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No Proper Lady (Englefield #1)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  738 ratings  ·  158 reviews
-Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
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-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
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Published September 6th 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published September 1st 2011)
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I spend most of my life trying to stay caught up with middle-grade and teen fiction, my friends, and as a result I almost never have a chance to read Frivolous Adult Romances. But as it happened, after reading Mad, Wicked Folly and suggesting that I’d like it better if the main character had been a time-traveling bitch from the future, this lovely gem was recommended to me. BECAUSE IT INVOLVES A TIME-TRAVELING BITCH FROM THE FUTURE!!!

So obviously I had to read it.

As our story opens, there’s some
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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

RATING: almost 2.5 stars?

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
I picked this book up on a whim. That night I jumped into the prologue. and thought, "ah hell". not my kinda story. Closed it right back up.

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
Sep 08, 2011 Debbie added it
You might have noticed that I did not give a rating for how I felt about this book. To be honest I have no clue, I didn't hate it and I didn't love it. There was nothing in it that made me think this is horrible and painful and yet it was a struggle to finish and I almost gave up a few times. Perhaps I just was not in the right mood for it because the synopsis was great. Talk about a Terminator sort of story mixed with romance. So please bear with me as I ramble through my feelings about this bo ...more
I forgot this book on my Kindle and the cover certainly just seems like it's a traditional "oh woe is me please marry me I'm a spinster at 21" Historical romance so I didn't pick it up until vacation. HOWEVER it is NOT that at all, much to my surprise/appreciation. A post-apocalyptic woman goes back in time to the 1880's to stop her society from becoming the horrible place it becomes because of a magic user from the time. Yeah, nutty but kind of amazing in the beginning especially.

My favorite p
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The plot, the premise, everything about the set up works better in theory than in practice, unfortunately.

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
Fish-out-of-water time travel stories are incredibly overdone, but I still like them anyway. Joan was prepped for her mission, so she's not completely ignorant, but her future is so shattered that they didn't have much good information to give her. So her clothes are horrifying and her manners not much better. But because she's a soldier with a mission and enough sense not to let her pride get in the way, her no-nonsense approach to learning skills she thinks are silly is refreshing.

Also refres
I've heard NO PROPER LADY described as "Eliza Dolittle meets the Terminator;" I'd agree with the second half, certainly (although she's more a fantasy Terminator (on oh-so-many levels) rather than a sci fi one), but the "Eliza Dolittle" half, which I'd rather been looking forward to, was rather skimpy. I'd call this more "The Terminator and the Golden Dawn vs. Aleister Crowley."

I went back and forth between two and three stars for this one. The plot was an intriguing enough concept: sometime in
I'm quite happy I read Lessons After Dark, the second book in this series, first. I wouldn't have bought it otherwise.

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
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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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
drey’s thoughts:
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
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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
Fascinating book combining a dystopia future Earth (only at the beginning though and in the thoughts of Joan) and Victorian England and magic. Joan has come back in time to save the Earth from Alex Reynell, the man who will end up destroying it with his Dark Magic and demons. Simon stumbles upon her when she arrives and befriends her. He used to be best friends with Alex, until Alex took the turn towards more power and darkness. This review is not doing the book any justice, sorry. There is defi ...more
Michelle Pennington
I somehow missed from the reviews that there would be a lot of sex in this book. I don't like to read that, but the story somewhat interested me. I tried to just skip those parts to find out what happened. I still wasn't impressed as the action at the end seemed really drawn out and too easily overcome.

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
Terminator meets My Fair Lady? Yes please! Unfortunately this one didn't meet my expectations. I like genre-blending in general, but this felt more like a contemporary paranormal romance shoe-horned into an historical. Joan was the best character, but she didn't get to do a lot of ass-kicking. The villain could have been a lot scarier, too -- he basically had no idea what was going on until the last few pages. So basically, great concept but the execution wasn't what I was expecting.
PY Bookish Girl
The start is catchy and I am saying that, "Okay, this is gonna be good."
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!!!
This book is sooooo cloooooose to being a 5-star read. So close. Just a few minor little things keep me from getting quite there.

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)

3) The characters' backstories didn't feel fleshed-out enough. We learn very little
This was a weird, weird book. It had a touch of dystopian, supernatural. A touch urban fantasy. And a whole heap of Victorian age romance. But the all-over-the-genre aspect of it meant that I never felt like I got enough of any of it. The dystopian world was a very brief cut. I never really got the feel of it and had no attachment to it (or its goals). The Victorian romance was playing hot and loose with rules (as you do with time travelling demon hunters or what not) but some of the appeal for ...more
I usually don't read romance genres but this one was billed as, "It's TERMINATOR meets MY FAIR LADY", and it was really cheap. I think I bought this book when Borders was going out of business. I bought this book and many others at rock bottom prices. It's nice to throw in a different genre every once in a while.

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
David Johnston
Amusing combination of The Terminator, H.P. Lovecraft, The Adept and the Regency romance it actually is. I'll admit that I wouldn't have minded seeing more of her dystopian future which sounds kinda neat and less of generic historical romance England and the protagonist leaps to the "time travel" answer with unreasonable speed. I mean based on what he'd seen that far she could have been from the parallel universe he later leads his sister to think, or from Mars from that matter since it's the 19 ...more
Ennek a regénynek a címlapja, ha az ember jobban megnézi, kicsit más, mint a szokásos történelmi romantikus regényeké. A tetkó eléggé elárulja, hogy itt valami különlegessel lesz dolgunk. Ráadásul úgy hirdették a sztorit, hogy a Terminátort keresztezik a My Fair Ladyvel, szóval naná, hogy érdekelt egy így beharangozott paranormális regény.

A főhősnőnk, Joan, a regény elején egy kör közepén áll, körülötte papok kántálnak, ugyanis ő egy szertartás fontos szereplője: le akarják választani tértől és
Alexia Chantel
3.5 Stars!

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
I wanted something light and fluffy to read, and this qualified. As some of the other reviewers have noted (in spoiler-laden detail), there are some failures of plausibility. But if you're going to read a romance novel, especially one with elements of both science fiction and fantasy, you better check your disbelief at the door.

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
No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper
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
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Pretty good book, couldn't be bothered writing a review so im stealing Kara Karina review, which I thought described this book really well.

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
This wasn't a great read, but a good one. However, I feel it suffers from too much of a genre mix-up. It's a historical, heavy on the fantasy/magic, with time-travel, romance, and sci-fi thrown in.

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)
The story: Joan, a young yet seasoned warrior from a dystopian future, is sent back in the past, more specifically to Victorian England, to get rid of the evil magician who will be the cause of humanity's ruin. She lands in the vast estate of Simon Grenville, an aristocrat who has recently retired to the country to protect his young sister, Eleanor, from his old buddy-turned-bad (who is, of course, none but the evil magician himself). Grenville, who deals with magic too, agrees to help Joan out, ...more
Heather Pearson
Joan's world is very ill and it's going to take more, much more, than a few simple spells and incantations to heal it. It's going to take sending her back two hundred years to 1888 to effect the changes needed.

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
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