Proper Conduct (Proper Ladies Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Penelope is at her wits end. Her father means well and his business ventures are meant to benefit the family, but, instead, he has brought them to the brinks of finacial ruin and is about to plunge them into poverty with his latest scheme. He has no head for business, but instead of learning from his mistakes, he takes risk after risk, trying to restore the family fortune. Penelope does not mind so much being poor, but she knows she must convince her father to give up his mad schemes for the sake of her invalid mother and two younger sisters.
To further complicate Penelope's life, her father has just spent a fortune on a horse with good bloodlines and a dangerous wild streak, her sister fancies herself in love with a well-known rogue, and the relatives of the man who tricked her father into his first investment have come to make amends...with a new investment that could not fail.
Penelope is determined not to trust the new Lord Nevin and is trying her hardest to keep her father from investing with the rogue. But then her father cuts up her peace by inviting the lord and his cousin to stay, so that Lord Nevin can work with the untamed stallion. It would not be so bad if Nevin was not so dashed handsome, so blasted charming, and so confounded intent on becoming her friend. She is drawn to him, but how can she give her heart to a man she fears to trust? Penelope is familiar with the pain of a broken heart, and she knows better than to make the same mistake twice...doesn't she?
The plot is good, but it's the conversations and tension between the main couple that makes the story worth five stars. A secondary romance in the book made it all the more charming. Be sure to check out A Much Compromised Lady, which is the story of Lord Nevin's sister, Glynis.
My complaint is while the 2ndary romance was good b/t Bryn and Pen.'s sister, it was focused on too much. it took away from our main romance. I felt that our 2 characters didn't have the opportunity to flesh out any real chemistry between them. I found Nevil very appealing as a hero but Pen. was not very likable. she was just too unpleasant and cold towards him for little reason, until the very, very end of the book when she suddenly and quickly seems to warm up. I just wasn't convinced.
The book won't bore you- but i don't think it will keep you glued to its pages either.
The secondary characters are well developed; in fact, the secondary romance is more believeable than the that of the leads. The youngest sister and the mother are particularly well done. This book could have been very good if the heorine had been more sympathetic.