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Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Sisters #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  892 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
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.

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Published January 30th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published July 26th 2011)
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Nov 15, 2011 Mskychick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Fani *loves angst*
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
Katie Michaels
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,
Jul 23, 2011 Angelc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 01, 2011 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sheila Majczan
Aug 30, 2016 Sheila Majczan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have only read one other story by this author and found it very enjoyable. I liked this first in a series but not as much as the previous stand alone book. Some elements just did not gel for me. There are many long and complete reviews written as well as the story description, all of which set up the premise for this novel very well. Plots about one identical twin taking his/her sibling’s place have been done before and the reason this particular mother forces her daughter, Serena, to take her ...more
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
Mary Gramlich
Aug 03, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2011 Terra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I enjoyed this, but it took me forever to read! It didn't really grab my interest. I know real life was a factor, but this was way to easy to ignore. The writing style didn't work for me - lots of internal discussion and it wasn't always easy to tell in the audio at first. I wasn't really a big fan of the story either. Despite all if this, I am intrigued enough to continue the series - someday.
Aug 01, 2011 Cynthia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance readers; twin switching identity stories
Recommended to Cynthia by: Laurie Garrison

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
Jul 01, 2011 Lisarenee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 28, 2011 Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Feb 02, 2013 Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I wish I could give this book about 2 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 wa
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
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.
Aug 02, 2011 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. :-(
Eli Yanti
May 05, 2012 Eli Yanti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has a twin sister maybe sometimes so fun especially when we can change place or identity but how if we can’t change back to our truth identity forever?

This is what happened to Serena, who has been betrayed by her beloved and have to lost her twin sister (Meg) when they boarded the ship to sail from London back to Atiguai. Meg fell into sea and never found again.

6 years later, Serena has to return to London with a new identity (as Meg) to fulfill Captain Langley’s proposal of marriage (Langley i
Feb 26, 2017 CC rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible book. I could be doing so much more with my time than reading this crap.
Sarah H
Not a "sweet" romantic book. It was suspenseful without being violent, but I don't like love triangles or deception.
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
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Six years ago Serena Donovan lost not just her reputation but her twin sister Meg as well. Meg disappeared in an unfortunate accident at sea when they were returning to Antigua from England after Serena was shunned by the ton when she was found in a very compromise situation with Jonathan Dane. A situation Jonathan could have easily solved by acknowledging her instead of the cowardly reaction of pretending not to know her.
Now Serena le
CONFESSIONS OF AN IMPROPER BRIDE had an interesting plotline, but the story never quite took off.

Six years ago, Serena Donovan was in love with Jonathan Dane, 2nd son of the Earl of Stratford. When they were caught, Jonathan cut her, and ruined and heartbroken, she left with her twin sister Meg to return to Antigua. However, on the ship that carried them home, Meg was swept away to sea. Unbeknown to her, their mother proclaimed that it was Serena who had died.

Six years later, Serena masqueraded
Jun 14, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an ARC through NetGalley, and I was tickled pink that it was a Jennifer Haymore novel. Each Haymore novel gets better and better. This book is no exception, and I was so tempted to stay up all night reading. This is the kind of book that makes you absolutely sigh with happiness when you close it. The ending was perfect, the story engaging, and the characters entirely likable.

When we meet Serena Donovan, she is on her way to London to pose as her deceased
Sep 20, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 21, 2011 Larena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serena Donovan made a mistake six years ago that ruined her reputation and left her heartbroken. She gave her heart to Jonathan Dane and paid a very steep price. Now because of that mistake she has had to take on the identity of her dead twin sister. This is the only way she will be able to return to London and save her family from the peril they are facing. But to do what she needs to do she will have to marry a man she doesn’t love. And the rest of her life is going to be one continual lie. Se ...more
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