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How to Be a Proper Lady (Falcon Club #2)

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The Rules of Being a Proper Lady
1) Never take steps greater than six inches apart.
2) Never look boldly at a gentleman.
3) And never, ever, kiss a man who is not your fiancé.

But beautiful, bold Viola Carlyle doesn't care about the rules. And she desperately wants to kiss the notoriously tempting Captain Jin Seton, the man who brought her kicking and fighting back to English
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Avon
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DNF @ 50%

Ok, ok, I give up. UNCLE! >.< There is nothing that bothers me more than wasting my time trying to read a book where it's literally a chore to get through one page. This was that unsuccessful for me. I tried and tried again but nothing was clicking. Honestly had I known the heroine was a privateer shipmaster who reads bed time stories to her crew of sailors and has them sing to her I would have skipped this in a hot second. It's just not my cuppa at all. It's so unrealistic and wa
May 08, 2014 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
Katharine Ashe continues the story she began in Captured by a Rogue Lord and we finally hear about what became of Serena's lost sister Viola.

Jinan Seton was once saved by the Earl of Savege from childhood slavery. Ever since that time, he has been looking for a way to repay the debt. When the earl marries Serena, Jinan sees a way to pay the debt--he will find Serena's lost sister and bring her home.

Jinan spends the next few years seeking her out, not realizing that he would find a woman who is h
Jul 27, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This latest chapter in the Falcon Club series was great. I really thought the story of Jin Seaton and Viola Carlyle were totally exceptional. The storyline was very believable and refreshing. It seemed to me that fate had entwined two people who needed each other. If you know the story, Viola was taken at the age of ten by a man who was her father. Fionn Dally was a smuggler who had an affair with Maria Harrell thus Viola was born. But Maria married Charles Carlyle, a Baron. Even though Fionn wa ...more
Dahlia (yadkny)
May 01, 2012 Dahlia (yadkny) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
"He had finally found the quarry he had chosen for himself two years earlier. Another lost soul. A woman gone for so long that she no longer knew she was lost."
Viola Carlyle or as she is better known these days as Violet la Vile runs a tight ship. Captaining her own ship has afforded her an opportunity most proper young ladies will never have. Living most of her life on the high seas, Violet has experienced many freedoms, but this life thrust upon her is not without its hardships. However, Vio
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Jinan Seton has finally found his quarry after searching for her for two years, but she isn't at all what he expected, Miss Viola Carlyle a gently raised lady has become Violet La Vile, a well known sea captain with a careful of loyal men. Getting her back the beautiful captain back to her family may be trickier then he imagined, especially when she doesn't want to go so they embark on an unusual wager, if she can make him fall in love with her in two weeks she gets his new ship if; however, she ...more
Mar 06, 2017 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story about two people who were only on the fringes of nobility. Violet was kidnapped by her biological father at a young age, taken from her adoptive father's estate and away from her mother and sister. All presumed her dead but her sister, who continued to look. Violet's father was a sailor, so she grew to be one as well, eventually becoming captain of her own vessel once he died. Violet's sister's husband wanted only her happiness. Knowing this Jin, a former pirate, spends two ...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
La novela Cómo ser toda una dama pertenece a la serie Falcon Club y es el segundo tomo, pero se puede leer independientemente del primer volumen, Cuando un hombre se enamora, y además, es autoconclusiva. Las únicas indicaciones a la novela anterior son unas cartas que aparecen sueltas entre los capítulos, que resultan muy cómicas pese a su brevedad. Más allá de eso, se puede leer perfectamente.
Teniendo dos personajes realmente bravos como protagonistas, la historia avanza rápido y se centra en
This book was a solid 3.5, but I'll give it four stars on GoodReads. It wasn't badly written or boring, it was entertaining and well written. I enjoyed the characters, and for the most part, I enjoyed the storyline. I think the characters just needed a little bit more development. They seemed to make decisions by the seat of their pants, their emotions were too quick to fire and I did find Viola and Jin to be very annoying at times.

I had admired that the author tried to write about a strong woma
Jan 30, 2013 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I do love me a good lady pirate privateer. However, what bugs me about most HR starring lady seafarers, this book no exception, is the endings. (view spoiler)
Diane Peterson
4.5 Stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I continue to be impressed with Katharine Ashe's writing style. In this book her ability to write humor shines through with the clever dialogue between the H and h. I must stop writing and read the next one in the series..immediately.
Dec 24, 2014 Ayu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha durado 24 horas, así que se lleva 4 estrellas xD
Me ha gustado más de lo que pensaba (es una historia de piratas y yo no soy mucho de ese género xDD), esta autora ha sido todo un descubrimiento, ahora me toca leer el primero de la saga xDD
Muy entretenido. Me ha gustado bastante más que el primero. La intrépida protagonista y el encantador malote (que es un encanto).
Me quedo con la primera parte,con mayor ritmo.. en la segunda la historia se vuelve más repetitiva...
Elise Rome
May 02, 2012 Elise Rome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very strong 4.5. Really enjoyed this book.
Jun 19, 2012 Dottie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adventure and passion on the high seas! Rated at 4.5! Taken from my review at

Eagle, Sea Hawk, Raven, Sparrow & Peregrine are all agents to the king. Their job is to find missing persons, but it is a dangerous and thankless duty. So they have all quit, but no matter how far they go, they cannot outrun the memories.

Twenty-two months earlier, Jinan Seton, the captain of the Cavalier and known as the Sea Hawk by those in the Falcon Club, had set out from Devonshire to find V

Originally published on The Librarian Next Door:

15 years ago, Viola Carlyle’s life changed forever when her real father snatched her from her home and introduced her to his life of pirating. Believed to be dead by all – except her sister – Viola left her old life behind and reinvented herself as the captain of a ship. Jinan Seton knows a bit about reinventing yourself. After a horrific childhood and a career as a pirate, Jin now works for the Admiralty through the Falcon Club, finding lost indiv
Sep 26, 2016 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After being kidnapped by her father at the age of 9, Viola Carlyle became a notorious privateeer working the waters off the North American coastline. Seeking to return a lifelong debt to his friend, the Earl of Savege for rescuing him from slavery, Captain Jinan Seton hunts down Viola, the Earl's long lost sister-in-law. Through the weeks it takes for Jin to convince Viola to return to England with him, Jin and Viola discover an undeniable attraction to each other. But will Viola decide to retur ...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
La novela Cómo ser toda una dama pertenece a la serie Falcon Club y es el segundo tomo, pero se puede leer independientemente del primer volumen, Cuando un hombre se enamora, y además, es autoconclusiva. Las únicas indicaciones a la novela anterior son unas cartas que aparecen sueltas entre los capítulos, que resultan muy cómicas pese a su brevedad. Más allá de eso, se puede leer perfectamente.
Teniendo dos personajes realmente bravos como protagonistas, la historia avanza rápido y se centra en
My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

As a child, Viola Carlyle was taken from everything she’d ever known by her biological father. Now, Viola is known as Violet la Vile and captains her own ship – most unusual for a lady, to say the least. Viola has never met her match…until she captures the infamous Captain Jinan Seaton. Jin turns Viola’s world upside down once more. He’s determined to bring her back to England and deliver her to the half-siste
Aug 29, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viola has a mind of her own and she does not take orders - not from anyone - especially from a subordinate. When she agrees to take Captain Jin Seton on as her quartermaster after sinking his ship, the Cavalier, she keeps a close eye on him for more than just the reason of possible mutiny - she can't seem to keep her eyes off of him.

Jin's mission is to convince the brash and beautiful captain that she wants to return to England and to her family but knows he's up against a stubborn streak the oc
Mar 22, 2012 Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egalley
Do any of you remember how much I loved Captured By A Rogue Lord?? Cause I totally did! It made me fall in love with Katharine Ashe's writing! So when I saw How To Be A Proper Lady would be about the long lost sister of the heroine in Captured By A Rogue Lord, I went LET ME HAVE IT!!!

And I'm happy to report to you all that it definitely did not disappoint. AT ALL.

As in Captured By A Rogue Lord, the characters in How To Be A Proper Lady were wonderful! They're all very well developed and it's jus
Amanda Ryan
Apr 19, 2012 Amanda Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ADORED this book. I have a soft spot for nautical romance stories, really. I think it's the change in atmosphere that does it for me. It just feels...different, livelier, perhaps. And Katharine Ashe's 2nd book in her Falcon Club series has some seriously vivacious characters.

Viola Carlyle disappeared from her English home as a young child, taken by her biological father to live among his ship as a privateer. She now is a captain in her own right, sailing the seas in the name of Massachusetts.
Yellow Rose
This book was well written and has an interesting story, pirates and the mighty seas very fun indeed!! Other then the unbelievable facts that a woman is manning a ship and she acts like a complete scoundrel and a man and she hates her femininity. The book is really good.

Our story begins as Viola is kidnapped when a child and she ends up in the mighty seas. She loves adventure, "being independent" and she feels that she is doing so many more important things on the seas, rather if she just had le
My Book Addiction and More MBA
HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY by Katharine Ashe is a wonderful historical romance. It is book #2 in the “A Falcon Club” novel series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,” When a Scot Loves a Lady”.For a wild ride with the Falcon Club members you must read “How To Be A Proper Lady”. Viola Carlyle is a lady of stature,loves adventure,a sea-faring captain,was kidnapped as a child by her sea-faring father,and doesn’t care for rules of society. Jin Seton, is on a mission to find the lovely Viola and brin ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Janga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second part of the story could easily have seemed anticlimactic once Viola and Jin arrive in England, but Ashe adds sufficient complications to keep her readers engaged. Neither the plot nor the relationship between Viola and Jin loses steam. And while I admit to some uneasy moments when Viola's feelings for Jin seem to have diminished her admirable capabilities as an intelligent, independent woman, in the end she shows that the spirit of Violet la Vile is still alive.

Pirates seem to be en
Jessica Luther
Jun 27, 2012 Jessica Luther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
My full review here.

Oh, Viola and Jin. How great are you guys together? The greatest!

They have adventures in Trinidad, sail across the ocean, reunite with her family in England, and then Jin leaves her at her sister’s estate. And I nearly died. As with Thief of Shadows, when Viola and Jin weren’t together, I skimmed large sections, artificially hurrying the story along. Viola wants to be more like a lady, Jin is searching for evidence of his family. While not boring, per se, these sections felt
I did not like this book very much first because it's a pirate story - I very rarely enjoy those - and second because of Viola. She is too soft to be a ship's captain, not very believable. She let Jin bully her at every opportunity, and she was always flustered.

Aidan part of the story was very predictable, but gave a bit of spice.

Viola accepted her return home and life of leisure to easily, if you commandeer a ship for 2 years and lived as a sailor for 15, she shouldn't be able to live as lady,
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Carrie Olguin
Jun 02, 2013 Carrie Olguin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Okay, so this story pressed the bonds of believability for me. The heroine is a the captain of a shi, a privateer (legal pirate) for America.

How does she treat her pirate crew?

She reads them stories and treats them like a mother treats her little boys. And her men are all so besotted with her they make moony eyes at her and sing to her. She's too soft and fluffy for a pirate. She's never killed a man in battle.

Really? Is this s ship of unics or boys?

I rolled my eyes so often I ended up wit
Jun 08, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seems I'm having a soft spot lately for the pirates. Jsut finished reading jennifer ashley's regency pirates series #1 & 2 which I liked alot. I like this one even better, and may have to go back and read the first in the series to get a little more background on what the falcon club really is. It seems a little sketchy in this one, if you have not read the first you are sort of at a loss, although you can get a jist of the gereal idea.

Great H/H. Two very strong figures with ghosts in the th
Lita Bouquard
Viola is and adventurous child who involves her sister Serena in her daydreams of pirates and ships. She is kidnapped by her real father and becomes the captain of his ship. She meets another sea captain Jin who challenges her authority and stirs up emotions she has never experienced. Jin is a hot mess who is really a bit screwed up by his parents and past. His goal is to return Viola to her family who still miss her. She agrees to go with him if he loses a wager to fall in love with her in 2 we ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 14, 2015 09:44AM  
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KATHARINE ASHE is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including her acclaimed Devil’s Duke Series, as well as My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Woman’s W ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Falcon Club (6 books)
  • When a Scot Loves a Lady (Falcon Club, #1)
  • How a Lady Weds a Rogue (Falcon Club, #3)
  • The Rogue (Devil's Duke, #1; Falcon Club, #4)
  • The Scoundrel and I (Falcon Club, #4.5; The Prince Catchers, #5)
  • The Earl (Devil's Duke, #2; Falcon Club, #5)

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“Are you happy?' he repeated quietly.
'Wouldn't you like to know?'
'Yes, or I would not ask. But apparently the child has returned and I shan't have my answer.' He moved away.
She wanted to shout that she was not a child but a woman, and the woman hurt.”
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