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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788795473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788795473
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,833,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Setting: Regency England
Sensuality Rating: 8

Lady Edwina Bollash is a talented linguist, but she may have taken on more than she can handle when she accepts the challenge of transforming handsome commoner Mick Tremore into a gentleman. She only has six weeks to accomplish the daunting task, but Mick proves to be a quick study. Unfortunately for Edwina, Mick is also utterly irresistible. Edwina soon finds herself loving everything about the brash charmer whose approach to life is so less restrictive than her own. But she's a lady and he's a commoner--or is he? And Lady Edwina can't possibly have a future with this handsome, impossible man--or can she?

The classic Pygmalion tale takes on a new twist in Ivory's version with a plot that springs some surprises on the reader. With a villain one loves to hate, a hero and heroine that are so much fun to watch spar and spark, and a cast of secondary characters that add texture, The Proposition is pure delight. Don't miss the fun. --Lois Faye Dyer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

When her father dies, Lady Edwina Bollash is ousted from her ancestral home in Regency London by her greedy cousin, the new Duke of Arles. To support herself, Edwina gives elocution and deportment classes to country folk and foreigners eager to enter polite society. She becomes so successful that twin lords Emile and Jeremy Lamont challenge her to turn Mick Tremore, an ill-mannered, uncouth Cornish rat catcher, into a gentleman and pass him off as a viscount at her cousin's annual society ball. Intrigued by the subject's accent and eager to exact some personal revenge, Edwina agrees to the wager. Little does she know that her life is about to be turned inside out: she discovers that Mick is a virile, handsome, incorrigible man. His wicked propositions boggle her virginal heart but stir her womanly passions. Through skillful writing, Ivory (Beast) captures the subtle sensual pleasures of her colorful characters, creating a sexy varitation on My Fair Lady. (Dec.)
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It's funny and touching and very sexy.
Susan Phillips
After I finished the book, I had to flip through it again to savor the "good" parts.
Julianne
The book is well thought out, well written, and the characters are very colorful.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Julianne on December 1, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Proposition is my first Judith Ivory novel and I am sooooooo impressed! I read all the great reviews regarding this book and when I got my hands on this book, I couldn't put it down! True to the reviews, this book has great plot, great characters and a great ending! Loved Mick and Winnie's story and I laughed so much! And there were many poignant moments, as well! The sexual chemitry between the two were strong and powerful... I just couldn't get enough of the two!Mick, even when he was "unpolished" was sexy and totally charming! My heart just went out to him! As for Winne, she was not the typical romance heroine but strong and individual and beautiful in her own way. I just like Winne so much! After I finished the book, I had to flip through it again to savor the "good" parts.
If you're thinking about getting this book, don't wait- GO GET IT NOW!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Eagle on December 7, 1999
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I've been a Judith Ivory/Judy Cuevas fan for a long time, and I have to say "The Proposition" is one of her best. In a delightful variation on the "My Fair Lady" theme, Ivory gives us rat catcher as a hero. And, oh, what a lovable rat catcher he is! Mick enjoys life to the fullest. He's proud to be a working man. He and his collection of dogs and ferrets are hell-on-wheels at rat-catching, much to the delight of those in need of their services. From the first raucous scene, there's side-splitting humor, heart-mending sweetness, heart-pounding sensuality. The chemistry between Mick and Winnie--the tutor charged with turning him into a "gentleman"--is delicious, and the way Ivory handles the linguistics aspect of the story is masterful. It's a fabulous feel-good story--perfect for holiday reading!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nes on September 13, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Proposition has been on my TBR pile since May. I read the first chapter in May then stopped because I did not like the profession of the hero as a ratcatcher. Ugh, I thought and simply dismissed the book. Fortunately for me a good friend borrowed it, read it and told me that I definitely MUST read it. So I did and I was glad I read it because THE PROPOSITION IS VERY GOOD BOOK TO READ!
Even though the plot is an old one - My Fair Lady, Pygmalion - the characters of this book are the ones that carried it. The way Judith Ivory portrayed Mick and Winnie was just, simply said: Well done!
Mick is a wonderful hero! He was so charming, so good looking, so adorable, so very sexy and so honest about his feelings for Winnie it left me quite breathless. I just "loov" him!
Winnie, on the other hand, is supposed to be a sort of ugly duckling. A tall, gangly woman of 29 who is not sure about her own sexuality. But Mick, oh yes Mick - sigh, sigh, sigh, - just simply adored her! Who would'nt feel adored if a hero like that gave you his attentions?! Loving everything about you, no matter what, making you feel like the queen of all queens.
I know now never to judge a book because of the characters profession. Rich or poor, a marquis, earl or duke, a story with so much romance, hilarity and with great characters, is a story worth reading.
The Proposition has no big misunderstanding. It is wonderful to read about a man who just simply adores a woman who finds herself unatractive without being such an arrogant fool.
The Proposition is a joy to read! It will make you laugh and cherish the wonderful moments in life. It will make you understand the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" or "love has no bounds" or something like that. I'm ranting...
Anyway read The Propositon. It will leave you with a smile on your face and make you fall in love again!!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Chadwick on January 30, 2000
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What characters could be more diverse than Edwina Bollash, a prim, impoverished spinster linguist and Mick, the handsome Cockney ratcatcher? Set in Victorian London, this romance is a retelling of old tales, a mixture of "Cinderella" and "Pygmalion." Winnie, who has been disinherited by her Scrooge-like cousin, takes on a bet to transform Mick into a perfect British peer in six weeks time. While trying to concentrate on rounding his vowels and sprucing up his appearance, she becomes increasingly aware of his fun-loving personality and his impressive physique. Mick sees a selfconcious innocent, who is unaware of her physical beauty. Sexual tension crackles page after page as the protagionists are attracted like magnets to each other. Ms. Ivory has written a beautiful story, one even better then her previous works, "Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty." I loved this book! I cared about the characters and loved them at the end as much as they loved each other. They were meant to be together; they complemented and completed each other. Brava, Ms. Ivory! I'll wait impatiently for your next Victorian fairytale!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1999
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This is a re-telling of My Fair Lady, only in this book Professor Higgins becomes Edwina Bollash, an intelligent, shy linguist who's very down on herself, as family has taught her to be. Eliza Doolittle takes the form of Mick Tremore, a charming rogue who makes a living out of catching rats. They take the job of turning Mick into a Viscount in six weeks on a bet between 2 odd gentlemen.
This book is special. The relationship that develops between the h/h is so tender, yet so passionate, that I was moving back and forth between my heart breaking for the two of them, and my heart racing with anticipation. Mick is an honest, genuine person, the like of which you don't normally see in a romance. I absolutely loved him.
Do yourself a favor a buy this book. There are a lot of books on Amazon with 5 stars. This one genuinely deserves every one of them.
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