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An Improper Encounter

(The Macalisters #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Beautiful, wealthy, and widowed, Lady Sarah Hartford is bored with her life. Exhausted by having to mourn a man she despised, Sarah would like nothing more than to escape the dark trappings of widowhood and find her own happiness, away from the expectations of society and her large, prominent family. When stranded at an inn due to a storm, Sarah agrees to a scandalous dare ...more
Published November 1st 2018 by Erica Taylor
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

An Improper Encounter is the third book in The Macalisters Series by Erica Taylor. This is an historical/regency romance with some drama, angst, mystery, and suspense. You don’t need to have read the other two books before reading this one, but they would provide wonderful backstories, and give character information that would give you an enhanced reading experience. Even though each book in this series focuses on one particular Macalister, the others all make appearances and we get snipp
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, histrom
I would like to thank netgalley and Amberjack Publishing for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This is book 3 of the Macalister series, and focuses on Sarah, the oldest sibling.

I love this series and really enjoyed Sarah's story. The twists are unique and not overly predictable. I can't wait for the next book.
Tracy Wilkin
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Improper Encounter is book three in the Macalisters by Erica Taylor. These stories from yesteryear are a delightful and much welcome change to my reading regime. A talent with the words, Erica Taylor can certainly keep a reader captivated and eager for more. The story was complete, with characters that were engaging and enigmatic, with personalities and desires not commonly norm for the era. I love reading about a more risque character, and Lady Sarah Hartford is all that, and more. Her and W ...more
Sara Oxton
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Improper Encounter by Erica Taylor a five-star read that is most certainly proper. This is the third novel in the Macalisters series, they can be read as stand alone but I have read them as a series and enjoyed them more as such. If you like the historical romance genre then you will enjoy this series. Sarah is definitely my favourite character in this series, she has so much thrown at her but still is a lady throughout. There were parts that dragged a little, bit overall at the end I was hap ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
This book kept me on my toes but it also made me rather furious when something rather predictable happened - and people got hurt. Really hurt. Ugh. Unfortunately, the solution was also somewhat predictable sooooo... I was really torn. I loved the story on the whole and I really really loved our hero and our heroine but there were some twists and turns, well,...

William is a wonderful character and Sarah is just amazing. I loved how she dared reach for what she wanted, be it an improper encounter
Cailin | The Ravenous Reader
This book was an intriguing mix of sweet and spicy. The romance between Sarah and William builds fast at the beginning, before their lives suddenly go separate ways. However, they eventually meet again under different circumstances and it is captivating to see whether or not they will reunite. The chemistry between the two characters is sizzling and I liked how the main protagonist, Sarah, was not your average simpering heroine. She has a little bit of bite and has a strong side that she rarely ...more
Amina Ibrahim
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Sarah Macalister, a widowed marchioness is  a dragon-in-making of the ton along with her sister-in-law. On their travel to London Sarah is dared to warm her bed by a stranger for the night and she agrees. Thus comes the entry of William Gordon, a handsome surgeon soon-to-be a duke. Because of an accident they continue their journey together during which they fall in love with each other. When the journey ends William promises to come for her after meeting his dying father. Sarah waits for h ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
***ARC was provided to me for a fair and honest review***

Overall rating: 3.5/5 I loved everything that happens before the pair reach London, then the story slows down considerably for me.

Heroine (Sarah): 4/5 She is the widow to an abusive man who never loved her. Now Sarah travels from house party to house party with her friend and sister-in-law Lydia, a widow herself. Sarah wants more out of life than what the ton can offer. She would love to become a midwife and help new life enter the world.
Jamie Jack
Mar 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency, p-2020
Regency Widow Gone Wild Goes Completely Sideways

After reading the first two books of this Macalister series, I was surprised by the first scene of this one. It was just so different from what I had read earlier in the series. As I do like the Regency Widows Gone Wild trope, I was curious to see where the author was going to go with this.

And I certainly did enjoy a ride for a while. I found the hero and heroine’s interactions as they suffered the storm and made their way to London to be fun and j
Laura Furuta
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Improper Encounter (The Macalisters Book 3)
By: Erica Taylor
5 out of 5 stars

The story An Improper Encounter (The Macalisters Book 3) by Erica Taylor is a historical romance book. It is a story that I loved reading just as much as the first two books in the series. It is set in a time that there are rules of society and how one lives their lives. To go against the rules can cause scandal and leave a permanent mark on a person. It is in this time period that Lady Sarah Hartford meets William Go
An Improper Encounter (The Macalisters #3) by Erica Taylor was an engaging, steamy read, that had me hooked from start to finish.

Not my first read by this author or in this series, needless to say but I'm a little hooked on this series. I've always been visitor to historical fiction but never stay longer than a few books here and there. This book opens in a bar setting, already telling you this isn't going to be your normal historical fiction. This series, has sparked a new reading fire, and I'
Jenni Bishop
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Improper Encounter (The Macalisters Book 3) by Erica Taylor is an historical romance
with with lots of mystery and drama, heartache and suspense, scandal and attempted
murder, lies and deceit. As I have mentioned before historical romances are not my thing
unless they are done right and trust me Erica has done it right. The characters in this series
are family and are in each and every book, given there are so many of them, so I suggest
you read the other two books before reading this one, so you
Tracy Antonelli Manderson
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Improper Encounter (The Macalisters #3) by Erica Taylor
5 out of 5stars
An Improper Encounter is the third book in the Macalisters series written by Erica Taylor
And it’s the second book that I have read by this author and I loved the story. The plot was excellent and well written. The characters are strong and well written and I the loved the banter and quirkiness from them as well. We even see what the other characters from the first two books are up too.
Lady Sarah Hartford has done her duty t
Anita Fuhrmann
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really procrastinated over whether to pick up this book or not simply because of the book description indicating that the H, William, was quite possibly a cad and not worthy of H status. I am glad that I finally convinced myself to take a leap of faith in the writing skill of the author and go ahead and read it.
Sarah is a beautiful young widow and at the urging of a friend is looking to spice up her life a bit. She meets William when he is traveling to the deathbed of his estranged father. Alt
Michelle Austin
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Improper Encounter was a good 4 star read and book three in The Macalisters series.

Sarah is a widow who is looking for a man to warm her bed. She was challenged by Lady Lydia Hartford, her widowed sister-in-law. They had a reward on the line. The winner is free from anything Radcliff for six whole months.

This is how she meets William. William is on his way to London when he stopped for the night. Intrigued by Sarah, he went along with her little game. These two end up traveling together and
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Improper Encounter (The Macalisters, #3)
By Erica Taylor
4 stars

An Improper Encounter was another wonderful read by Erica Taylor. I have really enjoyed all of the books in this series so far. The author’s attention to detail is second to none, she really makes it so easy for me as a reader to imagine what I am reading – at times it is like I am watching a period drama. I really liked the storyline for this book, it was a little different to what I have read before – I thought the characters wer
Adrienne B
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
An Improper Encounter is a refreshing and fun read. It is light and was engaging throughout. Sarah is a likeable, independent woman who refuses to conform to the expectations placed upon her. She struggles with her desire to be a useful and helpful member of society while also adhering to the customs of a woman in an elevated position. By default of birth and marriage, her goal is to rise to the highest levels of the ton. But when William Gordon walks into her life, she sees that her life can ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
This was the first book by Erica Taylor that I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were well developed and the plot was good. The pace of the story did slow down a bit in the second half, but a lot of that time was spent resolving the different threads woven into the story. The only thing I would have liked was a little more closure to Lydia's part of the story- unless of course she's getting a story of her own. This book had some humour and it also has my kleenex warning, so bew ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Improper Encounter by Erica Taylor is the third book in The Macalister's series. This can be read as a standalone book but I recommend reading the other books because it lays some of the background down. The story is about Sarah Hartford and William Gordon set during in the past. Sarah is great because of being a submissive female she is strong and focused. This is a time period when reputations were very important and could ultimately make or break a person. Sarah and William had met in the ...more
Bridget Lewis
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A one night stand

Sarah takes a bet and a Scottish stranger to her room one night in an inn! Sarah chickens out and can't quite go through with it! A carriage accident rescued children and another night later Sarah has fallen in love with Will! Will is a Doctor of medicine and a Lord! He keeps much of himself from Sarah except he's a bastard he is deeply ashamed of not being legitimate but this does batter to Sarah! Will asked her to marry him and thus begins a tangled web of deceit! Will appear
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a delightful story. Romance and mystery are thrown together to make a great story. Lady Sarah has been widowed for three years and yet still wears the grey of mourning, not because she loved her husband so dearly but because it is the proper thing to do. Her mother died birthing the ninth child and Sarah has worked to raise the family. Her brother is married so she has no real home but on her way to see her siblings she is caught in a terrible storm with her sister-in-law, Lydia. Sh ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall, I think it’s a good historical romance, but this book was too long. I think it could have been condensed a bit and the story would have still been good.

Also, there was so much drama that the romance definitely took a backseat, which doesn’t make sense when this is supposed to be a ROMANCE novel. And when the drama was finally resolved and William and Sarah FINALLY got together, it was with only 2 pages of the book left! So we end up not even getting a glimpse of what their life together
Katie Kearney
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Improper Encounter (The Macalisters Book 3) By Erica Taylor. This author has definitely opened my eyes and mind to taking a liking to historical romance. I was never a fan but this series has had me rethinking that for sure. Once again the author writes a story that I just sank into and didn’t want to leave. The female main character Sarah is one of my favorites this year. I love the back and forth with Sarah and William they draw you in and don’t let go. The author does a wonderful job of wr ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected and wonderful tale.
Sarah meets William on a bet and a friendship of sorts grows. Neither had told the truth about who they really are but the fondness between them is still there. Then there is something major that stands in their way. That is not the only twists that will come to this couple. Can love survive a separation? Will they find each other again? These are question that are answered in this brilliant piece. It was a joy to read it had all the emotions, fear, sadness, happine
Sissy's Romance Book Review
An Improper Encounter by Erica Taylor is book Three in The Macalisters Series. This is the story of William Gordon and Sarah Macalisters Hartford. I have read the previous books but I do feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Sarah is a widower who like many didn't care for their husband so she is done being in the morning stage for his death. While traveling she ends up being with William who is traveling to his father who is dying. Although William is not close at all to
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

It was overcomplicated for no reason. There’s an “oh no he’s trying to kill me” plot introduced in the third act. There’s a bunch of cows trying to get money in the third act. For a romance that started out as a romance and had a promising twist in the middle, it petered out quickly into something that was just silly.

Furthermore, there’s so many things being done here that don’t wash with the time period. One or two you can say, “Well, okay. Odd but there’s some precedent.” After the fourth
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Erica Taylor has done it again. It was such a long wait for book 3, but it was so worth it. Taylor has such a way with words. I found myself caught up in the whirlwind of mystery and romance. My stomach was in knots. I found myself wiping my eyes as I hurt and grieved along with these characters. Sarah was such an empowering character and her story left me feeling strong and capable of many things. Sarah’s journey was filled with trials and Taylor’s words pulled me in and I felt like I was ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a well written story revolving around Sarah, a widow, and William, a doctor who later inherits a dukedom. They meet by chance at an inn, where Sarah’s friend challenges her to sleep tonight with a man she does not know. In walks William and the story starts. After delays due to bad weather, they develop an attachment to each other that is later tested. The story involves manipulation by his dying father, lies told by Anna and attempts on his life. The story is a good read and there is a ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An illegitimate son is returning to London and his father's death bed. On the way, he's in a carriage accident during bad weather. Seeking shelter at an inn, they have no shelter available. A widow overhearing the conversation claims he is her husband and they share a room for the night. From there their lives become more entwined and complicated. I wouldn't put this book down until you finish it. There are so many twists and turns, it can get complicated keeping up with the story. Nevert
Heather Lovelace
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erica Taylor does a masterful job continuing her regency series and staying true to the characters already introduced in the previous series’ books. The writing style is full of wit, flawed characters, playful banter, a feisty heroine, and headstrong leading man. Familh continues to play such a large part in both main characters’ storyline development. Like Austen, the characters are prideful and bound to duty. And like Austen, these characters step boldly off the page and into your heart. Loved ...more
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Erica Taylor is a mother of two and military wife married to her high school sweetheart. Raised in the mountains of Colorado, she holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado. Erica has been writing stories since she can remember, picked up her first romance novel while on a beach vacation as a teenager, and fell in love with falling in love, with sexy heroes and the feisty women who chal

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