AN IMPROPER ARRANGMENT is the first Kasey Michaels book I’ve read, and I was immediately impressed by her enormous talent for dialogue and humor. This novel moves quickly because of the dialogue, and it’s not just that the characters talk a lot; it is that their comments are witty and intelligent and move the story along. I’ve rarely found an author who creates banter between hero and heroine as well as Michaels, and this hero and heroine—war veteran Gabriel Sinclair and American-raised Thea Neville—are unique, quirky, and absolutely charming.
The story floats on the premise that each character is at odds in terms of their goals, especially Gabe and Thea. He’s asked to chaperone her during the Little Season and keep her out of trouble, but he eventually realizes the only place he truly wants her is in his arms. She, of course, has other ideas, despite her attraction to Gabe. The fact that Michaels sets the two up as debutante and chaperone keeps them together throughout the story, providing the opportunity for desire and admiration to grow, despite, or perhaps because of, the constant bantering between the two.
In many ways the story is a romp. The action of the story hops along quickly and the plot continually involves funny mishaps. Indeed, almost every chapter has comedic moments. The secondary characters provide their own moments of absurdity, such as the duchess with a fondness for birds—lots of birds.
If you love Regency romance with snappy dialogue and lots of laugh-out-loud moments, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Kasey Michael’s AN IMPROPER ARRANGMENT.
Experience the drama of the Little Season in the first of a new series by USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels, in which three dashing war heroes have finally met their matches…
Gabriel Sinclair has returned from battle as reluctant heir to a dukedom. As if his new responsibilities weren't enough, Gabriel's aunt enlists him to sponsor a young heiress through London's Little Season. Yet Miss Thea Neville is hardly the tedious obligation he expected. She's exotic and enchanting—and utterly unaware of the secret poised to destroy her family's reputation.
After ten years in America, Thea is ready to do her duty and marry well. Deportment lessons, modistes, balls—the ton is a minefield she could scarcely navigate without Gabriel's help. By rights, she should accept the first bachelor who offers for her. Instead, she's succumbing to a dangerous attraction to her wickedly handsome chaperone—one that could unhinge her plans in the most delicious way.