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A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior (Adventurers' Club #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,912 ratings  ·  99 reviews

The Rules:

A lady should always make polite conversation . . .

Theresa Weller understands the rules of decorum, and is appalled when Colonel Bartholomew James disrupts a perfectly civilized dinner. This rude, insensitive man is the complete opposite of everything a gentleman should be--but with one searing kiss, Tess can think of no one else.

A lady should never lose her te

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Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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Eastofoz
Déjà vu anyone ? Suzanne Enoch is an auto-buy for me but when I’ve already read the book the last thing I want to do it buy it again disguised as something new and that’s pretty much what she’s done with this story. It’s a recycled version of England's Perfect Hero only not as well-written and without the emotional punches you got via the hero. Now if you haven’t read "England’s Perfect Hero" then you may love this story because it’s good for the most part. Though it’s the second book in the Adv ...more
Melissa
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Linds
This is one of those romances where I am really fond of the hero but as a book there are some things that are just "off" and it never completely clicks with me.

Tolly is a man recently back from India damaged and traumatized, both physically and mentally. A native renegade group called the Thugee pretended to befriend Tolly's group. It ends in tragedy when Tolly's group and all fifteen men are ambushed, murdered, and thrown down a well. Tolly, left for dead is the only survivor and returns to Eng
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BJ Rose
Advice you won't find in 'A Lady's Guide to Proper Behavior':

1)Strongly berate someone at dinner while you're a guest in his brother's house
2) Tell a disabled man that he must ask you to dance
3) Kiss the disabled man on the stairs of his house after you've grabbed his cane & caused him to stumble
4) Enter a bachelor's bedroom while said bachelor is in his bed

I'm a sucker for stories about wounded and emotionally tortured heroes, so I was strongly disposed to like Bartholomew. I initially thou
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Cheryl
What a delightful book this was to read! 4 stars!!

I just love a brooding hero that scowls and has a temper, and this book's hero is just that! He is an injured war hero who has all but given up on life until he meets the heroine of the story who gives him the will to fight for his life! She sparks his temper and ignites his passions. He makes her want to do all sorts of things a proper lady shouldn't be doing.

I really enjoyed reading about their story; it was sweet and touching and I can't wait
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Micii
I am an ardent fan of historical romance. The end of this book I was chained to a chair and leave you breathless. Simply amazing.
Lady Darcie
May 09, 2010 Lady Darcie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: walmart
(you may remember ColonelJames from the book The Care and Taming of a Rogue) Theresa Weller at first bugged me but when i found out that she had a whole different side to her, i completely changed my mind. She was just trying to stop scandalous things from happening around her...until she meets Colonel Bartholomew James. A wounded soldier with fowl temper trying to stay away from everything he onced loved. But once a dinner party goes wrong both Tess and Tolly find themselves in a situation that ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
This was just so fun! And different.

Theresa is a proper lady and does everything right. She even wrote a book about it. Now she does sound dull, but trust me she is not. She meets Tolly and throws caution to the wind. She pursues him, a lady should not pursue a gentleman. She does everything she should not do, and I loved her for it. You go girl!

Tolly is one of those brooding heroes. But he has a reason. Everyone in his company was killed and he was left for dead. Now he has a leg that is practi
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Keri
SE is a NTM author and if this is what I can expect it won't be the last. Col. Bartholomew "Tolly" James is back from a nightmare in India. He now has a busted leg, a bad attitude, needs a shave and a haircut. But when the proper Theresa Weller catches sight of the tall man all she sees is gold eyes and shaggy russet hair that she has to sit on her hands to keep from running her hands through.

When these two meet the sparks immediately began to fly, but they are also as mismatched as they come.
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Alexis
Theresa "Tess" Weller is a lady so proper, she wrote the book on propriety. Literally. After spending thirteen years researching (and living and breathing) the topic, she anonymously published a booklet called "A Lady's Guide to Proper Behavior" that has been widely circulated among the ladies of the ton. Tess' hard work has paid off, but despite a plethora of suitors and marriage proposals, she remains unmarried...and largely uninterested in her prospects.


Until she meets Colonel Bartholomew "T
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June
I liked this book. Col Bartholomew James (Tolly) was injured and back from India. He no longer wanted to live, much less be socialable. He barely wanted to be around his beloved siblings. All this was about to change when Theresa Weller (Tessa also known as the Sun) walked into his world. Tessa was proper, and stayed away from any improprieties, until Tolly.

I loved both of the characters and how Suzanne Enoch developed their relationship through the book. It didn't take long for both characters
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Susan
Interesting read with a strong female character and a tortured hero. I liked the way they interacted together, she outgoing and he a bit surprised by it all but eventually getting won over by her sparkling personality, generosity and love.

A lot of the characters muttered 'Mmm-hmm' at one time or other and I found it very distracting.

I also thought the Thuggee stuff slowed the pace of the book down. I didn't find it all that compelling nor interesting especially when Tolly brought in all these ot
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Zaina
I seriously don't know why it took me this long to read this book it been sitting in my TR forever ><
It's not great or amazing... No No No IT'S BEYOND that it touched me so very deeply in a way that never happened before I don't know how to describe it!!!!
"Tolly" part of me will always belong to you and "Tess" dear, sweet and strong Tess I really really wish I could at least meet you.
I don't want to put spoilers in my review so, I'm ont saying more then I'm totally in love with this book a
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Lita Bouquard
I tried this author another time and was bored by the book and didn't finish it. A Lady's Guide to Improper behavior was better- but I see now that it was book 2 in the series. No wonder it felt like I was missing some background knowledge.
It took a while for me to warm up to Tessa- a beautiful blond who always does the proper thing so much so that she anonymously authored a book about etiquette. Her rules have never failed her since a drastic life changing event when she was a child caused her
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Honour
Read this. Really. Do.
Rarely has a hero ever been so very, very appealing before. If you read historicals for the romance, then this will definitely get you.
It takes a little time to like the heroine, but puh! to her. I didn't read this book for Tess. I read it for Colonel Bartholomew James.
So, read it. That's all.

nota bene: how can an author who wrote this book, write the utter pile of **** that is book 1 and 3 of this series? Really, how? I'm baffled.
Marti
I usually love Suzanne Enoch's books. Her characters are intelligent and witty. The stories are not mundane or ordinary. The book had all of her normal elements, but I found this book good - not great and not bad. Good. I think it is because I like the main male character to be a little bit more charming - and this one wasn't. None the less despite my tepid response if you like her books this one will be liked also.
Ruth
Lovely romantic story with an intelligent heroine, and a courageous, wounded hero. Bit lacking in the steam department, but dreamily enjoyable nonetheless. Probably one of my favorite heroes.
Krystel
A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior was my first historical romance book, I have never read a romance book with the exception of Nicholas Sparks books. I was browsing through some Harlequin Bianca books with my mom (who loves to read Harlequin Bianca novels), when I saw this book. I must say that the first thing that attracted me toward it was it's cover, I liked the cover art, and then I read the tittle which caught my interest. After reading the title, I could not resist to read the synopsis s ...more
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior: 5 stars

WOW! I really loved this book.

5 Cool Things About This Book...

1.Hero

That is how I feel about the lovely Hero Colonel Bartholomew James. What a freaking catch. What i liked about him was his constant vulnerability. Its rare in historical romance that the hero is truely vulnerable. The only time he is vulnerable is when the heroine is in danger...or he has been such a twat that she is ready to leave his jerk ass. However, Bartholomew, or Tolly as th
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Katrina Burch
I have been a historical romance reader for about eight years now, and I have no idea why I never picked up a Suzanne Enoch book before this year. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite romance authors with unique plots and intriguing characters! A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior is a wonderful romance, with two deep characters. Both Colonel Bartholomew (Tolly) James and Theresa (Tess) Weller have suffered incredible losses and built up defenses to protect them from their own guilt. Althou ...more
Lisa
In book two of Suzanne Enochs Adventurers' Club series we meet the delightful, but very proper, Theresa and the surly wounded Colonel Bartholomew James. First, let me say that is just the most awful name to me and his nickname of Tolly just isn't much better! But, if you can get past the name problem this is another fun, easy read.
Tess and Tolly meet each other at Tollys brothers home (his wife is Tess' cousin) where he is trying to heal his bad knee that he received as a result of a horrible at
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Joelle
What a cute fun story thoroughly enjoyable. Amelia has been publishing books on proper ways to behave for ladies. But, after meeting Colonel Bartholomew James she is snipping at him challenging him at every turn flirting and also correcting him on how he should act around a lady. But the Colonel is not one to conform to the ways of society. The colonel is been away at war for too long to have the patience for that kind of nonsense. James did return home injured badly and suffers so. But, it seem ...more
Amanda
I debated with myself more than I usually do about whether or not to give this book 3 or 4 stars. Of course part of that is because I feel like I give EVERYTHING 4 stars these days...but that is against the point. As I was pondering how to rate A Lady's Guide, I realized that Tess (aka Theresa) is probably one of my favorite Enoch heroines thus far. I understood her reasons for why she felt such a great need to be proper, and I also understood why she didn't stand by Tolly at the ball (which I k ...more
Dellis
Because it's late and I'm really tired and I'm lazy anyway, I just can't be bothered to write a proper review, so here's a list of the good and bad things in this book:

good: •the valet, Lackaby or something. He's so funny!
•Tolly's story in India is... really awful. I actually gasped. Which doesn't happen often, and
usually not because something is horrific.
•the characters - each one of them! I loved the main characters, but I was really surprised by
Sommerset and Montrose. Especially Montrose.
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Dangermousie
The hero is tormented by a past that is not a result of stupidity or evil parents but the fact that his entire troop except for him has been massacred during a skirmish with Thuggees in India. But he doesn't wallow in self-pity and, while caustic and full of survivor's guilt, is not cruel or horrible. And the heroine is so full of common sense and just a lovely person! I liked this book from the start, but my heart was won when she asked him what happened to him and he tells her, so as to drive ...more
LaFleurBleue
The beginning was laborious, and the first 80 pages were all but enthralling: I did not really understand the mystery behind the Adventurers' Club existence, having not read the first book in the series and was not really curious about it either. The hero did not have much in his favor: badly hurt, almost paranoid, surly, gruff and bad-tempered… The heroine, on the other hand, always had the most proper, correct and pleasant behavior; she could have been a doll.
But their first interactions disru
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Koki
Podľa obsahu by sa mohlo zdať, že kniha rozpráva o úspešnom pokuse mladého šľachtica odhodiť zábrany slušne vychovanej mladej dámy, no nie je to celkom pravda. Tolly sa síce spočiatku javí ako hulvát, no má na to oprávnené dôvody. Má hlboké šrámy na tele i na duši.
Celú recenziu si prečítajte tu: http://kokinakniznica.blogspot.sk/201...
Lori
Truly, nobody writes wounded heroes like Suzanne Enoch. Although Tolly recovers far more easily than does Bit (from England's Perfect Hero), she gives him the same wounded soul. It was wonderful to see him open up, bit by bit, to Tess, and to watch her struggle with her own issues about manners and proper behavior. And to finally let them go.

One of my favorite parts is about Tess realizing that the way she's living isn't working for her. Just the last 2 sentences of the passage begin her transf
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Ivana
Honestly, it's between 3 and 4 stars for me, but I decided on a four because the book doesn't lack charm, it is a nice and easy read.

The characters were okay, but at times just that ... And at times I didn't like the war backround story, I found it a bit tedious. But the rest was really nice, and I'm still totally "digging" Suzanne's writing style ;)
Jackie
I wish Suzanne Enoch had a better editor, or at least one who had the guts to tell her when something isn't working. There is so much to like about her writing, and about this book in particular -- the relationship between the two main characters is lovely and refreshing, with little of the misunderstandings/angst that power the typical romance love plot, in particular. But why didn't anyone tell Enoch that if your main character is supposed to be obsessed with propriety, you might want to SHOW ...more
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“How many of us have gazed at a man and thought, ‘yes, him,’ only to have him pay his attentions to someone else? And how many of us have sighed and waited for some other gentleman to come forward? All I wish to ask is, why? Why not strike up a conversation? Why not determine for ourselves whether ‘he’ is the one? Why leave it to fate?”
A LADY’S GUIDE TO PROPER BEHAVIOR, 2ND EDITION”
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