing; the idea of a female ship captain was something different and fun.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By My Book Addiction and More on June 29, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY by Katharine Ashe is a wonderful historical romance. It is book #2 in the "A Falcon Club" novel series,but can be read as a stand alone. See," When a Scot Loves a Lady".For a wild ride with the Falcon Club members you must read "How To Be A Proper Lady". Viola Carlyle is a lady of stature,loves adventure,a sea-faring captain,was kidnapped as a child by her sea-faring father,and doesn't care for rules of society. Jin Seton, is on a mission to find the lovely Viola and bring her back to her loving family in England,even if he has to do it with her kicking and screaming. For he feels he owes his oldest friend a debt and intends to pay it in full. If he can only keep from falling in love with the adventurous,lovely,feisty Viola. A fast paced,action packed story of passion,desire,lust,a desire for a family,and love. "How To Be A Proper Lady" will capture your heart with its witty banter,engaging characters and did I mention it has a few twists and turns you will not see coming. A delightful,fun read! Ms. Ashe is a wonderful storyteller,who draws her readers into the story. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers,the author's website,and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Way Beyond The Pages on June 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is my first attempt at Katherine Ashe and her Falcon Club series. It might have been a mistake, perhaps I should've read the first book in the series before reading this one. But I have started reading books belonging to series randomly so many times, that I figured I was OK.

In this nautical romance, set in the 1800's, you'll meet the headstrong and opinionated Viola and Jinan, our hero. Viola was taken from her home by her biological father when she was 10. Her father being a sailor, she spent most of her life at sea. When he passed, she was given his ship and became the captain of that ship.
Viola is nothing like a lady, she argues, wears trousers and bosses people around. One day, on sea, she sinks another ship! The ship belongs to none other than Jinan and his crew. Viola takes them aboard her ship and allows them to work for her. There's no denying the sparks between Jinan and Viola, but neither one of them admit it. Jinan reveals to Viola that he has been looking for her for a long, long time.
Her sister has 'hired' Jinan to find Viola and bring her back home to England. Viola, who at first denies that she's the same girl who disappeared from her home at age 10, makes a bet with Jinan. If she can make him fall in love with her, she will get one of his ships. If she fails, she'll agree to go back home to England. Viola falls hard for Jinan, and lets him take her back to her sister.

I have mixed feelings for this book. I expected too much, I guess. But being an avid romance reader for some years now, I naturally have high expectations from book in this genre. Although there were plenty of extremely well written and steamy hot scenes, this book didn't capture my interest. Other than the romantic scenes I found myself yawning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Under The Covers Book Blog on September 26, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Jinan Seton has finally found his quarry after searching for her for two years, but she isn't at all what he expected, Miss Viola Carlyle a gently raised lady has become Violet La Vile, a well known sea captain with a careful of loyal men. Getting her back the beautiful captain back to her family may be trickier then he imagined, especially when she doesn't want to go so they embark on an unusual wager, if she can make him fall in love with her in two weeks she gets his new ship if; however, she fails, she must accompany him home

This is my first Katharine Ashe book and although on average I found I enjoyed it, there were some things about this book that I really liked and things about it that I really didn't.

To start on a positive note what I did like was the strong female character, Viola was tough and not afraid of going after what she wanted, something that you don't always find in historical novels. Unusually it w the male character, the hero Jin, that I found I had little patience for. One of my pet peeves is characters that avoid their hero or heroine when they feel they don't deserve them, when clearly that isn't the case, if only some of the genuinely assholey heroes thought like that I would be happy, alas they never do. Jin was one of those I-am-such-a-bad-man-I-don't-deserve-her heroes. This just unnecessarily stretched the story on and on and I was beginning to get bored and just wanted them to sail away in to their happily ever after.
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