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Not Proper Enough

(Reforming the Scoundrels #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  79 reviews
A woman should always keep her standards...

Meant to be?

The Marquess of Fenris has loved Lady Eugenia from the day he first set eyes on her. Five years ago, pride caused him to earn her enmity. Now she's widowed, and he's determined to make amends and win her heart.  But with their near explosive attraction, can he resist his desire long enough to court her properly?

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Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it

I adore Carolyn Jewel's style of writing, it at times can be very poetic and profound. Her writing style doesn't fail, but I didn't feel any attachment to the characters this time around.
The bitter history between The Marquess of Fenris and Lady Eugenia hides for Fenris a love that has run very deep from the moment he first laid eyes on Eugenia. But after making a total fool of himself with his top-lofty view, lost both Eugenia her husband Robert his best friend's friendship. Years have pass
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quote: “I don’t like you,” she whispered. “Not even a little.”

“I know.” He lowered his head to hers, and he thought, To hell with decency. And to bloody hell with caution, “Isn’t it delicious this way?”

I’m a huge fan of Carolyn Jewel’s historicals. Last year I read Not Wicked Enough and I loved it, so when Not Proper Enough showed up in my mailbox, I couldn’t wait to start it. I feel like she is an expert at building wicked sexual tension. Her characters are so alive and engaging. This
Sammy Loves Books
*****3.5 Improper Stars*****


The Marquess of Fenris wanted Lady Eugenia from the moment he laid eyes on her. But when she showed no interest in him, and fell in love with his friend, Robert, he publicly talked down about her.

Lady Eugenia is now four years a widow, but she still hates Fenris. How could she not? He publicly degraded her and said that she was not worthy of his friend. Eugenia doesn't know that his actions were inspired by immature jealousy.


Eugena is disgusted with herself for even
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lady Eugenia has come to London to continue on with her life after the death of her beloved husband by sponsoring a young lady. What she does not expect is to run into the man that caused her so much pain when she married her husband. The Marquess of Fenris was her husbands best friend and did not think Eugenia was good enough for his friend. It also didn't help that he was immensely attracted to her himself but he stood aside and it cost him his friendship for some rude comments he made about E ...more
I got this one from Goodreads Firsts, and was really looking forward to reading it. I've read a few by this author, and really enjoyed the writing and the characters.

Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with this one, and it ended up as a 2 stars "It was OK".

So, what did I like?

- This is a second-in-the-series and it didn't bother me at all. I didn't need to know anything about the characters from the first book to know what was going on, and there weren't more than a couple of sentences ment
3.00 Stars - Historical Romance.

With charming plot, compound protagonists and distinctive dialogues, Carolyn Jewel writes yet another touching historically savvy romance.

Lady Eugenia Bryant is in charge of a new debutante for the London’s season this year. But while attending one of ton’s party, this widow of four years suddenly comes face-to-face with the handsome and elusive, Grenville Foxman Talbot, Marquess of Fenris, someone she never forgot from past encounter and wishes to avoid in prese
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Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jewel, fv
Fenris and Eugenia

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Off the top of my head I can only think of three possibly four really good historical romances authors. I am always trying out new books looking for that next author I can just gush over. Not Proper Enough by Carolyn Jewel just might have given me a new author to love.

Lady Eugenia hates the Marquess of Fenris. Ever since the day he called her a blowsy girl to anyone who would listen she has thought he was a cruel, unfeeling bru
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fenris is a Marquess who has been in love with Lady Eugenia for a long time. He stood aside while his best friend married her and made her very happy. Now that the Lady is a widow, he is determined not to let her slip through his fingers again. He will do anything in his power to make her his wife; even if it meant trapping her by having her with child.
Lady Eugenia is a widow for a few years. She has come back to London as a sponsor for a friend’s daughter for the season. She is determined to
Sep 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
While I enjoyed the author's writing style, I became so frustrated with this that I quit halfway in. The story was set up very well in the first book of the series (which I enjoyed). I was looking forward to an angsty story in which the hero has to convince the widow to forgive his hurtful past behavior, to give him a chance. I was anticipating yearning and humility on the hero's part, confusion, guilt and longing on the heroine's part. I expected scenes of chance encounters, sly touches, intern ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not Proper Enough is the tale of Lady Eugenia Bryant and the Marquess of Fenris.. or "Fox" as he instructs Lady Eugenia to call him. These two characters are briefly introduced in Jewel's previous novel, Not Wicked Enough.

I have been trying to pinpoint exactly why I think these books are very appealing and a fast read as well. There is a decided lack of inner monologues that I find immensely appealing. That is not to say that there isn't any introspection, there certainly is; it's just that the
Jacqueline J
I liked parts of this really well, others not so much. The story mostly concerned the hero and heroine's relationship. There was very little in the way of action in the plot. Most scenes were them talking and/or having sex. I wanted to know a more solid timeline of their past history. How old was he when he was treating her badly when they were young? How many years had it been since then? How many years was she married before her husband died? etc.

I thought there was a little too much sex and
Robin Priddy
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
After the death of her beloved husband, Lady Eugenia Bryant belives she will never love again. After four years she is ready to leave her brothers home and rejoin the social sceen again. She heads back to London along with a friend who Eugenia has agreed to sponsor for her fist season. Eugenia's friend and now new sister-in-law gives her an Medallion and tells her that it will help her to find her perfect match, she doesn't belive it but takes it anyway. She was ready to return to the social whi ...more
This was beyond tedious. Jewel isn't a bad writer--I can understand why people like her--but I didn't like this book at all. I wasn't too big on the previous one, either, but I felt disappointed by how dull I found this book given it had so many things I love in a romance. Unrequited love: Fenris has been in love with Eugenia since she married her late husband, his former best friend. Enemies-to-lovers: I knew from the first book that she hates him because he apparently tried to stop her husband ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I hope to high heaven that she continues this series, because I really like it. The dialog isn't run of the mill and doesn't have that mainstream feel to it. My only niggle, is the ending was too fast. Fox had struggled for so long to get his Jinny as to not see him as the bad guy, that I would have liked to have spent more time with them, after the I Dos.
3 1/2 Hot Stars

Rates 3 1/2 overall for the hero's devotion and romance (sex and angst).

Heat / Romance: 4
Plot: 3
Characterization: 3.5
Setting: 3

Widowed young wealthy heroine - wife of friend of Hero. Experienced wealthy older male (early 30s) looking to marry soon to her - if only she didn't hate him as he told his old friend not to marry her originally. Hero earns 4 romance and 4 character points for his devotion to the heroine. Heroine pulls down the character points to 2 points for her sel
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, romance, historical
Also on What I'm Reading

A couple of months ago I got a chance to get an ARC copy of Not Proper Enough by Carolyn Jewel by commenting on another blog. Everyone that participated needed to finished a sentence that described a rutabaga. I must say I thought mine was cute and creative. Anyways let me tell you what it's about and what I thought about Not Proper Enough:

At the beginning of the story we meet up with Lady Eugenia Bryant, who happens to hate the hero. I think hate would be an understateme
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I'm going to start out by stating that I have not read the first in this series, so my review is based totally on this book as a stand-alone. I imagine a lot of what I view as "low points" would be addressed if had had read them in order.

I love the way Ms. Jewel writes. Though not all of her dialogue is what I'd normally expect for the era, it still fit the situation. It stood out enough for me to think, "Would he really say that in that m
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hawt-sex
So, I really, really like Carolyn Jewel. This was another great book for me. I really wanted Ginny to get her own HEA, and here it is with Fenris, another character I was intrigued by in Not Wicked Enough. It's hard not to compare with Not Wicked Enough, it wasn't quite as good as that for me, neither Ginny nor Fenris had the level of characterisation Jewel managed in that novel, but they were both still great and their banter was great. Jewel is not afraid to throw her H/H together as much as p ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Carolyn Jewel's "Not Proper Enough" was a pretty good read. The storyline was entertaining and sensual. Even though the character showed more lust in the interaction, I felt it need to be more romantic. The Marquess of Fenris has loved Lady Eugenia from the day he first set eyes on her. But she married his best friend Robert. He knew no matter how many woman he took to bed, it would never be his Ginny. Ginny found love with her husband and was devastated when he died. She never forgave Fenris fo ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first book Ive read of Carolyn's. I didnt have the pleasure of reading the first one of this series Not Wicked Enough. I will have to though.

I enjoyed her style of writing. Besides it being worded for that time period, her romance and humor was also for that time period. It made you feel like you were watching a movie with all the details and background she gave.

I hate spoilers so I wont share any good parts but I will say she has a way of starting books off! Very interesting indee
3.5 but not enough to round up. Fanris hurt Eugenia's feelings, a long time ago, with careless comments and she hated him for it. Story started out with a steamy dream sequence, that hooked me, followed by a lot of "I hate you but love your body". Fanris has been in love with Eugenia and spent the story trying to convince her of his love. I didn't feel the spark between Fanris and Eugenia, they were together the whole book and I couldn't feel the chemistry between them. Eugenia's seduction felt ...more
Chelsea B.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers.
Quick and sweet: Can I can say real quick that a gentleman whose already in love with the lady is a personal favorite of mine? Because it is, and this book was. Clever and flirtatious bantering and lush and plentiful love scenes made this book a real joy to read.

POV: Hero/Heroine.
Heat: Hot, baby, hot. This book is not lacking in smexy times. But never do you feel the sex is only filler. A lot of this couples' most intimate moments comes come from, well, the intimate moments.
Follow-up? This is b
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
As much as I love Carolyn Jewel, this romance had an odd relationship between the heroine and hero that was built on contradictions. Ultimately, I found it more annoying than endearing. She kept saying she hated him, yet she begins an affair with him. All the while she is pushing him away and acting like nothing was going on between them, they were having this secret affair! I liked him though, but it was just sort of weird, though some parts were very hot and sexy. I liked a lot about this book ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, 2019, re-read
One of my favorite books I've read this year. Will review on my blog and also Heroes & Heartbreakers.

Hm. I guess I need to do a more proper/thorough/awake re-read ... but I'm willing to let the 5 stars stand.
Oh, Fox, and you IDIOT smitten man and he loves her throughout and ... yeah.
I'm such a sucker for smitten heroes.

A or A- I guess
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very sexy read. It took me a couple chapters to get into it but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I may need to read more from this author.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Why I read it: I didn't read much historical romance last year. I wasn't in the mood and if I'm not in the mood, I'm less likely to enjoy the book. I try to pick up books I think I will like and sometimes that is merely a matter of timing. I won this book from the author around the time it came out and the deal was that I would post a review - no big deal because I review everything I read anyway. It's certainly a book I would have bought if I hadn't won it. Ms. Jewel writes such beautiful pros ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-finish, romance
I liked the author's overall style, but around the midway point I put the book down, forgot about it for a week, and realized I didn't care what happened between these two.

The heroine was boring, and the hero's moments of coarseness were more laughable than hot. There was also no real courtship or sense of why they liked each other. I was so over this book that even the reference to a duel that I saw while flipping through the second half didn't change my mind. And if it gets to the point where
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Fox loved Ginny from the first moment, but she fell in love with his best friend and married him. Hurt pride and a broken heart caused Fox to say things he never really meant to say -- and he ended up hurting Ginny ... and himself.

Now Ginny is a widow, out of mourning, and back in London for the Season as companion to Hester Rendell -- and Fox has another chance to make things right between them, but Ginny has not forgotten or forgiven Fox yet she cannot ignore her own body's response to his ard
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 06, 2015 06:31AM  
  • Forever a Lady (The Rumor, #2)
  • Sweet Deception (Veiled Seduction, #2)
  • Wicked Nights With a Proper Lady (Dangerous Rogues, #1)
  • Sins of a Virgin (Sinners Trio, #1)
  • Temptation  & Twilight (The Brethren Guardians, #3)
  • Ripe for Seduction (The League of Second Sons, #3)
  • Tears Like Rain (Trails West Trilogy, #1)
  • A Gentleman Never Tells (Affairs by Moonlight, #2)
  • A Lady's Revenge (Nexus, #1)
  • Twice Fallen (Ladies in Waiting, #2)
  • Savage Desire (Brandon-Morgan #4)
  • The Revenge of Lord Eberlin (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #2)
  • At Your Pleasure
  • A Taste for Scandal (Sealed With a Kiss, #2)
  • When It's Perfect (Marsh Sisters, #2)
  • For the Earl's Pleasure
  • A Study in Seduction (Daring Hearts, #1)
  • Secrets of a Wedding Night (Secret Brides, #1)
Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and a dog ...more

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