Confessions of an Improper Bride
by Jennifer Haymore

Series: Donovan Sisters #1
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Miranda

TWICE TEMPTEDSerena 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

Serena Donovan’s first trip to London was six years ago. One season among London’s ton had her falling in love and promptly getting her heart broken. She was forced to leave London under a cloud of disgrace. Unfortunately, her life was about to get more dire as Serena was forced to watch her beloved twin Meg fall overboard on their way home to Antigua. 

Now Serena is back in London posing as her twin sister Meg. Serena’s mother is hoping to restore the family name by marrying her off to a titled man as Meg. The only problem with this scenario is the one man that left Serena heartbroken seems to know the secret that she’s keeping. 

Jonathan Dane has one regret; he let the woman he loved be disgraced and that led to her death. Jonathan let his family tell him what to do all those years ago and the woman he loved died because of it. Jonathan has vowed to bring disgrace to his family name as vengeance against his loss. However, when Meg Donovan comes back to London to marry his friend, Jonathan cannot escape the feeling that Meg is truly his Serena. And if that’s true Jonathan will do whatever possible to win the heart of the woman he loves and make her his forever. 

Confessions of an Improper Bride is a beautiful and enticing romance. Serena is quite the complex character. She led with her heart once and was destroyed. Now she is determined to do the right thing for her family regardless of her feelings. Her struggle with her feelings regarding taking on the identity of her deceased twin Meg is a powerful plot. I can’t get enough of Jonathan. Of course, I was deeply upset with him for the decision he made the first time around with Serena but he does his best to correct past wrongs here. The depth of his feelings for Serena is what makes this story so compelling. Jonathan is unwilling to watch the woman he loves leave him again. And there is something so romantic about the fact that he can see through Serena’s disguise as Meg. He truly knows his lover. Confessions of an Improper Bride is a wonderful start to what is sure to be a lovely historical series featuring strong female characters.

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