No Proper Lady (Englefield #1)
-Library Journal Best Book of the Year
-RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence and Finalist for Best Book of the Year
When a half-naked woman suddenly appears on his country estate, Simon Grenville doesn't have time to be shocked. Demonic beasts are hot on his heels until the beautiful stranger unsheathes several knives strapped to her sk ...more
So obviously I had to read it.
As our story opens, there’s some ...more
No Proper Lady isthe hands down, weirdest historical romance I have read. If you take all perceived notions of historical romance and mix in a weird helping of Victorian occult, tentacle-wielding rulers of the universe, a manuscript that houses the mysteries of the “Dark Ones” bent on destroying life as we know it, and an unusual but kickass heroine whom literally wears weapons as body parts… well, I think you get the idea.No Proper Lady isnot your average Victorian era smut. I can’t believe how
No Proper Lady was an impulse buy (I know I have a lot of those, gah). I wanted to read an historical romance, but somehow I also wanted a bit of paranormal. So when I read the synopsis for this book, I thought it was exactly what I was looking for.
And it was, in a way. The idea is still pretty good. The execution (yes, you read right, it's one of those... sigh), however...
I was okay with time travel and Joan being a though female. Very good. I did not like the way her ...more
A couple of days later I received a notice that another book I requested was in, so I took this book and headed back to the library. Since I was too early, I sat outside and read the 1st chapter till the doors opened.
This book came right back home with me.
This is a time travel (which I liked) - futuristic urban fantasy (which I've read once or twice and ...more
My favorite p ...more
No Proper Lady tells the story of Joan, daughter of Arthur and Leia, a warrior from the future travelling two hundred years back in time to save the world and humanity from otherworldly beasts. She meets Simon Grenville and ends up in a slow paced historical romance instead.
So far, I like it. I like the fact that this woman has a real reason to act ...more
Also refres ...more
I went back and forth between two and three stars for this one. The plot was an intriguing enough concept: sometime in ...more
No Proper Lady is as boring as the proper lady she isn't. The idea behind the story was an intriguing one, but I would have liked it a lot better if it had more action and less training on how to be a lady. Both book and characters are dull. Only Joan has some moments of vitality in an otherwise dead world. But she should be a kick ass assassin from the future, clearly "some vita ...more
When Joan travels back 200 years and lands in 1888 England, a la Terminator, she’s immediately greeted by snarling cerberi and an English Gentleman by the name of Simon Grenville. Joan is in search of the man that’s at fault for causing the fall of civilization, and the horrid world she lives in, and plans to destroy him, in hopes of saving mankind. Turns out that Simon has his own agenda involving the evil Alex Raynell, a ...more
Every time I look at this cover, I wonder why the girl has a tattoo–it’s so not in keeping with historical romances… Then I realize “duh!” she’s not from the times, she’s just in the times. Or there wouldn’t be a story!
Joan comes from “our” world, but a version of our world that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemies… Or yours. Demonic hordes are systematically wiping out humanity, and the last survivors are flagging and running out of options. Their last-ditch effort? Sending Joan ...more
No Proper Lady turns genre convention on its head, as it sends a warrior woman from a paranormal post-apocalyptic future back in time, where she meets an aristocratic magician in Victorian England.
I loved the idea, and Joan and Simon are great characters. However, the story suffers from a pacing problem. Despite all the danger and the high stakes (Joan is from a future where the humans are losing the fight against creatures from vaguely described oth ...more
Also, love scenes can be skipped. However, random and unnecessary MBtion and the guy's obsession with his arousal slapped me in the face in a disgusting way and totally frustrated me.
I don't even ...more
Alright, I assumed much. I wsas expecting to be exciting but it turned out to be quite-well, dull.
I really tried to enjoy it bht you know...the part where I'm near at the middle of the book I became bored. So for the sake of reading I finished it.
It didn't go well for me. Don't get me wrong the theme is great and also the characters-well, a bit. In general that's why I gave it 3 1/2 stars!!!
1) The flashgun. There is zero explanation of what it does or exactly how it works. What does it do with her blood, exactly?
2) (view spoiler)[It seemed a bit too convenient that the guard demon in Alex's study mysteriously wasn't there when Joan went to destroy the book. (hide spoiler)]
3) The characters' backstories didn't feel fleshed-out enough. We learn very little ...more
This was a predictable yet different take on a historical romance.
Yes, the hero and heroine end up in bed together. That's a given!
The heroine is a badass from the future where everyt ...more
A főhősnőnk, Joan, a regény elején egy kör közepén áll, körülötte papok kántálnak, ugyanis ő egy szertartás fontos szereplője: le akarják választani tértől és ...more
Cooper has blended historical romance with paranormal and created something new and fresh that needs a brand new category to contain it.
The paranormal side of No Proper Lady is dark. Demons being summoned and released on the world resulting in the apocalypse. Enough descriptive detail to give you the chills.
The historical romance side is beautiful in that Joan is a woman who takes nothing for granted and is able to see the world through the eyes of a child yet at the same time with eno ...more
Having said that, I can't resist pointing out that box-step waltz was not popularized until the 20th century (as an aficionado of Victorian waltz, I spent a silly amount ...more
Paranormal/Historical Romance – Sept. 1st, 2011
4 1/2 stars
Joan has a mission and only one mission: to travel back to England 1888 and prevent the destruction of the world. Except that when she gets there, she’ll have to learn how to fit in the society and all its rules. Thankfully, the very first person she meets is the handsome and troubled Simon Grenville.
When a beautiful stranger appears named Joan in the middle of the woods, claiming that Alex Reynell will bri ...more
Despite clearly seeing all the things that could have been much better in this book, I really really enjoyed it!
I wanted to read No Proper Lady since I've heard it being described as "Terminator meets My Fair Lady". Who could resist such a sales pitch, right?
It's not quite good old Arnold and very low on action, but what a fun tromp, people!
This wonderful tou ...more
The romance aspect is actually done well for the most part, the chemistry between the main characters is believable and steamy. What I had a hard time swallowing, enough to snap me out of the story, was how open-minded Simon was to a foul-mouthed sassy warrior woman from the future.(view spoiler)[Sure ...more
While wandering in the woods near his estate, Simon Grenville happens upon the long neglected standing stones he vaguely remembers from his youth. As he approaches, he can feel an unearthly power building, radiating from the stones. Moments later, Joan appears in the circle, poised for bat ...more