Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Sisters, #1)
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Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Sisters #1)

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TWICE TEMPTED

Serena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family's future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin's identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn't love and spend the rest of her days living a lie.

Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford,

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Mass Market Paperback, Large Print, 417 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published July 26th 2011)
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Mskchick
I spent the book rolling my eyes. I mean, come on! The "heroine" believes she was seduced, publicly caught en flagrente delicto, then dumped by this man 6 years ago. This then caused her aunt to cast her and her twin sister out of London, and her sister was killed on the ship ride home (if the man hadn't dumped her, they never would have been on the ship in the first place and her sister wouldn't have died). And yet, when she sees the man again, she flippantly forgets about all this and moons ov...more
Dinjolina
This would have been a typical 3-3.5 HR book.
It was fun but a bit long when it came to revelations.
It was not really paced well but I could have lived with it all.

If not for...wait.Let me explain.


This author has a way of putting her foot in her mouth.
The whole book was spilling with the remembrance of Will and Megs big love only to fall low and blow up in my face.
I have no idea how the author does it. I had the pe-ka-booo-here,have a (view spoiler) scene in her previo...more
Fani
Serena Donovan met Jonathan Dane 6 years ago when she first came to London. She was an impoverished Irish peer's daughter and he, the second son of a rich earl. Though they fell instantly in love with each other, his family didn't approve of the match and when they were caught in a compromising position, Jonathan chose to bend to his father's threats and cut her off instead of marrying her. Completely ruined, Serena left London with her twin sister Meg but while on board of the ship that was car...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
What a surprising gem this book turned out to be. It wrapped me up from the very beginning and I didn't want to put it down until it was over.

At just 18, Serena Donovan fell in love during her first season in London. But Jonathan was above her station. When the two of them were caught in the midst of a tryst, she was ruined in the eyes of society. And Jonathan turned his back on her. She was forced to set sail for her home in Anguila, with her twin sister Meg at her side. During a storm at sea,...more
Angelc
4.5 Stars

My favorite thing about Jennifer Haymore is that she really knows how to write about overwhelming, all-consuming love. Her characters are always over the moon for each other, which is exactly what I want in a historical romance. At the same time, her writing is never sappy and the love story always feel real.

The plot was new and different for me. I liked the tangled web created by Serena masquerading as her sister. The almost love triangle or even love square was intriguing.But it was s...more
Lisa
Wow, what a book! This book drew me in from the prologue and did not let go! We are introduced to twin sisters Meg and Serena Donovan as they are on a ship back home to Antigua from London after a devastating scandal involving Serena. However, while on board something tragic happens to Meg that changes Serenas life forever and not always by her choice. Now five years later Serena is returning to London with her younger sister Phoebe but there is a twist. Serenas mother told the world that it was...more
Jen
Short synopsis: Serena gets caught with Dane and he shuns her in society instead of marrying her. Serena and her twin sail back to Antigua but Meg falls overboard, never to be seen again. Unbeknownst to everyone else their mom kept up correspondence with Meg's love interest and when he asked her to marry him, mom said yes on behalf of Meg (who was lost at see) and sent Serena to England in place of Meg to marry Langley. Serena must marry to secure a place in society so her sister's can marry als...more
Terra
Now this is a book worthy of it's luscious characters with all their secrets and baggage on board. What starts out as a major scandal in the Ton leads to emotional pain and suffering so profound that it scars our characters for what seems a lifetime. Can deception bring about a sense of peace and less guilt or will it carve out a new saga that will only intensify what was started so many years ago?

Serena and Meg Donovan are identical twins in London for their first season. The girls mother has s...more
Tzippy
I appreciate a certain symetry in fiction. Take Chekhov's Gun. I am a big fan of the Chekhov's Gun principle. It bothers me when books don't have a sound structure. I'm also a math person. It may be related.

Let me give you an example: in The Avengers movie, there's this feud between Iron Man and Captain America. Cap thinks that Iron Man's not a real hero, that he's selfish and just in this for the fame and glitz. Iron Man thinks that Cap is a conformist who just does whatever he's told. At the e...more
Mary Gramlich
CONFESSIONS OF AN IMPROPER BRIDE by Jennifer Haymore
08/11 - Grand Central Publishing - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

You say I can trust you, but can I believe you?

Serena Donovan lost her reputation and her twin sister Meg the last time she encountered London and Jonathan Dane. Jonathan said he loved her but when pushed to acknowledge their relationship after being caught chose to cut her instead. Now Serena posing as her late sister must come back to face the devil himself and make right what...more
Lisarenee
Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. The book comes out on July 26th.

Six years ago Serena Donovan fled London in humiliation after being caught in about as compromising a situation as is possible. Shortly after the "incident", the man whom she thought was "the one" gave her the cut direct in public stating he did not know her. Tragedy struck on the way home when her identical twin sister was knocked overboard in a freak accident and presumed dead. Her mother, thinking to ma...more
Cynthia (aka Artemis)
Aug 12, 2011 Cynthia (aka Artemis) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical romance readers; twin switching identity stories
Recommended to Cynthia by: Laurie (Bitten by Romance)


Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance


Serena Donovan lands in London with her 19 year-old sister, Phoebe, in tow. Her mission, should she succeed: Convince the Town she is her twin sister “Meg”, marry the fine and upstanding Captain William Langley, and find a good match for her sister. HA - Easier said than done! Especially when Jonathan Dane enters the picture. (Which he does quite frequently and so eloquently; appearing just at the right moment between Serena/Meg and William.) She despises...more
Christie
Serena left London scandalized only to return six years later pretending to be her dead twin, Meg. Her younger sister Phoebe is accompanying her. Serena plans to marry Will, the man Meg was in love with. After she has secured her spot in society her younger sisters, who remained behind with her mother in Antigua, will join her. Not only is she concerned about convincing all of London that she is actually Meg, but she is afraid to come face to face with Jonathan (The Earl of Stratford) who seduce...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Jonathan Dane has left Serena Donovan's reputation is tatters and returns to England as "Meg" a prim and proper young lady scheduled to marry in order to save her family and their name. Even though she is now "Meg", Jonathan is immediately drawn to her, just like the first time. Sparks fly between the handsome rake and Serena again. Serena must keep up appearances and deny her heart a second time.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave...Yes, Serena does weave a web of deceit but no more than any other...more
Jo
Feb 03, 2013 Jo rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Well, I made it to the end of this book, but given I was thrown out of the story on the very first line, I should have taken it as an omen. Calling a Portsmouth ship the Victory in 1822 and not expect readers to get confused with the famous HMS Victory, which was sitting in Portsmouth Dockyard at that time? Poor judgement or poor research.

The conflict was thinly stretched by the end of the book - it is more suited to a 200-page book and the slow pace reflects this - but perhaps I would have born...more
Amber
I wish I could give this book about 2 ¼ stars because I am certain it was not quite as bad as I unwisely experienced (endured might be a better description) it via audiobook via Abby Craden.

About the Audiobook Reader
Miss Caden had a pleasant enough voice, but she gave too much drama in some places and bland tones in others.

She was one of those audiobook readers that made me wonder if she actually read the story before trying to get in front of the recording mic to read it out loud.

Although it w...more
Vanessa {Book ♥ Soulmates}
Let me begin by saying that I DO NOT typically read Historical Romance books. I usually find them corny and way to damn cheesy if not raunchy as hell. So needless to say I was VERY pleasantly surprised when I picked this book up and just couldn't put it down! I was totally not expecting to love this book. I know I should have more faith in Jennifer Haymore since Isalys loves her but hey, I've been burned by Historical Romance authors before! I am now pleased to announce that I am a part of her f...more
Jean
I'm torn about my rating. This story had good character development and story development. The premise is that the ruined twin assumes the identity of the other who perished. Due to Serena's mother's machinations, Serena is trapped in a lie. And her former lover and her betrothed's best friend sees right through it.

The tangled web had me engrossed. Majority of the story is through Serena's eyes and a bit from Jonathan's. Her character and emotions are well developed. Jonathan's grief and shame...more
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥


I am very disappointed with the story line.
I don't like it.
Sadly, I skimmed a lot.
It was good I started Book 2.

It didn't work out for me but please reader, don't let my review influence you not to read this book. Maybe you will enjoy it. I love her writing and this one is a least favourite in her Donovan Sister's series.
Allison
I am really surprised this book has such high ratings. The Prologue was intriguing. After that, I kept waiting for something to happen. By the time they finally got together, I didn't care anymore. The secondary romance was sweet, but took away from the main characters. This book fell flat for me, I never fell in love with the h or H. :-(
Linda Cohen
2.5 not as good as the third in the series (kinda cheesy actually)
Antoinette the Book Junkie
Serena Donovan (Meg) may have caused a major scandal in her previous turn about London but this time she is on a different mission. Although it may have the same result of scandal. Jonathan Dane is the core of Serena's utter embarrassment and everlasting shame. She is determined to this time make things right for her sister to come after her. Even if it means marrying a man she does not love and has not romantic feeling for.

The Earl of Stratford, Jonathan Dane has a lot to atone for. Six years a...more
Blodeuedd Finland
This was certainly a different sort of love story, it was also kind of slow, but do not get me wrong. I do not mean that in a bad way. I am just saying they mostly kept calm and they did not hurry.

Serena was 18 when she fell for Jonathan who was just as young. They loved, and then when the scandal broke he shunned her. She left with a broken heart and who could blame her for that. Now she is back but pretending to be her twin Meg who is dead. She is marrying her sister's fiancé. I can't blame he...more
Theresa
Aug 10, 2011 Theresa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults only
Recommended to Theresa by: Forever
Imagine you have a twin sister that is always "perfect" while you are the one who loves life and dares to not only live it, but challenges some of life's rules. Imagine doing something so scandalous that you are banished back home with a letter to your family telling you how you've shamed them. Then, imagine your perfect sister accidentally dying and leaving you, the shameful child, behind. What does your family do? They create the perfect plan - they make you the good sister and force you to ca...more
Laurie
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Leagh
Wow! I love historical romances and this one cemented that for sure. Confessions of an Improper Bride is a fast paced emotional ride through the lives of two people who, against all odds, have found love.

Serena Donovan is a women scorned. At a very young age she loved Jonathan Dane and thought he loved her too. Until the day she was caught in a compromising situation with him and he turned his back on her. Her and her family were forced to leave London because of her ruined reputation with the T...more
Alexis Villery
Serena and Meg are twins and, unfortunately, Meg is lost at sea. Due to her mother's devious actions, Serena feels obligated to become Meg and save her family from genteel poverty. But becoming Meg means losing Serena, returning to London (and seeing Jonathan Dane), and convincing Will Langley that she is his love from six years ago.

This story is unlike many historical romance novels where the main conflict revolves around the love interest being a "rogue." There is a real conflict here and it i...more
Jennifer
This was my first book by Jennifer Haymore, but I think I'll be reading her others. The story line of the book had such high potential and I'm so glad that it didn't let me down. I thought it was such a great concept - one that I hadn't come across before and I really loved it. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it being set in the early 1800's, but as I started reading it, I realized that it had to be that way - being set in the current time wouldn't make any sense since societies' standards are...more
♔ Shayna
I really did like this book, its plot, characters, setting. Unfortunately it lacked Romance! There was plenty of scandals going on, but no heat to them. Serena was well thought out, she showed depth and I could really relate to her. Jonathan on the other hand, I didn't get a really good feel on him. I didn't understand the motivation for his actions, especially when it came to Eliza.

I saw a review lower down that said they didn't like how sudden Meg's death was, and I have to disagree. Sometimes...more
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
I’m reviewing this book for NetGalley

Jennifer Haymore begins another exciting series with her book Confessions of an Improper Bride. This first book in the Donovan series introduces the five Donovan sisters with an emphasis on the twins Serena and Meg and Phoebe. The prologue hints of a scandal surrounding Serena that causes the twins to leave England and return to their home in Antigua. On the return voyage home, Meg is lost in the sea due to an unfortunate accident and subsequently, Serena’s l...more
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