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Improper Liaisons #1

An Improper Proposition

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Fraternizing with one’s footman—no matter how young and handsome he is—is not the done thing. But Lady Wells is going to do it anyway…

Bianca, The Dowager Countess of Wells, secretly lusts after her much younger, rakishly handsome footman Harry Blake. Even though he has been in her employ for six months, she has not succumbed to her indecorous urges to take him as a lover… until one wicked night at an isolated country inn when she throws caution to the wind and offers Blake a wholly improper proposition.

Harry Blake, the bastard son of a duke and governess, is the epitome of the perfect footman, except for one thing—he fantasizes about seducing his beautiful mistress. When Lady Wells proposes that they become lovers for one night only, he is torn. Even though he wants her with every fiber of his being, he suspects that forbidden fruit once tasted can be awfully addictive. He wonders if one night of passion will be enough, for either of them—especially now that he realizes he might very well be falling in love with his bella Bianca.

But when all is said and done, Blake can hardly refuse such a tempting proposition, no matter how unwise or improper. He just prays that he can put a smile on his mistress’s beautiful face…


First published April 13, 2014

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Amy Rose Bennett

30 books440 followers
Amy Rose Bennett has always wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. An avid reader with a particular love for historical romance, it seemed only natural to write stories in her favourite genre. She has a passion for creating emotion-packed—and sometimes a little racy—stories set in the Georgian and Regency periods. Of course, her strong-willed heroines and rakish heroes always find their happily ever after.

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Profile Image for Rainelle.
1,424 reviews72 followers
May 30, 2021
An Improper Proposition, by Amy Rose Bennett. Whew! Could this book get any hotter. The wicked temptation of a wanton escape, was to much to bare as Bianca lust after her masculine, hard muscled Footman. Harry and Bianca had my a little hot under the collar and not in the bad way.
These two bought a spicy seductive dance between the sheets. I loved every minute of it. I may have the strong desire to go out and hire my own Footman. The exquisite sexual charge dance Bianca and Harry played definitely brought hot excitement to this love affair. The writer didn’t disappoint, how she described the sensual coupling ignited my imagination into overdrive.
When the writer described Harry’s arousing manhood,
I had to read that scene again. I really didn’t want lose that image from my memory. After reading this book, it kind of made me want to be naughty myself. This is an exquisite book to read and curl up toon bed. From my point of view; this short love story was brilliantly written.
Until next time my fellow readers... read on!
Profile Image for Nicola Davidson.
Author 35 books623 followers
November 9, 2021
At 60-odd pages this was a super quick read and thoroughly enjoyable (would have loved more pages, Amy Rose Bennett has such an easy readable style). If you're in the mood for steamy romp between a widowed countess and a younger footman, check this out.
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401 reviews22 followers
February 14, 2021
This is an entertaining, well-written, steamy historical romance novella. It has a beautiful, older countess, a young, handsome, hot, footman, sizzling chemistry, and a happily ever after ending. I am looking forward to reading the other entries in this series with great anticipation!
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355 reviews51 followers
December 27, 2020
Bianca, widowed Countess of Wells, secretly lusts after her young, handsome footman Harry Blake. One wicked night at an isolated inn, she throws caution to the wind and makes Blake an improper proposition.

This is an incredibly short novella, so there isn’t much time for relationship-building. I went in expecting a quick, sexy romp and that’s what I got. The HEA is definitely rushed...it would have been better with more pages on the back end.

Tropes: Widow, Class Difference, Forced Proximity, One Night Stand
Profile Image for Elaine.
3,276 reviews76 followers
January 24, 2020
This was a really quick read. Lots of steamy hot sex. 4☆
Profile Image for Lisa C.
676 reviews16 followers
June 1, 2021
Wonderful story of forbidden fruit too tempting to deny. Bianca, the Countess of Wells, has noticed her new footman, but knows its not proper to do anything about it. Harry Blake has certainly noticed his employer, but also knows it is not proper. But impropriety be damned, they cannot deny their feelings. Very steamy, novella length story that will have you enthralled from start to finish.
Profile Image for Dottie.
287 reviews27 followers
July 19, 2016
I'm fairly familiar with work from this author, having read both a short Christmas story (All She Wants for Christmas) and a full length novel (The Master of Strathburn) from her. Both are great BTW! Amy Rose Bennett has a very distinct style of writing that can only be described as phenomenal, it leaves you a little weak in the knees! BUT, if you aren't a fan of the steamier historical romance then this is probably not your cup of tea...
Turn back now!

You've been warned!

Our story takes place in 1818 England. Lady Bianca Wells is no stranger to a good scandal, having run away from home with her Italian lover some years ago, bringing shame upon the family name and finally marrying a man 20 years her senior... all before hitting age eighteen! Now she's been widowed for three years, during which time she's not paid much mind to taking a lover. That is until Blake, her new footman comes into her employ. He's simply dashing and a most worthy pursuit. Bianca decides that no matter how improper, she's going to seduce him.

This story is steamy! I'm telling you, it's a very good thing I wasn't wearing my glasses because they would've fogged up from cover to cover! The story itself is well written and most certainly keeps you turning the page!
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874 reviews196 followers
May 15, 2015
As always, very good writing. An interesting premise with older woman, younger man theme; just too short, which is why the relationship between Bianca, a widowed countess and Blake, her footman, seemed rushed. I would've loved more scenes between them. Would've been good to read them overcoming the social stigma that was sure to have followed once their relationship (as was hinted at the end) became known to the Ton.
Profile Image for Sieravonne.
358 reviews3 followers
June 7, 2018
This novella is more on erotica, at least 75% of the story is on their act. And for someone's sexual education was lacking, Bianca was sure good in fellatio.

I really dislike the f-word. It's so crude that I feel like only non-civilized, unrefined people use them. There are other words like shag, tup and tumble. Why not use them?
Profile Image for Tanya.
59 reviews
April 15, 2014
I've been waiting not so patiently for this book and certainly wasn't disappointed! I expected a little bit of romance but it was a whole lot spicier than that! Improbable, so very improper and most definitely impossible to put down!
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Author 8 books9 followers
May 21, 2014
Fabulously naughty

This was a fabulously saucy, sexy treat. Such a fun,naughty story that didn't disappoint on character or plot. Shall be keeping an eye out for more from this author.
Profile Image for Cassandra Samuels.
Author 5 books20 followers
November 18, 2014
A great short and saucy read. Perfect for lazy Sunday afternoon or night for that matter. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Profile Image for Kat Ryker.
788 reviews33 followers
October 9, 2019
I have to say that this is the first book I believe I've ever read of Amy Rose Bennett's. A group of steamy, historical authors are responsible for introducing me to her writing - thank you Harlots! Now, let's get down to the business of the review.

This novella is lusciously steamy - deliciously so. You will never hear me complain when an author calls her works steamy, or smutty, or erotica, and DELIVERS the goods. I love erotica, and this is wonderful, and sexy, and attention-grabbing.

Probably the only thing that I have to say that's negative is that there were a couple of phrases that might not fit into the period, however, after laughing at them, I realized I would forgive the author for her artistic license in this case.

My very first reaction to this book lasted throughout the entire novella - it is just plain cute and entertaining. It isn't often that I would call anything containing erotic scenes, cute. But I can't come up with a better word for it. It is not often that an author can put humor and sex in the same paragraph and have it come out brilliantly. This author did it. Not only was I reading a very hot scene, I was also chuckling at the same time. Doesn't happen often and when it does ? FIVE STARS.

Amy Rose Bennett, I'll be reading more of your books. :-) Thank you.
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94 reviews1 follower
May 10, 2021
This book (novella? I don't know, it's rather short) is spicy from page one. And that's pretty much all there is to the story. I've read my fair share of spice, but I'm not sure I've ever wandered into erotica-land so I'm trying to keep an open mind.

So, definitely lots of spice. There's some romance and HEA as well, but it maybe feels a little rushed. I think I would have been happy with a HFN ending. With the length of the book, there's not quite enough time for a believable HEA.

Also, that's pretty much the whole story. Maybe this is normal for erotica? I don't know. It's not a bad thing, especially if you are the type to skip over the plot to read the romance (guilty as charged). So this may come down to a personal preference- do you want other plot points or just the romance/erotica?

I gave it three stars because I liked it, but I didn't love it. It's a nice short read with tons of spice. There's also a sneak peak of the second book in the series, which sounds really good so far. I might have to get it.
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439 reviews16 followers
May 7, 2021
Steamy novella

Widowed Countess, Bianca, has long lusted after one of her foot man, Harry Blake. After an altercation at an inn, Bianca decides to give into temptation and proposes that Blake make love to her. But only for one night. One night of passion and then things must go back to the way they are. But will one night be enough?

This 65 page novella is mostly sex. It is very much an erotic historical romance. The attraction and relationship isn’t really explored. Instead, it’s mostly about physical attraction. Honestly there really isn’t much story here which is why it’s getting the lower review. But it is exactly what it says on the tin, This is an improper proposition with lots of sex and a happy ending for our couple. Don’t go looking for any plot, there isn’t any. Don’t go looking for any strong relationship building, there isn’t any either.

This isn’t a bad novella. It’s also not super memorable. But it is well written.

Four stars.
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491 reviews
May 14, 2023
An Improper Proposition is the first erotic novella in the Improper Liaisons series. Set in 1818, Lincolnshire then London. It’s an entertaining and well written historical romance novella involving a beautiful, older Countess, and a young, handsome, hot footman.

An Improper Proposition: 5 stars Harry & Bianca

Bianca, the Dowager Countess of Wells, secretly lusts after her younger footman. One night, at an isolated country inn, Bianca throws caution to the wind and offers him an improper proposition.

Harry Blake is the bastard son of a duke and a governess. He is the epitome of a perfect footman, except for one thing - he fantasises about seducing his beautiful mistress.

Harry and Bianca’s love affair had sizzling chemistry. A perfect story of forbidden fruit too tempting to deny. Their communication during the sexy times was open and gave vulnerability to the relationship.

I highly recommend this book. Now, on to the next novella in the series.
Profile Image for Peggy M.
714 reviews8 followers
December 4, 2018
4,5 stars

‘An improper proposition’ is novella length historical romance story. The writer is new to me but when I read the blurb of the book, I was immensely intrigued and happily surprised by the fact that the story was about a lady and her footman. Because to be honest I haven’t read many historical books where the man is in a lower position then the woman. It’s usually the other way around. So I love it that here it was reversed! And the fact that Blake was a few years younger also appealed to me.

‘An improper proposition’ is a well writing story. The story is told from both POV’s and I liked both characters very much. Both were confident in their role as countess and footman but were (understandable) a bit unsure about the attraction they were feeling towards the other. But the moment they let lose it became clear that there was more going on than a fleeting attraction.
The story is a bit steamy and I liked that. The problem with good novellas is that you always want more and that was the case here too. The one thing that I missed a bit was an epilogue but then I love epilogues so maybe that’s just me. I will definitely read more books of this writer.
303 reviews1 follower
July 24, 2022
Despite this being super short, I was so bored that even over three nights, I didn’t manage to finish it and kept switching to something else instead. I got around 80% through it and kept praying to all the gods and goddesses that maybe it would become magically interesting, but nope, all those deities completely let me down.

So, the heroine was a widow of some social standing (I forget what exactly) who wants to fool around with her footman, and he in turn was hot for her. Great, no problem, but there was no chemistry, so yeah, I guess problem after all.

And then she proposes to him even though they really had no other interaction besides some yawn-worthy sex. What? I just gave up at that point.
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Profile Image for Ash.
68 reviews4 followers
December 28, 2021
This novella was alright - i didn’t have any connection with the characters and I didn’t sense their connection/chemistry with each other. Harry Blake was a footman for Lady Bianca Wells and they have an evening together that turns into more. She had 2 previous lovers (1 being a husband) but was completely clueless about sex, which is possible but didn’t feel believable.

The sex scenes were okay - lots of emphasis on oral sex but regular intercourse was kinda glazed over. Again, I didn’t feel a huge connection with or to the characters, it seemed kinda disjointed.

It wasn’t my favorite read, but it was a lot of steam for a quick hour/hour and a half novella.
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609 reviews10 followers
February 15, 2022
The dynamic was a little weird with this one. He wants her to take the lead and she likes the idea, but her experience is very limited so he has to take the lead, but she’s the employer and aristocrat so she needs to take the lead… they never found a balance or a rhythm. Also, I wasn’t feeling much chemistry. With her trying to play it cool and him trying not to offend, I didn’t feel like they were making an emotional connection. In the end it seemed like ‘you’re hot, let’s be in love’.

The writing was good, the characters weren’t repetitive or annoying, and the sex was pretty steamy so I am rounding 2.5 stars up to 3.
November 15, 2022
Bianca, Dowager Countess of Wells, 30.
Harry Blake, bastard son of a duke and governess, footman, 23.

They are secretly pinning/lusting for one an other since he started working for her six months ago. So it's an age gap with class difference and some lessons in love making. But the experience one is not the older one. Also only one bed in the inn and let's make a deal for only one night. So many tropes packed in a very short novella.

I enjoyed the story and the heroine doing what need to be done to get her man. But I wish it would have been longer and to get an epilogue. We need more HR with love stories between a commoner and a lady.
1,736 reviews11 followers
January 1, 2021
Bianca and Harry's Dilemma!
What do you do if you are a widowed Countess and have fallen in love with your Footman who is the illegitimate son of a Governess and a Duke? The funny thing is that you don't know that he feels the same way about you.
Hands on or hands off?
It is nicely written and very easy to read, runs quickly from scene to scene, is of novella length, has some heat and two strangely paired characters who eventually learn how to say what is on their minds.
I enjoyed this story very much and will have to read the next one in this series pretty soon.
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1,604 reviews8 followers
February 16, 2020
Lust to love

Bianca is infatuated with her Forman Harry! Harry has been fantasizing about his employer Bianca! This is a really short novella! Lots of steamy sex scenes no real dialogue that's makes sense! I have read hundreds of Victorian romances and this plot makes little sense! I skipped most of the pages! I rated it 4 /5 due to my love for the author!!!!
Profile Image for Liz (ivegotyourpaperback).
118 reviews1 follower
March 11, 2021
(Rounded up)

This was a very enjoyable read. Short and steamy. I read the whole thing in one sitting.

It was only novella length which left me wishing it was a full novel. So now I need more books in my life where the hero is a footman/butler/valet who falls for the lady of the house. If you’ve got any recommendations, let me know.

There were a couple of times where the language seemed a little too 21st century and took me out of the story. But for the most part it was fine.
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4,470 reviews19 followers
March 2, 2019
Great story. There are do's and don'ts in society but the heart doesn't always mind. It is exciting, emotional, intriguing, dramatic and much more. Love this author's writing. Very well written. I received a review copy and voluntarily review it.
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1,013 reviews45 followers
October 29, 2019
super quick read...finished it in 2 hours but so yummy. loved the story line.
i read Amy Rose awhile back but didn't remember the stories or characters so downloaded a few more of her books. So glad I did.
Profile Image for Heidi.
236 reviews
August 18, 2021
Holy moly!

Holy moly! What a hot little novella this is. Footman Harry Blake and Lady Bianca Wells are burning up this pages here. First time reading this author and I will certainly be looking for more.🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
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1,348 reviews
October 31, 2022
I liked the older woman/younger man story for something a little bit different to the normal regency romances. And, she's a lady and he's a footman. An improper proposition for Bianca and Harry that turns into a lot more than either expected.
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Author 6 books12 followers
August 2, 2017
One of my favourite authors! I couldn't put this one down! HOT
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