Friday, August 12, 2011

Review + Giveaway - Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore

AUTHOR:    Jennifer Haymore
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 342 pages
PUBLISHED:   Forever, 2011
SOURCE:   Received from Publisher for Review and Blog Tour



Serena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family's future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin's identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn't love and spend the rest of her days living a lie.

Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford, has become an incorrigible rake, drinking, gambling-and trying to forget Serena Donovan. Yet the moment he's introduced to the prim and proper "Meg", he recognizes the sensual young woman who captured his heart. Haunted by his past mistakes, he refuses to lose Serena again. But convincing her to trust him is no easy task. Claiming his lost love means exposing the truth and destroying the life Serena has sacrificed everything to rebuild. With the future of all the Donovans at stake, and their undying passion capable of triggering yet another scandal, how much will Jonathan and Serena risk for a chance at true love?

MY TAKE:    Back in October of last year I was lucky enough to be on the blog tour for Jennifer Haymore's Season of Seduction.  I mentioned that this new book was in the works and I was looking forward to reading it.  I also noted that I was going to go back to read the first two books in that series:  A Hint of Wicked and A Touch of Scandal.  Well I did and I LOVED both of them as well.  Ms. Haymore has a very devoted fan here.

On to this exciting first installment of The Donovan Sisters series.  I'm hooked.  The author is a master at writing characters that draw you into their lives and their story.  You feel like you know them personally and are on the journey with them.  My heart ached for Serena having to pretend to be her late sister.  I also hurt for Jonathan who mourned his beloved Serena for six years only to discover her alive, posing as Meg and engaged to his best friend.  I must admit that I found myself wanting to flick Aunt Geraldine on the forehead even though I understood why she behaved as she did. 

The story was packed with action and some intrigue, but the characters definitely drive it forward for me.  I found myself rooting for them to succeed and caring about what happened to them.  It was one of those books that I didn't want to put down.  The fact that these stories are part of a series does not take away from their extreme readability and enjoyment as a stand alone book.  The series aspect just feeds my own hunger for MORE of certain characters and the setting that the author has put in place. 

Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it:

Jennifer Haymore can be found at:, Facebook and Twitter

ALSO we have some exciting news:  Jonathan Dane, yes the Earl of Stratford, is on Twitter!  How exciting is that?  You can contact sign up to follow his tweets and interact with the dashing hero.  His twitter account is:  @EarlofStratford
To get a sneak peek of Jonathan and Serena's tale, read an Excerpt from Confessions of an Improper Bride

Jennifer Haymore and Forever Romance have decided to reward THREE of you lucky readers with your very own copy of Confessions of an Improper Bride.  Here's how to win:
  • Must be a resident of the US or Canada
  • No PO Boxes
  • ONE prize (of this title) per household
  • Leave a comment WITH your email and tell me if you have ever posed as or pretended to be someone else (in real life ~ not Halloween or dress-up)
  • Drawing will end August 26th at midnight PST time.
  • Winners will have 72 hours to respond to winning email.

Just so you know...the next Donovan Sisters novel Secrets of an Accidental Duchess is available for pre-order NOW.  It is the story of Serena's younger sister Olivia and the roguish Maxwell Buchanan, Marquis of Rumsford.  I can't wait!

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  1. Awesome giveaway. No, I have never posed as someone else.

  2. Not really, no. I used fake names before, but never posed as another person.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. This novel sounds awesome!! Its very interesting, and Ive acted like my sister numerous of times. But it was always as a joke, and people caught on eventually.


  4. Definitely. I and my girl friends would pretend to be a soap opera diva from our favorite soaps. When we would go out to bars we totally took the diva's
    personality and history.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  5. No, I've never posed as or pretended to be someone else.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  6. Never but doing what Lisa from the comments did sounds fun! Thanks for sharing and giving us a chance to win! This book sounds amazing!


  7. Nope...never posed as anyone else. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I would love to win a copy of this book.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  8. Great giveaway. I have never posed as someone else. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. I love romance.

  9. I have never posed as someone else.
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  10. I've read the first two books and would love to win the third. I've never posed as anyone else though I always wanted a twin to trade places with.

  11. I definitely have never pretended to be someone else. I have never had the opportunity.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    -Carly Waid

  12. I had, a few times, forged my parent's signatures on forms or permission slips or when I got a bad grade, that's kinda pretending right?

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  13. I went away with my friends family when I was younger and every time we met someone, I put on a southern accent and said I was from the south. Growing up in NY, I always want ed to live down south.

  14. I love the cover of this bookI love the cover of this book and the sound of the story.
    I didn't pretend to be someone else as much as I was put in the positions of being someone I wasn't. In college, back during the antiwar protests of the 60s, our Foreign Relations Club sponsored the former Vietnamese ambassador as a speaker. When he got there, he asked where his security was. I was across the room with a male student. The club president pointed to us and said we were the body guards the college had hired. The two of us knew nothing about it until after he left. Thank heavens nothing happened. We would have been in big trouble.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  15. Thanks for the great giveaway! I have never posed as another person.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  16. I have never posed as someone else. But as a joke I would tell my sister that if I ever got pulled over by a cop I would use her name cause we looked a like and were only a year apart. It never happened but it was funny.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


    mary_reiss @

  17. Ok, in my college days, I did pretend to be someone else. Her name was Jane, it would come in handy.
    Also, Jonathan Dane is very entertaining on Twitter.

    Areeths @ new DOT rr DOT com

  18. In real life situations, no I have never posed or pretended to be someone else.


  19. I can't wait to read this book.
    No I have never pretended to be someone else.


  20. Thanks for the giveaway :) I can't say that I've posed as anyone else before...


  21. No can't say I've ever posed as anyone else but thanks for the giveaway!


  22. No, I have never pretented to be someone else. I would love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

    Anita Y


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