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How to Be a Proper Lady: A Falcon Club Novel (The Falcon Club) Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Falcon Club Series

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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)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Falcon Club (Book 2)
  • 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 (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I really enjoyed the story of Viola and Jinan not only because it was so well written, but because the storyline was new and different. I'd recommend it highly to anyone. There weren't any super explicit love scenes that would require an age warning label, but the storyline was refreshing and new for me. The characters were very well developed and had the depth of reality to them. I look forward to reading more from this author in the near future!
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Viola-wild & headstrong.Born a lady, but raised on the high seas to become a lady privateer.
Jin-a man with a troubled past & a secret mission.
Viola & Jin- a fiery match.

I was looking for something to read,to tide me over, until the books on my wish list were to be released and came across "How to be a proper lady".
I don't remember being very impressed with the sample pages I read, but I thought,"Why not?", and I'm so glad I did.
The book was at times sad and sweet,but it also had my heart racing with the passion between Viola and Jin.I also enjoyed the supporting cast of characters too. It was a book I hated to put down(but life does get in the way!) and I couldn't wait to get back to. Loved it!

I had never read any of Ms. Ashe's books before, but there's the next book in the series already on my wish list, and I hope to read more by this author in the future.
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I really did love the character Jinan Seten. I loved the s of him, his history or life if you like! What a great story and character. The first one of this series was really good and I loved that story. This one was different from it because the others were not really in it that much. Was not sure if I would like the girl but in the end she turned out pretty good.
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Just keeps getting better. Each of Ashe's books is different enough and engaging enough to keep you reading. This one has an interesting plot about a plausible woman ship's captain who is tamed by a man who has sworn to close his heart to prevent being hurt again.
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I also read the book about the SCOT. This book was not as confusing to me. I did enjoy it. Sometimes I was confused with what was going on but maybe that is just me. I did like the book, but it is not a book I would read again. Most books I would not read again. Read her other book first, the one about the SCOT in the title. These two books merge sometimes. But it is not necessary to read the other one first. this one will still make sense.
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I would definitely recommend this book. Its a great read and the story is a good one. I gave it three stars because Viola just annoyed me. I don't really understand why she never reached out to her family and that bother me. I realized this is a romance fiction but it still needs to make sense to me. As in a true Romance Novel this has some Awesome scenes and the sex is great. I'll keep an eye out for the next installment.
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Great book. I enjoyed every bit of it. There was depth and passion. Katherine Ashe is a wonderful storyteller. Jin was remarkable and very manly and a great character. Viola was also a great character; although, I didn't understand why she didn't go home before.
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