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Product Details

  • Series: Historical Romance
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harlequin Mills & Boon; New Ed edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263851621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263851625
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,188,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oh, how I love a good romance!
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As this author has been known to include characters from her previous novels, I sincerely hope to see her give Tanner the lead role in her next book.
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This story had me reading into the wee hours of the morning because I had to know everything turned out all right.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary K, Public Librarian on February 24, 2007
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There are romances -- the kind you read to kill time -- and then there are *romances* -- the kind you read when you want your mind and your senses fully engaged, your spirits lifted, and your heart left pounding. Diane Gaston's INNOCENCE AND IMPROPRIETY is this latter kind of romance -- in other words, A KEEPER.

My reading time is too precious to be wasted on characters I don't immediately care for. I know, having read all of Ms. Gaston's previous romances (and also those written as Diane Perkins) that I WILL love her characters, because they are so consistently *real*, so human, and so sympathetic. Rose O'Keefe and Jameson Flynn, the lovers in "Innocence..." are clearly meant for each other, but there are so many obstacles for them to overcome that you cannot help but turn page after page (preferably without stopping) to see how in the world they are going to ever make it.

Gaston's plots are wonderfully complex, but not to the point of being boring or unbelievable. Her main characters are richly drawn, as are the supporting characters, a few of whom we've seen in previous novels (Katy, Madame Bisou, and others) , but you needn't have read her previous novels to enjoy this one thoroughly. One secondary character from a previous novel, however, becomes a central one in this novel : Greythorne, a devotee of the practices of the Marquis de Sade. Yes, Greythorne is a sadist. We have a tendency to use this term jokingly in current parlance, but that's not where this story is going. He is *truly evil* -- and Rose is in danger of being sold to him (almost literally , since she's under 21, and has zero rights). Her own father may be forced (as it were) to 'sell' her hand to the highest bidder -- will it be Tannerton (our hero's boss) , or Greythorne?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace Meloche on March 2, 2007
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As a die-hard Regency romance fan, I am always delighted when an author displays a feel for the manners and customs of the time. Of late, such extensive author attempts are increasingly hard to find! Therefore, with her well-researched, emotional love stories Diane Gaston has certainly won my devotion.

On a warm July evening in 1817, Vauxhall Gardens featured a concert starring Miss Rose O'Keefe. After her stunning performance, the Marquess of Tannerton immediately instructed his secretary to offer "protection" and soon, the lovely Rose O'Keefe would be in his bed! After all, Vauxhall Gardens was a delicacy of dubious delights.

The Marquess of Tannerton was a good man and a very good employer and Jameson Flynn hoped his job, as the marquess' secretary, was but a stepping-stone toward a more lofty future! Flynn had significant ambitions. He wanted better things. As a servant, Jameson Flynn hoped for the government; sometimes he even dreamed of royalty.

Yet suddenly, he found Rose O'Keefe in his most secret and bewitching dreams. When Flynn came to Vauxhall to procure her . . . for his employer, he had no illusions. He was, after all, the marquess' secretary and the Marquess of Tannerton expected Miss O'Keefe's affections to be bought and brought to his bed! And yet suddenly, Flynn found all his ambitious plans askew. Suddenly, Jameson Flynn wanted Rose O'Keefe for himself and that meant he was betraying the man who employed him. It meant he was betraying his future!

Rose O'Keefe wanted to sing in London's greatest theaters! She wanted to live the life her mother had lost; she wanted King's Theatre! Yet now, her heart betrayed those dreams.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on April 3, 2007
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Jameson Flynn, secretary to the Marquess of Tannerton, was ambitious serving his Lordship with competence and loyalty in the hope that one day he would be rewarded with a promotion and possibly serve royalty. As such no task or duty was beyond his capabilities to accomplish with efficiency and tact - that is until the day the Marquess assigned him a most delicate task of winning over the affections of the newest flower to perform at Vauxhall's Garden, the beautiful songstress Miss Rose O'Keefe. The only problem was from the moment Flynn saw and heard her, he was totally captivated himself.

Rose O'Keefe's beautiful voice along with her exotic beauty was the newest sensation and her admirers were legion all wishing to become her protector and benfactor. Knowing Rose could not attain her dream of performing one day at the Kings's Theatre without a wealthy benefactor, her father and his greedy paramour were not above negotiating a sweet deal for themselves as well. As Flynn mounts a campaign to win over Rose on behalf of his employer, Rose's dream of performing became less important when she understood that the feelings she had for Flynn were becoming more important to her than all the wealth and opportunity she might have as the paramour of a Marquess.

Leave it to this fast rising star of an author to create another incomparable well researched romance that shows both sides of life in Regency England, from the well to do to the gritty underworld. I have long since been enamored by this author's prose as she raises the bar for regency historical romances.
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More About the Author

Diane Gaston is the Rita® Award winning author of over 15 books and novellas for Harlequin Historical. Once a mental health social worker who helped clients craft their own happy endings, Diane is now living her dream of writing romance. Diane's books are set in Regency England, the time of Jane Austen and the setting of Georgette Heyer, the same setting as Julia Quinn, Mary Balogh, Ann Gracie, Grace Burrows, Mary Jo Putney, and others. Diane's Regency Romances often feature the seamier side of the Regency. Her special love is for the Napoleonic War and its heroic soldiers. The daughter of an army colonel herself, Diane now lives near Washington, D.C. with her husband and three very ordinary cats.

Visit Diane at her her website http://dianegaston.com with links to her blogs, Twitter (DianeGaston), and Facebook (facebook.com/pages/Diane-Gaston).