Innocence and Impropriety

Author: Diane Gaston

Publisher: Harlequin Regency

Release Date: March 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: PRINT

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Rose O’Keefe is a lovely young lady who left Ireland to pursue her dream of singing at the King’s Theatre.  Currently she is singing at Vauxhall Gardens where her father plays an instrument.  One night while singing her Irish songs, she senses a presence in the audience that pulls at her soul.  However, when he calls upon her, it is not to vie for her attention, but to convince her to become his employer’s kept woman.  Rose knows that she should accept the generous offer of Tanner, but her heart is drawn to his sexy secretary, Flynn.  Will Rose honor her father’s contractual agreement with Tanner and lose the only man she will ever love?  Or will she convince Flynn to run away with her?

Jameson Flynn is the secretary to a very influential man.  He loves to work with numbers and has always worked hard to further his position in life.  However, he has forgotten love and family.  Until the night he hears an angel sing familiar songs from his homeland.  He falls in love with Rose at first sight.  Only Flynn has been ordered to procure her as his employer’s paramour.  The more time he spends with her the more his heart breaks knowing it will be soon that he will have to hand her over to Tanner.  But Flynn discovers that an evil man has made an offer for Rose and vows to protect her at all costs.  Will Flynn forsake his dreams to have the only woman who has captured his heart?  Or will his desire to work for the King overrule his heart’s desire?

INNOCENCE AND IMPROPRIETY is a beautifully written regency that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen on the next page.  Diane Gaston proves again why she is a RITA award-winning author.  Within the pages of this enthralling romance is a commanding plot woven with rich details of the era and a vigorous passion that explodes between two mesmerizing characters. 

I absolutely adored Rose.  She is a commanding presence while on the stage, yet she is quite reserved when she is among other people.  She has a big heart and feels that she has to do everything she is told to do.  But I loved her more for following her heart, even though she knew it could lead to doom.  Flynn is my hero.  He is charming, sexy and has forgotten that family and love come before work and play.  He falls head over heels for Rose even though he is a tenuous situation.  I laughed at all the antics, tensed when the situation became treacherous and my heart soared when two souls became one.  It was fun to revisit some of the past characters and read about the new ones.  They certainly add a lot of pizazz to the story. 

I highly recommend INNOCENCE AND IMPROPRIETY and this will definitely be going on the top shelf with the rest of Ms. Gaston’s works of arts.  This charming tale will leave you feeling completely fulfilled. 

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Billie Jo

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